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The Heart of RamadanThe Heart of Ramadan

The Heat of Ramadan

The Heat of Ramadan is Hartov’s first espionage novel and the opening salvo of a trilogy still in high demand today.  Hailed as “a smashing debut” by Publishers Weekly, it introduces Israeli Military Intelligence officers Eytan Ecktsein and Benjamin Baum, in pursuit of the master terrorist Amar Kamil.  Beginning with Eckstein’s tragic assassination of the wrong man in Munich, the story races across the Continent as Kamil in turn hunts down every member of the Israeli team, finally culminating in a face-to-face struggle in Jerusalem.  Best Selling author Jonathan Kellerman said: “This is no techno-thriller concocted by some armchair generalissimo.  This is the real stuff.” 

 

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The Nylon Hand of GodThe Heart of Ramadan

The Nylon Hand of God

The second part of Hartov’s espionage trilogy, The Nylon Hand of God takes readers deeper into Eckstein’s and Baum’s world of Middle East intrigue.  Mirroring today’s headlines, Baum is in the midst of negotiating a prisoner swap between the Israelis and Hezbollah when the suicide bombing of the Israeli consulate in New York pulls him to America.   Soon, he and Eckstein find themselves on the trail of German terrorist Martina Klump, a ruthless operator bent on scuttling the prisoner swap and exacting vengeance on Benni Baum.   The plot careens from New York City to North Africa and a breathless dénouement.   Publishers Weekly called it: “A superior thriller, dark and exciting… The finest sort of espionage thriller.”

 

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The Devil's SheperdThe Heart of Ramadan

The Devil’s Shepherd

The third part of Hartov’s trilogy, The Devil’s Shepherd reaches into the darkest places and deepest torments of an intelligence agent’s soul.   Israeli Military Intelligence has received information that somewhere within the Israeli nuclear program hides a traitor, and Eckstein and Baum are tasked to root him out.  But the mystery involves a Czech purveyor of information, Jan Krumlov, and the two Israelis must follow him deep into Africa to solve the conundrum.  What transpires there is far beyond anything they imagined, taking them to the edge of ambush and disaster.  Kirkus Reviews said:  “Readers held in suspense throughout this galloping plot will end with their nails in their mouths, awaiting the next installment.”

 

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In The Company of HeroesIn the Company of Heroes

In October 1993, U.S. Army special operations helicopter pilot Michael J. Durant was shot down and captured in Mogadishu, Somalia.  His story became the central element in Mark Bowden’s book and the subsequent hit movie, “Black Hawk Down.”  When Durant at last decided to tell his own personal story, he engaged Steven Hartov to write it, and the pair devised a New York Times Best Seller that has been read by many thousands of soldiers and citizens, and is required reading by the U.S. Army War College.   In the Company of Heroes is the true tale of a modest American hero who firmly believes in Duty, Honor and Country, penned with Hartov’s narrative skill.  Book Reporter said:  “In the Company of Heroes is exceptionally written and gives the reader profound insight into the ugliest parts of war.”

 

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The Night StalkersThe Night Stalkers

Readers enthralled by In the Company of Heroes wanted to know more about the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).  So, Steven Hartov and Michael Durant engaged Lt. Col. (retired) Robert Johnson, a famed SOAR veteran, to help write The Night Stalkers.  Pilots and crews who had never before revealed their harrowing tales of victory and loss opened up to the three trusted authors, culminating in a thrill-ride of heroic battle tales from the Invasion of Grenada to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  These are the true tales of American’s most superb helicopter pilots, delivering special operations commandos like Delta Force and the Navy SEALS to missions seemingly impossible.   Booklist said: “The book's action scenes are numerous and spine-tingling, its portraits of men living a life of danger absorbing, and the regiment's sadly long roll of honor distinctly moving.”

 

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The Night StalkersAfghanistan: On the Bounce

In 2013, combat photographer Robert L. Cunningham and Steven Hartov joined forces to devise a lasting tribute to our American Servicemembers in Afghanistan.  Selecting from more than 55,000 photographs taken by Cunningham, and utilizing Hartov’s own experience in Afghanistan and narrative expertise, they created Afghanistan: On The Bounce.  Published by Insight Editions, this book conveys the full range of our troops' experiences—from deployment through combat, down-time and honoring fallen comrades.  Shreveport In the Mail said:  “There have been many books and memoirs written about the war but I've not seen anything like Afghanistan: On the Bounce; a beautifully crafted book with gorgeous photographs.”

 

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