Vengeance: In 1972, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the chilling…

Paperback | November 28, 2005

byGeorge Jonas

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In 1972, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the chilling account of how they were avenged.

First published in 1984, George Jonas’s #1 bestseller Vengeance has become a real-life espionage classic. The story of five ordinary young Israelis whose mission it was to hunt down and kill the terrorists responsible for the massacre of eleven athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Vengeance plunges the reader into an explosive world of terrorism and political murder.

This is an account of what happened when five idealistic volunteer agents were sent to track down and kill the central figures of the PLO's Munich operation, told from the point of view of "Avner," a member of the team chosen to avenge the monstrous crime, and the first Mossad agent to come out of "deep cover" to tell his story. His description of the mechanics, the horrors and the unrelenting suspense of this mission surpasses the wildest fabrications of today’s blockbuster movies and bestselling crime thrillers. As these men moved from country to country, changing identities and risking their lives, they soon became targets themselves—tracked, hunted and even killed.

A profoundly human story, Vengeance explores firsthand the revulsion and doubt that came to torment the Israeli agents, inexorably changing their view of the mission and ultimately how they felt about themselves. It is also a stark examination of the timeless concerns that continue to plague our consciousness today: the nature of good and evil, and the difference between right and wrong.

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In 1972, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the chilling account of how they were avenged.First published in 1984, George Jonas’s #1 bestseller Vengeance has become a real-life espionage classic. The story of five ordinary young Israelis whose mission it was to hunt down and kill the terrorists responsibl...

George Jonas was born in Hungary and immigrated to Canada in 1956, where he became a script editor, and later TV producer, for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1985 he has beena freelance journalist, writer and TV producer based in Toronto. He is the author of fourteen books, including By Persons Unknown (with Barbara Amie...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:November 28, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books This is one of the most thrilling and intense books I have ever read. Most MOVIES I have watched were less exciting than this book. What separates this book from many fiction epics is that it is all real. Nothing you are about to read in this book is fictional. The book follows the life of a member of the Mossad, the team he is assembled with, and his task of hunting down and killing in cold blood members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, in acts of vengeance against the PLO splinter group the Black September, which was responsible for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Summer Olympics. Step into the shadows of this real-life mystery thriller... look through the eyes of the organisation Islamic revolutionaries fear more than any other: the Mossad! "Where no counsel is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety." (Proverbs XI:14)
Date published: 2012-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth a read I really enjoyed this book and how it played out like a movie (which one was made), but yet stuck to the fact. Jonas does a great job of explaining the background to the Israeli-Palestinian issue as well.
Date published: 2007-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Challenging our morals Spielberg's "Munich" was loyal to most of Jonas' book. The reader is taken on a journey through the back-channels of Europe and the Middle East with Israeli commandos hunting out terrorists linked to the 1972 Olympic massacre. "Avner's" tale is fascinating. In the end, it is up to the reader to decide if vengeance "an eye for an eye" is a moral and justified reaction in today's crazy world.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Riveting - better than the movie!" This is an absolutely fantastic read. The author allows you inside the psyche of these otherwise normal people who are charged with an extrordinary task. You really begin to understand what events lead to the events in the book and why this became such an important story in political history.
Date published: 2006-05-31

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"Gripping and grisly.... Astonishing." (London Free Press)