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Summary

Martin Fletcher's Promised Land is the sweeping saga of two brothers and the woman they love; a devastating love triangle set against the tumultuous founding of Israel.

The story begins when 14-year-old Peter is sent west to America to escape the growing horror of Nazi Germany. But his younger brother, Arie, and their entire family are sent east to the death camps. Only Arie survives.

The brothers reunite in the nascent Jewish state, where Arie becomes a businessman and one of the richest men in Israel while Peter becomes a top Mossad agent, heading some of Israel’s most vital espionage operations. One brother builds Israel, the other protects it.

But they also fall in love with the same woman, Tamara, a lonely Jewish refugee from Cairo. And over the next two decades, as their new homeland faces extraordinary obstacles that could destroy it, the brothers’ intrigues and jealousies threaten to tear their new lives apart.

Promised Land is at once the gripping tale of a struggling family and an epic about a struggling nation.

©2018 Martin Fletcher (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

"Promised Land is a great sweeping epic...a moving story of triumph and tragedy, new love and historic hate, expertly told by a cast of unforgettable characters. Fletcher's writing is superb and rises to the level of importance that this story demands and deserves." (Nelson DeMille, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Cuban Affair)

“Masterful in scope, yet intimate in lens, Promised Land is a rich tribute to the human spirit and a triumphant chronicle of one of the important events in modern history.” (Pam Jenoff, New York Times best-selling author of The Orphan’s Tale

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Wonderful!

This is an incredible book to listen to. The story of two brothers who are in love with the same woman set against the backdrop of the new state of Israel is completely gripping. An epic narrative that was beautifully read.

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  • 11-01-19

Ugh. So basic

Some good stuff in there but the dialogue was so trite. The underlying story not well developed. Very disappointing

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  • 19-11-20

Narrator not up to par.

The narrator was a poor reader. I cringed when he spoke English in this awful Hebrew accent. It was as the worst audible book I have heard. (All the others were excellent.)
I thought it was my imagination until the two other people in my book club who listened to the book shared how terrible the audio version was.
Since in the story the characters were actually speaking in Hebrew, there was no reason to translate into accented English.
This is the ONLY review I have written. I felt it was necessary. The two other people said the audio ruined the book for them. I liked the book IN SPITE of the audio!