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A Thrilling Tale of Love, Loss, and Revenge Set primarily in post-WWII Israel, Lone Wolf in Jerusalem is a suspenseful, action-packed novel that is a worthy contribution to Jewish historical fiction. Using drama, adventure, and romance, Diskin has created a colorful and captivating story that entertains and educates through the exploits of main protagonist, David Gabinsky. A Thrilling Tale of Love, Loss, and Revenge Set primarily in post-WWII Israel, Lone Wolf in Jerusalem is a suspenseful, action-packed novel that is a worthy contribution to Jewish historical fiction. Using drama, adventure, and romance, Diskin has created a colorful and captivating story that entertains and educates through the exploits of main protagonist, David Gabinsky. During the war, after losing his family to Hitler's ''final solution,'' young David leads a courageous group of Jewish resistance fighters against the Nazis. When Germany is defeated, he journeys to Jerusalem, to find a new battle brewing. British occupation forces are entrenched in Israel, blocking Holocaust survivors from immigrating to their Jewish homeland. Determined to help his people find freedom, David uses his guerilla skills to single-handedly wreak havoc on the British. As he begins his dangerous quest, David meets and falls in love with the beautiful Shoshana, a young Holocaust survivor whose spirit may have gotten damaged beyond repair. Recounting the tragic losses and heroic triumphs of the Jewish people during this critical stage in their history, Lone Wolf in Jerusalem brings these events to life in a new and inspirational way, making them accessible to a new generation. Originally written in Hebrew, this book quickly became a best seller in Israel.


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A Thrilling Tale of Love, Loss, and Revenge Set primarily in post-WWII Israel, Lone Wolf in Jerusalem is a suspenseful, action-packed novel that is a worthy contribution to Jewish historical fiction. Using drama, adventure, and romance, Diskin has created a colorful and captivating story that entertains and educates through the exploits of main protagonist, David Gabinsky. A Thrilling Tale of Love, Loss, and Revenge Set primarily in post-WWII Israel, Lone Wolf in Jerusalem is a suspenseful, action-packed novel that is a worthy contribution to Jewish historical fiction. Using drama, adventure, and romance, Diskin has created a colorful and captivating story that entertains and educates through the exploits of main protagonist, David Gabinsky. During the war, after losing his family to Hitler's ''final solution,'' young David leads a courageous group of Jewish resistance fighters against the Nazis. When Germany is defeated, he journeys to Jerusalem, to find a new battle brewing. British occupation forces are entrenched in Israel, blocking Holocaust survivors from immigrating to their Jewish homeland. Determined to help his people find freedom, David uses his guerilla skills to single-handedly wreak havoc on the British. As he begins his dangerous quest, David meets and falls in love with the beautiful Shoshana, a young Holocaust survivor whose spirit may have gotten damaged beyond repair. Recounting the tragic losses and heroic triumphs of the Jewish people during this critical stage in their history, Lone Wolf in Jerusalem brings these events to life in a new and inspirational way, making them accessible to a new generation. Originally written in Hebrew, this book quickly became a best seller in Israel.

30 review for Lone Wolf in Jerusalem

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Diskin’s Lone Wolf is a fictionalized account of pre-Independence Israel and the armed struggle against the British, who for political reasons, were determined to keep thousands of Holocaust survivors who had no home left in the charred ruins of Europe from returning to their ancestral homeland. This story will certainly remind readers of Uris’ classic novel Exodus, but it tells a very different story. The main protagonist of the novel is David Gabinsky, a survivor of the Nazi conquest of Europe, Diskin’s Lone Wolf is a fictionalized account of pre-Independence Israel and the armed struggle against the British, who for political reasons, were determined to keep thousands of Holocaust survivors who had no home left in the charred ruins of Europe from returning to their ancestral homeland. This story will certainly remind readers of Uris’ classic novel Exodus, but it tells a very different story. The main protagonist of the novel is David Gabinsky, a survivor of the Nazi conquest of Europe, who lost his family to the Nazi genocide, and survived for years, fighting in the forests of Byelorussia with the few other survivors left against the Nazis. That story is told in flashbacks as is Gabinsky’s survival in post-War Krakow and his subsequent journey to 1946 Israel where Hitler’s Ally Al-Husseini, who had sought to implement Hitler’s Final Solution throughout the Middle East, still holds power and the British seek to placate this monster and his ilk by limiting emigration from thousands of survivors in displacement camps in Cyprus and Italy. The story follows Gabinsky as he makes his home in Jerusalem and fights the British both on his own and with resistance groups. It’s a story of espionage, rebellion, and the trauma experienced by survivors of WW2 and its evils. Diskin doesn’t just make this a men’s adventure war story, but includes romance, giving the story wider appeal. It is well-written and an easy book to read. Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shomeret

