The Defector (Gabriel Allon #9)
Gabriel Allon brought down the most dangerous man in the world. But he made one mistake. Leaving him alive . . .
Spy turned art restorer Gabriel Allon is trying to resume his honeymoon in the secluded hills of Umbria with his new wife, Chiara, when shocking news reaches him from London. The defector and former Russian intelligence officer, who saved Gabriel's life in Mosc
The latest installment of Daniel Silva’s thriller series starring Gabriel Allon, a conflicted Isreali spy is a near sequel to last year’s Moscow Rules. After finding a somewhat normal life with his new wife, Allon gets thrown back into the mix when the man he rescued in the previous book is kidnapped by a Russian arms dealer.
After nine books using the same main character, Silva shows that he IS master of the genre. When other series are ready to kill off th...more
The amount of research done and the descriptions of the places really make this story shine.
I strongly recomm...more
Holy crap I can't even catch my breath. I love Gabriel, but I never knew what he was capable of, or that I would question whether he was doing the right thing. Vengeance is clearly neither black or white.
I basically see this as part two of Moscow Rules and while that w...more
These days, Gabriel Allon spends more time reminiscing about his past adventures than jumping into new ones.
1) The romanticising of Israel's security organisation. I realise fiction is not politics, but this was close to the bone enough for me to come across as fictionalised propaganda.
2) The good guys/bad guys divide - I'm by no means a Russophile, but the sinister portrayal of all things Russian is ridiculously akin to a pot/kettle situation.
3) The wife's "Kill them all" bit...more
Silva's writing is tight, lucid and clear. There's hardly a surplus wor...more
1. The abduction of the female Israeli secret service agent, resulting from an uncharacteristic lapse in Israeli security, wouldn't have happened even in fiction the way it did. A poorly executed plot feature, though essential for the bigger storyline. It simply wasn't a very creative plot feature.
2. The long drawn-out (and so pitifully predicable) conversation at the remote Russian dacha with the bad guy, Ivan, who uncharacteristically allows the "literary...more
I've never been a fan of the spy genre. Sure, as a child I've watched the collection of Bond movies (my father use to rent them), but honestly I never got the people's fascination with spies. I guess spying reminds me too much on politics.
That being said, I actually enjoyed this book more then I expected. The story is not completely predictable. There is a patter but there is no need to say that, it is to be expected in this genre. Gabriel is a bit like James Bond (fortunately not to much), wome...more
Do you know why I hadn't ever considered a perfect hero? Because it makes for a CRAP story. This novel is about 30% awed praise for the almighty and magnificent Israeli special agents and their special agency and the un...more
Daniel Silva provides once more an exciting and captivating tale that will keep the readers focused in an endless need to see what will come next, the series is very addictive. The 9th instalment is an edge of the seat thriller, able to compete with the best for the reader's attention. Although "The Defector" is a sequel to "Moscow Rules, there is just the right amount of background given so this novel can fly on its own, no doubt it will hook many new readers....more
In fact, I would suggest starting earlier on in the series, because then when a...more