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This page includes descriptions of books written and published by Avraham Anouchi, a short desription of the one he is writing now and of the one he is planning to write next.






The Hidden Scroll by Avraham Anouchi

THE HIDDEN SCROLL - A Historical Novel


A Mesmerizing Journey. The Bismillah provided for the poor in the beginning, but later the organization took a startling turn and began its evil descent into madness, destroying some of the very people it vowed to protect. In Arabic its name meant "in the name of Allah," but just what did Allah have to do with the slaughter of innocent Jews? Palestinian Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the Great Mufti of Jerusalem had called to the Arabs to eradicate the lowly Jew. A child was born into this madness, one whose father Benjamin vowed would rise up against the pograms and defend the Jewish honor. Avner Akiva Amram would learn about peace, about pograms, and would ultimately chase down the clues within elusive scrolls, unraveling the threads of Jewish history. When Avner's life was beginning, Thubten Gyatso, the Tibetan Dalai Lama, was preparing to select his successor. A strange Shofar and a cylinder with an indecipherable Hebrew inscription were brought to him for inspection. The Dalai Lama had little time to ponder their meaning, but knew they had to be safeguarded. They ultimately drifted back into hiding as the sands of time continued to flow. In another place and time, Ibn Najad began to hatch a plot against the Jewish people but this was an intellectual plot, a plot that would confuse and shatter their notions about their history. He contemplated his scheme and shuffled through his desk and "took out one of the six old parchments he had purchased from an antique dealer in a Beirut flea market." (pg. 42) These parchments would blow them all away and no one would be able to detect the forgeries. Avner's Harvard training would suit him well as the scrolls began to come to light. The questions they posed were burning ones. "Will I ever gather sufficient clues to reconstruct the mystery of the Maccabee Scroll?" (p. 152) But what about the Shlom-Zion, the Rabbi Akiva, the Bar Yochai? And then there were the parchments. There were no "guardian angels" to help solve the mystery. This is a tale that, at times, seemed to cultivate a story that bordered the thin line between fact and fiction. It did not prove to be a sensational thriller along the lines of the DaVinci Code, but rather caught my attention as an historical journey. The pace was slow, methodical and carried more historical weight and intrigue than any simple supposed earth shaking thriller. The author's knowledge of archaeology was evident in that even the names and origins of scrolls could well surface in time. For example, there has been archaeological field work in Tel Dor, Israel and the Tel-Dor scroll, although somewhat implausible, could well surface. Some of the dialogue was uncultivated in one section and sounded as if the characters were using English as a second language. I could not discern whether or not this usage was intentional. The story was fascinating, but the reader cannot expect a fast paced work, but can expect an historical work of art that is well worth reading. The pace is slow, steady, and for me, a mesmerizing insight into Israel and its conflict with those who would choose to annihilate their population rather than appreciate them and their intriguing history of survival against all odds.


Quill says: If you want to take a mesmerizing journey through time and look at the history of the Jews through the eyes of a wide spectrum of individuals from those who embrace Judaism to those who hate it, this is an excellent choice


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אגרת המסורת - זכרונות - אברהם  אנושי

IGERET HAMASSORET    -    המסורת אגרת


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THE LEGACY - A Memoir in English


This memoir was inspired by my desire to publish my experiences while growing up in Haifa, the city that I love. It is written in the form of a letter from a grandfather to his very young grandchildren,

Jewish history and traditions are woven into the manuscript to keep the interest of young adult Jewish children. The essence of this book can be summed up in two words - PASSION and TRADITION. The former is the passion for the land of Israel; and the latter is the desire to pass the Jewish tradition, the Massoret, to the next generation

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SPACE MISSION - A Thrilling Deep Space Adventure

The free world industrial revolution is endangered by the earth’s fast consumption of rare earth elements. Professor Avner Amram’s scientists develop a sophisticated spectroscopic instrument that can remotely detect the presence of critical rare earth elements in outer space. CIA, KGB and Mossad agents are entangled in spying and counter intelligence while searching for stolen plans and technology secrets related to space missions. Drawings and software are stolen from the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, copied and sent to the Kremlin. A mole recruited by a foreign country is arrested. Avner and his associates are drawn into the mayhem. They encounter industrial espionage and intrigues as they prepare for unmanned space probes. Secrets leaked to Russia result in a race of unmanned probes to Mars and asteroids. Avner’s team reaches a resolution with unexpected conclusions.



The King is Dead  Long Live the Queen

The events in Judea prior to the arrival of the Romans are rooted in the struggle between Queen Salome Alexandra and her brother Shimon Ben Shetach on one side and King Alexander Yannay on the other. The events in 1980 center on the search by archaeology professor Avner Amram for information on the Queen and her success in saving the Sanhedrin. These two periods are described in an entertwined way. It starts in 112 BCE with eight year old Shimon Ben Shetach encountering three horsemen. When he returns a lost money pouch, he is rewarded with a gold bracelet which he gives to his sister Salome. In 1980, Archaeology Professor Avner Amram examines a parchment and a few coins minted by the Hashmonean King Alexander Yannay. I am interested in any comments - gramatical, sentence structure and any historical information of that era.



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