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David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married and has been primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif, the Palestinian woman with whom he had a passionate affair in law school, he begins a completely unexpected journey. The day after Hana's call, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber - and soon Hana is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder. Now David must make an agonizing decision: will he, a Jew, represent Hana, who may well be guilty, or will he turn away a woman he can never forget?
Ultimately David's quest takes him to Israel and the West Bank, where, in a series of harrowing encounters, he learns that appearances are not at all what they seem.
Culminating in a tense and startling trial with international ramifications, Exile is that rare audiobook that both entertains and enlightens. At once an intricate tale of betrayal and deception, a moving love story, and a fascinating journey into the lethal politics of the Middle East, this is Richard North Patterson at his most brilliant and engrossing.
©2007 Richard North Patterson. All rights reserved (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Action abounds, culminating in courtroom drama." (Booklist) "Exile is a novel worth reading by anyone who is trying to understand, at least in part, one of the Middle East's political nightmares....Through his artful writing, Patterson presents compelling arguments for both sides while avoiding a preachy tone - a pitfall a lesser writer easily could succumb to." (USA Today)
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By Michelle on 02-06-07


This is an excellent "read" learns so much about the middle east problems in a novel setting that is both informative and exciting at the same time...loved it!

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By StephSchiff on 04-09-08

Great Listen

I was very impressed with the authors ability to write whole heartedly from all perspectives. He took a volatile issue and gave each side of it a human face. They cease to be political and become someones life story. It's a love story, an adventure, a legal thriller, mystery, and a journey through Israel and Palestine. I would recommend the Unabridged version of this book - it's long, but a great listen! Through fiction, you learn about what is going on in Israel and Palestine from ALL sides - and you'll find there are many. It makes no judgments, and gives you the information to decide for yourself.

We hear from a Holocaust survivor, a Muslim extremist, and most importantly the two people (a Muslim woman and Jewish man) searching for a moderate answer to this complex situation - personally and politically.

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By Mr.S.A.Windsor on 04-16-15

International politics at it's best!

Struggled at first, but as it develops the story becomes intriguing with plenty of interests to keep anybody happy. Political thriller for which Patterson shines.

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By Alison on 09-01-14

Open your eyes to an ongoing tragedy.

Found this book really interesting from the point of view that, although fiction, it interspersed facts about the Arab - Israeli conflict. If, like me, you grew up with this always in the background of world events, but without really paying too much attention to the actual details, then this is the book to make you want to check some of the events that actually happened as they are used in the storyline. The book certainly opened my eyes to the issues facing both sides and the almost hopelessness of finding a solution.

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