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Rise, A Novel of Contemporary Israel depicts an outbreak of extremism that takes place against the backdrop of social dissension. It is the story of a citizens movement of Jews and Arabs determined to turn back the tide of darkness.
In addition to Chapter One which will remain on the site, readers will have access to another chapter, which will appear in succession on this website. The current selection in rotation is Chapter Seventeen, which will remain online throughout February. Rise is comprised of twenty-one chapters.
Access Chapter Seventeen here
Rise is available in print from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online vendors, and as an e-Book from Kindle, Goodreads, and Smashwords. In Israel, Rise is offered at Sfarim Katamon and Sfarim Rechavia in Jerusalem, and at HaMigdalor and Sipur Pashut in Tel Aviv. For group orders, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, www.olivecommunications.net.
Rise is an astonishing tale, as true as the breaking news from Israel… Embedded into the suspense-filled events and rich characterizations are compelling analyses of what must be done to correct Israel’s path and to release it from the stranglehold of a powerful minority. The issues are thoughtfully and clearly expressed… [and] make Yosef Gotlieb’s ideas and principles for a renewed and reawakened Israel come fully alive.Phil Jason, Federation Star, L’Chayim and The Jewish News
an amazing story that should be read by many, a story of rising above the worst that man can demonstrate to create the best that all united can fashion. Wonderful contemporary fiction and well-crafted novel!!! -- Vivian Crystal
Rise, A Novel of Contemporary Israel
...a crackling good, fast-paced thriller that will have its readers turning pages well into the night....The action is warp speed, and Gotlieb skillfully creates main characters that seem like real, flesh-and-blood people with genuine human conflicts.
Gotlieb is a top-notch writer, with a superb ear for dialogue and an extraordinary ability to grab and hold the attention of his audience. Rise is to be commended and recommended as both a thriller and a highly topical dramatic novel.
This [Yosef Gotlieb's RISE] is an amazing book…. Everything is so real. This book is the story of the new Israel. The writer hopes for the rise of the real Israel. Israel of the Prophets and of Jewish ethics.
…masterful. Gotlieb is a natural story teller. One wishes that his way becomes Israel's way.
- Daniel Ben-Simon, Member of the Knesset (Labor) and distinguished journalist
This is a provoking novel of deep thought, written in a clear and beautiful language. Above the intriguing plot, fascinating characters and dramatic movement of this unique book, its greatest value lies in the presentation of a constant ray of hope. The ultimate message we get is that if both the Israelis and the Palestinians succeed to rise to the challenge of reconciliation between them, the aspired vision of peace and well-being in Israel and in the whole region, can be
.reached…It should be read by all...
[RISE] touches on and affirms so many things we feel are important if there will ever be a lasting and meaningful peace between the Israelis and Palestinians...I felt so excited reading your book and imagining how possible it is to grow a movement that works for the good of all. Yes, it will be a huge challenge...But the visionaries and innovators and risk takers can lead the way, like the characters in your novel.
- Libby Traubman, Jewish Palestinian Living Room Dialogue, California, USA
Be prepared, once you have begun [Rise], to do nothing else but read it, because it is so gripping. Yosef Gotlieb writes masterfully about events in today's Israel, about a Peace movement, which, who knows, could happen even tomorrow. We needed this book, to give us hope, and maybe to give us ideas as to how to attain the peace we all desire.
- Helen Bar-Lev, poet, artist, Metula, Israel