“Gabriel was not yet convinced that anything at all had happened that night, other than that an old man with a weakened heart, a man whom Gabriel loved and admired, had died while praying in his private chapel. Still, he had to admit there were enough troubling circumstances to warrant further investigation, beginning with the whereabouts of Niklaus Janson. Gabriel would try to find him, if only to put Donati’s mind at ease. And his own mind, as well.”
It’s hard to believe that The Order is Daniel Silva’s twentieth novel in the Gabriel Allon series. I really look forward to this each summer when the book usually is published. This year was no different.
So if you’ve read any of my book reviews, you already know that summer is an exciting time for me. Usually each July, Daniel Silva gifts us readers with a new novel featuring Israeli superman, Gabriel Allon. I am not sure how Mr. Silva has maintained the high level of quality of his novels (this is the nineteenth installment)! As you also may be aware, I read a lot of books…this is the 58th book this year. I found myself liking many books and giving the generous ratings on Goodreads. Then I get to The New Girls and it’s like being attacked. I mean I cannot put this book (Kindle) down. It doesn’t seem like enough to give it a meager five stars.
“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.”
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.”
Guess who is back…
“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.”
“Whatever it is, it had better be something big.’ I’m Gabriel Allon. I only do big.”
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.
“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 were an unnatural shade of green”