Reviews of Samsons
Almost four decades ago, an Israeli sub
heading home vanished at sea. The crew was
presumed dead by most of the world with only a
few Mossad officials knowing that the lost
sailors were given false identities to go
undercover around the world. For instance, one
went to America while others hid in Egypt and
Iran, etc. Loved ones knew nothing, assuming all
Over the subsequent years, many of these men
assumed positions of power so that they can
complete the tasks assigned to them. By 2002,
these men reach the point where they can stop the
annihilation of their homeland. The terror begins
when two hundred missiles filled with toxic gas
hits Tel Aviv killing hundreds of thousands.
Israel retaliates in brutal fashion at Iran and
Egypt. The Moslem world declares a Jihad that
takes the world to the brink of Armageddon with
only one person potentially able to stop it by
rallying the forces of God to him.
SAMSON'S LION contains five distinct parts
with each segment narrated by a different Mossad
agent. As each story ends, a single plot line
emerges that climaxes in a dramatic fashion.
Author Alex Wolf tells an exciting story that
occasionally slows down with technical detail.
Eventually, the tale takes the reader to the
spiritual choice between the end of the world or
redemption through a man who might be a savior or
the devil. This epic saga works because of the
strength of its charcaters.
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Intermountain Jewish News
A fellow eyes me, reminds me that we lived
near each other in Jerusalem over 25 years ago,
then says something I hear from a lot of people.
Both liberal and conservative. Both Christian and
Jewish. Something I need to discount. "I
published a book." He tells me how his
friends read it, how he took their advice and
rewrote it here and there. I'm nodding. Polite. I
know about self-published books -- they're
usually better than any sleeping pill.
"Could the Intermountain Jewish News review
the book?" he asks expectantly. I offer the
standard disclaimer. We get so many books from
publishers that we are frustrated. There is no
time to evaluate each one fully. I'm polite.
"We'll consider it for review. No
The book is Samson's Lion. A spy novel. A
"millennium" novel. The Middle East.
Arabs. Jews. "Christians like it too,"
the author tells me. "It has a messianic
twist at the end." I'm nodding. The author,
by the way, is a computer whiz and a rabbi. No
literary background. Back in my hotel room,
before I retire, I salve my conscience and decide
to read Samson's Lion for five minutes. I open at
random . . . I keep turning the pages. I'm not a
spy novel aficiando, but I can't put this down.
It's implausible, but I can't stop. I'm glued. My
editor's eye quickly recedes; this needs no
editing. I run out of time, but not before
ruining my night's sleep. This guy can write.
Executive Editor, Intermountain Jewish News
Alex Wolf's Samson's Lion is a non-stop read and
major find amongst the genre of international spy
thrillers! A narrative masterpiece. Wolf's
clarity of prose is exceeded only by his
knowledge of the high tech. The description of
the planting of the explosives in the Aswan Dam
is wondrous. Twisting and turning through some
three decades of careful spy planning, the good
guys eventually win with an unexpected ending
that will leave your bottom jaw on the floor. All
in all, this imaginative, modern-day morality
play is hard to put down. Leaves you thinking,
it could be like that
Leo Wesley Ottey,
Jr., B.A., J.D., Attorney, Baltimore, Maryland