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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,420 Ratings  ·  485 Reviews
David Wolfe is a successful American lawyer being primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif—the Palestinian woman with whom he had a secret affair in law school—he begins a completely unexpected journey.

The next day, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber while visiting San Francisco. Soon, Hana is

Mass Market Paperback, 768 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 9th 2007)
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Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book not only tells the romantic story of a Jewish lawyer in love with a Palestinian law professor wrongly accused of a capital crime, it ALSO educates. As with any conflict there are always two points of view in a matter. In my opinion, Exile would be an excellent book to read for anyone who honestly wants to understand more about the Jewish/Palestinian conflict.
David Wolfe seems to have everything. A good job as a lawyer in San Francisco, engaged to a wonderful woman, he also is being slat
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
“Where does history begin?” Less than ten chapters into Richard North Patterson’s Exile, this question looms poignantly over the entire thesis of the book. To be up front, I must be one of the last people in the country to read a book by this author. To be even more up front, I have been avoiding his books because I had him confused with a very mediocre book by James Patterson called The Beach House. I realize that is tantamount to confusing a book on politics by the late Woodrow Wilson with my ...more
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-fiction
I dreaded this book because 1. I am not a fan of the author after reading 13 of his books- he's too liberal for moderate viewpoint and he's too wordy 2. It was 728 pages in an oversized paperback BUT 1. It was the last fictional book I brought on my 3+ month trip to Florida 2. I had paid $9.99 for it in 2007 and felt I at least had to try it.

It turned out to be a compelling story of a Jewish lawyer defending his past love, a Palestine woman, for the murder of the Israeli Prime Minister in Americ
Kathleen Hagen
Exile, by Richard North Patterson. A-plus.
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This book will make my top ten this year. David Wolfe is a lawyer whose career seems assured. He has private wealth from his parents, he has a law degree from Harvard, a very successful law practice in San Francisco, growing visibility in San Francisco’s Jewish community, and is being groomed to run for Congress. He has a fiancé, who supports his goals and helps him already by hosting parties for him. Carol hosted a private pa
Aug 04, 2008 rated it liked it
So far it's quite captivating. I thought that since it was so long that I would tire of it, but I haven't. I do think it's very LONG on sympathy for the Palestinians, however my mother pointed out that the title is in fact "Exile" as in the Palestinian exile. I have 150 or so more pages to go but so far the book loses stars for too-brief synopses of Israeli history, predictable plot twists (if I am right) and lack of development of a few aspects of the main character's romantic relationship at t ...more
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not normally a big fan of thrillers, but this one got my attention. The title was recommended by a participant in the Conflict and Resistance in the Middle East series that my library helped create last year. It is mostly a legal drama, but the trial is set against the backdrop of the ongoing and seemingly endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In it we meet a cast of characters whose personal backgrounds and political beliefs span the entire spectrum. Assuming that Patterson got it right (an ...more
Shira Reiss
Dear Reader,
Having devoted so much time to reading Patterson’s book “Exile”, please take the time to read the information below which will help you formulate an independent decision about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

I enjoyed this book, but had numerous problems with the author’s choice of information and implicit judgments. Mr. Patterson attempted to present all sides of a complicated situation with his thesis; that the Israelis and Palestinians are not listening to each other’s narrati
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends and family
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
This story is based on Jewish/Palestinian conflict. I must say Richard North Patterson had well researched the contents of this book. The main character is a Jew lawyer David Wolfe in United States of America. Narrative was great and it was a page turner for me. It shows the vicious cycle of killing from both sides and refusal to live in peace. As things stand today peace between Israelis and Palestinians would not be achievable unless years old conflict for religion and land ownership is resolv ...more
This books begins with the assassination of the peace-seeking prime minister of Israel while speaking in San Francisco. The Palestinian woman accused of orchestrating the suicide bombing calls her former Jewish lover of 13 years before to defend her in the trial that follows. Thus the stage is set for a trial with all sorts of intrigue and twists and turns. However, Richard Patterson uses this event as the springboard to explore the many-faceted struggle between the Palestinians and Israelis ove ...more
Penny Shales
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard North Patterson (NOT to be confused with James Patterson!) is an author who must spend months if not years researching hi books. He is alway thought provoking while being very readable and I think I have read all of his books except for the one where he deals with the notion of capital punishment. That is a subject that fills me with such horror that I don;t feel strong enough to spend hours in the company of the notion. Exile is about the Israeli Palestine problems and plunges into the ...more
Reynold Levocz
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping novel of the ironic terminology “The Holy Land” consumed in wretched displacement, hatred and unrelenting violence. In one sense, this is an eye opening history lesson encased in a story of lost love.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot of the book was a vehicle to explore the Middle Eastern dilemma facing Israel and the Palestinians through years of violence and hate. It begins with an assassination of a two-state solution Israeli prime minister. The rest of the plot has to do with the unlikely relationship between a Jewish lawyer and his Muslim client, who incidentally he happened to sleep with in college...very improbable..but gave the author an opportunity to explore the ramifications. Very predictable.
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of courtroom dramas about larger issues, those interested in the Middle East conflict
This was a book in the genre of My Sister's Keeper or The Runaway Jury, i.e., a standard page-turner/thriller/courtroom drama attempting to tackle a larger issue -- in this case, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The basic premise is that David Wolfe, a nominally Jewish lawyer pursuing a career in politics and engaged to the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, feels compelled to defend Hana Arif, a Palestinian woman who is also his former lover, accused of engineering the assassination of the Isra ...more
Doug Bradshaw
Divergent is a fast and interesting read. It is a coming of age story set in a war school where 16 year olds are going through a Marine-like boot camp to learn how to become soldiers by learning physical, emotional and intellectual battling skills. There is a lot of testosterone (both in the males and females) flying around and some pretty unfair and gruesome fighting, pretty much among the troops instead of with the enemy. Many of the learning sequences, some of which are advanced simulations a ...more
The author finished writing this in early 2006, but three years later it is just as timely in its analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian tensions in this legal thriller. The geopolitics create a fascinating framework, but what makes this such a page-turner is the well-paced story of an American attorney who finds his carefully planned life unravel in the face of a terrorist plot that forces him to make choices he never anticipated.

