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Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva
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Oct 12, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: spy-novels
Recommended for: Fans of spy novels
Read in October, 2008 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** Another great installment in the Gabriel Allon series.

I've been hooked on this series since the first book, The Kill Artist, where Gabriel Allon was first introduced. Allon is a wonderfully complex, fleshed-out character. He's tragic, intelligent, passionate, and compassionate. He's a reluctant assassin/agent for the Mossad, Israel's intelligence service, and a top-notch art restorer who keeps getting pulled back into service in Israel's neverending struggle against her enemies.

In Prince of Fire, Gabriel is sent to track down and kill Khaled, the grandson and son of two Palestinian terrorists, who has taken up the same cause. Khaled is the mastermind behind several devastating attacks on Jewish strongholds around the world over the last several years and it is up to Gabriel and his team to stop him.

The book is fast-paced and easy to read with the suspense picking up in the last 150 pages or so. What's different in this book is Leah's involvement. Leah is Gabriel's wife and has been in a psychiatric hospital for the last 13 years after she was injured in a car bomb that killed Dani, she and Gabriel's son. She's been in every previous book as well, but as a catatonic who serves as Gabriel's anchor and the source of his still-burning anger and passion. This time, however, she is an integral part of the plot to draw Gabriel into a trap and...she speaks!

This book had a satisfying end. Gabriel may be aging, but he's still the best in the business and Silva continues to make him an interesting character. Over five books, Gabriel has never become stagnant.

Great book. I highly recommend the entire series.

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