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The magic tale and its writer are exhausted - sadly thin.
on 24 October 2015
Magic has been exhausted. This was utterly formulaic and improbable. Silva's strength to date has been to open up and lead us on well plotted stories through a world of intelligence, international geo-politics, power, and money trails with a likeable assassin and his band of merry men and women. Silva's ideas and characters have been fresh even though he has poached and borrowed from the best books on Isreali intelligence (such as Gideon's spies), he has executed his early books brilliantly. His early books were infused by magic and written with care and love - in contrast to being churned out to meet a publisher's annual spring deadline. Like Lee Child who penned his 20th Jack Reacher novel and also fell back on formula and fell short, this is sadly one too many in the Allon series. So much so that Silva relies on fortune tellers, and some contrived, contorted tale about another assassin and poorly thinly written threads of IRA politics.
If you are new to Silva - return to his earlier books. If not - leave this and keep your memories of reading his books as being experiences of being enchanted and captivated.
Regrettably the last Silva I will bother with.