Convenient to have all the books in one shot. A ransom video is delivered to the Prime Minister: In the process of creating this highly deniable storyline, Silva delivers a most entertaining story. He is one of the best- if not the best- out there. His, one time boss, gets in touch and tells him that the man who was responsible for the death of his wife and child is out of h Number 1 in the Gabriel Allon series. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Jun 10, The Real Book Spy rated it it was amazing.

There are no angels here. Feb 12, Patricia Williams rated it really liked it. And of course, finding her is only the beginning. A statement they both know to be true, and quietly accept. If you are one of the rare souls who hates them, don’t bother with it and, if you are unfamiliar, god forbid, with the series, you would be well-served in starting in the beginning. Prescient as always, Daniel Silva has turned away from the morass of the Middle East and dropped us into the arms of Mother Russia. Semi-retired Israeli spy Gabriel Allon has sworn off spying and is engrossed in his 2nd career as art restorer.

It will keep you on your toes. His main character in this segies is interesting and complex. Ari Shamron, his ex-boss and an obsessive protector of everything Israeli lures him back into the game by assigning him to stop a Palestinian zealot, Tariq, who is on one last mission.


Historical facts make it even more appealing.

I read all 12 books completely out of sequence but it wasn’t a problem as each stood on its own. A good friend and Silva fan had given this book to me for my last birthday a year ago! The Defector Gabriel Allon, 9 4.

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The Kill Artist

I highly recommend it! Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sep 16, Mark Mitchell rated it really liked it Shelves: Great character development, filled with some fascinating characters some real that I look forward to seeing in the next books.

So Gabriel finds himself saving the Pope as well. I find myself waxing nostalgic for the melancholy art restorer persona of the early works or the damaged Gabriel hiding out in Cornwall until Chiara comes to save him from his ghosts. And the secondary characters aren’t too bad either.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I even liked the tidy little bow added at the end, almost as a zinger. But of course, none of that happens. Gabriel Allon, art restorer and s… More.

We do get some slight office politics but they have a one sided character and leave this reader with the idea that nothing will come of it anyhow. The last thirty pages or so of this book are completely unnecessary. This was my favorite Daniel Silva book to date. I will admit, it gets a little confusing understanding the names of all the foreigners and where they stand in the story.


I didn’t get invested enough in any character early on to really get hooked. The English Girl by Daniel Silva. Open Preview See a Problem?

Gabriel Allon Series

Wash, rinse and repeat. Silva seems to think his readers are idiots because over-explains just about everything.

I found this book to be a nifty way to draw attention to Russia and its methods of influence. Crux Vera has their own assassin, The Leopard.

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Books by Daniel Silva (Author of The Kill Artist)

As the story unfolds we learn the answer to all of these questions. I am enjoying this series because it gives me insight into the Jewish point of view, at least as regards the Israeli secret service. The real gutting of the KGB happened when the new President realized he didn’t needon the payroll for internal spying, control and manipulation. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.