PROMISED LAND is a great sprawling saga that begins where Leon Uris’s EXODUS leaves off. It’s after WWII. A refugee family of Jews migrates from Cairo to Israel for a better life, leaving behind the boiling pot Egypt has become. But it’s not quite the wonder they had imagined. And they find themselves living in a tent city. Their teenage daughter Tamara is lured into the city one day and befriended by two brothers. Thus begins a love triangle that will define their lives and the lives of their families, forever.
I have long been interested in the history of Israel, the seemingly unsurmountable war between the Arabs and the Palestinians. Fletcher says he began writing with the intent of writing non-fiction. However, he finds fiction seems to humanize the tumult and I for one am thrilled with the results.
Two Jewish brothers and their parents were forced to leave their home in Nazi Germany. Fourteen-year-old Peter was sent to America while Arie the younger brother and his parents were shipped off to death camps, Peter was educated and raised with a loving American family. We discover that only Arie survived the horrors of the camp. And when the novel begins Arie has become a very successful and cocky businessman in Israel, while Peter has become a top Mossad agent in charge of the largest and most dangerous operations.
There’s a lot going on here. Once I found my pace I was off to the races. This is not an ordinary love story. Men and women will love this book. It was certainly a learning experience for me. I had to pay attention and it paid off.
Fletcher’s depth of knowledge shines brightly here. And lucky us, I’ve discovered this is the first in a trilogy. He’s working on the newest segment which takes us through the next twenty years of history. I am enthralled.
I presented this book as one of twenty big books of the season just last week. It was one of the most requested books. There is quite a lot of interest.
We’ll be carrying this novel at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida. It will be discounted at 20% off the list price. You can buy in- store or online. We’d love to see you.