No Medals Today

May 17, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Save your county, s’il-vous-plait

Yiftach Cohen is a junior diplomat at the Israeli Embassy in Paris. He spends his days dealing with mundane problems and juggling his boring job, his ordinary family life, and his French lover, Chantal. Until one day, everything changes.

In October 1973, with the break of the Yom Kippur war, Yiftach suddenly becomes a central figure in an international network of smuggling and fraud. He’s responsible to provide the Israeli Defense Force with the means to survive and win the war. Now, a chain of dark trafficking relies on his abilities to make the French authorities look the other way.

Behind the scenes of Israel’s untold diplomatic actions

Wild circumstances transform the rigid and cautious Yiftach into a winner-takes–all hero who’ll do anything for the sake of his homeland and his people.

He’ll even kill.

A heart-racing thriller based on a true story

The State of Israel gives no medals. But it provides Yiftach with a rare opportunity to rediscover himself, and the chance to take control of his life, his loves and his choices.

REVIEW

5.0 out of 5 stars An enlivening and refreshing view point on the Yom Kippur War, May 16, 2017

Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, No Medals Today is such a book.

The Yom Kippur War of 1973 so-called because it began on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the holiest day of prayer and fasting in the Jewish calendar. The Yom Kippur War is also known as the October War. It began with a surprise Arab attack on Israel on Saturday 6th October 1973. On that day, Egyptian and Syrian military forces launched an attack knowing that the Israeli military would be partaking in the religious celebrations associated with Yom Kippur. Consequently, their security would be temporarily undermined. Despite the initial successes of the Egyptian and Syrian forces, the war proved how effective the Israeli military could be. After the initial set-backs, the war served as a huge morale boost to Israelis. Despite a co-ordinated attack on two fronts, Israel had survived and had pushed back the nations that had initially broken through Israel’s defenses.

Much has been written about the Yom Kippur War, but the author brings an enlivening and refreshing view point to the table with this story. The book description itself says it all: ‘Yiftach Cohen is a junior diplomat at the Israeli Embassy in Paris. He spends his days dealing with mundane problems and juggling his boring job, his ordinary family life, and his French lover, Chantal. Until one day, everything changes.

In October 1973, with the break of the Yom Kippur war, Yiftach suddenly becomes a central figure in an international network of smuggling and fraud. He’s responsible to provide the Israeli Defense Force with the means to survive and win the war. Now, a chain of dark trafficking relies on his abilities to make the French authorities look the other way…Wild circumstances transform the rigid and cautious Yiftach into a winner-takes–all hero who’ll do anything for the sake of his homeland and his people… He’ll even kill.’ Now, if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, I’m not sure what will!

This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a gripping journey.

It’s one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. And that’s exactly what I did! I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!

I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Shlomi Tal in the future. I would definitely recommend this book. Five stars from me.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shlomi Tal (1943) is a mystic, children’s safety expert, diplomat and writer.
An attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Paris in the 70’s, he participated in the Yom Kippur War, took up residence in France and directed marketing for Europe’s largest manufacturer of child safety seats. His expertise led him to represent Israel at several European summits and committees within the ISO and the UN-EEC.
At the turn of the millennium, Shlomi expanded his horizons, delving into Kabbalah, Tantra and eastern philosophy.
Shlomi published his first book, “The Army of Thorns” in 2011. The book received overwhelmingly positive reviews from readers.
In “No Medals Today”, Shlomi has taken true and otherwise dry historical facts and created a vibrant page-turner.
Shlomi has two sons, six grandchildren and has been married to Daphna since 1966.

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