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Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon #8)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  10,678 ratings  ·  679 reviews
The violent death of a journalist leads agent turned art-restorer, Gabrial Allon to Russia. Here he finds that in terms of spycraft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.
Unknown Binding, 430 pages
Published July 31st 2008 by Putnam Adult (first published 2008)
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My problem with the latest Dan Silva novel, "Moscow Rules" is that it seems that Silva is playing by rules of his own. Each of his latest novels seems to have been become formulaic:

1. Gabriel Allon gets persuaded back into the life of an Israeli intelligence officer by presumably doing a "favor" for his mentor Ari Shamron.

2. The "favor" turns into a large scale operation.

3. Perfect Plan is formed on intelligence and sources.

4. Perfect Plan goes astray.

5. Allon saves the day, retreats back to his
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Pretty good story. I was due for a little espionage and international intrigue. Silva includes a lot of stuff that is close to reality, which makes the story a little more edgy and also disturbing. It's sad to know that the Russian people are not really much better off or more "free" since the fall of communism. (Except that they are allowed to leave the country now.)
I'd heard things about the Russian "mafia" and the oligarchy that presides since capitalism swept in, and also about the undergro
Sarah Sammis
Moscow Rules is the eighth book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. Allon is a art restorer and former Israeli Mossad agent. In this book Allon's attention moves from historical crimes to a present day case involving arms sales to al-Quaeda.

The choice of topic is an interesting follow-up to last week's Booking Through Thursday question. As I stated in my answer, I haven't shied away from books involving modern day terrorists. Nonetheless, Deb's question did sit in the back of my mind as
Once again, I wish goodreads had half stars...I more than 3 star liked this book but not quite 4 stars. Maybe b/c it's book 8 in the series, they're all merging in my memory, but this one didn't stand out better than any of the others. It's still a great spy read, and thoroughly enjoyable. Russia was new terrain for these characters, and interesting since I have very little knowledge about Russia...and this piqued my interest.

Another "issue" related to this being book 8 of the series is the lite
Daniel Siva has done it again, a spell bounding spy story. One of the best books i have read

You know, I used to read 2/3 books a week . Now I am retired I find it difficult to read for long periods.
But this book I nearly read in one sitting.
Now what does that say? This is a seriously fine book

Well done Daniel
Natacha Martins
Sempre tive curiosidade para ler um dos muitos livros que Daniel Silva tem publicado ao longo dos anos. Não só porque é um dos muitos luso descendentes, bem sucedidos além fronteiras, mas também porque sempre li boas críticas aos seus livros.

"As Regras de Moscovo" é um livro sobre terrorismo, sobre relações internacionais, especialmente as que se mantêm com a Rússia, e sobre a venda ilegal de armas. Allon pertence aos Serviços Secretos israelitas, sendo um dos seus mais conceituados espiões. Rec
Joyce Lagow
Jul 21, 2009 Joyce Lagow rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: International spy thriller fans
8th in the Gabriel Allon series.

