Noah S Friedland, PhD



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A House Divided

By Noah S Friedland

Jonathan Geller, an ambitious young academic, is struggling to build a new life for himself in the US. An American born Jew who had immigrated to Israel with his family as a child, Geller fled the Jewish State after a deadly incident that occurred during his service in the Israeli army. Ten years into his self imposed exile, Geller's younger brother is killed in the line of duty, so he reluctantly returns to Israel to attend the funeral.

Once back, Geller is forced to confront his broken family and a life and country he thought he had left behind for good. Colored by his own military experiences, he begins to question the circumstances of his brother's death. Aided by a mysterious source, a childhood friend, an old flame, and his brother's girlfriend, a fiery young redhead, he slowly uncovers the truth - a path that embroils him in a deadly clandestine chess game between two opposing forces - each fighting for what they believe is the very soul of the Jewish state.

A fast-paced, character-driven thriller, A House Divided provides an authentic, first-hand look into Israeli society and its legendary military. Unlike many other books in this genre, which have focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict, this work examines the long-term effects of almost one hundred years of conflict on a nation deeply divided on how best to define its future. It also explores how a wounded family, whose bonds have been weakened by distance and time, copes with adversity and loss.


About the author:

Noah Friedland is a Seattle-based technologist and technical manager. After spending four years in the Far East as a young child, his family immigrated to Israel in 1971. He attended Israeli schools until his induction into the Israel Defense Force in 1979 where he spent a year as an air force cadet and two as an artillery crew commander. Upon his release from the armed services he attended the Technion (1982 - 1988) earning Bachelor and Masters degrees in Aeronautical and Electrical Engineering respectively. He returned to the US in 1988 to pursue a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Maryland (1988 - 1993). Throughout his almost 20-year career Dr. Friedland has developed advanced applications and technologies in academic, government and commercial settings and has authored dozens of peer-reviewed scientific papers. This is his first foray into fiction.

Critical Reviews

Noah Friedland was voted best Jewish author of 2010 by the readers of the JT News.

Hadassah Magazine: "
Friedland has written a good story that shows an intimate knowledge of the military, the landscape of Israel and the effect of the ongoing conflict on the country's citizens."

The Jewish Chronicle: "A gripping read with acute attention to detail... A loving and unflinching study of Israel’s many contradictions, especially as it relates to the military."

Eric Wilson, NY Times Bestselling Author: "A timely suspense story that twines together explosive family and military secrets. Then lights them with a fuse. This is exceptional."

Amos Lassen, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer: "
Friedland has created a character in Jonathan Geller that will not soon be forgotten. I felt his pain throughout and identified with him so completely that there were times I felt as if I might be reading about myself."