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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.
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.Read more ›
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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A thrilling ride throughout and at such a pace...I have so far never been disappointed by the Gabriel Allon books and can't wait for the
I think without a doubt the best story ever, and that's speaking from experience having read all his books except the latest on offer. Read morePublished 6 months ago by saucey sue
Following on from Moscow Rules, this is one of the most gripping, gutsy and violent in this series that I've read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roman Clodia
Arrived on times and well packaged. It does the job perfectly. Thanks.Published 12 months ago by Pb
I would have to copy my previous review....I love all Silva's books and novels...it's so hard to stop reading or put a book away.Published 13 months ago by Anna Sch.
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