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
Men, nu synes jeg godt nok det går ned ad bakke for Silva. Denne roman er fuldt med gentaleser, meget lang tid om at komme i gang, og trods sporadiske gensyn med fordums spænding, når den på ingen måde op på tidligere niveau.
Sproget er stadig godt, bogen flyder, men der er kommet for mange unødige replikker, som udelukkende trækker ned.
Jeg holder meget af persongalleriet, men desværre er der absolut ingen fo...more
Gabriel Allon: He is an agent for Mossad, the Israeli spy service. He came to Israel with his mom who escaped the Holocaust. He has been an operative even since he was 18, when he was taken out of art school to participate in Operation: Wrath of God where he and other Mossad agents killed the terrorists responsible for killing the Jewish athletes at the Munich Olympics. His targets in operations go from Arab terrorists to the heart of the Russian government inside the...more