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YIGAL ZUR is a noted Israeli writer and journalist who has written 13 books till now. His thriller Passport to Death is the first to feature ex-Mossad agent Dotan Naor and takes place in Thailand (to be publish November 2019, Oceanview). His second thriller Death in Shangri-la which was the first to be translated into English (published by Oceanview 2018) continue to feature Dotan Naor and takes place in North India. The third thriller in the same series is child of dust and takes place in Ko-Samui, Thailand and in Cambodia . ZUR wrote as well travel books and guides to India and China, a script for “Menelik – a black jewish prince” which was filmed in 1999.
Amongst his published works are the novels Dark Prune, Spring of Almond’s Blossom, and The Monsoon’s End,.
He had hosted successful tv travel shows.

DOTAN NAOR is an ex-Mossad agent, bounced out of the agency not just for a fatal miscalculation in Palestinian Jenin but for his inability to live within the bureaucracy and submit to authority. Dotan is now a private detective who uses his immense skills of persuasion and violence to rescue Israelis who are in peril throughout the world. Through his extensive travels in Asia, Dotan has developed a love for Eastern philosophy and lifestyle; his enhanced spiritual existence also happens to be good for business as many Israelis run off to exotic Asian locales to let off steam after their mandatory and often dangerous military service.

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Death in Shangri-La is based on real events: the first was my meeting the late Daniel Pearl in Oman two months prior to his 2002 murder in Pakistan. The second event was the horror I felt when I heard about the massacre that took place at the Chabad House in Mumbai, India in 2008;. I had to sit down to process this and write.
I created Dotan Naor as an archetype of the modern day Israeli, a man who fulfilled his duty to the Zionist ideal and the state with all his heart, but with age, starts to have doubts. Like many youngsters Dotan travels to Southeast Asia. . Over there he discovers a new spiritual path and mission in life to help his native country and Jews wherever they may be. As an Israeli soldier, Dotan Naor developed a tough exterior but as he gets out into the world, he develops an increasingly spiritual interior.
The theme of the book is that you can make plans in life that will happen, but not the way you planned. In English, it’s “Man plans, and God laughs”.
In Death in Shangri-la, I end the book on a positive note, with hope for peace, love and compassion for all. A baby is born, and he may grow up to have all the answers

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