Monday, July 20, 2015

Oranit: Crossed Lines by Michael Benjamin Book Review

Book Description :

An Arab collaborator's body is found by a collapsed wall in the new Israeli settlement of Oranit. His death is hushed up and the body burned by the Palestinian villagers who hated him. Most people claim he died in his own village, although this is apparently untrue. Two years later his death is all but forgotten until a bullet is found by a wall, and everything changes. Old speculations of foul play are confirmed, and the collaborator’s death becomes a murder case.

Formerly a member of Israeli military field security, Oranit resident Jeannie now works for the Shin Bet Security Service. She's given the dubious task of "putting the case to rest again." Delving into the circumstances surrounding the Arab's death, Jeannie discovers a hidden world of smuggling, forgery and other doubtful activities tied to minor politicians and founding members of the Oranit settlement. Everyone, including Jeannie's own father, seems to be a suspect.

Author and retired Israeli army psychiatrist Michael I. Benjamin weaves an entertaining and occasionally humorous murder mystery through the tangled politics and racial tension of the Green Line, the Yom Kippur War, and the Holocaust. As Jeannie uncovers the truth, she'll never see Oranit in quite the same way. 


More About the Author


Born in Leeds, England, during WWII to parents who were first-generation refugees.

Michael Benjamin, educated in both England and Scotland, graduated with an MBChB and medicine physiology from the University of Aberdeen.

He immigrated to Israel in 1969, is married to Pat Benjamin. The couple has three children and five grandchildren (to date).

Michael completed his training as a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in Israel. For many years, he worked in the field of Mental Health as an administrator, planner and initiator of services, auditor and a recognized danger assessor. He has been engrossed by and active in both soccer, politics both at a local and national level. Michael Benjamin was a founder member of Oranit, he played a crucial role in establishing the village and creating the local council. Michael served in the Israeli Defence for some length of time, reaching the rank of Major. He saw active wartime duty and treated Shell Shocked patients.
His first novel, Oranit || Crossed Lines was published in June 2015. His second book, Oranit || Bloodlines is to be published shortly. 


I was happy to get this paperback book  titled Oranit: Crossed Lines by Michael Benjamin.  I like that the author gives the reader an insight of his real life experience combined with this page turner filled with twists and turns page after page.  Once I started reading, I could not but this book down! Although a bit complicated at times, this book was an easy read even though it is layered with mystery,

crimes, blackmail, politics, cover ups, investigation and so much more.  I found this book to be very well written and informative as well as entertaining.   I enjoyed it from cover to cover and passed it along to a friend who was interested in reading it, so we can discuss it when she is done.  I recommend this book.


 I received this product in exchange for a review. All my opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.




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