Book Review-Father, Son, Stone-Allan H. Goodman | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Father, Son, Stone-Allan H. Goodman

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


This is an extremely well written book which combines fact and fiction seamlessly. It is actually written in the future about the past. Believe me when I tell you you will barely notice!

The scene is Jerusalem both past and present. The question posed and one that must be ascertained by the judge is one that could either start a massive uprising or go quietly into the night.

At the end of the book the author states which is factual and which is his imagination. In a way I truly hope that his conclusion is the correct one--but will we ever really know?


About the Book: (from Amazon)

Father, Son, Stone blends history and mystery to reveal the secret of the most controversial religious site in Jerusalem — known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

In the year 2035, a grandfather and his grandson enter the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. The grandfather, speaking Arabic, tells his grandson why Jews no longer pray at the Western Wall below.

The grandfather's story begins in 1967 during the Six-Day War, with three young Israeli paratroopers fighting in the battle for Jerusalem. The tale continues fifty years later, in 2017, after a catastrophic event near the Temple Mount brings
together the same three men — now the Prime Minister of Israel, a Justice on the Supreme Court of Israel, and a Mossad agent. As the crisis unfolds, the three seek to discover the reason behind mysterious events that occurred on the Temple Mount during the Six-Day War. The truth, when finally revealed, changes Jerusalem, and the people who live there, forever.

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About the Author: (from Amazon)


Allan H. Goodman is a judge, a mediator, an arbitrator, an educator, and an author of fiction and nonfiction.

His novel, Father, Son, Stone, is a mystery that takes place in Israel and focuses on a historical enigma - why Moshe Dayan returned the Temple Mount to the Muslim authority immediately after the Six-Day War in 1967. The story begins in the future, then sweeps the reader into the past and back again, telling a tale of personal loss, religious and legal conflict, political ambition, and family secrets hidden for generations. The lives of the historical and fictional characters weave various story lines into a page-turning narrative that is timely, informative, and suspenseful. The book concludes with the author's afterword, historical chronology, discussion of the characters, and annotated bibliography that inform the reader about the historical and fictional framework of the novel.

Goodman is the author of two best-selling nonfiction books in the area of conflict resolution - Basic Skills for the New Mediator (2d edition) and Basic Skills for the New Arbitrator (2d edition). These books are used for self-training and as textbooks in conflict resolution programs, colleges, universities, and law schools. He is currently writing another book on mediation - Beyond Basic Skills for the New Mediator - scheduled for publication in March 2015.

Goodman was an attorney in private practice for seventeen years, and served as a private mediator and arbitrator. In 1993 he left the practice of law when he was appointed a federal administrative judge on the United States General Services Administrative Board of Contract Appeals, where he served as a trial judge and an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) neutral in disputes between contractors and the federal government. In 2007 he was appointed as a judge on the United States Civilian Board of Contract Appeals where he continues to serve as a trial judge and ADR neutral.

From 1982 to 1986 Goodman was a lecturer in Government Contracts Law at the TC Williams School of Law in Richmond, Virginia. From 1982 through 1986 he was an Adjunct Professor of Government Contract Law at the University of Virginia (Northern Virginia Extension. From 1987 to 2000 Goodman was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught Construction Contract Law. He lectures frequently on alternative dispute resolution techniques, and currently serves as a guest lecturer in courses in Government Contracts and legal procedure at the George Washington University School of Law.

He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the University of Toledo College of Law and a member of the bars of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

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37 comments :

Sandra Watts said...

This sounds like a very interesting book. I enjoy reading on this subject.

Deborah Williamson said...

This sounds like a very interesting book will have to take a look at this.

mykidsguide said...

What a great review. The book sounds really interesting. I will add this to my list. Thanks for the suggestion.

Masshole Mommy said...

I love it when a book uses real facts to work off in the story. This book sounds great.

Megan Elford {WelcomeToTheZoo} said...

