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House of Spies

(Gabriel Allon #17)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  28,458 ratings  ·  1,658 reviews
A heart-stopping tale of suspense, Daniel Silva’s runaway bestseller, The Black Widow, was one of 2016’s biggest novels. Now, in House of Spies, Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge – determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin.

Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11,
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ebook, 576 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Harper
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Monnie
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can it really be true that this the 17th book featuring Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon? Pretty much from the beginning he has held the No. 1 spot on my list of favorite mystery/thriller "heroes." Every spring I start salivating in anticipation of a new installment, so of course I was delighted to get my hands on this one.

That many books over the years also brings anticipation of a different sort: How much longer can Gabriel - now chief of Israel's hush-hush intelligence agency, replacing th
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Jim
I am going to state what many others have noted in their reviews and that is this is the 17th book in the Gabriel Allon series. I open with that because I want to mention that often in a series when you reach this point the series starts to drag and gets old. Not this series. Not this latest book.

At the end of The Black Widow Gabriel at last gave in and agreed to become the chief of the Israel Secret Intelligence Service. Better known as "The Office". In that story a terrorist known only as Sala
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Gary
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The 17th book in the spy, assassin, and art restorer Gabriel Allon series by author Daniel Silva and although I had only previously read 1 to 5 it did not spoil my enjoyment or understanding of this book.
Although my favourite and more regular genre is psychological thrillers I do like to mix my reading up a little with more action based novels such as Lee Child and Daniel Silva and I find this series a welcome change.
In this novel Gabriel Allon is out for revenge and his target is a madman named
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David C Ward
Maybe 3 stars because it's a reliable addition to the series. But as always with successful genre fiction, the Allon books have ossified into a series of set pieces. Same cast of characters, stories retold. They're curiously bloodless despite the body count; Allon is in a bombing in Paris, suffers major damage and the effect is no worse than a severe headache. Also, there is the familiar pattern of the creation of a deception operation that turns someone into a willing/ unwilling helper inside t ...more
cr
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
His least ambitious work

I have loved Daniel Silva's work for years, and was eagerly looking forward to reading "The House of Spies" as a birthday present. Once it arrived, I found myself having difficulty finishing it. I did continue and completed the book out of loyalty, and not curiosity or interest. I understood the need to have some old characters back, but all of them? This fact alone gave the story a repetitious dry boring tone. Gabriel's Israeli team and Keller were my highlight, but can
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L.A. Starks
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
House of Spies shares the podium with Unsub (by Meg Gardiner) for best thriller of the year. Silva's book is international, a continuation of the Gabriel Allon series, while Unsub takes the top prize domestically (US).

Silva's inside knowledge and research, his well-developed characters, and his all-too-current plot shine throughout. He notes the London attack took place a week after he finished the manuscript in March. In another more-than-coincidence, he identified the fact of the many Moroccan
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Lewis Weinstein
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are parts of this book which drag, when Silva feels obliged to tell us too much about what happened in prior books ... HOWEVER, when the action starts, it is portrayed in Silva's unique powerful style and makes a terrific read
Jenny
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
House of Spies is book seventeen in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. In House of Spies, Gabriel Allon is now the chief of the Israel Secret Intelligence Service. However, Gabriel can not stay out of trouble or sit quietly behind his desk. Gabriel Allon was visiting French Secret Intelligence Service Office when a bomb was detected. In the blast, Gabriel badly hurt started the hunt for the bomber. The readers of House of Spies will go on a rollercoaster ride with Gabriel to find the mast ...more
Roman Clodia
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A horribly prescient act of terrorism in London gives this thriller currency as Gabriel Allon, now head of the Office, makes things personal as he sets up an elaborate operation to take down a terrorist leader.