    When I saw this book on Net Galley, it intrigued me. I had read books taking place in British Mandate Palestine, but I hadn't seen this sort of focus before. Since it was a Read Now book, I was able to download it right away. So when publicist Wiley Saichek asked me if I wanted to review it, I said that I already had a copy for review. Although Lone Wolf in Jerusalem is primarily a thriller, I find myself wanting to discuss characters. I loved Shoshana. Her character arc of recovery really pulled When I saw this book on Net Galley, it intrigued me. I had read books taking place in British Mandate Palestine, but I hadn't seen this sort of focus before. Since it was a Read Now book, I was able to download it right away. So when publicist Wiley Saichek asked me if I wanted to review it, I said that I already had a copy for review. Although Lone Wolf in Jerusalem is primarily a thriller, I find myself wanting to discuss characters. I loved Shoshana. Her character arc of recovery really pulled me in to the book. Yet I have to say that at the beginning of the novel, I found the perspective of the protagonist understandable, but not sympathetic. With his background, I understood why David did not distinguish between the Nazis and the British occupiers. He saw himself as continuing his World II struggle against the enemies of Jews. Don't write off David if you don't find him sympathetic at the outset. Diskin shows us a protagonist who evolves in his thinking, and becomes more sympathetic over the course of the novel. Diskin's military background lends tremendous verisimilitude to the action scenes in this thriller. There is a great deal more talk about strategy and tactics than I am accustomed to seeing in thrillers, but they weren't just dry discussions. Diskin contextualized strategy and tactics within the life of the protagonist. David's choices were accompanied by flashbacks when they were related to specific memories from his experiences. I am usually disappointed by bestsellers when I read them, but this Israeli bestseller was both intense and informative. For the extended blog version of my review see http://shomeretmasked.blogspot.com/20...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    *Trigger warnings for rape* It pains me to give this book a low rating because I’d bet my last dollar that most of my issues with it are due to translation things, and I don’t feel right rating and critiquing writing style when I’m not reading the book in the original language that the author used. That being said, the translation feels like it lost a lot of the heart that’s probably in the novel’s original Hebrew. Aside from the translation issues, it’s an incredibly informative book and gives a *Trigger warnings for rape* It pains me to give this book a low rating because I’d bet my last dollar that most of my issues with it are due to translation things, and I don’t feel right rating and critiquing writing style when I’m not reading the book in the original language that the author used. That being said, the translation feels like it lost a lot of the heart that’s probably in the novel’s original Hebrew. Aside from the translation issues, it’s an incredibly informative book and gives a lot of factual information on the Jewish underground resistance during the end of the British Mandate period in Palestine/Israel. Reading it in juxtaposition with Anita Diamant’s Day After Night would be particularly interesting since her novel focuses on a different perspective during the same time period. *I won a copy of this book in a goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Golan Friedman

    I read this book, cover to cover, in one transatlantic flight. I can count on one hand the number of books that I devoured so quickly. The author, Ehud Diskin did an incredible job of research and successfully recreated and ipmeccable scenery of the last days of the British mandate in Jerusalem. The storyline is chanting, full of action and adrenalin. The hero, David is fighting the young nation's fight for independence, on his terms, and fighting is an instinct for David, after being haunted fo I read this book, cover to cover, in one transatlantic flight. I can count on one hand the number of books that I devoured so quickly. The author, Ehud Diskin did an incredible job of research and successfully recreated and ipmeccable scenery of the last days of the British mandate in Jerusalem. The storyline is chanting, full of action and adrenalin. The hero, David is fighting the young nation's fight for independence, on his terms, and fighting is an instinct for David, after being haunted for his judaism by the nazis for his judaism. But David isn't fighting only Israel's war, he is in a battle to reshape his own identity, as an immigrant that had lost everything and has nothing more to lose. It is a very visual book and reading it is much like watching a good action film. Many anecdotes are wise and amusing observation on people behaviours, characters and motives that are universal. And there is a love story, romance that boil slowly waiting for its moment of climax. Go read that!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ilana

    Drama, adventure, romance and WWII traumatic memories. The popular novel in Israel, Lone Wolf in Jerusalem, by the decorated IDF colonel Ehud Diskin, wisely uses the troubled political and security landscape in Israel during the British Mandate to recreate vivid stories of the Jewish resistance in the Holy Land. The main character is David Gabinsky, a former member of the resistance against the Germans in Belarus, shortly landed in the 'home of the Jewish people' and faced with the harsh surviva Drama, adventure, romance and WWII traumatic memories. The popular novel in Israel, Lone Wolf in Jerusalem, by the decorated IDF colonel Ehud Diskin, wisely uses the troubled political and security landscape in Israel during the British Mandate to recreate vivid stories of the Jewish resistance in the Holy Land. The main character is David Gabinsky, a former member of the resistance against the Germans in Belarus, shortly landed in the 'home of the Jewish people' and faced with the harsh survival realities. The different ideological orientations and strategical mindsets of the many resistance groups and different approach of Zionism - explained sometimes but the author in a bit too school-like, pedagogical way - are a good indicator of the current political mainstreams in Israel. Diskin projects also a different image of the Jewish communities in Europe, with insights about the armed resistance against the Germans, a reality not enough approached either in purely historical or literary works placed in that period of time. Besides the historical contexts and constructions, the story flows beautifully and there is enough action and romantic touch to inspire and captivate the readership. The love between David and Shoshana is dramatic and moving, with a dynamic written on hearbreaking historical canvass. The historical research is well done, which allows the writer to play with the imagination and create unique stories, without diminishing the reality of facts. It is an easy-to-read novel, with a touch of mystery, thriller and historical - also military - dramatism, recommended to history novels readers, especially those passionate about the Middle East, particularly Jewish history. Disclaimer: Book offered by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Echols

    I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I had doubts if I would like this book, but it was action packed right from the beginning! David Gabinsky is seeking revenge, and you can't blame him after losing his family to the Nazis. He and other Jewish survivors join up against the Nazis, but he loses his girlfriend and others in this quest. After Germany is defeated, he goes to Jerusalem, but the British army who rules there is not allowing Jewish survivors to immigrate, and so he must fight I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I had doubts if I would like this book, but it was action packed right from the beginning! David Gabinsky is seeking revenge, and you can't blame him after losing his family to the Nazis. He and other Jewish survivors join up against the Nazis, but he loses his girlfriend and others in this quest. After Germany is defeated, he goes to Jerusalem, but the British army who rules there is not allowing Jewish survivors to immigrate, and so he must fight against them now. It was hard to understand why they wouldn't allow these people to come there after all the horror and torture they had already endured. David finds love again with Shoshana, who also lost all her family, but she watched her mother be raped and killed and she was raped also, so she is not wanting a physical relationship. She does get help from a therapist, and the woman also helps and talks to David. They work together in a cafe, and David begins to kill British officers on his own, but he has many offers to work in underground groups, but he continues his lone wolf efforts. With his sharp mind and guerilla skills, he is a force to be reckoned. He does eventually become involved with a great group and meets back up with some old friends who join, and Shoshana joins too. I found this book so interesting, and I feel like I learned alot too, I was not wanting to put it down!! So much action, I felt like I was right there with them! And the love between David and Shoshana added to the story. This was a fantastic read, and I give it a solid 5 star rating.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diane Zwang

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Amazon Kindle. I visited Israel this year so I was looking forward to the story. In Israel I learned a bit about the British occupation from Ayalon Institute in Rehovot, where a secret underground bullet factory existed against the British Mandates Ruling. The main character, David Gabinsky emigrates to Israel from Belarus after the Nazis kill his family. The story is told in both past and present which I liked. We learn how David is assimilating into I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway from Amazon Kindle. I visited Israel this year so I was looking forward to the story. In Israel I learned a bit about the British occupation from Ayalon Institute in Rehovot, where a secret underground bullet factory existed against the British Mandates Ruling. The main character, David Gabinsky emigrates to Israel from Belarus after the Nazis kill his family. The story is told in both past and present which I liked. We learn how David is assimilating into Israeli life and the struggles of his past in Nazi occupied Belarus. Each chapter in the past pieces together more of the puzzle of David. The other important character in the story is Israel, the birth of a nation. It really is the story of Israeli Independence. There was much to like about this book. I enjoyed the time period (World War II), the location (Israel), and the history. The author went to great detail to accurately portray the story and his bibliography sites some thirty- five references. The beginning of each chapter has a quote by a notable Israeli author or scholar, which I enjoyed reading. This was a worthwhile story for me as I felt I learned a lot. The author's attention to detail came through in the story. My one criticism was in portraying love interests, some of the dialogue in the beginning seemed sophomoric. I would recommend this book if you like historical fiction, World War II or Israel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Terralyn Brown Barfield

