As is always the case with Daniel Silva, an exceptionally well crafted read. Following up with the end of his last book, this one has Gabriel Allon and his colleagues on the hunt for a familiar adversary, the ISIS mastermind calling himself Saladin. The author maintains the tension and suspense throughout the story, and brings in two not that sympathetic characters as unwilling chesspieces for the spies to make use of.
Another winner. I enjoyed all of this author's books.
This is the most disappointing of the bunch and I am a BIG fan of Silva and Allon. Great opening and set up, then 100 pp too long getting to the follow up and disposing the bad guy. Lots of planning and meetings on the good guys' schedule. Too leisurely and polite, not enough tension, conflict, or suspense. I finished two other books while making my way through this one; usually I finish a Silva book in two days. Though Gabriel is now the head of the agency, he still does the dirty work in the field, with two babies at home. Seems to me he would have internal conflict at doing so, knowing as the big boss he is The Office and has to delegate to those he has trained. Maybe that happens in the next book; this one didn't satisfy.
In my opinion, the very best Gabriel Allon installment to date. Silva is again almost prophetic in his ability to craft a plot that is so feasible in today's world. As with "Black Widow" a terrorist attack occurred in a location he had just written about in his latest book. That is what makes the plots of the Gabriel Allon series so compelling and believable.
What is most satisfying is to see the key players growing and changing yet not wavering in their resolve to flex and follow the threats -- as this story so clearly shows. As always making famous works of art a piece of the plot adds a dimension that makes this series unique. Highly anticipating #18. With the current world situation Gabriel and his team will never work themselves out of a job.
Would that we could get this fictional character to head our CIA, wouldn't that be great? Guess we have to let him work his magic with Mossad. The writing is if anything better and the plot as always topical-what's not to like. One thing does stand out, our hero Gabriel is a really lousy husband and his wife is going to have to do some serious butt-kicking to shape him up.
The Silva books have been becoming a formula, but I found this one an exception and worth another look. Was wondering how Silva was going to deal with Gabriel becoming chief and he handled it in a way that is believable. Reading it was like sitting down and being engrossed in the lifes of old friends and I did not want it to end. A great read I could not put down.
Silva, like all my favorite authors (Connelly, Sandford, Berenson) has reoccurring characters who jump fully fleshed out immediately upon reading their names. It gives me a feeling of familiarity that I believe is hard to do for a writer.
And he sets the scenes so realistically that I can feel the cool evening breeze coming through the olive trees.
This is one of Silva's better books.
i just finished the book. What a read great
This book continues the story of Gabriel Allon and his search foe an elusive terrorist called Saladin.
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