Gabriel and Chiara are on their honeymoon in the Umbrian hills of Italy while Gabriel, under an assumed name, of course, restores a painting for the Vatican. However, any thought that Ari Shamron, the unofficial head of Israeli Intelligence, will allow Allon some peace is rudely shattered when Allon gets an assignment: meet with a Russian journalist now in Rome, find out what he wants--because the journalist will talk with no one but Allon about what he claims is
Moscow Rules follows Silva's previous tried and true formula - the book begins by introducing the bad guys committing a crime beyond the capabilities of local authorities to solve. A reluctant Gabriel, busy in some remote but beautiful locale, (in this book he is on his honeymoon in Italy), is then summoned. He pulls together a team of now well known characters and sets up a sting operation to snare the bad guys - usually Arab terrorists. Inevitably the plan falls apart at some critical juncture ...more
Sep 10, 2008 Jeffrey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Silva fans, espionage fans - helps if you read Silva before
A top notch thriller that I have come to expect from Daniel Silva. As in all of his spy novels featuring the assassin/spy Gabriel Allon, it starts off with Mr. Allon in some far off land restoring art, which is his side line. Allon, an assassin and spy for the Office in Israel, is asked to do a small favor of meeting with a Russian journalist, who has information. Somehow the journalist ends up dead, leading Allon to take up the case of what information the journalist had, which leads Allon to O ...more
Susan Shipman
I own The Gabriel Allon series for two reasons 1) they are exciting, intricate, well written and sometime heart stopping action regarding the best spy and assasin Israel has (who also happens to be a masterful artist that has forgone painting to restoring great Master's originals) and 2) Daniel Silva EDUCATES me on what is actually going on in the middle east. In the beginning of the series, not so much on the political arena but it starts with the attack on the Israeli athletes in 1972), but as ...more
Except for the likes of Clancy, Coonts, and Forsyth, we don’t venture into international thrillers too often – indeed “Rules” was just our second novel by Daniel Silva featuring his leading man, Israeli top spy Gabriel Allon. (We had forgotten our first was "Death in Vienna" several years ago...) Allon’s honeymoon, and efforts to restore an old oil painting (his avocation), are interrupted by what was supposed to be a very brief assignment to meet a Russian journalist with something important to ...more
Zohar -
Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva is the eighth in the Gabriel Allon series. Even though there are numerous references to the previous books, I thought this novel was still a good read and could be read independently.

Gabriel Allon and his new wife, Chiara, are on their honeymoon in Umbria, Italy. But Gabriel never stops working and is restoring a painting for the Vatican. A Russian newspaper reporter contacts the Israeli embassy in Rome requesting a meeting with Allon who reluctantly agrees.

The meeti
(Kelly)~Got Fiction?~ Oakes
Oh My! "deep breath" this was another world win novel by author Daniel Silva. I'm not sure what exactly has facinated me about this series, but I am thoroughly addicted to the main character Gabriel Allon. He is the James Bond of Israel's secret service. He is sexy, intriguing, alluring and he doesn't try one damn bit to be so. He is in every way the perfect man. Seasoned with years of experience, dangerous, smart, sexy and refined; either while wielding a paint brush or a gun.

Have I gotten your
Sob o disfarce de ter de participar numa conferência da UNESCO em Sampetersburgo, Gabriel Alon, o protagonista de todos os romances de Daniel Silva, parte para a Rússia com o intuito de conhecer Olga Sukhova, directora editorial interina do Moskovsky Gazeta. Olga Sukhova poderá ser a chave para que se descubra o que esteve por trás dos assassinatos de dois jornalistas, seus colegas, recentemente. De facto, a jornalista russa transporta consigo um segredo que pode levar à morte de qualquer um, at ...more
Walker Shaw
Another read I enjoyed much

Reads like the headlines. Kept me I.interested and I learned much along the way. Highly recommended to keep you reading.
If you ever find yourself in the "reading doldrums", Daniel Silva is always a good choice to help you find your way back on track.
Nachman Kataczinsky
Silva adds another adventure to the continuing saga of his protagonist: Israeli intelligence agent Gabriel Alon. The book is well written and is both gripping and informative.

I was slightly annoyed by Silva’s neglect of checking the correct spelling and pronunciation of Russian words and names. If you don’t know Russian it will not bother you.

