“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.”
…and I am so happy. So very happy. I find it hard to be impartial when anticipating a new Daniel Silvanovel featuring hero, Gabriel Allon, buying it at Costco, and sitting down somewhere to consume it. The good news is that I really don’t have to be impartial and Silva rarely disappoints. Actually I don’t think he ever has disappointed me.
In The Heist Allon is again thrust into the world’s affairs and interrupted from his current job laying on his back in an Italian church. His search for a long lost artifact brings him in contact with some unsavory characters. While there is plenty of action this novel is a bit different that the previous Allon works. I really enjoyed the story and feel that it reflects a more mature future leader of Israel’s Office. Again Mr. Silva made me lose sleep finishing the final pages. It is interesting the choices in today’s world…there is a tough choice between a “strongman” leader versus a country out of control and run by terrorists. You’ll understand more when you read The Heist.
Alas I have to wait another year for Gabriel’s next escapades.