The Mossad is an intriguing organization. Anyone who joins the Mossad is required to sign a contract stipulating that he or she will never reveal in writing or in public the happenings inside the agency. The Mossad is truly a secret society of the highest order.
When the code is violated, when a former Mossad agent makes the decision to break the vow and go public, it is always due to a conflict. Sometimes, it is a feeling of betrayal, sometimes it is out of deep hurt, and sometimes the former agent is attempting to paint himself in an important light, to gain attention after a career spent in secrecy.
The Volunteer is an autobiographical work written by Michael Ross, a Canadian non-Jew, who came to Israel and joined the Mossad. Ross gives his readers a wonderful peek into the inner workings of this secret agency. The Volunteer reveals how a talented, gifted young man was turned into a depressed, self-destructive adult by the agency that was supposed to protect his homeland. It chronicles the life of a man whose family was destroyed, whose life was ruined, and whose career ended way too soon.
The Volunteer is an insider’s wrenching insight into a very private club.