Sep 07, 11
Read in September, 2011
If you take Jason Bourne and reduce the hand-to-hand violence by about 1/3, and up the political intrigue by a factor of 10 you'll get something very like the Israeli spy Gabriel Allon.
The Defector, Daniel Silva's latest installment in the Gabriel Allon cannon, is a fast paced political thriller ranging from the Israeli deserts, to sophisticated London neighborhoods, to the gritty underside of a bitterly cold Moscow in the winter.
The pacing is relentless, but the characters are so well drawn that you'll believe Allon bleeds when he is beaten by a Russian kingpin. And the real-life history and geography woven throughout the story (I recognized several of the areas in London)make it seem even more plausible. At the very least, Silva writes good history!