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Death in Shangri-La

(A Dotan Naor Thriller #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Ex-Israeli operative turned private investigator, Dotan Naor—to settle a bet—agrees to locate the missing son of former acquaintance, now ruthless Israeli arms merchant, Willy Mizrachi. Willy, who does not hesitate to sell killing machines to the most heinous players in the world, is desperate to find his only son, Itiel, who has headed to an ashram in the Himalayas.

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Published August 7th 2018 by Oceanview Publishing
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Kylie D
What happens when a spiritual journey turns deadly? Israeli youths, travelling to the Himalayan area of India are being targeted by Muslim terrorists. Israeli PI Dotan Naor travels with beautiful Mossad agent Maya to get to the bottom of terrorist attacks. Dotan's friend Willy, an unscrupulous arms dealer, has been murdered in Delhi while looking for his son, who has gone to an ashram in the Himalayas. While others have been killed outright in surprise attacks, some taken hostage, Dotan and Maya ...more
leslie hamod
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was grabbed by the throat by this thriller! Completely taken by surprise!
Translation from Hebrew, this book is fast paced, flows well and written in a style that keeps the reader on the edge of his seat.
We meet Dolan, an ex-Israeli operative who has become a private detective. In order to settle a bet, he agrees to find the son of an old acquaintance.
We find that the son has gone to a monastery in the Himalayas where many young Israelis hide following mandatory military service. He leaves hom
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, mystery

It all begins with a bet.

Willy, an arms-dealer, asks the help of Dotan Naor, a private investigator and an acquaintance, to bring back his son, who has decided to leave everything behind, including his father’s blood-money and take refuge in a monastery in the Himalayas. Willy bets that in exactly one year, his son would be back with a wife and a child and a repentant grin on his face.

But nothing goes according to plan. Unbeknownst to Dotan, Willy decides to take matters in his own hands and
Alan Cotterell
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
A totally new author to me, I was intrigued as to what it would be like. It is set in an amazing part of the world (India and the Himalayas). It is a mixture of spy story, with dashes of social commentary, spirituality, corruption and even a sprinkling of romance thrown in.
This thriller, translated from Hebrew took me by surprise, it is fast paced, flows extremely well and written in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat. It is obvious that author Yigul Zur, obviously knows his topic inside
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Dotan Naor is a former Israeli agent turned private investigator. Willy, an arms dealer and an acquaintance of Dotan, is found dead in India. Dotan travels to India with an Israeli agent to investigate Willy’s death.

Death in Shangri-La is the first book in a new series. The main character, Dotan, is a bit of an unknown. He seems like a smart, spiritual, and dedicated individual, so it’ll be interesting to see where this series goes.

An action thriller with some mystery and romance. While the sett
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written action thriller, focusing on Dotan, a former Israeli intelligence operative. His friend Willy, a charismatic arms dealer, pulls Dotan into the search for his son in a monastery. The father is murdered, terrorists are targeting Israelis in India, and the search for clues is on.

The action and mystery were enough to pull me in, but I thoroughly enjoyed the description of differnet parts of India, and it's culture, as I have several co-workers from the country, and liked the customs exp
Death in Shangri-La is the first of Zur's three Dotan Naor books to be translated into English. An Israeli writer, Zur offers us a fast-paced thriller featuring an ex-Israeli operative now a private detective. The setting, however, is not the Middle East, but India. Like the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the peaceful hinterlands of India are here victim to terror attacks from Islamic extremists, targeting Israeli backpackers seeking serenity in backpacking lodges in the Indian mountains. The setti ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, thriller
This is the first one of three thrillers this writer plans to deliver about the character Dotan Noar, a former Israeli security expert whom got booted out of government service and started his own company which mostly is about bringing lost Israeli kids home from where they got lost or in trouble.

The main character is clearly very spiritual and this shows during this whole story when he visits India with a member of Israeli security forces to solve a crime and the questions that arose from the m
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
What a roller coaster! Loved this one. Lots of intrigue and action plus some steamy romance. Really enjoyed the author's writing style.

