~Book Review~ No Medals Today By Shlomi Tal

About the Book :  Yiftach Cohen is a junior diplomat at the Israeli Embassy in Paris. He spends his days dealing with mundane problems and juggling his boring job, his ordinary family life, and his French lover, Chantal. Until one day, everything changes.

In October 1973, with the break of the Yom Kippur war, Yiftach suddenly becomes a central figure in an international network of smuggling and fraud. He’s responsible to provide the Israeli Defense Force with the means to survive and win the war. Now, a chain of dark trafficking relies on his abilities to make the French authorities look the other way.

My Say : This is definitely a book worth reading if you have interest in reading about the State of Israel or if you want to know more about the Yom Kippur War!  The story moves very swiftly and it rarely has any down time. It is an enlightening book which will keep you spellbound as you watch the events unfold before your eyes. I loved the international aspect of the book as it combined French customs and Yiftach’s dealings with the French authorities with the situation in his homeland, Israel. A special forces soldier finds himself behind a desk miles away from the action when war breaks out in Israel in the 70’s. While he feels it is his duty to be fighting with his team, he finds that covert operations, subterfuge and careful planning will test even his skills obtained in the field of battle. As if the war doesn’t give him enough sleepless nights and stress, his clandestine affair with the alluring, yet jealous french woman, Chantal, only further complicate his life. The characters were well-written and easy to relate to, in particular Yiftach. Plot is strong and title is appealing. I loved the ending because I was not expecting it. Overall it was a good read up!

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