“Gabriel remained in the window longer than he should have, watching the shrinking taillight of the motorcycle, pursued by the blacked-out Passat. When the two vehicles were gone, he looked down at the man lying in the street. Snow whitened him. He was as dead as a man could be. He was dead, thought Gabriel, before he arrived in Vienna. Dead before he left Moscow.”
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Author Daniel Silva’s protagonist, Gabriel Allon, is back in the thick of fighting terror. Allown is now the “chief” of “the Office” in Israeli intelligence. Though no longer a field agent, Allon often finds himself in the line of fire. He still seeks revenge on an elusive and dangerous terrorist, Saladin. Allon believes that he caught a glimpse of him when America was attacked a few months prior. Allon and his team enter the glamorous world of the very rich, especially when those rich people made their money selling drugs for ISIS.
My previous post was a book review of The Black Widow by Daniel Silva. The author’s Forward noted that he had written his novel which starts off with a series of terrorist attacks in France before the recent ISIS attacks. Was he prescient or just “unlucky” in his guess. He considered not publishing the book, but decided that it needed to be done. The following quote from his book spoke to me regarding the latest terrorist attacks;
“One day, thought Gabriel, his children would ask him about the troubled young man depicted in the portrait, and about the woman who had painted it. It was not a conversation he was looking forward to. Already, he feared their reaction. Would they pity him? Would they fear him? Would they think him a monster, a murderer? It was no matter; he had to tell them. It was better to hear the unhappy details of such a life from the lips of the man who had let it rather than from someone else. Mothers often portrayed fathers in too flattering a light. Obituaries rarely told the whole story, especially when their subjects led classified lives.”
By my rough count The English Spy is my eighteenth Gabriel Allon thriller. Author Daniel Silva has, in my opinion, done it yet again and I have enjoyed every one of the eighteen. I usually give my opinion about the book at the end of my review, but I really need to thank Mr. Silva for the pleasure of reading his books over the years. It’s gotten to the point where I mark in my calendar when a new novel is scheduled for release and do what I can to get it on the day of release and often put down whatever book I am reading to delve in. I know I’ll lose sleep and the book won’t last long, but I’ll enjoy every minute. Thank you very much Mr. Silva.
“He paused at a kiosk to see whether he was being followed and then continued on in the same direction. He was below average in height – five foot eight perhaps, but no more – and had the spare physique of a cyclist. The face was long and narrow at the chin, with wide cheekbones and a slender nose that looked as though it had been carved from wood. The eyes that peered from beneath the brim of his flat cap were unnaturally green.”
In The English Girl Gabriel Allon does big. It is interesting “watching” Gabriel Allon grow and grow older as the master spy for Israel. As he takes on less of an operational role others take on a bigger part. In this Daniel Silva best seller the world may not hinge completely on Allon’s actions so this novel is a little different. It is no less action packed or thrilling just a little different. The English Girl is almost two novels as one story seems to end as you’ll notice as you get about halfway and it seems to be winding down. It powers back up in the City of Heretics.
About a month ago I get my edition of Costco Connection in the mail and was excited! No there’s wasn’t a sale on batteries (actually there was), but news of the upcoming release of Daniel Silva’s new novel, Portrait of a Spy, feature heroic Gabriel Allon. I fastidiously set the date on my Droid calendar and planned to drive to Costco on the release day to pick up my copy. I arranged my reading plan so that I could start the book that night. I was excited on the drive that day. When I got there the book was no where in sight. Frustrated, I rechecked my calendar and it was July 12 yet there was no book. I used the power of my Verizon unlimited data package to search Mr. Silva’s website only to find out that I had gotten the date wrong and was a week early,
Super spy Gabriel Allon is back! When a not so famous painting by an extremely famous artist (venture to guess who?) is stolen and a man is murdered Allon is called upon by a friend to investigate. The Rembrandt Affair begins like a typical thriller as Allon enters the world of art theft, murder, and powerful people.
Author Daniel Silva does not let his hero relax very long as Gabriel Allon and his wife are nearly blown up when they travel to Argentina to talk to a man who may have some information they need. The Rembrandt Affair digs into deep dark secrets of World War II and those who survived heinous crimes and those who perpetrated them.
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