Since I’m always interested in Israeli writers, this caught my eye while viewing the new book shelves at the Downtown Library. The English Teacher is a spy novel written by Yiftach Reicher-Atir, who was born on a kibbutz in Southern Israel in 1949. He retired from the military in 1995 with the rank of Brigadier General. Reicher-Atir led the special ops mission into the terminal at Entebbe and has an immense background in covert operations. The Times of Israel calls this thriller "[a] true Mossad spy story that didn't really happen." While this tale of espionage was edited by Israeli Intelligence Agencies, its realistic fictional plot is definitely the work of a gifted insider.
Rachel is a female Mossad agent who, while attending her father's funeral in London, goes rogue. The fictional character Rachel Brooks is based on the life of real agent Rachel Goldsmith, which is not surprising since the reader soon realizes this riveting book is too real to be total fiction. Rachel's psychological development as she goes through the rigorous training to be a Mossad Agent is totally fascinating. Our agent has Daddy issues, which she feels her Mossad handlers have used to such an extent that Rachel is lost in profound depression. She begins to question her nationalism and resents how she has been manipulated. Reicher-Atir's in-depth character development of Rachel brings to mind the best works of Sidney Sheldon. Both writers have an uncommon male ability to portray the female psyche. So if you're looking for outstanding character development, great suspense and a “real spy story that didn't really happen," then The English Teacher is a must! - Henry (Downtown)