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A Compassionate Healer…and a Merciless Assassin

Jacob Kane is a man with extraordinary potential. At the age of six, he is recognized as a musical prodigy, and as a teenager he becomes a pupil at the Juilliard School, having already performed with several symphony orchestras. But music, challenging as it is, isn’t enough for Jacob, driven by his hungry mind and restless soul. He pursues college and medical school, and becomes a renowned neurosurgeon. Study of martial arts makes him a true Renaissance man, rounded in arts, science, and physical discipline. The world is open to Jacob…but he carries deep within him the wounds of his Jewish heritage, and his rage and resentment, fueled by his intelligence, take him into dangerous territory. When Jacob becomes a weapon of vengeance wielded by the Mossad, he will be forced to answer life-changing questions about who he is, and who he intends to be in the world and to his people. Intertwined with Jacob’s compelling story are the lives of his two closest friends: Charles Henson, who emerges from an abusive childhood to become a significant figure in the worlds of intelligence and espionage; and Toshiro Tokani, genius in physics and mathematics who becomes Deputy Director of the United States National Security Agency. Jacob’s War explores the complexity and irony of a world in which three men can be trusted friends and yet strangers to one another; where a life-giving doctor can take life for a cause he believes in; where the burdens of history must be transcended in order to achieve individual meaning. Meticulously researched and deeply felt, Jacob’s War is a fascinating saga that will remain with you long after you have turned the final page.


About the Author

J. B. Kaufman

Jerome B. Kaufman brings a wealth of life experience to his avocation as a writer, after thirty years as a neurosurgeon who introduced many of the technological advances in the field during his career. Dr. Kaufman trained at the Mr. Sinai Hospital Medical Center and Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital Neurological Institute. Dr. Kaufman was recruited by Carle Clinic Association as its first neurosurgeon, and he was one of the founders of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, where he eventually served as Clinical Professor, integrally involved in writing curriculum for the neurosciences program. He has been recognized on Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in the World. He was also included in Best Doctors in America (Midwest). In addition to his medical background, Dr. Kaufman studied piano at the Juilliard School, and has performed professionally in both classical and jazz repertoire.