• Desert Pawn

  • By: Joel Feiss
  • Narrated by: Ann Simmons
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-08-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Joel Feiss
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (1 rating)

Summary

Desert Pawn is a contemporary, character-driven mystery that begins with the kidnapping of Mary Ann Berman, an American newlywed honeymooning with her husband, Dr. Daniel Berman, in Eilat, Israel. Shoshana Rich and Yonah Ferreres are the Shin Bet lead investigators who are charged to rescue Mary Ann and capture the perpetrators. In the backdrop of Israel's high stakes conflict with Palestinian fundamentalists, the investigators have many problems to solve. Who are the kidnappers? Is Mary Ann still alive, and if she is, where is she being held? What ransom are the kidnappers going to demand? Would Mary Ann's family or the United States break protocol and pay a ransom? The investigators are led through a series of twists and turns that involve the political and historical relationships between Israel, the United States, and the Hamas-led Palestinians.
A turning point in the investigation occurs when Mary Ann's stepfather, Leo Fields, a Baptist minister and ardent supporter of Israel, arrives to assist in the investigation. He is personally drawn into a world he thought he had left behind. Following his arrival, the characters are swept into a world of intrigue, global politics, and revealed past truths.
©2017 Joel Feiss (P)2017 Joel Feiss
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4 out of 5 stars
By Terence Thirteen on 16-09-17

Factual Exposition through Fictional Storytelling

I have long been a fan of, what I call, "factual exposition through fictional storytelling" because, while you are being entertained, you are also being informed. It's a "two-for"...

Desert Pawn is loaded with facts, figures, insights and information about Israel, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and their neighbours. If you wish to learn more about the area's history, its people, politics and geography, while being entertained by an action-thriller story-line, you should give this book a listen.

I have to admit to a personal bias - I generally prefer male narrators. Having said that, Ann Simmons, the narrator of Desert Pawn, gives a flawless performance.

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook, by the narrator, in exchange for providing an unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Betababe on 24-06-18

The More Things Change . . .

Post WWII politics in the Middle East remain a quagmire of hate, distrust, greed, politics, and religious fanaticism. When a honeymooning bride is kidnapped outside her hotel in Israel, all these factions come into play and we are treated to a history of the area which brings into focus the modern situation while enjoying a thriller that would play well on the big screen. Well-narrated by Ann Simmons, I found the story engrossing.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bikram Agarwal on 24-02-18

Thrilling political drama, needed better narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

While the story was good and entertaining, listening to it being narrated by Ann Simmons wasn't a good experience. I think I should've just read the book in Kindle format.

The story is set in the political hotbed of Israel where a woman gets kidnapped and the intelligence apparatus are trying hard to prevent this from becoming another source of unrest in the region. The writing is crisp and keeps you mostly on the edge of your seat. There are lot of facts mixed in with the fictional story, which I find really irresistible. This was reminding me of Tim Kring's tv show Dig. If you had liked that show, you probably would love this book. Get the Kindle version though.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration was pretty poor. Ann didn't sound interesting in telling the story and mostly droned on without conveying any emotion or voice inflection. It took away all the positives of the book and constantly pushed towards getting the kindle version instead.

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I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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