Although I love thrillers, this book was still a little outside my normal genres. However, I found it instantly intriguing. The story is set in India and the Himalayas, and really serves as a fantastic travelogue for that part of the world. It is part spy thriller, mystery, romance and action. The author also engages in a bit of social commentary which I found f
Ravi Prakash
The novel 'Death in Shangri-La' is a thriller that starts with a bet between the protagonist and his close friend. The book was first published in Hebrew and later translated by Sara Kitai in English. The writer tries to explore India also in his book as the plot progresses. He must have visited India many times for such a vast knowledge. The tourist in him describes the landscapes of Haridwar, Hrishikesh, Manali, Leh, Kashmir, Srinagar etc and so many other places. Writer has done well at this ...more
Toni Osborne
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #1, in Dotan Naor Thriller series

This hard boiled story is set in one of the most dangerous place in Southeast Asia and in the region around Nepal. Mr. Zur brings us into the breathtaking landscape of Kashmir and the Himalayas with his protagonist Dotan Naor, a former Israeli security agent now private investigator.

This is a fast-paced story that takes us on a journey to every Israeli’s worst nightmare: falling victim to terrorists. “Death in Shangri-La” brings Dotan in India to settle a
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
Courtesy of the author in exchange of a honest review.

Three stars might be a little be of an overrating (more of a 2.5*), but I appreciate the fact that authors contact me at all. So, thank you!

I was trying to extract a kid who got himself picket up at the airport with five kilos of grass.


I think there is a big difference in translation between grass, weed and weeds. Maybe poor kid was just carrying a bag of his garden weeds in the airport. Happy gardening!

But the biggest problem for me was..
Literary Soirée

When author Yigal Zur invited me to review DEATH IN SHANGRI-LA, I was too backed up with reviews and asked him to recontact me in a month. Then I read his bio and said to my husband, this guy is scarily connected (his main character is ex-Mossad.) We joked about what if I’d declined!

All joking aside I’m so glad I agreed, as DEATH IN SHANGRI-LA is one of those thrillers that grabs you by the throat and won’t let you go ‘
Yigal Zur, the author of this book contact me if I would read his book and give him a review. Before I accepted the offer I looked to see what it was about, and when I saw that it is an interesting book from a genre that I enjoy.
This book is translated from Hebrew, it is a complex book of hatred and love, of friendship and family, of life and death, of religion, politics and many more.
Dotan Naor is ex-Israeli agent that is very spiritual.
His mission in India is to find out who killed his friend
Claire Heaven
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew as soon as I was half way through the prologue that I liked this writer’s style, heavy with dialogue and lines like, ‘He didn’t get it yet. A man like him doesn’t get it until life punches him in the face.’ I’m then promised all sorts of death and destruction, India and Pakistan on the verge of nuclear war, and Shangri-La, an earthly paradise set ablaze. I dove straight in.
Ex-military Dotan is asked to take on the task of finding his friend Willy’s son with a view to convincing him to re
Abhinav Ka
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the author, Yigal Zur for sending me a copy of his book Death in Shangri-La. It is an enjoyable story, about an Israeli operative (Dotan Naor), set in India. Israelis in India are targeted in a coordinated terrorist attack and Dotan steps in, to save the day. Delhi and the northern reaches of India has been described in detail. The story sets a fast pace, right from the first page, to the last. Being from India, I could relate to the places and people described in the novel. I hope Yig ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was very lucky to win this giveaway. Zur is an author I've never even heard of before, but he will remain in the forefront of my memory for whatever time I have left on this mortal coil.

Gregory David Roberts came to mind while I was reading this novel, and not just because it takes place in India. There is a common spirituality between these two men that seems to become embedded in people who have spent more than a week or two in this vast, almost mythical, land. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they a
Moshe Mikanovsky
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: israel
Great read! Felt like the author have traveled a lot in India and knows it not just on the surface but within.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a good read. I never realized that Israelis, in general, would consider India as a vacation destination. Dotan is an Israeli ex-special-forces turned to yoga, meditation, and Eastern martial arts. He seeks to find the killer of his "friend" through India, Kashmir, and Tibet. Worthwhile and recommended.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Death in Shangri-La, although it was very different from what I expected. Certainly there was action and intrigue, but there was more meditation on the state of India’s internal struggles between Hindus and Moslems and the state of Israel’s disaffected young, as well as a healthy dose of mysticism.

