The Three Envelopes
A young boy who is tormented and paranoid from an early life and who finds himself in later years cloned, trained and explored in many ways. Becoming a master murderer, facing any odds and overcoming them you hear his voice in a journal that give you chills throughout your body every waking hour while reading the book and after completing it. Take a trip inside the minds of those belonging to the Organization and learn just what it takes to run a technology operation at the highest level. Author Nir Hezroni’s novel allows you the reader to enter the mind of this deranged killer. The agency is called the Organization and although what they’ve accomplished happened ten years ago, the end results and the consequences will fast forward in the present of ten years later. The journal has all of the information and one man has been given the book in order to uncover the dark secrets within it. The book was written about someone regarded or noted as 10483 and this notebook implicates this person and those he worked for in a mass murder operation in 2006. Moyal reads through the journal along with the reader and realizes that whatever happened in the past just might be reactivated in the present. Learning the truth about this agent known as 10483 activities and the author reveals that that someone poses a threat to the leaders of the Organization in the present. Reading the journal you learn that this man called 10483 grew up suspicious, paranoid and fearing that someone would add poisons or dangerous liquids to items like milk or juice in his refrigerator. His solution was to measure the level of the liquids in each item and premeasured them in the morning making sure that no one added poisons to them or any other toxic liquid in the middle of the night while he was sleeping. Paranoid and sometimes to a fault he even empties out liquids, cleans out the containers or bottles thoroughly if he’s unsure if it was tampered.
Mr. Chang has a noodle restaurant right next door to a bookstore. The owner does have the latest releases but within the boxes she receives are vials containing liquids that when injected or released will change the behaviors of her subjects. Red creates violence, blue back the their natural state, yellow retreat and the end result it controls their brain waves and actions. Why? How they were created will be revealed as we get to know our mass murderer.
The notebook has some startling revelations as we follow the man going by the identity of 10483 and we go on his missions as he creates different identities, overcomes many obstacles and realize that he will do anything to complete a mission for the organization and when you read his demands you wonder why anyone would agree to them. Followed on one mission the person wound up pushed on the railroad tracks and he got away. Assassinations that are part of a top-secret plot and an organization quite deadly as anyone working for them would commit murders but who are his handlers. As we read the notebook with Avner we wonder is this man is a psychopath or just someone smarter than the people he worked for. Three envelopes with tell the story as they name the primary targets on a hit list?
The author describes another female agent who is just a ruthless of this agent and demands payment before she will even consider the mission. The Organization is comprised of dangerous people that will commit murders, kill innocent victims, stage deaths and as this female agent did in art installations but she is no longer part of the organization but just as deadly.
The author shares a secret with readers as the book is told within a specific time frame and time line as we learn about Carit and how she was instrumental in changing someone into agent 10483. The method is quite scary and terrifying, which is why I will not disclose the tortures that this man went through although he was asleep and drugged at the time. But, someone wrongly starts up with this man, he is now housed in a cage in his basement and his demise is more than painful and terrifying. You hear three voices in this novel that are totally different yet distinct. Agent 10483 comes in the strongest at first as he is employed in a regular job but is funded by the Organization to rid the world of anyone they feel needs to be eliminated. Receiving three envelopes with two photographs each and a photo on the back helping to understand more about the victim, he plans his strategy to take care of each of the targets. When eliminating the first one the Organization is not happy, as he has eliminated someone related to a sinister target list that no one was to become aware of. At the same time the female agent is sent off to do some deaths of her own but when followed by several what she does is quite bone chilling and one man will never be the same. She is one agent you don’t want to meet or cross.
Someone does not want his missions stopped and although two agents that claim to be working for the agency want agent 10483 to not complete the next two missions as a result of receiving three envelopes instead of just one, their demise is just a deadly as the man who attacked him. The man and woman claim to sent by Avaraim from the Organization but he is so paranoid and deluded he refuses to believe them and takes his time using whatever means at his hand to take their lives in a painful way. You don’t want to enter his house and fall into the medal cage! Off to his next mission he devises more ways to hide his appearance. Throughout the novel the author shares this agent’s lucid dreams and at the end of each nightmare or dream he awakens at 1:30 to assess where he is and what comes next. The journal continues with flashbacks about how Carmit continues to control and manipulate agent 10483’s brain cells while Avner the one with the notebook from all of the entries and more learns he is the reason why three agents are dead and he has to find a way to stop him. While Carmit once again leaves to deal with this agent we learn more about her and someone called Grandpa who is directly involved with the Avner and the Organization. The story becomes more complex as we hear what Carmit is doing to control her target which is our main killer and her silent prayers as she controls what his next move will be and his final dream as we hear his thoughts as he imagines what he will do when encountering his target, what he needs to take them out and what happens when he awakens most of the time at 1:30 A.M. nightly. The fear instilled in the targets is real and the massacre that occurs and kills over 100 people by our main killer is done with equal precision and executed as if he’s an orchestra conducting a perfect symphony with every instrument and play playing exacting as the conductor waves his arms conducting the beat and the flow of the music. While Carmit is dealing with agent 10483 the Avner and Grandpa are about to meet and decide on what is next as so many agents have been killed but how and why has yet to be revealed. A list so deadly and the deaths of world-renowned people executed but what about them made it necessary for them to be terminated?
Avner called in another agent named Rotem to assist in learning more about the data transmissions and the notebook. Told not to touch the pages of the book because they called be poisoned and learning more about Amiram was the operative who worked with, 0483, things would spiral even further out of control. Explaining to Avner that Amiram brought him the notebook realizing why Grandpa brought her in. This killer is a paranoid and a sociopath and suffers from crippling OCD. The scary part is he is a genius. He was in an institution for ten years and had all that time to exact his revenge on the Organization. He learned all of the particulars about Bernard Strauss, Federico Lopez, and Yasmin Li-Ang. They learned a lot about them and more because they thought a bomb was involved. Majid Shariri was the informant who was killed with a car bomb. He confirmed the names of these three and they were part of the 12 physicists, only the three were under guard. The core is the Bernoulli Project hit list, which included the names of all twelve to be assassinated within four years. Each target was assigned a different agent, who was not aware of the others. No one in the world linked the deaths and who would think to kill a noble laureate in physics.
The timeline is not always chronologically organized as the author flashes back and forth between pertinent dates as we learn what is being done to capture this killer and at the same time we hear his voice, learn his moves, his mode of thought and finally his actions are described so vividly some might hide their eyes when reading about the atrocities that he inflicts on others. This involved a bomb and twelve scientists and one took the call from Kazakhstan and because they did not know which one, they all had to be eliminated. The mistake and the catalyst is 10483. Within the basement of his home while the upper part was burning the killer revels in his accomplishments. But, Amiram suffers, Avner loses his wife, others will die before the ending that will shock readers comes to light as we hear the final thoughts of the killer from the moment he awakens in his imprisoned state in a room painted white, 2 white fluorescent lights and floor that would make any think twice about stepping on it. The door was made of heavy metal and white. The patient closes his eyes, thinks and massages his temples. Reliving moments, talking to you the reader, killing a guard by pretending he is sick, the escape is quite cunning an remarkable and the head nurse finds him awake, his memories please him and he retrieves a pile of pages and writes down his thoughts in his journal Page 303 he writes in his journal read the rest to find out what. His final words: I will bring down the Organization. Read this novel and find out just how as the last part is a flashback the author brilliantly created to allow us to learn why and how they man decided take advantage of THREE ENVELOPES and their contents to take down those that crossed him. Is he done? Only the author knows that for sure.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine