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In False Flag, Israeli-born Dalia Artzi, a tactical genius and specialist at Princeton in the study of maneuver warfare, uncovers a fiendish plot by a small group of Israeli fanatics to commit a horrific crime against the United States government and pin the blame on Iran. At first Dalia, a pacifist, is hesitant to get involved. But, strong in her Jewish faith, she believes that the goal of her religion is not to crush one's enemies but to practice tikkun olam, to repair the world. Soon Dalia has little choice but to act quickly and do what she must to prevent the unspeakable. 

Meanwhile, Jana, a beautiful but deadly Israeli operative taking orders from the conspiring fanatics, is determined to deftly fulfill the deadly mission entrusted to her. Once the plot has been carried out, Jana and the commanders of her mission believe that Israel's enemies will meet with total destruction when the world's most powerful nation retaliates. Jana is firm in her conviction that she is on the side of right and believes the ends will justify the means, however violent. 

Centered on a fascinating and original Israeli heroine and antiheroine, False Flag probes some of the most important political and moral conflicts of our times. Altman examines extremism in its many incarnations and the complex pitfalls humans encounter when they try to do what is right, no matter the cost. In the process, he continues his tradition of creating ruthless female assassins, delivering his most terrifying creation yet. Riveting espionage, struggles of conscience, and edge-of-your-seat intrigue combine to make False Flag one of the most compelling and controversial thrillers of 2017.

©2017 John Altman (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 17-10-20

Boring story that lacks energy

Ballerini is a great narrator - one of my preferred ones in fact - but even he can't save this meandering, boring storyline. When I have to rewind multiple times because I got distracted or simply lost the plot, it is a clear sign that something is wrong. With this audiobook it is exactly like that, Altman just seems to ramble on but the characters never come to live and so does the story. Abandoned at half-time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-20

couldn't finish it

It appeared it would be a good spy/action story. I couldn't finish it...slow and ploding...performance was meh as well...not recommended.

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  • Jason
  • 28-10-20

Couldn't do it.

I tried. With only 3+ hours left I was over half done. I just couldn't finish it. Characters were blah and I didn't care if they all died at once. It was like watching the Trump/Biden debate without the snarky comments, the moderator repeating "2 minutes" over and over, the sarcasm, the fly or even a color TV. YMMV.

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  • John Maxwell
  • 20-01-21

Don’t waste your time

Too wordy, stream of consciousness, predictable, hard to follow. I’ll never get that time back.

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  • John Kirsch
  • 19-01-21

Very poor book. Badly read.

This is without question one of the worst book I have listened to. Ended up stopping half way thru. Bounces from scene to scene without pause. Really difficult to follow characters. A high number of "Flash Backs" from characters that adds very little to the story .

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-01-21

many things to love but my attention wandered

I felt this novel was written by a man, with the thought that his only readers would be males, because well, females are (take your pick) not interested, mature enough, or macho enough to deal with a subject such as his. Some things were over explained. characters were 2 dimensional, good guys like the heroes, and everyone else., who were either bad guys or merely incompetent fools. I dont usually comment on the actor reading the book but this time I feel I must. My attention kept wandering even in scenes with lots of action! I am NOT a person who likes every sentence emphasized as it's read so one feels one can't catch one's breath, and that either every sentence in the book is important- or nothing is. I just want the reader to give appropriate emotional cues as to what is happening. I am usually pleasantly surprised how well this is done. This book didnt succeed in this area. Despite these criticisms, I enjoyed the book.

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  • Terry
  • 15-01-21

Too political and the story just drags

Gave up after about 2 hours into it. The narrater, Edoardo Ballerini, who I normally like listening to, couldn't save it or hold my interest.

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  • Jon B
  • 13-01-21

Endless droning on about Israeli politics

A WASTED CREDIT! I tried but gave up at the mid point when the author started ranting about how the Indians were done wrong in America! If you can imagine how off topic that was in this book? Books involving the Mossad are normally exciting, but this was about as exciting as listening to someone read a software user agreement to you. It as dull, ploding, excessively preachy and judgemental without an honest point. The writer needs to write a thriller or a textbook, but not both in the same book.

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  • Richard Schwartz
  • 01-01-21

not the best, not the worst.

at least there was no paranormal stuff. and the use of religion as a basis for fanaticism was toned down to mere personal vengeance. i dont want to give the plot away, so listen and judge for yourself.

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  • J. Foote
  • 28-12-20

little hard to follow

I liked the story overall, but the change in the middle of the chapters left me confused sometimes about who I was hearing about.