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JORDAN VEZINA

Author of the Jericho Black Thriller Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Timeline for the Jericho Black Universe

This serves as a guide to the series of novels and novellas featuring Will Hessler, Jacob Mitzak, Saul Greenbaum, Jane and Ariel Sutcliffe and a whole cast of supporting characters.

Saul Greenbaum is Born

May 10, 1910
Saul Greenbaum is Born

Saul Greenbaum is a central character in the Jericho Black universe. Coming from humble beginnings as a librarian in pre-world war two Germany Saul becomes an integral part of the Jewish resistance against Nazi aggression, even allowing himself to be interned at Auschwitz to mount a resistance from within. During his time in the camp Saul begins training young Jacob Mitzak to become The Hammer of Israel. After the end of the war Saul and Jacob hunt down former Nazis in Germany, South America and in the United States. Saul goes on to become a founding member of the Mossad and later establishes the covert organization The Box within the Mossad. Saul appears in the books: Never Forget The Hammer of Israel Jericho Black Book One: Among Wolves Jericho Black Book Two: Education Jericho Black Book Three: Retribution

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Jane Sutcliffe is Born

September 4, 1921
Jane Sutcliffe is Born

Jane Sutcliffe is first introduced in the novella The Hammer of Israel as Jacob’s surgeon. Later she is recruited by Saul Greenbaum and becomes the Box operative known as Avenger 3/1. Jane is a pivotal character in the series as jacob Mitzak’s occasional girlfriend and the mother of Ariel Sutcliffe, who later becomes the Box operative known as The Lion of Israel. Jane appears in the books: The Hammer of Israel Jericho Black Book Two: Education Jericho Black Book Three: Retribution

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Jacob Mitzak is Born

December 24, 1929
Jacob Mitzak is Born

Jacob Mitzak is a central character throughout the Jericho Black universe as a symbol for Israeli rage against the Holocaust. After being trained by Saul Greenbaum in Auschwitz Jacob becomes a Nazi hunter with few peers, and later is recruited by Saul to become the first operative in the fledgling Box. Jacob appears in the books: Never Forget The Hammer of Israel Jericho Black Book One: Among Wolves Jericho Black Book Two: Education Jericho Black Book Three: Retribution

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The Events in the Book Never Forget Occur

December 8, 1944
The Events in the Book Never Forget Occur

A serial killer is loose in Auschwitz, and the only man who can identify him loses his memory every five minutes.  Never Forget is a tense murder mystery that provides some background on both Saul Greenbaum and Irving Baumer, as well as giving the reader some insight into the early training of Jacob Mitzak and his relationship with August Grosz.  

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Jacob Escapes from Auschwitz

December 20, 1944
Jacob Escapes from Auschwitz

The novella The Hammer of Israel begins with this event, Jacob Mitzak escaping from Auschwitz. 

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The Mossad is Founded as the Central Institute for Co-ordination

September 4, 1949
The Mossad is Founded as the Central Institute for Co-ordination

Ariel Sutcliffe is Born

August 2, 1955
Ariel Sutcliffe is Born

Ariel Sutcliffe is the daughter of Jacob Mitzak and Jane Sutcliffe. Raised by her grandmother Marin Sutcliffe Ariel is recruited by Saul Greenbaum to act as a decoy during an operation and finds herself in hand to hand combat with two brothers affiliated with Sword of Allah. After this experience Ariel is fully recruited into The Box and given the call sign The Lion of Israel. Ariel is referenced in Jericho Black Book Three: Retribution. Ariel is featured in: The Lion of Israel (Coming Soon)

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Will Hessler is Born

October 5, 1955
Will Hessler is Born

Will Hessler is the main protagonist of the Jericho Black series. Born in Argentina as the grandson of a Nazi war criminal and the son of a Jihadist mother, Will decides to turn against his family and take Saul Greenbaum’s offer to become an operative for the shadowy Mossad organization known only as The Box. Will is featured in: Jericho Black Book One: Among Wolves Jericho Black Book Two: Education Jericho Black Book Three: Retribution

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Adolf Eichmann is Captured in Argentina

May 23, 1960
Adolf Eichmann is Captured in Argentina

The capture of Adolf Eichmann is an event that figures prominently into Will Hessler’s past, as it spurred the decision of his grandfather Franklin Hessler to move the family from Argentina to America. Eichmann was an architect of the Holocaust and was captured by Mossad agents. The capture of Eichmann was made into the excellent movie The Man Who Captured Eichmann.

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Saul Greenbaum Establishes The Box

September 5, 1963
Saul Greenbaum Establishes The Box

Despite the Mossad’s reputation for not playing by the rules, Saul Greenbaum decides their methods still aren’t effective enough to protect the nation of Israel. Calling in favors and pulling strings Saul receives a sanction to establish The Box, a secretive unit within the Mossad. Saul’s first recruit is his longtime operative The Hammer of Israel Jacob Mitzak. Soon enough other operatives come on board, and The Box begins building a reputation for doing the impossible.

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Irving Baumer Establishes Station 13

January 12, 1970
Irving Baumer Establishes Station 13

Having been a longtime confidant of Saul Greenbaum and off books Mossad asset Irving Baumer is recruited to establish Station 13 for The Box. Irving’s unique neurological disorder gives him the gift of eidetic memory, but only for five minutes. He will remember everything he hears, but after the five minutes are up his memory is essentially erased. This means that while he can relay information from operatives in the field to headquarters with perfect accuracy, if he were captured an interrogation of him would reveal nothing. Irving appears in the books: Never Forget Jericho Black Book Two: Education Jericho Black Book Three: Retribution

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Black September Storms the Bus Sharif, Jane and Fayza are on in Ramallah

July 20, 1971
Black September Storms the Bus Sharif, Jane and Fayza are on in Ramallah

This event is referenced in Jericho Black Book Three: Retribution. Three characters were involved in the foiled hijacking of a bus by the terror group Black September. Jane Sutcliffe: The Box operative known as Avenger 3/1 Sharif Farid: The future leader of the terror group Sword of Allah Fayza Safar: A future Mossad HUMINT asset

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Sharif Farid Founds The Sword of Allah

October 11, 1973
Sharif Farid Founds The Sword of Allah

After the death of his daughter in Ramallah in 1971 Sharif Farid uses his wealth to found the Islamic terror group The Sword of Allah. Using his newfound army Sharif wages war against Israel, and specifically Saul Greenbaum’s covert organization The Box. Sharif appears in the book: Jericho Black Book Three: Retribution

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Betzalel Felman Moves from Brooklyn to Israel

March 9, 1976
Betzalel Felman Moves from Brooklyn to Israel

Looking for a purpose to his life, Betzalel Felman repatriates to Israel from New York and joins the Israeli Defense Force. Shortly after joining and trying out for special operations he is recruited by Mossad spymaster Saul Greenbaum to become an operative for The Box. Featured in: Book Two: Education Book Three: Retribution

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The Events in the Book Education Occur

September 6, 1978
The Events in the Book Education Occur

Will Hessler Becomes Jericho Black

November 10, 1978
Will Hessler Becomes Jericho Black

In the prelude to Book One: Among Wolves, Will Hessler is given his Box callsign by Jacob Mitzak in Kezar’s Pub. Will finds out that Jericho Black is more than just an operational call sign, it is an idea, a pledge to uphold. He also is told that he is not the first Mossad operative to go by that name, and he will not be the last. Will is featured in: Jericho Black Book One: Among Wolves Jericho Black Book Two: Education Jericho Black Book Three: Retribution

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