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House of Spies: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) (edition 2017)

by Daniel Silva (Author)

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Title:House of Spies: A Novel (Gabriel Allon)
Authors:Daniel Silva (Author)
Info:Harper (2017), Edition: First Edition, 544 pages
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The House of Spies, Daniel Silva, author; George Guidall, narrator
Daniel Silva writes great spy novels filled with suspense and tension. He creates excitement with ease, and this book is no exception. At times, though, it is too wordy. In addition, there are an awful lot of characters to keep track of, and some have similar names which adds to the confusion that is sometimes created. Although the subject of the novel is not funny, the dialogue between the characters often contains humor which diffuses the tension created by the story. Gabriel Allon, the head of Israeli Intelligence, is one of my favorite characters in a novel. This is the 17th in this series, and I am not bored yet.
After a series of terrorist attacks in varied worldwide locations, Gabriel Allon has identified the mastermind behind them, and he is determined to find and eliminate him. He secretly engages the help of Great Britain and France to track the terrorist down. Saladin must be stopped from causing further violence. He is evil. Allon devises a scheme using false identities, subterfuge and betrayal. The elaborate plan that is hatched involves role playing and great danger. The world becomes the stage for the search to find the terrorist.
Isis is buying drugs from a big dealer who masquerades as a legitimate entrepreneur. They are then sold and the money raised is used to fund the purchase of weapons for the terrorist group. That is not the goal for the mastermind, however. He wants to wreak as much havoc and destruction as possible. He wants no ordinary weapons. He wants to bring about the Caliphate and will do anything necessary to accomplish his evil plans. He wants material for a dirty bomb. He must be stopped and so must his plot. Can the violence be prevented before more deaths occur, before a city is rendered uninhabitable? Will Allon and his allies be successful? ( )
  thewanderingjew | Sep 10, 2018 |
After the last novel in the series, where our hero Allon saved the life of the terrorist leader and facilitated a string of major terrorist attacks, I was curious where Silva would take him next. Needless to say, Allon has been promoted! He's now head of Israel's intelligence agency. (I guess terrorist attacks on America are a good thing, because they discredit Obama; Silva's Trumpist political leanings are a bit insane.) We are treated to a rollicking story of an unplanned Osama bin Laden-takeout-style special forces raid, led of course by Allon himself. The story goes too quickly, so Silva tacks on a pointless dirty bomb scenario to add a few pages, then tacks on another four or five chapters of empty denouement after that. (Not entirely empty; Silva can't help talking politics more. And I loved the story of how Allon spent the billions of dollars his agents stole from Assad: $50 million Allon gives to a drug dealer [because she's pretty?], $10 million to an Israeli art program, and a few million for Syrian refugee assistance [because Allon is such a saint].) There's very little art or atmosphere here, and that aspect is disappointing. ( )
  breic | Feb 4, 2018 |
At first I thought the plot set-up was overdone but then I realized this is how the best writing happens, draws you in, makes you hold your breath, makes you hands sweat, makes you keep reading and it is 2AM an now it is approaching dawn and you realize that not only have you read an amazing piece of historical fiction but Daniel Silva is brilliant and prescient. ( )
  kimkimkim | Nov 25, 2017 |
Don't know why I was disappointed. Not a lot of surprises in the search for Saladin. ( )
  66usma | Oct 27, 2017 |
Still the best spy book. ( )
  shazjhb | Oct 2, 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).

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:59:23 -0400)

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 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.Written in seductive and elegant prose, 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).… (more)

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