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4.0 out of 5 stars Silva proves he is still a pro..., May 28, 2001
This review is from: The Kill Artist (Hardcover)
Gabriel Allon is "the Kill Artist"; a former assassin who worked clandestinely for the Israeli government. When we first meet him he is living in a remote English seaside village and working as an art restorer, a cover he used frequently during his covert operations. He is soon called out of retirement by his former boss, Ari Shamron, head of Israeli intelligence, and a calculating man with his own agenda...one that may cost Gabriel his life. Ari needs Gabriel's talents to track down Tariq, an Palestinian assassin whose killing rampage is threatening the Middle East peace negotiations. Tariq and Gabriel have met before when Gabriel killed Tariq's brother in a very brutal manner, and Tariq avenged that death with a killing of his own...Gabriel's wife and son, making this a story of international intrigue and personal revenge. The stage is now set for a major showdown, but they must first cover three continents and weave through an array of cultures and characters to find each other. Gabriel is assisted by his former intelligence co-worker, a beautiful French girl named Jacqueline, whose family was killed in the Holocaust. Jacqueline is hesitant to join Gabriel on this assignment, but in the end it is love that prevails, and she plunges head first into Tariq's lair, a deadly trap that Gabriel may not be able to get her out of in time to save her life.
What I love about Daniel Silva is his smooth and uncomplicated style. He has a "rhythm" to his writing that hooks you somewhere in the beginning and stays with you long after you finish the book. It took me a little longer to warm up to these characters, probably because there isn't a lot happening in the way of relationships as there is in his other book _The Mark Of The Assassin_. Everyone is hiding behind their own specific job and agenda. They're all business. Still, the plot is riveting and the pace is solid.
4 and 1/2 stars. Highly recommended. His protagonist doesn't quite involve the readers as in his past works but this is definitely worth a buy.
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Initial post: Nov 24, 2007 6:42:35 PM PST
I think for people just discovering an author it is very useful to get recommendations about where to start with an author. You mention in your review about this novel, that "his protagonist doesn't quite involve the readers as in his past works". Which past works? It'd be very useful to get some actual references as the Amazon reviews tend to be fairly bipolar. Thanks!

Posted on Aug 30, 2008 10:52:59 AM PDT
Four and a half stars is my rating, too. But I'd have rounded that up to five stars. Why didn't you?

Great job! Silva is very smooth, like a vodka gimlet made of Grey Goose.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 12:17:22 PM PDT
Rich in NYC says:
Came across your post while looking for some info on Silva's books. This is way too late but I believe accurate and may be helpful to others:

The Unlikely Spy (1996)
Michael Osbourne series:
The Mark of the Assassin (1998)
The Marching Season (1999)
Gabriel Allon series:
The Kill Artist (2000)
The English Assassin (2002)
The Confessor (2003)
A Death in Vienna (2004)
Prince of Fire (2005)
The Messenger (2006)
The Secret Servant (2007)
Moscow Rules (2008)
The Defector (2009)
The Rembrandt Affair (2010)
Portrait of a Spy (2011)
The Fallen Angel (2012)
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