Another small gripe: the protagonist seems to have a death wish, which is OK, but he also is somewhat sloppy in his operational planning which is strange a
Iain Hudson
Good plot (like so many of the Allon series).
Sukree Boodram
This was my first book by this Author. A friend who recycles his books gave this to me over the summer. I started it around 2nd week of August..then I had to put it down due to school starting. I picked it back up over the Labor Day holiday weekend and could not put it down! I liked the pace, the short chapters, the descriptive geographic locations with a real focus on detail. This type of book that spans countries and continents are among my favorite reads. The print was not too small either so ...more
Fred Forbes
While it may be the usual formula - drag Gabriel out of an art job, request small favor - little time, no effort, no danger - only to have it blow up into a major operation, few authors do this as well as Silva. Some of it is a bit too coincidental (wife of a Russian gun dealing thug turns out to be an expert art collector? Right!) But, as you find yourself thinking, now what? and how does he get out of this? set in a well paced work, it is a most enjoyable read.
This was good but I'm afraid that they are all starting to seem the same. This time we threw in Russia so that was good but we have finished Gabriel's journey to knowing himself, we have finished becoming acquainted with his team, we have finished the love/hate relationship with Ari (now it is only love), we have settled into a routine. It's not a total cookie cutter but it is a little too close.
This is my first Daniel Silva Gabriel Allon book so I don't have much background but it was interesting and I will eventually read more as I did like Gabriel as a character.

Gabriel Allon, a restorer of paintings, is asked to do a favor for his sometimes employer Israeli Intelligence. This favor is not a small one as he needs to get close enough to the wife of arms dealer and former KGB member, Ivan Kharkov. Kharkov is getting ready to complete a huge arms deal with al Qaeda and it needs to be st
Yet another Allon book and it has everything which the Allon series promises to be! In this book, Allon is up against the ex-KGB Russians and a Russian billionaire arms dealer who is selling a huge arms shipment to some deadly terrorist organisation who plans has plans of global terror attacks, particularly in the shores of America, Israel and UK. What initially looks like a info gathering session for Allon pans out to be a series of murders which brings Allon out of his honeymoon and gets him i ...more
Daniel Silva following the typical Gabriel Allon formula with a couple added twists and not too much on the "Israel vs. Muslims" bit that he draws from often. One of the better ones in the series but if you're looking for something substantially different from previous Allon novels, keep looking.
I have now listened to 8 of these. Will take a break, as they are getting formulaic, but still exciting. Liked the whole Russian thing, once again a scary truth, the fall of communism bringing great riches to the upper class, arms dealing, KGB morphing into the FSB. But Allon is getting a little old to continue taking these beatings!! I admit I fast forwarded parts to get to the climax. Also, parts in St. Petersburg and Moscow brought back memories of a trip there. Some of the pronunciations by ...more
Predictable, formulaic, but still held my attention for a good reading adventure. I like how Silva creates the tension between emotional states and action pacted situations. There is always a twist that keeps you guessing and reading.
A slow start, probably because I had not read any of the previous novels with the main protagonist - a little difficult to keep the characters straight. That being said this was very well written and very entertaining.
Jan Tonner
Another exciting "Israeli James Bond type" novel. I have to confess I look forward to my morning walks and weeding when I can take Daniel Silva with me. Hard to put down!
Michael A
to some extent a typical thriller with one cliffhanger after another in the plot. but unlike some series that use this method to end a group of chapters to keep the reader interested this book uses this method to build the story through the steps of the plot that are not straight forward but a convoluted problem to change the rule in Russia which is more a series of miss steps that allow the rebels to gain their goals. in the end it is obvious that some of these mistakes were planned to lure the ...more
'Moscow Rules' brings Russia into the picture of international terrorism, with its support of arms dealers feeding the fires for many extremist groups around the world, especially those bent on destroying Israeli, papal, or western entities. Just when I thought Gabriel Allon was finished, with his art restoration and spying/assassination 'gifts', a 'lifeline' is thrown-in to save him for the upcoming 'The Defector' sequel.

I've tried to follow this series closely to keep the train-of-thought 'on
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Daniel Silva began his writing career as a journalist for United Press International (UPI), traveling in the Middle East and covering the Iran-Iraq war, terrorism and political conflicts. From UPI he moved to CNN, where he eventually became executive producer of its Washington-based public policy programming. In 1994 he began work on his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, a surprise best seller that w ...more
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