A classic tragedy for a modern age…
A terrorist attack planned for Easter Sunday in Jerusalem sets off a chain of events that weave together the lives of an American journalist, Israeli war hero, Palestinian farmer, and Arab-Christian grocer.
Alerted to a suicide bomb plot, Major Jakov Levy orders the border with Gaza Strip closed. Unable to get his produce to market, Amin Mousa dumps truckloads of tomatoes in a refugee camp. David Kessler, an American journalist, sees it reported on television and goes to Gaza for Amin’s story.
Hamas militants plot to smuggle a bomb out in David’s car and retrieve it when he returns home, but he’s unexpectedly detoured on the way. Meanwhile, a cell member confesses to the plot, and the race is on to find David and retrieve the bomb before the terrorists can.
Ultimately A Vision of Angels is a story of reconciliation and hope, but not before events as tragic as a modern passion play change the lives of four families forever.
WINNER, PARIS PRIZE FOR FICTION
FINALIST, FOREWORD REVIEWS’ BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (winner TBA June 2014)
SHORTLISTED, FAULKNER-WISDOM COMPETITION FOR THE NOVEL
FINALIST, AMERICAN BOOK FEST’S INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
Accolades for screenplay adaptation:
Grand Prize Winner, Rhode Island International Film Festival
Finalist, Filmmaker International Screenplay Contest (winner TBA June 2014)
Finalist, Contest of Contest Winners
“A taut thriller that opens as a terrorist threat in Jerusalem on Easter Sunday brings together an intriguing quartet of characters… The pitiless cost of war as it plays out in four families is poignantly evoked in this highly charged drama.” – New York Daily News
“A Vision of Angels is a thriller of the first order, full of high-stakes drama and suspense, but it’s also something much rarer: an intimately told tale of life and death and day-to-day existence in the Holy Land that doesn’t take sides. Or, rather, that considers them all. This is a remarkable book.” – Toby Lester, author of Da Vinci’s Ghost and The Fourth Part of the World
“The suspenseful plot moves very quickly. Like his journalist character, Smith tries to give the different sides of this conflict a human face. The stories of all these characters and their families are slowly interwoven together before a climactic ending that is ultimately one of hope.” – Canadian Jewish News
“Haunting and heartbreaking, Timothy Jay Smith puts a very human face on the many-sided Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the gripping and exquisitely detailed narrative set skillfully against the Passover-Easter holidays.” – Jennifer Willis, writer for The Oregonian