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Hardcover Fly Has a Hundred Eyes a Book

ISBN: 0897335090

ISBN13: 9780897335096

Fly Has a Hundred Eyes a

(Book #1 in the Lily Sampson Series)

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It is the summer of 1938 and Jerusalem is in chaos. The atmosphere teems with intrigue as terrorists roam the countryside and the British are losing control of the Mandate, even as Europe nervously teeters on the brink of World War II. Against this backdrop of international tensions, Lily Sampson, an American graduate student, is involved in a dig -- an important excavation directed by the eminent British archaeologist, Geoffrey Eastbourne. An important...

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Palestine/Jerusalem - 1938

Pre-World War II tension is palpable in this suspenseful story which dramatically opens with explosions, riots and seemingly senseless killings in Jerusalem. A war may be looming in Europe, but as one character notes, "What's happening here and in Spain and China is the prologue. Before it's over, the world will be bleak and changed forever." In this time of chaos, Baron reveals the ways British control over their Palestinian Mandate is weakening. Her characters are drawn from the competing groups - a Kibbutzim Jew, Irgun arms smugglers, Arab Palestinians, the Grand Mufti al-Husseini encouraging insurrection, Nazi sympathizers, various members of the British community, and, in the midst of all, archaeologists. A naive young American, Lily Sampson, is a member of the latter group. When her mentor, the celebrated British archaeologist Geoffrey Eastbourne, is murdered and an ancient vial of importance to her disappears, she finds that given the indifference of the British authorities she must seek answers to the crimes herself. With this decision, her political awakening begins. Forced to confront the regions tensions and secrets, Lily also faces the ways she has been used even by those close to her. Baron's lengthy descriptions of the people, places and diverse cultures in 1938 Palestine are rich additions to the plot. Her background as an archaeologist who has worked in the Middle East lends particular credibility to the scholarly dialogues and details of the excavations. Some historic characters such as Lawrence of Arabia and the influence of American philanthropers, such as John D. Rockefeller, are mentioned, as is background to the reasons behind the struggle for the Middle East. Baron deals with gender by showing that although Lily's blond beauty allows her access in some areas, being young and female limit her in others. There is a brief glossary of the terms used at the end.

A Fly Has a Hundred Eyes

An exciting and well written book, echoing the turmoil of today.
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