I love that the author incorporates real history with a fictional future! The history of Jerusalem is fascinating, and I'll bet his take on it is just as intriguing!

Linda A. Kinsman said...

What an interesting concept for a fictional book. I enjoy learning while I'm reading, so this book intrigues me.

Literary Winner said...

I love reading books like this, where something is different in the past and therefore really changes the future.

Sharon Martin said...

I like the idea of the story, wondering if you guessed correctly which was fiction, I bet for some readers it would be a shocking find.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

I have a frien that is such a history buff and loves reading about it. She would love that this blends history and mystery.

Heidi Bee said...

This sounds really interesting and unlike any book I have read! Will be checking this one out!

Kristen Campbell said...

Jerusalem is near and dear to my heart, so I'll bet I'd love this one!

Liz Mays said...

I've never read a mystery that was set in Israel before. This one sounds like a great read!

Mama to 5 said...

I think the homeschool mom i me has become to love history. This sounds like a good read.

Jennifer Juro said...

I love historical books! This sounds like it would be a great read, I have not heard of the author before.

Heather Jones said...

Sounds controversial, I like that the book includes both the past and the future, seems like it could be very educational.

Caroline Barnes said...

I'd love to read that book. It's great when you can learn real history while reading a great book.

Brittnei Washington said...

Wow this book sounds so good! I love how it has the feel of real events with a twist. You make me want to find out how he describes it all turning out in his imagination or real life or whatever one it is! :)

Amanda McMahon said...

Oh I love history and I think this sounds fun too!

Lesley said...

I would love this book! Sounds right up my alley. I'm fascinated with Jerusalem myself.

jcupphoo said...

I love books that blur the line of fact and fiction. It feels so much more real and I really get into them.

Maria said...

My dad is a huge history buff! This is something that he would love to read especially since it focuses on the past and the future.

John Lopez said...

This is interesting book, I love the way you review this book. Looks like you convinced me to get this book. Thanks.

Amanda Love said...

I don't think I've ever read a book quite like that before. Sounds very interesting indeed, it's like predicting the future. :)

CourtneyLynne said...

Now this sounds like my kinda book!! I'm usually a non-fiction kinda gal and this book issues real facts! Gotta give this a read!

Joyce Duboise said...

This sounds like quite an interesting read. I'd be worried about confusing past & present, as well as fiction and reality. I like the setting though, that really sounds intriguing.

Marie Moody said...

Well, I must say you sure love to read don't you. You should try find friend Gina over at Hott Books. She always has a tour or something going on. She's a great gal too. Anyway, this one does sound rather good. I have a kindle maybe I'll check into this one.

Franc said...

I like the dynamics of the story and see how the past is related to the present. It would be interesting how they would interact 50 years apart from the first incident.

Ron Leyba said...

Interesting book to read. How I wish I can get a preview copy of this. Thanks!

Shaney Vijendranath said...

Haven't read a book like this before but it sure looks interesting. Might need to take a break and catch up on reading this weekend.

Rebecca Swenor said...

This sounds like an interesting mystery and a page turner for sure. I love reading about historical events and always wonder if these things really happened. This would be a change of scenery per say to read this one. Thanks for sharing.

Shakeia Rieux said...

I would love to get my hands on a copy of this book,it looks like a good book.If i like this one i will check out other books from the author.

CB Bhattacharya said...

This looks like a great read. Thanks for sharing.

Ann B said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I will have to check it out for my summer reading list.

Parent Palace said...

Although not typically something I would read, I am interested in this one because of the author's background. It seems as though this one would be compelling because he sounds like a good storyteller.

Crystal Egan said...

This sounds like a really interesting book. I love to read books that break outside of the box and bring something new to the table and this book (written in the future about the past) sounds like it does just that!

Melissa Vera said...

This sounds like a great and amazing book. I am adding this to my list of books to read.

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

This book sounds like an interesting read! I hope I can find a copy.

 
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