If you've read other Silva books then you'll know what to expect as this doesn't challenge the tried-and-trusted formula - what makes Silva stand out for me is the political intelligence, the refusal to pander to cheap and easy stereotypes that border on the racist, and the attention to t
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Tim
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I wanted to give this 4 stars since it features two of my favorite spies. However, while the ending is alright, it's less than totally desirable. 6 of 10 stars
debra
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4-5 *s If you enjoy Silva's Gabriel Allon, and or this genre, you will certainly be entertained by Silva's latest. House of Spies is a v well written, absorbing novel about global terrorism, real world geopolitical intrigue, and the various intelligence agencies involved. The role of the USA , now with a different President, seemed to be portrayed in a somewhat different light.

Along with many "regulars" I enjoyed the the reappearance of Christopher Kellor's character, and hope to see more of him
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The Real Book Spy
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Following last year’s bestselling novel The Black Widow, Daniel Silva picks up the story four months later with seventeenth Gabriel Allon novel, House of Spies.

Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli Intelligence who once served as the most lethal assassin in Israel’s arsenal, has now assumed the position of chief of the Office (the Mossad) after finally taking his long-awaited promotion.

For the first time in the Office’s history, the former d
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David
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, fiction
This is another edge-of-your-seat thriller by Daniel Silva. It is about the fictitious character Gabriel Allon, the legendary head of an Israeli spy agency. It takes up where Silva's previous book (The Black Widow) leaves off, with the hunt for the elusive terrorist, Saladin. Like the other books in the series, Allon must work in tandem with spy agencies of other countries; in this case, with Great Britain and France. The action focuses on a drug dealing kingpin named Jean-Luc Martel, who casts ...more
Jim A
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Typical Silva/Allon thriller. Procedural as Allon and his merry band follow the leads via trickery and interrogation chase a head of a terrorist organization. A continuation of Black Widow.

Nothing really special here. A well worn Silva/Allon formula. As novels go, Silva has done better work with the Allon character.
BOOKLOVER10
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Daniel Silva's "The Black Widow" was a hard-hitting work of fiction about how members of ISIS routinely slaughter men, women, and children in such countries as England, France, and Belgium. One of the terrorists' goals is to terrify and demoralize their adversaries. Silva's villain is Saladin, a shrewd strategist who believes that, by wreaking havoc in the west, he will unite his followers in a new Islamic caliphate. "House of Spies" is Silva's seventeenth novel in his popular series featuring G ...more
Linda
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? Daniel Silva is the master! I'm adding more stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!
Steven Z.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Daniel Silva seems to reward his readers with a new Gabriel Allon tale each summer. This July it is no exception with the appearance of HOUSE OF SPIES, a story that is very contemporary as Silva seems to have a knack for constructing a plot, unbeknownst to him that has a striking resemblance to what is occurring on the streets of England and Europe. Silva’s new novel moves seamlessly from THE BLACK WIDOW to his latest iteration of the Allon character. Last summer when THE BLACK WIDOW was publish ...more
Tucker Elliot
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
House of Spies is one of Daniel Silva’s finest works – and that’s really saying something. It follows the conclusion of Silva’s last book, in which Washington DC was devastated by an ISIS attack, with a string of ISIS attacks in London and Paris.

The Israeli spy and now chief of its intelligence service, Gabriel Allon, enlists the help of Christopher Keller in an elaborate plot to hunt down the man known as Saladin, an Iraqi who is responsible for planning and funding the attacks.

It’s a phenomena
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Alex Cantone
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
…her greatest fear was that Saladin had built the equivalent of a dead man’s switch into the network – a switch that would automatically set off of a string of murderous attacks in the event of his passing.

