“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”
Even though Gabriel Allon “retired” he is yet again pulled in to do a little favor for a friend at the Vatican. Yes it is to restore a famous art work, but as can happen it turns into something more…a lot more. In The Fallen Angel author Daniel Silva has written yet another “un-put-downable” novel. When Allon gathers his old team it was like being back with friends as I wished not only their health, but their success. To call this a thriller would do the book a disservice.
Silva also does not shy away from global issues as it relates to Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East. He provides some historic context that will probably make some anti-Semites uncomfortable. They need to be uncomfortable.
As I await the next Gabriel Allon novel sometime in 2013 I wonder why Hollywood has yet to make a movie out of one of Silva’s books yet has released yet another Batman movie.