“The Morgenstern Project is the latest installment in David Khara's 'Consortium' thriller series. The story's subtext deals with nothing less than the future of humanity as the action moves from Nazi-era eugenics to neo-Nazi 'transhumanism' (bio-chemical and bio-mechanical enhancement of otherwise healthy humans to serve specialized state/private purposes.
The key protagonist in this series is Eytan Morgenstern, a survivor of experiments conducted in Nazi death camps during World War II who has highly-enhanced human biological powers of recuperation, physical agility and strength and the like. The plot lines of this novel interleave his camp and war experiences with his present day missions to exterminate hidden Nazi war criminals on behalf of Israel's Mossad and his crusade against the much longer-lived 'Consortium'--the hidden conspiracy that included his camp tormentor, Dr. Bleiberg. The Consortium's goal over time has been and continues to be the molding of human destiny and capability in aid of whatever 'higher' purpose.
Sophie Weiner's supple translation of the work from French to English is contemporary and idiomatic. Khara's own writing makes this work seem American from the start. The novel owes little if anything to French literature or culture when read by an American. Other novels imported by Le French Book, like the delightful wine detective mystery series, make for great literary tourism that is missing here. No matter. This is fast-paced, exciting reading. The reader moves from challenge to solution and from one adrenalin-inducing attack and defense to another. This quality lasts from beginning to end of the story.
Given the recent re-election of a hard-line government in Israel and its ongoing record of human rights abuses of Palestinians many readers will find it difficult to visualize Mossad as being the 'Good Guys' who save a hapless American family, from Nazi-like machinations that have infiltrated American governmental, military and corporate life. Aside from that, this is high-energy escapist reading.” —4-star Netgalley review