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Full Name: Yael Azoulay
Nationality: American
Organization: United Nations
Occupation Other - Negotiator

Creator: Adam LeBor
Time Span: 2013 - 2016


Yael Azoulay is a negotiator for the United Nations.

That is what her record shows and what she would call herself if asked. It sounds reasonable and normal and something almost tame and boring. It is also not even close to what she actually does.

True, she works for the United Nations and she does deal in negotiations but she is the one who gets called in when other ways done by "normal" representatives from the U.N. fall through. When that world body is pretty much told to take their offers and put them in unpleasant places, that is when the Secretary-General decides it is necessary to ask Azoulay to step in. That's usually when things go pear-shaped for the bad guys.

As the first recorded adventure begins, she is 35 years old and has been with the U.N. for the past 12. She holds dual citizenship from both America and Israel having been born in New York City to an American mother and an Israeli father. They lived in America until she was a teenager. Upon her parents divorce and her father heading back to Israel, she went there to live for a while. [She mentioned in a conversation that she had served a tour of duty there but that may have been part of her cover.] She did graduate from Columbia University so at some point she had to have moved back.

Her time with the U.N. has been extremely business and memorable. She worked in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, starting as an administrative assistant but rising through the ranks in diplomacy through hard work and an impressive sixth sense that came from her "acute sensitivity to other people's moods". "From there she had been promoted to the operations room, the department's nerve center, and soon started going out on field missions. In Afghanistan she caught the eye of Fareed Hussein, the secretary-general, who had made her his protege, causing admiration and jealousy in equal measure among her colleagues. Her UN ID card said she was a political adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Her actual job had no title. Officially, it did not even exist. But it was known, where it needed to be, that she spoke for the SG, and that her word was as good as his. And that meant she also spoke for the P5, the permanent members of the UN Security Council: Britain, the United States, Russia, China, and France. She was the most powerful woman on the planet, as long as she stuck to the script."

Sticking to that script is something she knows how to do. She also knows when not to do it.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2016

1 The Geneva Option The Geneva Option
Written by Adam LeBor
Copyright: 2013

The mission for Yael Azoulay for the UN is to convince a Hutu warlord to surrender for trial for genocide. Unfortunately he has control of a valuable supply of an ore needed to cell phones and that makes him someone First World nations are willing to ignore. When she does not, she becomes the enemy of numerous intelligence agencies.
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2 The Washington Strategem The Washington Strategem
Written by Adam LeBor
Copyright: 2014

Yael Azoulay could not say no to the UN Secretary General's request to meet with the CEO of a powerful asset management firm in the US but she did not expect that the meeting would throw her into a major mess where unscrupulous people are trying to start a new war in the Middle East, mostly for profit.
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3 The Reykjavik Assignment The Reykjavik Assignment
Written by Adam LeBor
Copyright: 2016

In her previous mission, Yael Azoulay made a very powerful man, the head of the Prometheus Group, very mad at her. Now she has his agents following her for what she is certain will not be a good ending. Unfortunately, there are others tailing her as well, people from out of her distant path. Amid all though, there is major work to be done at a summit in Iceland between the U.S. and Iran to try and stop another major war.
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Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2013

1 The Istanbul Exchange The Istanbul Exchange
Written by Adam LeBor
Copyright: 2013

The mission for Yael Azoulay is to negotiate the surrender of an Afghan warlord to the Americans. The man was also a friend of hers so it is a little personal. It does not go smoothly when the matter of arms deals to Syrian rebels comes up and a covert U.S. department gets involved.
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The adventures of Yael Azoulay are filled with diplomats and politicians as was will double-dealers, unscrupulous con men and bloodthisty killers. Wait, those are the same things, aren't they?

Considering how capable Azoulay is I had to marvel that she never once (that I read) put an ballpoint pen into an eye of one of these S.O.B.'s she has to work with. That's some pretty good restraint because the way the author writes them, and I do not think he is overplaying things at all, they deserve.

The writing is top-notch and the characters, even the really slimy ones, are beautifully depicted. Things ring sadly too true. Then again, the man did write a couple of non-fiction books about such double-dealing so it is no surprise they are crafted so well or things look as sad as they do.

If I were Azoulay, I'd lay in a supply of pens.


My Grade: A-


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