I'll admit that there were a few points that I found mildly irritati
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Patterson, in all of the books of his that I've read, does things that I criticize in other authors, but it seems to work for me when he does them: He's clearly trying to teach us something, as much as tell a story, & he doesn'thesitate to bring the story almost to a halt while some character explains something to us that the author wants us to know, nor does he hesitate to take a position on controversial issues, though he takes pains to show us how complex the issues are & to recognize ...more
Vannessa Anderson
I did not see climax coming!

Just when I thought I knew who the bad guy was author Patterson threw something into the mix and he kept it coming! All the main characters were antagonists!
David Wolfe, a Jew, meets Hana Arif, a Palestinian, in college. They fall in love and have a secret affair but can’t marry because Hana’s family has set her up in an arranged marriage. Hana returns to her country and marries. When Hana and her husband, who also attended law school with David and Hana, and daughter
Maram Rihawi
Aug 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
بداية الرواية بتحكي عن محامي يهودي(دايفيد) مقبل على الزواج ناجح بوظيفته بيتلقى اتصال هاتفي من فتاة فلسطينية(هناء) اقام معها علاقة عاطفية ايام الجامعة بتطلب منه مساعدتها كمحامي بسبب تورطها بتهمة قتل رئيس الوزراء
الاسرائيلي والصراع اللي مر فيه المحامي اليهودي بين حبه للفتاة الفلسطينية وبين خوفه انو تكون التهمة صحيحة بسبب المعطيات اللي بتدين بطلة الرواية بالأخير بينتصر الحب وبيختار الدفاع عنها وبتبدأ مغامرة تقصي الحقائق في بعض القرى الفلسطينية وصولا الى تل ابيب ، بتعرض الرواية وجهتي النظر الاسرائيل
رواية جميلة

قد يكون أسلوب السرد مملاً قليلاً

لكنها ذات رسالة وهدف

تبدأ الرواية باغتيال رئيس الوزراء الصصهيوني وتتوجه أصابع الاتهام إلى امرأة فلسطينية فتتصل بصديقها القديم المحامي اليهودي ديفيد ليدافع عنها

يشك ديفيد ببرائتها فالأدلة تشير إليها لكنه يستمر في الدفاع عنها

يتوجه ديفيد إلى فلسطين للعثور على أي أدلة تسهم في الدفاع يمر بقرى فلسطينية كثيرة ويزور تل أبيب و ....

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Judy Sorensen
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much info. So many sides. I liked this book a lot because it helped me understand that the conflict between Israel and Palestine is not black and white, it is not just two sided.
I am encouraged to continue reading about these countries and the rest of the Middle East. Thank you Gettysburg College for your Conflict and Resolution in the Middle East series on Iraq and Palestine. Keep up the good work.
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the writer's style very much. The book was intriguing and gripping. Definitely, a worthy read in my opinion. Took me where I've never been.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard North Patterson starts the author’s note of Exile with these words: “The ongoing tragedy of Israel and the Palestinians is the most complex and controversial subject I have taken on.” I believe him.

For me the “complex” part was a bit daunting, probably enhanced by the fact that I know relatively little of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, other than the bits and pieces gathered from the news (of which I am admittedly not an avid follower.) Especially part three was sometimes difficult to
Jun 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-mysteries
I managed to get through only 28% of the book, and it took me almost a week. I live in Israel-Palestine, which enables me to understand how formulaic and stereotyped the Palestinian characters are. Between that and the author's (or his American characters') judgementalness of these stereotypical characters, I just couldn't take anymore of it. Maybe the book improves later, I don't know.

Perhaps like reading a sincere, honest North Korean person's explanation of the merits of capitalism - nicely p
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding. Brilliant plot, exhaustively researched and superbly executed. As well as a great read, the reader will finish with a far better understanding of the recent history and current conflicts in the middle east.
Sherry Cooper
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic thriller about the love affair between an American Jew and a Palestinian woman.
Dianna Shimizu
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Another excellent political thriller from this author, that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.
Good research resulting in a good plot and characters.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this a long time ago, really liked it.
Kathy Adams
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard North Paterson has never disappointed me...
Lee Ann
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exile, by Richard Patterson, combines fantasy with reality. Historical facts Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its effect are included, while implementing a hypothetical situation. If the prime minister were to come to the United States and be assassinated by suicide bombers, what would become of the nation? As for David Wolfe, it puts his job, marriage, and reputation at stake. He was planning on running for Senate soon, but his world turned upside down when he gets a phone call from a woman he ...more
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Richard North Patterson is the author of fourteen previous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson served as the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups dealing with gun violence, political reform, and women’s rights. He lives in San Francisco and on Martha’s Vineyard.
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