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on 28 July 2005
This, the first of Daniel Silva's novels, and certainly one of his best, is an outstanding read. I couldn't put it down. The plot is set during the latter part of WWII. Catherine Blake, a German spy living in London is trying to uncover the secrets of the allied invasion. She is getting dangerously close. And trying to thwart her at every corner is a counter-spy operation, spear-headed by Alfred Vicary. Various sub-plots are woven in along the way, not the least of which is the inter-office manipulating by devious members of the allied high command. The plot is both solid and full of surprises, and the climax very satisfying. The characters are wonderfully developed. At times I was reminded of Follet's "The Eye of the Needle", which is high praise in itself. Daniel Silva really dealt with the WWII setting wonderfully. It would be great to have another WWII spy story from him. I can wholeheartedly recommend this novel, and it is a great introduction to Daniel Silva's works, which must rate as some of the best espionage/suspense works today.