    3 1/2-4 🌟 Stars I’d like to thank the author and Goodreads for making me a Goodreads winner. This was a fictional story based on the historical struggles of immigrant Jews escaping Europe at the end of WWII and the fight to establish a self-governing Israel for the Jewish peoples of the world in their original homeland. *It does not touch on the plight of the Arab people displaced by this repatriation. This is strictly the Israeli point of view, showing the gorilla warfare used to wrestle power f 3 1/2-4 🌟 Stars I’d like to thank the author and Goodreads for making me a Goodreads winner. This was a fictional story based on the historical struggles of immigrant Jews escaping Europe at the end of WWII and the fight to establish a self-governing Israel for the Jewish peoples of the world in their original homeland. *It does not touch on the plight of the Arab people displaced by this repatriation. This is strictly the Israeli point of view, showing the gorilla warfare used to wrestle power from the British overseers in the last 1940s. It highlights the strength & courage of the Jewish people (as opposed to much of the WWII holocaust literature’s portrayal of pacifist & helplessness). It was very educational for me. I’d like to explore the Palestinian Arab viewpoint to round out my understanding of the struggles of all those living in Israel. I also see an opportunity for the author to write about the next step in the fight for independence: the formation of their military and the social structure that evolved. A satisfying read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    This book really got me. This is the first time I had read a book that dealt with the British in Israel. I had read the cold hard facts before, but this story presented it from the personal viewpoint of David, the main character. I could understand his anger at the British for stopping the ships with the Holocaust survivors on board. I could understand how a man that had fought the Nazi's would see the British as the enemy. Through the main character's flashbacks, I could see how his whole life This book really got me. This is the first time I had read a book that dealt with the British in Israel. I had read the cold hard facts before, but this story presented it from the personal viewpoint of David, the main character. I could understand his anger at the British for stopping the ships with the Holocaust survivors on board. I could understand how a man that had fought the Nazi's would see the British as the enemy. Through the main character's flashbacks, I could see how his whole life was stolen from him and made him into the kind of man to seek his own revenge. I could imagine the fear of trying to love again and trust again. I hated for this book to end. After I read it, I looked up the British Mandate and opposition Israel had in becoming a free state. I sincerely hope the author writes about the next step, the War of Independence for Israel, so we can find out how the characters in this book aid in the struggle.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    Lone Wolf in Jerusalemby Ehud DiskinGreenleaf Book GroupGreenleaf Book Group PressGeneral Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & ThrillersPub Date 14 Aug 2018 I am reviewing a copy of Lone Wolf In Jerusalem through GreenLeaf Book Group Press and Netgalley: The majority of this book is set in Post World War 2 Israel! David leads a courageous young group of Jewish Resistance fighters against the Nazi's after loosing his family to Hitler's "Final Solution." After Germany is defeated in the war he heads to Je 
Lone Wolf in Jerusalem
by Ehud Diskin
Greenleaf Book Group
Greenleaf Book Group Press
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 14 Aug 2018 I am reviewing a copy of Lone Wolf In Jerusalem through GreenLeaf Book Group Press and Netgalley:
 The majority of this book is set in Post World War 2 Israel! David leads a courageous young group of Jewish Resistance fighters against the Nazi's after loosing his family to Hitler's "Final Solution." After Germany is defeated in the war he heads to Jerusalem to find a new battle brewing. British forces are blocking Holocaust survivors from immigrating to Israel. David who has skills in Guerrilla warfare used those skills to wreak havoc on the British but while on this mission he meets Shoshana (a young Holocaust Survivor whose spirit seems to be damaged by repair. Regardless he falls in love with her. I give Lone Wolf in Jerusalem five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shir

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was an interesting read into a very tumultuous time in the 20th century, particularly for Jews. The book provided a first-hand (albeit fictional) account of a young Jewish man (David) who survived the horrors of the Holocaust, made it to the British Mandate of Palestine, and fought against the British for the creation of the State of Israel. There was a lot of fascinating details about the various Jewish underground organizations with similar goals but vastly different tactics (e.g., I This book was an interesting read into a very tumultuous time in the 20th century, particularly for Jews. The book provided a first-hand (albeit fictional) account of a young Jewish man (David) who survived the horrors of the Holocaust, made it to the British Mandate of Palestine, and fought against the British for the creation of the State of Israel. There was a lot of fascinating details about the various Jewish underground organizations with similar goals but vastly different tactics (e.g., Irgun), so it was great to get David’s perspective on how the groups functioned. David had a fulfilling character arc, from his introduction as the titular Lone Wolf/solitary fighter to group leader to lover/future husband as he learned to love and trust others. I do wish that the book had ended with the creation of Israel in May 1948, rather than the initial UN approval in November 1947.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    First I would like to state that I have received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style. This book was a very interesting read. The authors writing style kept you interested from the first chapter to the very last. The author, Ehud Diskin did an incredible job o First I would like to state that I have received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style. This book was a very interesting read. The authors writing style kept you interested from the first chapter to the very last. The author, Ehud Diskin did an incredible job of research and successfully recreating of the last days of the British mandate in Jerusalem. The storyline is full of action It is a very visual book and reading it is much like watching a good action film. I would recommend this book it is a great read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Grant

