Waking Lions

Waking Lions

A Novel

Book - 2017
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After neurosurgeon Eitan Green hits and kills an African migrant while driving on a deserted road late at night, the victim's wife tracks him down and confronts him the next day, and her price for silence shatters his safe existence.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017.
Edition: First North American edition.
ISBN: 9780316395434
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Silverston, Sondra


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Aug 10, 2019

Eitan Green, a neurosurgeon, was driving home from the hospital in Beersheba, Israel when he hit someone. It was dark; the man was walking on the road; Eitan was admiring the moon; Eitan's whole life changed. The man would soon be dead from severe head injuries and Eitan knew it. What to do? He fled the scene. No evidence of the terrible accident was left on his Range Rover. However, his wallet had fallen out of his pocket and next day the man's wife came to his home with a proposition. Thus started the course of his new life working secretly at night caring for Eritrean refugees in a make-shift hospital. He is now plunged into a world where all he thought he believed is in question. His struggle with his ethics is set against the larger story of mass migration of refugees, racism, opportunism, drug smuggling, and violence, and greatly complicated by his wife's view of the world in her role as a police detective. What does he do? How will this all end? The writer carefully and methodically lays out the story in a very matter-of-fact manner so the tension grows slowly, but in such a way that you can't look away. The question of "What would you do" comes back to you over and over, and that is the power of this book. All choices have consequences.

May 07, 2019

This novel brings to the surface the complexity of a refugee crisis in Israel. It is described and addressed in a thought-provoking way that is uncomfortable and like a well-written psychological mystery, it draws you in to stay to the end. It abruptly starts with a crime committed by a doctor whose wife is an investigative police officer. As the doctor is forced into a situation that is dangerous, his relationship with his ethically professional wife starts to crack. There are no answers in this book only an awakening that no one can ignore what is happening everywhere.

Jul 22, 2018

Tedious. Did something get lost in translation?

Jul 10, 2017

The narrative of the story examines the complex emotions that arise when ones ethics are challenged. What better person to have this tested on is a doctor. "Doing the right thing" is personal, professional, and affects relationships. The doctor, Eitran, is put to the test in serious life threatening and life changing situations. Who lives, who dies? Will the truth be revealed? I felt the story lacked, at times, a high enough or low enough point in telling that could have provided more astonishment. Throughout the book inner conflict as well as outer conflict play itself out until the reader reaches the final end result.

Apr 06, 2017

Such a terrific read.
How a routine act interrupts a comfortable life .
Raced through this tale of extortion, fear and lies
With a knot in my stomach.
So good.

Mar 19, 2017

To quote Carla McKay, reviewer for the Daily Mail, " a literary thriller that is used as a vehicle to explore big moral issues."

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