“Revenge of the Elders of Zion” by Dan Sofer

Da Vinci Code Meets Mission Impossible in Area 51.

When Dan Sofer calls his book “madcap” he isn’t joking. Well, of course he’s joking, but not about the complete zany nature of the book. Like his “Dry Bones Society” trilogy, this novel is based on the Jewish experience, but this time the scene has moved to America. Anti-Jewish sentiment is growing, and nobody seems to be doing anything about it. So, David Zelig and his two bumbling sidekicks go looking for the fabled Jewish cabal — you know, the one everyone is paranoid about because they’re ruling the world behind the scenes — to ask them why the hell they don’t take action.

Which, as in all of Soper’s books, leads us ever further into ever-increasing nonsense and complete implausibility. Well, it is comedy, after all.

So we have Jewish conspirators, Arab terrorists, FBI and CIA moles, Black Hebrew Israelite extremists, hereditary Tsarists…and that’s only the cast list. Need I mention bombings, machinegun duels on city streets, plane wrecks…the usual action novel stuff. Oh, yes, and a nice little love story in the middle of it.

If it wasn’t so obviously done on purpose, one might be inclined to accuse this author of plagiarizing…well, just about every top author in several genres of novel. How he manages to fit it all into one book and still have the plotline hang together is a miracle. But this story depends little on the metaphysical, and mostly on a logical, step-by-step enticement of the reader into believing complete nonsense.

Which is to say, this is a great read, which I devoured at one sitting.

Recommended for conspiracy thriller fans who are tired of being expected to take all that stuff seriously, and for just about everybody else, too.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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