Reviews of Samson’s Lion

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 were dead.

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.

Harriet Klausner, Top Internet Book Reviewer. Published on Amazon, Barnes &Noble, Painted Rock and Bookbrowser websites.


Intermountain Jewish News Sept. 2000

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 promises."

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.

Hillel Goldberg, 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 USA