“House of Spies” is the seventeenth in the Gabriel Allon series (and my first) and delivers a complex roller-coaster ride. The book opens and closes in Israel with former spy Allon now head of security, his predecessor Uzi Navot handling the domestic side. The biggest terrorist strike on US so
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Karl Jorgenson
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Silva grows lazier with each novel. This novel exists because the super-spy Allon let the super-enemy, Saladin, escape in the previous book, 'The Black Widow'. Saladin has his minions attack London, following up his attack on American in 'The Black Widow'. American quadrupled it's anti-terrorist forces, tossed out the Taliban, and ultimately tracked down Bin Laden after 9-11; after Saladin's attacks, both the U.S. and Britain seem content to summon Allon to consult. Much of the book consists of ...more
Midwest Geek
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of spy thrillers.
Shelves: audiobook, thriller
I've read or listened to nearly every book in this series. Perhaps that's the reason that I found this latest one, #17 in the series, all too familiar. Silva does his homework and is a terrific writer, and, unlike so many seasoned authors, does not seem to have hired a ghost writer. It is primarily about the hunt for the Muslim terrorist Saladin and, as timely as the topic is, I just couldn't get excited by the telling. There was never any doubt in my mind that Gabriel Allon would prevail. I was ...more
Kathy
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of my Daniel Silva reviews indicate 5-star appreciation/admiration as I have genuinely enjoyed most of these books. Something may have happened to my reading preferences? I don't know. I haven't read any reviews of this book while I waited on a Hold list with my library since I did not want to ruin my reading experience.
We start off with Gabriel as the head man of Israel's security branch, or "The Office."
"One day Uzi Navot was seated behind his large smoked-glass desk in the chief's offic
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Skip
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Israeli spy and now chief of its intelligence service, Gabriel Allon, enlists the help of ex-SAS , ex-Mafioso assassin Christopher Keller in an elaborate plot to hunt down the man known as Saladin, an Iraqi who is responsible for planning and funding terrorist attacks in the U.S, and Europe. Really, a continuation of Book #17, Black Widow. Of course, Allon cannot remove himself from the action: planning and execution [sic]. Silva has the usual Israeli team involved. I did not think there was muc ...more
Eric
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
4 Stars

Another Gabriel Allon book, another thoroughly enjoyable espionage story written by Daniel Silva.

This is the 17th book in the Gabriel Allon series. If you’ve read the first 16, chances are you’re going to like the 17th. It has all the things that make these books so enjoyable. Extremely polished writing with a distinctive style. Clever dialogue. Flawed and fascinating characters. Timely plots and issues.

Being one of those people who has in fact read the previous 16 books in this series,
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Andy
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Got for free from Hoopla. Hooray for libraries!
DNF. This series went off the rails a while back. There's nothing left of Allon the artist or the charm of the other characters. It's just the crazy spy stuff. Also, it seems like he's just phoning it in at this point cutting and pasting pages from the previous books.
Two stars instead of one because George Guidall is a great narrator.
Ivana
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really hope this series never ends. Outstanding work, Mr. Silva.
Jacqui
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Always great. Silva is amazing.
 Olivermagnus
My favorite thing about July is a new Gabriel Allon book by Daniel Silva. House of Spies, the seventeenth book in the series, picks up shortly after events that occurred in The Black Widow. Saladin, the ISIS mastermind who terrorized the West is still on the loose where he continues to plan terrorist attacks. The whole world seems focused on finding and stopping him, but he remains elusive. When a single clue presents itself, Gabriel and his team begin the difficult process of once again getting ...more
Steve
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid, largely compelling, and, for the most part, entertaining installment in one of my favorite serial fiction past-times (particularly for travelling, on planes, trains, and ... hotels). In addition to the action and intrigue ... and the art ... and the geo-politics and Middle East drama ... I get a kick out of the travelogue aspects, particularly since I've covered a lot of the ground in the various books.

Having read the series from the beginning, I still don't understand how folks read th
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Ben
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
After the last novel in the series, where our hero Allon saved the life of the terrorist leader and facilitated a string of major terrorist attacks, I was curious where Silva would take him next. Needless to say, Allon has been promoted! He's now head of Israel's intelligence agency. (I guess terrorist attacks on America are a good thing, because they discredit Obama; Silva's Trumpist political leanings are a bit insane.) We are treated to a rollicking story of an unplanned Osama bin Laden-takeo ...more
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Daniel Silva was born in Michigan in 1960 and raised in California where he received his BA from Fresno State. 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 polic ...more

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