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The Defector (Gabriel Allon Book 9) Kindle Edition

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'In true Bauer fashion, shootouts, kidnappings and international terror plots follow him wherever he goes' USA Today 'It is an exciting, entertaining novel with a terrifying message' - Literary Review on, Secret Servant 'Nerve-searing and painfully brilliant' - Patricia Cornwell on, Death in Vienna 'Ranks among the best of the younger American spy novelists' Washington Post 'Shootouts, kidnappings and international terror plots follow Gabriel Allon wherever he goes' USA Today

About the Author

Daniel Silva is the 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, Price of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant,Moscow Rules and The Defector. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 944 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZJSV9G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniel Silva is the 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, Price of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant and Moscow Rules. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

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Format: Hardcover
I have read all the Gabriel Allon series, and this one must rank as one of the best. In it, our hero, art restorer, Israeli agent and assassin locks horns once again with Ivan Kharkov, the arms-dealing Russian bad guy, from Allon's previous outing, Moscow Rules. Because the story-line follows on from that one, I'd definitely recommend reading that one first, although enough background is given here, if you do decide to jump straight in.
The disappearance of the defector of the title from a London street, triggers concern that Kharkov may be seeking revenge for his downfall in the previous book, and in particular for the safety of Gabriel Allon and his new wife Chiara who have been enjoying their honeymoon in a villa in Umbria. There is good old-fashioned spy-craft here, intricate plotting, much hopping between venues in the US and Europe, and a high body-count so maybe not for the squeamish. However, what makes this series of books stand out for me is the characters, Allon himself and Chiara, Ari Shamron and Gilah, Sarah Bancroft, Adrian Carter, and the rest of them. This is a thoroughly enjoyable series, and I do hope that Daniel Silva manages at least a few more outings for Gabriel and co, before he allows him to put down his gun for good.
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By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2009
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In Daniel Silva's latest thriller featuring art restorer/Israeli spy-assassin, Gabriel Allon, The Defector picks up where Moscow Rules left off (but be advised that while it would be beneficial, it is not critical that you read Moscow Rules first). Without going into detail, the plot involves Allon having to return to Moscow when he learns that the former Russian intelligence officer who saved his life in Moscow has vanished without a trace. In typical Silva fashion, The Defector's plot is one of slow-building but non-stop tension and suspense that will keep your eyes glued to its pages. Further, Silva provides new dimensions into his already multidimensional, interesting cast of characters, as well as some very thought-provoking insights into the New Russia. While some reviewers have criticized The Defector for being too formulaic, thus making it somewhat "same-old, same old," my opinion is that Silva's successful formula, which he's used now in most of his twelve books, is kept fresh and interesting through the topical events and settings on which his books are based -- and this certainly is the case with The Defector. As a matter of fact, Silva's ability to continue to successfully execute his winning formula is at the heart of what makes me consider him to the "gold standard" of thriller writers. For me, there has never been a risk involved in reading a Silva book, with the only unknown being whether the book will be very good or excellent; and The Defector is an excellent read.
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(3.5 stars) Gabriel Allon, working on behalf of Israeli security, stopped a shipment of sophisticated Russian weapons destined for Al-Qaeda during Daniel Silva's previous novel, Moscow Rules. Now, six months later, Allon is enjoying some much needed time to himself. Recently married to his long-time love Chiara and doing the work he loves best, restoring fine artworks for the Vatican, he is living happily incognito in rural Italy, forever grateful to Col. Grigori Bulganov of Russia's FSB counterintelligence division for having saved his life, not once, but twice, during that previous traumatic adventure.

When Grigori Bulganov defects and then suddenly disappears from England amidst rumors that he was a double agent who has returned to Russia, Gabriel becomes alarmed. He believes that Bulganov has been kidnapped by arms dealer Ivan Kharkov, who wants revenge against everyone involved in the previous events, which culminated in Kharkov's humiliating loss of his wife and children. When Kharkov, in a brilliantly sick move, ratchets up the danger with a plan that will wreak the ultimate vengeance on Allon, Allon enters a new and even more sinister world of violence.

A trained assassin who executed six of the terrorists who killed Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich, Allon is certainly no stranger to killing, but the body count in this novel is higher than I can ever remember in this series, with many of the assassinations being done by Gabriel Allon himself. Over thirty violent deaths occur during the novel as Allon tries to save his own world from disaster. One scene of torture involving Allon ("fire-boarding") is so stomach-turning--and, frankly, so sadistic--that it has permanently affected my view of Allon as a "hero.
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By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was on the point of buying 'Moscow Rules' to acquaint myself with Gabriel Allon, Israeli superagent when I received a copy of this book. The reason for the now uncompleted purchase was because I was informed this was the first book to feature him. Duff info for sure, as this is, in fact, the ninth. However, 'The Defector' does follow on with characters revealed in the earlier book and the author does spend time detailing them to bring the reader up to speed.

The action and storyline move from Umbria, Allon's chosen place of sanctuary to London, to Switzerland to the Russian forests as he goes after the murderous Russian oligarch, Ivan Kharkov, believed responsible for the disappearence of Grigori Bulganov, Allon's life-saver from 'Moscow Rules'.

The book is beautifully crafted, with twists and tuens a-plenty as this story of vengeance - and love - unfolds with breathtaking speed.

In a way, I'm glad I didn't start at book one (The Kill Artist) or even with 'Moscow Rules' as the wait to read this one would have been too long.

Gratifylingly, the book does seem to stand alone, so anyone new - like me - to Daniel Silva and his ageing antihero, Gabriel Allon - can go ahead and enjoy this book. There do seem to be a few loose ends so maybe we can expect book number ten. Meantime, it seems I've now some more reading to catch up on - another eight novels in the series to be exact.
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