THE GILBOA IRIS
A blazing tale of romance, deceit, and international intrigue, THE GILBOA IRIS's rich characters and explosive plot take readers from Israel’s Gilboa Mountains to the streets of New York, to Germany’s Zehlendorf Forest, and back to Israel amid seminal events that rocked the world between 1982 and 2002.
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Zahava D. Englard
Author & Freelance Writer
The Protagonist: The daughter of a rocket physicist for the US department of defense,
Dara Harow sends her parents, into a tailspin of dual-loyalty anxiety when she plans to wed
Roni Ben-Ari, an Israeli officer in an elite counter-terrorist unit.

The Parents: Dr. Gabriel and Lillian Harow, would go to any lengths to preserve their social standing until they are targeted by a terror cell in hot pursuit of technology not yet found in any country’s arsenal.

The Protégé: Mace Devlin, MIT graduate and master of subterfuge offers Dara refuge– but at what price?

The Warrior: Roni Ben-Ari, brooding and mysterious, vanishes into Germany’s most ruthless hierarchy of terror and risks losing the woman he has vowed to love and protect.

The Redeemer: Uri Amrani, an Israeli air force pilot and a reformed womanizer, with his devil-may-care wit and charm, steals his way into Dara’s heart. But her budding perfect world is shattered when the terror that she thought she left behind in the States catches up to her in Israel with devastating results, and before long realizes she must come to terms with the shocking lie about the one man she trusted most.


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Riveting – breathless action – a rousing story of romance and international intrigue – the makings of a great movie! The Gilboa Iris weaves together the timeless love story of Dara and Roni, a feisty American student and a brilliant Israeli commando, against the backdrop of global terror involving the infiltration of the US’s defense stratum and a double homicide on American soil. Zahava D. Englard merges wit, history, adventure and the triumph of the human spirit into a sensational read!
– Grace Bennett, Inside Chappaqua Magazine

It was tough to tear my eyes away from The Gilboa Iris…. While the main character is not family (!) I did relate to her story and its incorporation of the very real tensions, terrorism fears and other issues that so many of us in the Western world must deal with today. A fast-paced, exciting read that has you praying for a happy ending.
– Eve Harow,  Israel National Radio Show host

Hard to believe Gilboa Iris is Zahava Englard’s first novel – it sizzles, oozing passion of all kinds. Great plot, fascinating characters and best of all, it’s brimming with local lore. Don’t miss this one!
– Yocheved Miriam Russo, Freelance journalist, Israel

This moving story of love, death, rebirth and survival…a great read.                                        
- Ruthie Blum, American-Israeli author and social critic