Dancing Bear by Oren Sanderson is a book full of highly detailed characters, action, and a heavy dose of politics. But don’t let that fool you-each piece of this book is well written and each piece of the puzzle compliments the other and none are overpowering. A book full of great details and laced with real life as well as fictional experiences, it is intriguing and will have you wanting more until the very end. The best part is, it’s only the first book in a series being written!
It begins as just another typical day for a man named David at the Israeli Embassy. He is a security guard and has really enjoyed doing his job. Things really take a turn when a beautiful woman, Kate, comes in pressing to see the diplomats saying she knows some important information that would ensure the “survival of Israel.” He finds himself too interested and finds her safe haven at a friends home. He then on a whim leaves his nice embassy job to take her to Cape Cod for cover. He soon realizes they are being chased by several groups of people and instead of hearing his embassy friends out, he goes to someone else and she ends up taken right in front of him.
He’s been told she has something the American government wants back-but is she telling him the whole story-or even the truth? This spy novel will have you trying to figure out who is good and who is evil through the entire plot. It has so many characters-there is no getting bored, and they are well described and all hold their place in the story so it all makes sense. Oren did a great job of bringing all the characters together well without it being overwhelming or too much and his characters are as complex as they are numbered.
I really loved this book from front to back. I love anything action packed or suspenseful. (okay-I admit it, I read almost anything) It was full of story line and because it was based on true experiences along with a great fiction story line it was interesting and easy to read. I found myself lost in it’s characters and although there was a lot of action and suspense, the emotions displayed in the book were true to form and made the book even better. It’s a book you’ll have to read all the way through to understand it’s title, but when you finish, not only will you understand, you’ll be readily awaiting the next book. Dancing Bear is loaded with politics and really reflects it’s author and his life experiences. It’s great for action and suspense readers and those who love emotionally packed books.
Would you help a desperate young woman knocking on your door?
As a security guard, do you really have a choice?
A desperate young woman is knocking on the door of the Israeli consulate in Boston, seeking asylum, claiming that she is the only survivor of an Israeli spy network. The gate remains locked, but a security guard, who falls in love with her, is trying unsuccessfully to rescue her. He embarks on a discovery trail, meeting tough American and Israeli government agents, cynical merchants and passionate dreamers. By the end of the trail he discovers the woman and the truth that lies underneath her story and his own life.
“Dancing Bear” is a political thriller, in which the author managed to bring in his life experiences into the story, and create a fast paced read with twists and turns.
The story ripples with things just under the surface, waiting to be revealed by the reader.
From the Author
I wrote the book as a lesson and result of the time I served as the consul of Israel in Boston. New England is among the most enjoyable service posts for an Israeli diplomat. Beautiful landscapes, great weather for those who come from deserts and tropical weather and don’t mind three month a year covered with snow, and most pleasant- sometimes weird people.
The liberal open atmosphere attracts people from all over the world to special communities mainly in New Hampshire and Vermont that were in the Consulate territory. Dreamers, prophets, world fixers, and some lunatics. A number of them would visit the Consulate every now and then. Being the Israeli Consul, the official representative of the state and the President, takes a lot of sensitivity and sometimes wisdom from you. Not to offend anyone, but not to fall, you and your country, for false stories. I knew how to handle those visitors.
My most remarkable case was that young lady who entered the Consulate on false claim- asking to see me for special visa extension request- and then refused to leave. It was a few years after an Israeli diplomatic crate, on its way to Israel, was mistakenly opened in the airport of Rome in Italy, and a cuffed man was found inside. That young woman begged and insisted that she should be shipped to Israel in such diplomatic crate.
According to her story, she was a part of an Israeli student union In MIT- perhaps the most prestigious Ivy League university in our area. The student union was managed by two famous Israeli students, sons of well-known right wing families in Israel. Now, she said the union is blamed for spying in the U.S., and it’s our duty to smuggle her out of the country. The procedure on such cases is clear and sharp- we are not allowed to deal with it. I however couldn’t resist calling one of these students. He clearly said that not only she is not part of the union, but as a matter of fact, he never heard her name before.
The desperate woman, a little more relaxed, asked to get out to buy some cigarettes. She left the Consulate and never came back.
Years later, that MIT student leader became a senior minister in the Government. The next time I heard the young woman’s name, was when her appointment as the head of that Minister’s office was announced.
In my book I tried to understand what could have been the true story behind that incident, or perhaps behind few other stories of this nature that you may have heard.
About the Author:
Oren served in the Israel Defense Forces for eight years, first in the Artillery Corps where he fought as a Battery Commander in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and later as an intelligence analyst in the General headquarters, in the rank of Major.
After the historic visit of President Sadat of Egypt in Jerusalem in 1977, he decided to move to Government Service. He joined the Foreign Ministry and was assigned to the Department of Normalization of Relations with Egypt, where he had the privilege not only to meet Sadat, but also to be on a team that gave back to a parallel Egyptian team 16 Bedouin tribes, 16 schools, 16 infirmaries, copper mines, two shrines and one pyramid. Years later he went back to take part in the fragile peace process as a Political Advisor and representative of the Prime Minister (Shamir and Rabin) in peace conferences and meetings in Cairo, Hague, Tokyo and Moscow.
Amongst other posts, Oren served as a consul in New York City. He was later a consul in Boston- where the plot of his book “Dancing Bear” is taking place, a minister in the embassy in Washington and Ambassador in Nigeria. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science and teaching now on Diplomacy, Intelligence and Spins. The three very popular political thrillers he wrote so far (the forth is coming soon) are based on the events, people, intrigues dreams and hopes he encountered during his years in public service around the world.
Oren Sanderson is the pen name of this retired senior government official, who wrote his first books while on service, and had to hide his true name- Itzhak Oren at that time.
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