The Final Reckoning

Sam Bourne
  • Review
By – August 31, 2011
This fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal nov­el is based on a lit­tle known group of Holo­caust sur­vivors. DIN was a group of about fifty male and female resis­tance fight­ers in the ghet­tos, who band­ed togeth­er after the war to avenge the Nazis. Sam Bourne, pen name for Jonathan Freed­land, sets the sto­ry in post 9/11 New York. The Unit­ed Nations is on high alert when there is a tip about a pos­si­ble attack. Ger­ald Mer­ton is shot and killed when it is thought that he is about to det­o­nate him­self in front of the UN build­ing. Was this a mis­take, or was he in fact on a mis­sion to attack some­one in the UN dur­ing the Gen­er­al Assem­bly? Was he act­ing alone? Who was he tar­get­ing? The hunt for clues leads for­mer UN attor­ney Tom Byrne and Rebec­ca Mer­ton, daugh­ter of the dead sus­pect, around Lon­don and back to Man­hat­tan to gath­er clues from Merton’s past. With unex­pect­ed twists and graph­ic details about the Kovno ghet­to and mass killings done by the Nazis, the facts about the Jew­ish avengers are true; sources may be found in the author’s note in the back of the book. There is an abun­dance of Holo­caust lit­er­a­ture, but I high­ly rec­om­mend this tale to fill the read­er in on a lit­tle known group of Jew­ish heroes.
Miri­am Brad­man Abra­hams is a Cuban-born, Brook­lyn-raised, Long Island-resid­ing mom. She is Hadas­sah Nas­sau’s One Region One Book chair­la­dy, a free­lance essay­ist, and a cer­ti­fied yoga instruc­tor who has loved review­ing books for the JBC for the past ten years.

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