    This was a hard book to read in more ways than one for me. A good book in that it covers a lot of information about a time and facts that most people, myself included know either nothing or very little about, and that is sad and wrong! The "novel" parts were often not to my liking but the sheer volume of information made this well worth the read! I actually ended up with two copies of this book! An e-copy from the Publisher and NetGalley to review for my honest opinion, which is what I am doing. An This was a hard book to read in more ways than one for me. A good book in that it covers a lot of information about a time and facts that most people, myself included know either nothing or very little about, and that is sad and wrong! The "novel" parts were often not to my liking but the sheer volume of information made this well worth the read! I actually ended up with two copies of this book! An e-copy from the Publisher and NetGalley to review for my honest opinion, which is what I am doing. And a paperback copy I won on Goodreads also for my honest review... One and the same! Thank you both very much!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dora Okeyo

    This book gave me three things: mystery, suspense and vengeance. Well, if you are David, then you know what it means to lose everyone you love at the hand of the Nazis and you also know a thing or two about stealth and attacking your enemy. Better yet, you know how to blend in without losing sight of your goal. Thanks for the eARC Netgalley, I got to be in David's world, to fight his battles and the author made sure I held my breath every time he went on a mission.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Misspennylane

    I'm unsure how to rate this book. The history in it was very interesting, and the story told it well. I had to keep reminding myself that it was told from the point of view of someone in their early 20s, and not an older, more eloquent person. When I remembered that, the style of writing made more sense. I would recommend it to people, especially those who are interested in Israel in the 1940s.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Amazing story set in post WWII Israel during the British occupation. The main character, David, takes action against the British along with other Jewish groups to convince the British to leave Israel. The story is full of action, suspense and romance. Very entertaining and gripping. I highly recommend for a great read. I won this book in AGoodReads Giveaway.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    From a historical perspective, combined with Diskin's military background, this combined to make a period thriller that was difficult to put down. The character development of David and Shoshana car the book. The emotions of the moment, the history are clear. The dialogue between characters seems almost too simple at time but the pace of the story is riveting.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Gill

    Extremely interesting, breath taking with anticipation! A very interesting historical view of how a single person can over come extreme odds and emerge triumphant. David suffered many losses in his young life but did not give up. I learned much about the struggles of the Jewish people and the strength they show to the world.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Judie

    Lone Wolf in Jerusalem is riveting historical fiction. A bright new voice in Holocaust and Israel's fight for nationhood literature. I highly recommend this book. I won a Kindle copy of this book from Goodreads for my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I received this book for free through goodreads giveaways. I loved this books! Very interesting for historical fiction fans. Definite must read if you are a fan of WWII historical fiction, but want something different.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christine Garver

    Based on true facts, this story tells us a part of history that I have not heard before. The British were given control of Israel after WWI. Though they remain our Allies, it saddens me to now know what a role the British played in halting Holocaust survivors from entering Israel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Spring Runyon

    I really enjoyed this book. I feel like I learned a lot about WWII, while also reading a very entertaining nail biter of a story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Yara Beverly

    This novel completely ignores and erases the narrative of the native people of Israel: the Palestinian Arabs who lived in "pre-independence Israel"

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sam Glasbrenner

    I won the kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway and cannot wait to read it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Historical fiction about the struggle to win for the Jews Palestine from the English after WW11. How much was fiction I am not sure but an excellent read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Gerwin

    Good explanation of what happened in Israel during WW II up to 1947. Enjoyed it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Curtis Perrymore

    A very eye opening look at historical events. I recieved this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Everyone should read this to get a new perspective on the history of Israel. It shows a first hand view of how some Jews came to Israel. And, provides a story that encourages a more in depth look at history.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mariette Ames

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elliot Mazer

  30. 5 out of 5

    janet f schoel

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