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House of Spies: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) Hardcover – July 11, 2017
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“Silva spins his web, lays his traps, stuns the reader with mind-curdling suspense and sudden twists.... Breathtaking.” (Providence Journal)
“An irresistible thriller…. The phrase ‘#1 New York Times best-selling author’ gets bandied about a lot (Which list? For how long?), but in Silva’s case, it means exactly what it says.” (Booklist, starred review)
“Written by one of our greatest living spy novelists, House of Spies gives us protagonist Gabriel Allon in his 17th adventure. The novel features Silva’s taut and compelling dialogue and keen insight into the human psyche.” (Dallas Morning News)
“Silva’s success lies in his mix of authenticity and charm; his swings from global fears to domestic comforts.… There’s exotic scenery, insight into both history and current events, wit, romance, and a lot of heart.... It’s a recipe that keeps his readers coming back for more.” (Pittsburg Post-Gazette)
“Riveting…. Silva’s writing has lost none of its elegance. He provides readers with just enough real-world geopolitics to make sense of his narrative, and his depictions of the different styles of the world’s diverse intelligence services is fascinating as always.… Another chilling glimpse inside global terror networks from a gifted storyteller.” (Kirkus, starred review)
“One of Silva’s most entertaining books.... It’s uncanny how Daniel Silva keeps doing this. The opening chapters... feel like they were ripped from the headlines.... But when Silva created the scenario in his book, the headlines hadn’t been written yet.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
“Outstanding.... Readers will eagerly await the next installment in this deeply fulfilling series.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Black Widow comes the thrilling new international blockbuster featuring legendary spy, assassin, and art restorer Gabriel Allon.
A heart-stopping tale of suspense, Daniel Silva’s runaway bestseller The Black Widow was one of 2016’s biggest novels. Now, in House of Spies, Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge—determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin.
Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread: the French-Moroccan street criminal and ISIS operative who supplied the combat assault rifles.
The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team of operatives to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel and Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know that the true source of Martel’s enormous wealth is drugs. And Martel, likewise, turns a blind eye to the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West. Together, under Gabriel’s skilled hand, they will become an unlikely pair of heroes in the global war on terror.
Elegant, sophisticated, and filled with unexpected moments of wit and grace, the story moves swiftly from the glamour of Saint-Tropez to the grit of Casablanca and, finally, to an electrifying climax that will leave readers breathless long after they turn the final page. But House of Spies is more than just riveting entertainment; it is a dazzling tale of avarice and redemption, set against the backdrop of the great conflict of our times. And it proves once again why Daniel Silva is “quite simply the best” (Kansas City Star).
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It basically opens right at the start of a deadly terrorist attack, and though I have to admit it's not an overly complex book (more on this later), it sucked me in almost instantly. The story is told from multiple POV's, all third person. They were all enjoyable, but my favorite was Keller, who reminded me a lot of John Clark from Tom Clancy's books. Keller is the bad-guy-turned-good, special black ops type, who has a natural tendency toward violence, but who solves situations with speed and precision. Gabriel as usual was great, but I'd have loved to get more of Keller in this book. Anytime he showed up the action and tension intensified.
Pacing was well done in my opinion. Not every scene was an action scene. There was a lot of the actual investigation mixed in, which I think made for a great balance between action, danger, and intrigue. The ending was grim, but extremely satisfying. This book was an easy read. It isn't overly complex. Everything happens about like you expect, but you don't really care because the overall ride is worth it. I read it in one sitting.
Overall, I was extremely happy with this book. Not sorry I waited up for it, and definitely not sorry I read it. I'd recommend it to anyone. This is not a book that disappoints.
Mr. Silva shows his dedication to the art of weaving credible, historical fictions that, unfortunately for the residents of the world in which we live, could be in tomorrow's headlines as well.
Mr. Silva uses well formed characters with new or lesser formed characters in seamless fashion. Though this is the upteenth book in the Allon series, Mr. Silva provides unobtrusive background for the readers to recall or to learn about characters or past events.
Even with a page count over 500, this book ends far before the reader is sated with the stories of Allon and the Office.
But the real value of this book, and those that precede it in the series, is that it exposes the generations of relentless persecution and terrorist plots, activities and atrocities perpetrated by governments and people with the goal of elimination of anyone that does not conform to their view and the absolute need for diligence and pro-active counter-terrorism that is, at least, equal to the full-time dedication of those that believe that dying for their cause is a ticket to their holy paradise.