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The Marching Season (Michael Osbourne #2)

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When the Good Friday peace accords are shattered by three savage acts of terrorism, Northern Ireland is blown back into the depths of conflict. And after his father-in-law is nominated to become the new American ambassador to London, retired CIA agent Michael Osbourne is drawn back into the game.

He soon discovers that his father-in-law is marked for execution. And that he
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Published January 6th 2004 by Signet
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Dec 02, 2009 George rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Daniel Silva's funs who want to read just about everything from the writer
Recommended to George by: No one, I belong to the group above
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Jim A
Rereading Daniel Silva’s early work has been doubly enjoyable. First, the stories were well written, but more importantly to me was to see how Silva drew from the antagonist, Delaroche, from The Mark of The Assassin and The Marching Season, and parlayed him into Gabriel Allon in the future works. While Delaroche admits to being an assassin, he states on more than one occasion that he is not a murderer. Also, Delaroche has talent as a painter and, of course Allon has the cover of being an art res ...more

This is in Silva's line of Michael Osbourne books.

Osbourne is a former CIA agent who has rejoined the service. He's done so because his father-in-law, a retired U.S. senator, has been named to an ambassador post to Ireland, and Osbourne senses danger.

Osbourne never crosses paths with Silva's main protagonist -- on-again, off-again Israeli agent-assassin Gabriel Allon, who stars in most Silva novels.

But the two men do have in common their enc
Daniel Silva- The Marching Season (Ballantine Books 2000) 3.25 Stars

Things are heating up in Ireland as peace talks are happening. People are dying and Michael Osbourne has been brought back into the CIA to help deal with the problem. Now he has discovered that his father-in-law, the new American Ambassador in London, is to be assassinated to send a message. This will bring him face-to-face with an old enemy, a man who failed to kill him the first time, and does not plan to miss twice.

The intro
Lance Charnes
Jun 30, 2012 Lance Charnes rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People looking for a spy book for a beach read
Daniel Silva has become the go-to guy for realistic espionage thrillers; his Gabriel Allon series has been cited by intelligence professionals as an example of how to do the business right. So what in hell happened with The Marching Season?

This was his third published novel; maybe he was still learning the ropes. There's nothing technically wrong with his prose. The settings are well-realized, and some of the ancillary characters present well. That's to be expected of Silva, and that bit he deli
Benjamin Thomas
This is the second (and so far last) of the Michael Osborne books by Daniel Silva. The incredible popularity of his Gabriel Allon series makes it very difficult, I’m sure, to return to this earlier series but I hope that he will someday.

Michael Osborne is a spy. (Sorry…don’t mean to sound like the opening of the Burn Notice TV show). He is now retired from the CIA but is convinced to return to his former life when the conflict in Northern Ireland heats up once again. It seems there are those who
Daniel Silva is the master of the genre and this is another entertaining fun read with thrills, spills as somewhat cartoonlike characters beat eachother black and blue across the world. It does require a certain suspension of belief, especially when the Queen does a cameo, or you will nitpick your way out of what is an enjoyable read.
Tom Tischler
During the early years in Northern Ireland when they were
trying to find peace three attacks in Belfast, Dublin
and London shattered all hope for peace. A new group called
the Ulster Freedom Brigade has shattered the peace process
and they have only one goal. To destroy the peace process.
Michael Osbourne has gotten out of the CIA bitter and
disillusioned but his father in law is chosen to be the next
ambassador to Britain and Michael is drawn into a battle
with some of the most violent men on eart
This is amatuerish compared to the Allon books, and the WWII spy book, The Unlikely Spy.
Loved it, loved it, loved it. Jacob and I listed to this one on audiobook - one of the best I've heard so far. It's written by a former war correspondent who uses his experiences in journalism to add rich detail to the novel.

It's the story of Michael, an on-again, off-again CIA agent whose married to the doctor of a liberal senator. The story centers around Michael's showdown with a deadly former-KGB, now killer for hire code named October. October tried to kill Michael and his wife but instead
Nuno Magalhães
Este segundo livro da série Michael Osborne criada por Daniel Silva retoma o duelo inacabado no primeiro livro (A Marca do Assassino) entre Osborne, que entretanto regressa ao activo na CIA, e Delaroche, o famigerado assassino conhecido por Outubro. No entanto, o autor introduz neste livro uma trama interessante que está relacionada com a eterna disputa na Irlanda do Norte entre Católicos republicanos (que pretendem a independência do Reino unido) e Protestante lealistas
que pretendem a permanên
A new terrorist group in Northern Ireland takes action to disrupt the newly signed peace accord. In an effort to support the British, the American president appoints his respected nemisis, Douglas Cannon, to the position of Ambassador to the Court of St. James. Cannon's son-in-law, retired CIA operative Michael Osbourne, is recruited to work the Northern Ireland desk in the CIA, in an effort to quell the terrorist group's activities. Osbourne uncovers a plot to kill Cannon, and working with Brit ...more
Tom Clancy meets Ian Fleming and Frederick Forsyth. Lots of contemporary characters: Tony Blair, Gerry Adams and even the Queen of England. Lots of weapons. Lots of cars. I was half expecting Blair to come out of his Vauxhall with his Browning for a face-off with our own dear Queen, in a Jag, who has a silenced Beretta in her handbag. Meanwhile Inspector Clouseau exits his Renault with a Maxim.
The plot outlines the progress of an Ulster terror gang who kill shed loads of people from Washington
Patricia Rodrigues
Mais um livro lido de Daniel Silva, mas desta vez sobre Michael Osbourne, um agente da CIA.
Apesar de este ser o segundo livro desta série e de ainda não ter lido o primeiro (estou a contar que chegue às minhas mãos esta semana eheheh) não me foi nada difícil acompanhar a história. Pois, tal como é hábito, nos livros de Daniel Silva, à medida que o desenrolar dos acontecimentos se prende com algo que aconteceu no passado, é sempre feito um breve resumo dos factos.
Quanto à história em si, e para a
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Zohar -
In the sequel to "The Mark of the Assassin (Gabriel Allon)", ex-CIA agent Michael Osbourne is recouping from his physical injuries and gets bored out of his mind playing Mr. Mom. When Osbourne's father in law has taken a position as the USA's ambassador to the Court of St. James, Osbourne willingly comes back to the CIA in order to investigate a new Irish terrorist group as well as protect his relative. Osbourne manages to foil the plot, but the group takes out a contract on his life.

