Pearl in the Sand : a novel

From Ginny Pisciotta
author: Afshar, Tessa
Pearl in the Sand : a novel
This gripping novel is faithful to the biblical account while elaborating on the story of Rahab, a Canaanite prostitute in Jericho who aided the Hebrew spies, joined the Israelites, and went on to become the mother of Boaz (the husband of Ruth) and the great grandmother of King David. This book has it all – action, romance and deep spiritual insight.  My one gripe would be that at times you wished it didn’t take so long for Rahab and Salmone to understand each other (even after they married).

The Kill Artist

From Hannah Columbo
author: Silva, Daniel
The Kill Artist
In this  first book of the Gabriel Allon series, Gabriel, a former assassin for Israel’s foreign intelligence service, the Mossad  retired after the murders of his wife and son to lead a quiet life as an art restorer, one who fixes the wounded past. Gabriel’s ex-boss, Ari Shamron, an Israeli spymaster,convinces Gabriel to leave his sheltered hermitage to hunt down Tariq, the assassin who killed Gabriel’s family.Silva explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from many, many angles.