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House of Spies (Gabriel Allon Book 17) Kindle Edition
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"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
"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
"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
"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
"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 --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, House of Spies and The Other Woman. He is best known for his long-running thriller series starring spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Silva's books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas. For more information visit www.danielsilvabooks.com--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01LE574OE
- Publisher : Aus CoPubs (1 August 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2254 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 544 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 7,429 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Though Juicy Julian Isherwood is a close second ...
Seriously, House Of Spies is Daniel Silva at his finest, merging the real and all too recent attacks in the UK and Europe with his storyline.
I was in Paris after the first attack and mere months just before the second ...
I love Europe and North Africa, and eagerly followed Gabriel and company as they pursued Saladin across the Levant.
Just one teeny tiny suggestion: maybe they can come Down Under? 🌏🐨
Top reviews from other countries
If you haven't read any of these books, you could give yourself a huge treat and start with the first one (The Kill Artist). The House of Spies can be read as a stand-alone novel, although the plot is certainly linked to last year's "The Black Widow" so you might want to read that one first.
I am very much looking forward to next year's outing for Allon already!
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advanced reading copy through Net Galley
As well as his usual team from 'The Office' (Silva’s version of Mossad) and MI6, Gabriel is reunited with Christopher Keller, hitman for the Corsican Mafia, a villain turned hero. The trail leads to a jet-set French hotelier who has a sideline dealing drugs and weapons; he and his English mistress have a taste for expensive artworks. Gabriel’s team mount an elaborate scam against the Frenchman, funded by millions of dollars lifted from the account of Syria’s President (whom Silva aptly calls “the Butcher of Damascus”).
The trail leads to Morocco, heartland of the hashish trade, and a violent confrontation in the Sahara. Where Silva excels, apart from the breathtaking pace and sheer elegance of his storytelling, is in the detail of location and character. Keller consults a Corsican ‘prophetess’ before he leaves the island: this outlandish woman is unnervingly believable – as is Saladin, the merchant of death and destruction.
ISIS, Al-Qaeda - you can change the name but not the message of hate. They are like the Hydra: cut off their head and they grow another. We may defeat them on the battlefield but their venomous ideology lives on in cyberspace and in the minds – and hearts – of those who embrace jihadism.
Oh, and does he love adjectives. There will often be 3 or 4 before we get to the noun, the point.
Anyway, the whole of chapter 1 is a pure telling summary. It should have been a Prologue or, better yet, preamble! It took him 10 pages to say that the coming story is set in the West End of London. That’s it. Even if there was anything of interest in Chapter 1, I missed it because the style of writing is so distant and cold and formal you might as well read the encyclopedia — you’ll be more enthusiastic.
Wish I could return, but I’ll probably just give it away. Very unfortunate.
This writer researches his facts which makes compelling reading. The one disappointment is that we have to wait so long for the next which isn't suprising considering the amount of detail and the cleverly contried plots.