The plot a
Scott  Breslove
I guess if Mark of the Assassin was three stars, this one was probably three and a half, or maybe three and a quarter. Good but not great, but I did like Michael a lot more in this book. The plot again was high quality, but Silva still indulges in way to much detail, including places that need minimal to no detail, and that always throws a book off for me. Interesting twist at the end, with Michael and Delaroche, which I didn't see coming, which was nice. Tied up a few loose ends nicely too.
Ginny Weasley
LOVED IT - and again - any time that an author rewards me for having read his previous works by weaving in details into the current story line. Well developed characters, interesting plot and detailed but not tedious descriptions! (Almost skipped a church service - after driving all the way there- to finish the book while sitting in the parking lot!)
Uh oh. I inadvertently started reading a series book with book #2. Hate it when that happens, but no worries, there's enough background info provided that it all makes sense. I'd read the rest of the series. I enjoyed a refresher on the violence in Northland Ireland in the 1970s since I didn't understand it at the time.
Diana H.
Daniel Silva is a master at telling a suspenseful tale.
This title is sort of a "what if" story.
The peace process in Northern Ireland finally has become a reality, but what could happen next? Well, Mr. Silva gives us a look at one possibility.
I remember hearing about the IRA, Sinn Fein, and other terrorist groups who were responsible for attacks and bombings throughout England and Ireland when I was a little girl. I don't this as an American I fully understood the hatred that these different fac
Mike Kennedy

I really enjoyed the second, and unfortunately the last, book in the Michael Osborne series. I liked the Northern Ireland background to the book. The assassin, Jean Paul Delarouche, was a great character as far as I am concerned. I liked the way Silva showed him, and his unique take on how he reacted to Michael and Elizabeth foiling his assassination attempt In the first book, Mark of an Assassin. This book ended much different than I expected it to, but I was not disappointed at all. It is too
John Thomas
I rated a 4.5, Story set in UK with IRA stuff. Michael Osborne character, good audio book
Michael worries that after leaving the government, October who killed Sara and tried to kill him is back. Michael has been told that October is dead, but Michael sees a man with an injured hand. Michael shot the man in the hand in their last encounter. Michael determines October is back, but the government will not believe him. He is rehired and sent to Ireland to find out who is planning the killings and bombings claimed to be by the Protestant Liberation Front. Michael is also to protect his f ...more
E. Aucoin
I love Daniel Silva's books. They manage to be smart and still reader-friendly
Daniel Silva's writing style is excellent. The Gabriel Allon stories are better.
Posted 10/9/2009: Daniel Silva is an extraordinary find. His tough guy character Gabriel Allon is so human, I like him--worry about him--despite his violent job. He has the soul of an artist, which comes out in his intelligence work and gives him a mental break from the hard-nosed spy work that is the backbone of this series. Overall, Silva has written a dramatic, fast-moving entertaining series. The main character--Gabriel Allon--is smart, appealing, human and effective. What more could I ask i ...more
Set in Northern Ireland after the Good Friday peace accords and depicts what might happen if a splinter Republican group and a splinter Protestant group began to go at each other. Ex-CIA agent gets caught in the middle and has to deal with an assassin who is trying to kill him. The side plot about a group of important people who meet to make sure the world stays at war is a little out there, but not too distracting. Second in a series about the Ex-CIA agent. Would recommend.
Silva is a talented writer who crafts a good and entertaining story. However, thus far I see his novels as being similar to a TV series that I may enjoy watching, but wouldn't get too upset if it happened to get cancelled. The problem seems to me that his characters, while interesting enough,fail to make a meaningful and lasting connection. I think the next Silva book in sequence introduces his Albion character, so perhaps a connection is still possible.
Yay! This is one of his earliest but can't wait for Silva's next page turner.
This is the second Michael Osbourne book by Silva. In this one a new splinter group in Ireland threatens to disrupt the peace process in Northern Ireland. Osbourne's father in law a retired Senator is pressed into service as Ambassador to help smooth out the process. Osbourne's old nemesis the assassin October is back once again trying to kill the Ambassador and Osbourne. Another good novel from Silva with lots of nice twists and turns.
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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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