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Portrait Of A Spy by Daniel Silva
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Aug 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: spies-suspense-thrillers

I'm still thinking alot about this book, so I think that makes it worth reading. While I may not agree with Silva's politics, he is a terrific writer, and I can never put a Silva book down. I neglect everything to finish one.

One very important aspect of this book, to me, is that more than any of his previous Allon books, this one makes more sense of his pro-Israeli posiiton. Though fiction, I have no doubt that the Israeli intelligence service has, on more than one occasion, done the CIA's dirty worked and helped clean up it's shocking list of blunders. I also have no doubt that life in Dubai portrayed in this novel is just as decadent as it appears.

It's also just a good story, told by a master of suspense, though a bit too neatly tied up in the end. Looking at it just as a mystery, I think it was less satisfying that "The Rembrandt Affair."

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