Who has the right to take a human life? Who has the right to make that decision? The sixth commandment: Thou Shalt Not Kill focuses on the word You. You shall not murder. You are not to kill whether premedidated or in the anger of the moment. You shalt not kill: Exodus 20:13. We must control our tempers. Taking a human life is not our right to decide yet it does happen. Wars are fought, lives are sacrificed and in the end the carnage is often devastating. At the heart of this novel is the core of this amendment as we hear the voices on two sides. First the Syrian collision and Generals from that country, Iran and the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, the leader of IRGC’s Quds Force, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and
Major General Soleimani and others related to Russian and Syrian forces hoping to create a plan to destroy Israel. Entering the room, you can feel the tension in the air, the vying for control and the arguments for and against the strategic plans proposed . But in the end, it was decided to that there would be 12 SCUD -D missiles aimed at Tel Avi, Jerusalem and Haifa: four for each. The missiles targeted for Tel Avi were armed with chemical munition. Nerve gas is the weapon and the result would take several days for forensic confirmation. Defending their strategy and even understanding that Israel will strike back, they feel it would take time for them to argue the appropriateness if nuclear reprisal.
Israel was not unaware of the imminent danger as we meet the Prime Minister and he’s informed that there is a credible threat from Iranian, Hezbollah, Hamas, Syrian and Russian forces that may overwhelm their ability to defend their nation. Is it time for a nuclear attack? But this is just the discussion stage as what follows is devastating and places Israel in a tenuous position that will cause their leaders to make drastic moves, highly unusual decisions and require the support and help of the United States.
Missiles launched lives lost and Israel must develop a plan to strike back but things escalate even more, and decisions must change, strategies need to be formulated as Commander John Hart enters the scene sent by US President Connor to formulate a plan to support
Israel. The goal is to plan a well devised attack or attacks to destroy Israel and eradicate it from the world. Imagine 40,000 men strong : Iranian, Syrian, Hezbollah, Hamas and Russian forces all combined as one unit. Abraham Rabinovitch , the Israeli Prime Minister reminds himself and readers of the words: never again: a promise by Jewish Holocaust survivors to never again be passive in the face of a well devised and manipulated plan of total annihilation. Each is well thought out and the research into the 1967 and 1973 wars helps readers to understand firsthand why Israel needs to take a firm stand and getting blindsided which it rare, they have to fight back and fight back hard as the attacks cost 100’s of lives and more on both sides.
Thou shalt not kill yet what halo when this commandment is not adhered and the world on both sides must fight for freedom, control and survival. Who has the right to take lives when voices are not heard, mediation is not an option and the result is far from over?
The heat rises as a deadly gas I was sprayed over Tel Aviv and the plot rises up to new heights as the Prime Minister seeks answers, Hart has his own views and the questions come from all sides but will the answer or response be weapons of mass destruction? Israel will not go down without a fight and the other side has already broadcasted a threat and cooler heads are not prevailing as the author reminds us of a second crisis the Prime Minister must deal with , his wife Rachel’s medical issue that she’s handling alone.
The Iranians hit hard, and lives are lost as battle lines are drawn and Israel must decide on a response. The author’s research in Iran’s capabilities is extensive as the Prime Minister of Israel seeks out the thoughts of the Director of Mossad, Hart and others present as the end result would take out the Hezbollah compound but who else would suffer in the wake of this nuclear attack and us this the final and only solution to world discord. Lines are drawn and now our President presents his views and the climate gets cold between two allies. But Israel won’t surrender, and u truly hope in all reality they never do.
John Hart is placed in a tenuous position as he is there to advise but in all reality it’s up to Israel and the fallout will be huge on all fronts. The President of Iran went public with his threats challenging Israel with his demands and his power. This is a plot line right out of the headlines and the fact that they might can carry out the threats is chilling.
As the deaths mount up and Israel must take a stand their response is to deploy their own nuclear weapons directly on Hezbollah, but Israeli casualties were huge too. With Israel and the United States possibly at opposite ends, John Hart suggests along with our President a solution that might work. Will Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia join forces with an Israel? Will Russia admit to supplying the nerve gas that killed so many? Is the solution suggested one that will eliminate or lessen casualties? In a world where power and control seem paramount and lives are at stake, ideologies differ will there ever come a time where differences will be set aside, and the leadership of countries will respect the differences of others without force and weapons?
As the next phase begins and Hart is joining the fight and leading a team, we enter the battlefield, feel the shockwaves and visualize the deaths as they happen. Threats come from the other side and both hope for victory but capturing the Golan Heights was just the start, but the other side will not surrender.
The plan is in effect and the teams are going to strike as the inevitable happens, but one man might not survive. With John critical and Israel still threatened what the author created in a storyline will shock readers. Will the two sides ever come to terms? Can differences ever be put aside or will Israel fall, or will Palestine and Iran be defeated?
Things take an unusual turn as John makes a life changing decision and he and Liz must come to an agreement. Wars are never really on because both sides have casualties as the final revelations come to light and interesting secrets are unraveled the author creates an ending letting you know that there is much more in store for both the US and Israel as well as Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Palestinians. The final words and the outcome will leave up to you the reader to decide.
Filled with high voltage explosions, twists from numerous directions and a plot that will make you wonder what fact or fiction is really.
A character like John Hart whose vision changes at the end and who’s moral ethics he himself begins to question as John and Liz take a long hard look at what their future visions will bring.
Killing, bombing, attacks and deaths: thou shalt not kill? Can we treat those that hate us with respect? Can we live in peace and harmony with them? In the end how far will we go to finally envelope and cherish the gift given to us by God: life. This is a well-researched novel with realistic situations and world leaders making decisions that affect their citizens but not always as we learn politically correct yet at times the only viable solution at hand.
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THOU SHALT NOT KILL: JOHN LEIFER
Review by Fran Lewis