I enjoy reading popular fiction written by writers from within a culture not my own. Arnaldur Indriðason, Natsuo Kirino, Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbø and others come to mind as writers
Shirley D
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s no putting this thriller down. A fast-paced story that will have you on the edge of your seat. Brilliantly written, vivid, captivating and tranquil all in one. In fact, it’s descriptive style immerses you in the story – it took a few seconds to realise I was actually sat at home, not in the Himalayas! An absolutely cracking read.

Death in Shangri-La takes you on a beautifully descriptive journey through some of the most dangerous part in India. Set in Southeast Asia, the gripping fear of
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Israeli thriller writer Yigal Zur skillfully uses both an exotic setting and ongoing political turmoil to create a high level of tension in this fast-paced thriller. Published in Israel in 2012, Death in Shangri-La is the first of Zur’s novels to be translated into English, and quite smoothly at that.
A trip to India after their military commitment has become rite of passage for many Israeli young adults. When one young Israeli seems bent on abandoning a future law career and immersing himself in
Maria Carmo
I loved getting to know this new Author. His book is interesting and fast paced, the plot is ingenious and the characters out of the ordinary. The way the plot develops shows a link between Israel and India that many are not aware of, in terms of tourist destination. The fact that the story mingles terrorism, arms dealers and also the quest for spiritual enlightenment, is proof that all parts of the Human Quest are intertwined and that often those who do questionable things, may also be looking ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A totally engrossing book. Be warned: Once you start reading this novel, dishes will not be washed; meals will not be prepared; and laundry will not be washed until you finish it. This is a thriller which I could not put down until I finished it. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death in Shangri-La is a great thriller from author Yigal Zur. The fast pace, engrossing prose and characters who are quite more round and believable than appear on first glance, make this a quick yet rewarding read.

Yigal Zur's choice of locales in all his novels and the authenticity in which he grabs the reader into these exotic places make this (and his other Dotan Naor adventures) a great reading experience!
Patty Smith
Many thanks to Edelweiss, Oceanview and Yigal Zur for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This story is so confusing, I’m not even sure I can tell you what it is about. The main story is about Dotan, an ex-Israeli spy, who goes to India to find out what happened to his friend Willy, an arms dealer. Willy went off in search of his son and ends up beheaded. Dotan travels with Maya, a beautiful Mossad agent, who also wants to investigate what happened. At the same time, terrorists have killed
Rowena Hoseason
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
A wayward son, a special agent seeking redemption, the terrorist threat, an arms deal gone wrong – these are the average elements of any old crime-thriller. In ‘Death In Shangri-La’ they’re given energetic impetus against an exquisite international backdrop of exotic locations.

The author also incorporates some serious metaphysical heft, introducing themes and personalities from multiples faiths. Yet the story is foremost, and it propels the reader through the pages at an impressive pace.

Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of the Kindle version of this book by the author.

I really enjoyed it as political thrillers are my cup of tea. While our "ex-Israeli operative turned private investigator" Dotan Naor IS Israeli, the majority of the book is centered in India and the disputed territories in the Himalayan regions. If your aren't aware of the religious and political struggles of this area, the book will give you an understanding of how religious beliefs and greed can corrupt normally tolerant peop
A. Hunt
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Here’s another, making it book number three where there’s some sort of political message, terrorism or governmental insanity taking place. You all know me- I don’t do these. And yet, in 2018 I read three. This is book number three. Death in Shangri-La (A Dotan Naor Thriller), by Yigal Zur is a novel that reads like a television series! The action, the betrayal and the killings... OMG!

Death in Shangri-La is - I think - about a man, Dotan, going to find the son of an acquaintance. Willy, the fathe
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so gripping and a blast to read. I was held by it from the start and could not put it down. The suspense and mystery is raw and powerful. The characters made the story complete and were perfectly defined and easy to imagine. The details are incredible and made me feel like I was there. It has a wonderful flow and so easy to read. I love the style and mind of the author Yigal Zur. He is brilliantly gifted and I will be definitely looking for more of his work. I recommend this book t ...more
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