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House of Spies: A Novel (Gabriel Allon)

by Daniel Silva

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Still the best spy book. ( )
  shazjhb | Oct 2, 2017 |
. In this 17th book of the series, Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge. Silva gives us another chilling glimpse inside global terror networks of ISIS- like carnage through London and Paris. Allon is determined to hunt down Saladin, the world’s most dangerous terrorist. He remains as compelling as ever. Your anticipation will be rewarded once again with this latest entry.
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  HandelmanLibraryTINR | Sep 20, 2017 |
'House of Spies' may be the first of Daniel Silva's novels that I didn't devour from beginning to end in a sitting or two. Too long, too outlandish a plot, and too many holes in the story were my major complaints.

Gabriel Allon, a favorite character for me in the spy novel genre, has ascended to the top of the Israeli intelligence service. A terrorist attack takes place in London with weapons that lead back to Allon's bete noire, the super-elusive Saladin. Intelligence groups from various western powers see the situation as an opportunity to finally bring Saladin to justice, if they can only find him. Enter Allon, who has a powerful incentive to locate the terror mastermind (see 'The Black Widow').

The plot (I won't go into details) bogs down in the middle. Intelligence leads the good guys to a rich Frenchman who has wittingly been helping Saladin through drug transactions and washing the money via an art gallery owned by his beautiful female partner. The spies determine that'll be the path they'll take to smoke out Saladin. They eventually do so. At a high level, the plot sounds pretty interesting, but along the way there are far too many unrealistic details, implausible situations, and activities that just don't pass the smell test.

Silva's writing is fine although the dialogue is sometimes a bit off. His descriptions have always been very detailed but have often seemed a little on the melodramatic side (I can see the phrase 'rich Corinthian leather' showing up in one of his novels at some point....). All in all, House of Spies is a decent spy thriller with one of the great characters of the genre, just not at the level of Silva's prior efforts. ( )
  gmmartz | Sep 16, 2017 |
I've followed Daniel Siva books featuring super agent Gabriel Allon for nearly quarter of a century, all the way back to the Unlikely Spy. There is a reason this series has survived all these years. Silva does his research, creates great characters, and educates while he spins a fantastic yarn. He keeps things relatively fresh by continuing to expand the universe of Gabriel.

That said, the books have become a bit formalistic over the last several years. The first 300 pages are focused on building the back story. The next 100 involve the execution of the master plan which ends up going awry.. The last 100 involve Gabriel utilizing his unique skill set to save the failed operation. House of Spies pretty much adheres to this structure.

Despite being formalistic, House of Spies is a damn fine read. Allen's new counter balance ex-SSA officer/Mob assign Keller is a competing character who's role grows. The rest of the gang is back and therefore the book serves as conduit for a reunion of fictional friends.

Much of the formula remains hidden to those that have not read all of these books and Silva is such a skilled author that he never fails to catch you up in the action. Whether you are in old reader or just getting introduced to the legend of the Avenging Angel you'll like this one and won't regret the time spent among friends. If you are not careful, you also might learn something. ( )
  norinrad10 | Aug 29, 2017 |
Daniel Silva’s HOUSE OF SPIES is a suspenseful story of espionage, terrorism, assassination and secrecy.
It features the familiar spy, assassin, artist and art restorer, Gabriel Allon. He is Head of ‘The Office’ now (Head of Israeli Intelligence) and is hunting Saladin, an ISIS mastermind.
I like all the familiar characters, but Christopher Keller stands out in this particular title.
Very fast-paced, suspenseful with complex plots; interesting and powerful images and characters - I never tire of Mr. Silva’s writing. ( )
  diana.hauser | Aug 27, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062354345, Hardcover)

Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding thriller—the seventeenth novel in his acclaimed Gabriel Allon series.

"One of fiction’s greatest spies," (Kirkus Reviews), Gabriel Allon returns for his seventeenth adventure in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva. The Black Widow, the last book in the series, was a prescient and timely thriller—called "a sobering, insightful, and multifaceted look at the overwhelming complexities of the seemingly interminable war in the Middle East" (Booklist, starred review). It drew rave reviews from critics and readers. It also introduced a compelling new female spy, destined to make a return in the series.

Fans and new readers alike will be drawn in once again by this masterful storyteller at the height of his writerly powers—"Silva is a true genius with his portrait of the Israeli assassin-art restorer facing new, real world complexities" (Politico).

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