Booktroduction: The Damascus Cover by Howard Kaplan

Title: The Damascus Cover
Author: Howard Kaplam
Published: November 12th 1977 by Fawcett
Series: The Jerusalem Spy Series #1



In a last ditch effort to revive his career, washed out agent Ari Ben-Sion accepts a mission he never would have 30 years ago, to smuggle a group of Jewish children out of the Damascus ghetto. Or sohe thinks.

In Damascus, a beautiful American photographer, Kim, seems to be falling in love with Ari, but she is asking too many questions. His communication equipment disappears. His contact never shows up. The operation is only hours away and everything seems awry. Desperate to succeed, Ari might risk everything. Even his life.


Reviews of The Damascus Cover

Los Angeles Times
“Kaplan’s grasp of history and scene creates a genuine reality.  He seems to know every back alley of Damascus and Cyprus.”

Hartford Courant
“A fine, taut, tense spy story full of furious action.”

St Louis Post-Dispatch
“It’s suspense all the way through.”

Chicago Daily News
“Exceedingly rich in color about the Syrian capital.”

BBC News
“The plotting is beautiful.”

Kirkus Review
“… a smartly paced criss-cross laced with enough Mid-East semicruises to snare the MacInness armchair tourists.”

American Library Association (starred review)
“A mission inside Syria, a last love affair, and the unfolding of the plot within a plot are handled by the author with skill and a sure sense of the dramatic.”

About The Author:

HOWARD KAPLAN, a native of Los Angeles, has lived in Israel and traveled extensively through Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. At the age of 21, while attending school in Jerusalem, he was sent on a mission into the Soviet Union to smuggle out a dissident’s manuscript on microfilm. His first trip was a success. On his second trip to the Soviet Union, he was arrested in Khartiv in the Ukraine and interrogated for two days there and two days in Moscow, before being released. He holds a BA in Middle East History from UC Berkeley and an MA in the Philosophy of Education from UCLA. He is the author of four novels.

Word from the author:

The Damascus Cover feature film was shot this spring in Casablanca starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt and Olivia Thirl by best known as the sister and sidekick in Juno. It’s a spy thriller and a romance set in Damascus before the current Civil War. Jonny, as JRM likes to be called, is intense and wonderful.  His cover is Hans Hoffman, and he does the entire film with a remarkable German accent, his hair dyed blonde. A language coach from Berlin was on the set full time and listened to every take.  Both of them were zealous that none of his Irish brogue slip into the German accented English. I had the great privilege of spending a week on the set and went out on the 10 hour a day shoots all over Morocco. Will be in theaters in early 2016.



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