Red Sea Spies (Paperback)
The True Story of Mossad's Fake Diving Resort
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THE TRUE STORY THAT INSPIRED THE NETFLIX FILM THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT.
'Secret missions, brazen deceptions and thrilling, clandestine operations – Red Sea Spies has it all. But it has something more important, too – a genuine human mission that made a difference.'
David Hoffman, author of The Billion Dollar Spy
In the early 1980s on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new luxury holiday resort opened for business. Catering for divers, it attracted guests from around the world. Little did the holidaymakers know that the staff were undercover spies, working for the Mossad – the Israeli secret service.
Providing a front for covert night-time activities, the holiday village allowed the agents to carry out an operation unlike any seen before. What began with one cryptic message pleading for help, turned into the secret evacuation of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who had been languishing in refugee camps, and the spiriting of them to Israel.
Written in collaboration with operatives involved in the mission, endorsed as the definitive account and including an afterword from the commander who went on to become the head of the Mossad, this is the complete, never-before-heard, gripping tale of a top-secret and often hazardous operation.
Raffi Berg has, for the first time, managed to accomplish the herculean task of rendering a complex, manifold, full of human diversity story into a credible, readable, dynamic, passionate and well-documented book.
The true and most accurate story of the Mossad's Ethiopian Jewish rescue operation in Sudan over a period of around a decade has found a gifted and worthy author who deserves high praise for his monumental effort in unearthing so many key aspects that have never been publicly revealed till now.
Secret missions, brazen deceptions and thrilling, clandestine operations – Red Sea Spies has it all. But it has something more important, too – a genuine human mission that made a difference.
Red Sea Spies is what really happened. There is none of the Hollywood colouring-in, and yet the book is all the more vivid for it … part thriller, part dark comedy, all true … Berg brings out the native drama in an improbable story of a clandestine homecoming.
An amazing story of the dogged behind-the-scenes workings of the Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence agency, from the late 1970s to the '90s … From the first secret airlift until 1991, writes the author, who includes helpful maps and a list of the significant characters, 28,695 Ethiopian Jews were transported to Israel, "about 80 percent of their entire community." Berg's account of the operation – remarkable due to its duration, execution, and success – reads like a spy novel.
[A] thrilling and meticulous account.
[An] outstanding debut … Berg's moving, well-researched book stands as the definitive account of this heroic rescue mission. It deserves a wide readership.
A compelling portrayal … providing a startling amount of detail of the day-to-day activities – putting the reader right there in the sand with the Mossad agents.
A tense and extraordinary story.
A book which should be on every Jewish bookshelf