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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141033878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141033877
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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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

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'Ranks among the best of the younger American spy novelists' Washington Post

The violent death of a journalist leads secret agent Gabriel Allon to Russia. But this is not the grim Moscow of Soviet times, but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and in thrall to a new generation of rich Stalinists plotting to challenge an old enemy: the United States.

One such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel whose global empire is built on a lucrative and deadly business. Kharkov is an arms dealer - and he's about to sell Russia's most dangerous weapon to al-Qaeda. Unless Allon can learn the time and place of delivery, the world will suffer its deadliest terror attack since 9/11.

The countdown to Armageddon has begun . . .

'Shootouts, kidnappings and international terror plots follow Gabriel Allon wherever he goes' USA Today

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By Charles Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2008
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Daniel Silva is an undeniably talented writer of intelligent, contemporary thrillers. I might not always agree with his politics (he's a bit too far to the right for me) but his books are usually exciting yet retain an air of realism that sets them apart from more overblown adventures. For the first three quarters of its length Moscow Rules continues this trend.

Featuring Silva's long time hero, Israeli agent Gabriel Allon, along with his usual colleagues and allies, Moscow Rules takes as its central themes the politics of modern Russia and specifically the activities of the oligarchs and former KGB agents who have risen to prominence in the former Soviet Union. When Allon and his crew come across evidence that one of the most powerful men in Russia poses a threat to Israel and the West they are forced to make unpalatable choices in order to bring him down.

As is usual a Silva thriller, the events that unfold in Moscow Rules do so without resorting to flashy, OTT action or gadgets. You get the feeling that were any of the events portrayed real, they would occur as Silva describes them. He also takes time give his characters real depth. Some, like Allon and other recurring figures, already have that, but even those who are new to Gabriel's world and may not last the length of the book are given qualities and traits that make them more than plot devices or ciphers. Silva also manages to deftly avoid falling back on cliches. The Russian millionaire bad-guy has been done before, but in Silva's book he's not some snarling bad guy with plans for world domination; he just a very dangerous crook who exudes menace from the page without resorting to histrionics.
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(4.5 stars) In his eighth Gabriel Allon espionage thriller, Daniel Silva moves from investigating the historical crimes of the past, often related to the Holocaust, and their effects on the present, to crimes of the present and their possibly catastrophic effects on the future. In this intense and absorbing novel about uncontrolled arms sales, the biggest threat to the future comes from Russian arms dealers, aided by Russia's president and former KGB operatives who are now unimaginably wealthy independent brokers and contractors. These arms merchants operate with impunity, selling all manner of weapons to terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Gabriel Allon, formerly with the Israeli Mossad, is on his honeymoon in Italy when he is contacted by Ari Shamron, the grand old man of Israeli security. Allon, a trained art restorer, has been working for the Pope, but the recent assassination of a Russian journalist who may have had information he wanted to reveal to the West brings him out of retirement and back into action. When the murdered man's Russian editor-in-chief is also murdered, Allon travels to Russia, where he learns the name of a Russian arms dealer, Ivan Kharkov, who has been supplying Hezbollah, and who now appears close to selling sophisticated weapons to al-Quaeda.

Kharkov and his wife are collectors of Mary Cassatt paintings, and the fascinating art world which has added so much life to other Gabriel Allon thrillers in the past is also a major aspect of this novel. Art dealers, down-in-their-luck gentry who own prized artwork, and, in the case, of Allon, restorers, all play unexpectedly major roles in this effort to prevent Kharkov from selling advanced weapons to al-Quaeda.
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I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the previous Daniel Silva Gabriel Allon books so buying this was an easy decision to make.

There is a danger that when authors write books with exactly the same characters in each that the characters become "stale" and almost taken for granted. It's a bit like the author is too lazy to move them on. However I think that Daniel Silva manages to successfully evolve his characters in each book, so that reading the next is always a pleasure. It's a bit like wearing your favourite comfortable shoes; you know they fit and that you enjoy wearing them.

In the book Gabriel Allon is drafted from his honeymoon to meet a Russian journalist who is investigating arms sales to a terrorist group. After a while Gabriel and his colleagues realise that the person leaking information on the arms sales is the wife of the Russian arms trader himself. They need to come up with a plot to be able to speak privately to her and it will come as no surprise to Daniel Silva fans that the way they do this is through art. Needless to say the good guys win in the end but there are plenty of twists and turns along the way.

The descriptions of the mega wealthy Russians' lives seem very accurate and the book is very well researched. The author has clearly been to the places he writes about which sadly seems to be quite rare these days.

The plot is exciting and credible and it took me just over a day to read this.

Why only 4 stars, it is a good book but not brilliant enough for 5 stars with my scoring!
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