Exile: A Thriller

Narrated by:
Dennis Boutsikaris

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2007
20 hours 49 minutes
From one of America's most compelling novelists comes the mesmerizing story of a lawyer who must defend the woman he loves against a charge of conspiring to assassinate the prime minister of Israel

David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: he's a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married, and he's being 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 secret affair in law school—he begins a completely unexpected journey. The next day, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber while visiting San Francisco; soon, Hana herself is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder. Now David faces an agonizing choice: Will he, a Jew, represent Hana—who may well be guilty—or will he turn away the one woman he can never forget?

The most challenging case of David's career requires that he delve deep into the lives of Hana Arif and her militant Palestinian husband, both of whom have always lived in exile. 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 novel 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.
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The plot was interesting and original. The author was very knowledgeable about the middle east, but I, being fairly ignorant about that geographical area, was lost. First, all the Arabic names confused me. Then all the place names. Then all the political titles and history. I like to learn about new ideas and I did actually learn a great deal, but I find myself not caring enough about the plot to continue with the second half of the book. It was all just too heavy and detailed for a reader who has not had enough exposure to the complicated and bitter religious ideology of the Palestinians and Jews in that area. I could see how another reader would devour this book as it is a masterpiece.

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Too much background for me re the Palestine-Israel conflict. ( One entire cd devoted to background) If you are interested in learning more about this conflict with an educating story before the mystery/trial etc. begins then you will enjoy this book.)

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I love this author (normally). As for this book, if you don't like politics you may not make it past the first CD. I made through 9 and it is just now starting to speed up (I think). I sure hope it gets better on the next round.

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