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The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva
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Feb 13, 10

it was ok
bookshelves: espionage

I pulled The Secret Servant out of the bargain bin of my local bookshop some months ago because it ticked all the boxes: Israeli spy story set in Amsterdam and London. It was downhill from there.

Daniel Silva’s weakness is a tendency to be didactic. That need to over-explain becomes problematic when it results in such gems as the “Zuiderkirk church”, which even spelled correctly translates as “South church church”, or “mackintosh raincoat”, which is a “raincoat raincoat”.

The history and politics are bizarre, and master field operative, Gabriel Allon, makes errors a security guard would avoid. After fifty pages I stopped noting the errors. There were too many.
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