Book Review: No Medals Today by Shlomi Tal

Title: No Medals Today
Author: Shlomi Tal
Genre: Military, Thrillers
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Save your county, s’il-vous-plait

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.

Behind the scenes of Israel’s untold diplomatic actions

Wild circumstances transform the rigid and cautious Yiftach into a winner-takes–all hero who’ll do anything for the sake of his homeland and his people.

He’ll even kill.

A heart-racing thriller based on a true story

The State of Israel gives no medals. But it provides Yiftach with a rare opportunity to rediscover himself, and the chance to take control of his life, his loves and his choices.

In No Medals Today, Yiftach Cohen, a junior diplomat for the Israeli Embassy in Paris thinks his life is pretty boring. His family life is ordinary, his job is boring,… But then, everything changes when the Yom Kippur war breaks out in October 1973. Yiftach becomes a central digure in an international network of smuggling and fraud, and becomes responsibile to provide the Israeli Defense Force with the means to survive… and to win a war. Now, this underground trafficking relies mostly on one thing: his ability to make the French authorities look the other way.

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. The Yom Kippur war I had heard of, of course, but I don’t think I’ve ever read a book focused on this time period. The characters were well-written and easy to relate to, in particular Yiftach.

The author did a solid job on the history aspect of the book, and on portraying the characters as rounded and three-dimensional. The tension was high from the start of the book, and I had to stop myself from biting my nails as the suspense got even higher toward the end. For fans of historical thrillers and spy novels.

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