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The New Girl

(Gabriel Allon #19)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  10,481 ratings  ·  944 reviews
At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful girl who arrives each morning and leaves each afternoon in a heavily protected motorcade fit for a head of state. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman. She is not. And when she is brutally kidnapped across the border in the Haute-Savoie region of ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Harper
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Morgan It can be read as a stand alone but I'm pretty sure you will want to go back and read them all after this one. I started with "The Rembrandt Affair"…moreIt can be read as a stand alone but I'm pretty sure you will want to go back and read them all after this one. I started with "The Rembrandt Affair" in 2011 and went back to the beginning - now reading "The New Girl"(less)
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Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A spectacularly lackluster effort by one of my usually reliable and favorite authors. Not this time. 3 of 10 stars
Lynn Horton
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is somewhere between a 4- and 5-star book for me, but since Silva has proven that, for the 19th time, he's my favorite author, I'm going with 5.

The New Girl is vintage Silva: rapid-fire pacing, shifting locations, international intrigue, clearly defined characters, and crisp dialogue. I love everything about his writing and construction, and think Gabriel Allon is one of the best (if not THE best) protagonists out there. I relate to Allon in a way that I don't a Jack Reacher (Le
Amy Peck
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why can’t I read slower?

Whenever I’m about to start reading the newest Gabriel Allon book from Daniel Silva, I always tell myself to read it slowly. Let the enjoyment that will overcome me when reading it last a little longer. Yep, I tell myself that every time. And every time I am able to go slowly at first but the more I read, the more involved I become with Gabriel and Ciara and Keller and Mikhail and Eli and Ari and Seymour with his wife’s earnest yet horrendous cooking. So the faster I re
L.A. Starks
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silva consistently writes at a high, professional level and this thriller hits the mark again.

Because the author is willing to dig, research, plot, and then engage on the subject of complex global politics, readers will come away satisfied at having learned as well as having been entertained.

Moreover, Silva keeps the series fresh with new characters in addition to familiar ones.

The minor points---I'm so weary (editors? publishers?) of "Girl" in every new book
4.5 stars

Mini review from the TBR pile: As with all series, you'll enjoy some instalments more than others. But I don't think Silva is capable of writing a bad book & for me, his novels are an annual must-read. He's a master story teller & this was one of the best of recent years.

The assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by order of Saudi King Mohammad bin Salman is central to the plot. His presence is keenly felt as we get Silva's take on the tragic event &
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Silva's Gabriel Allon series remains one of the best as Silva's understanding of Middle Eastern politics shines: hatred between the two Muslim sects, between the hardliners and reformists, and the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict. A young girl is kidnapped from a private school in Switzerland, and the ransom demand is that the crown prince of Saud Arabia (Khalid bin Mohammed) abdicate his claim to the throne. As a known reformer, KBM has a legion of enemies, and not knowing whom he can trust, he re ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear your calendar and dig in. We are once again treated to the adventures of Gabriel Allon and his world of intrigue. This latest installment is another strong story. The daughter of the Saudi Crown Prince is kidnapped and Gabriel is persuaded to help save her and also help keep the Prince from having to relinquish his ascension as the next king of Saudi Arabia. A wide range of colorful characters help keep this "ripped from the headlines" story interesting and fast moving. Another b
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series is addictive. As usual, THE NEW GIRL is loosely based on recent events and moves into what could happen later on.

While Allon is now older than 65 and heads Mossad, he still finds himself in the center of action. In THE NEW GIRL, he gets pulled in by the future king of Saudi Arabia, Prince Khalid, when Khalid’s twelve-year-old daughter, his only child, is kidnaped in Switzerland. Allon had great expectations for Khalid to modernize Saudi Arabia For
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readers of Silva’s Gabriel Allon spy thriller series will recognize many of the characters that populate this 19th offering. Inspired by the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the direction of Saudi leader Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Silva has his character Saudi Crown prince Khalid bin Mohammed (KBM) responsible for the death of journalist Omar Nawwaf. Silva also has KBM request the help of Israeli intelligence head Allon to recover his daughter from kidnappers (yeah—right; a ...more
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The New Girl is 19th book in the Gabriel Allon series, by Daniel Silva.

In case you are new to it, Gabriel Allon (the protagonist) is an Israeli assassin who also happens to be one of the best artists/restorers in the world. During the course of the series, he suffers from heart break, finds new love and matches wits with the 'enemy' of the month. This series is definitely written with the Western audience in mind though Daniel Silva tries/>
I was quite skeptical about reading this book because of its storyline and the real life person on whom it is based. But I’m also a huge fan of the series, so I decided to give it a try. I was very glad to read the author’s clarification in the foreword and that surely made me a little excited to read.

While this was a very fast paced read and I finished it in just a few hours, I won’t say this is one of his finer stories. It was quite engaging even if not realistic for almost the first half, bu
It's always interesting to see how Gabriel gets pulled into the cases he works on. With this one starting out with a little girl you knew that Gabriel would help despite who her father was. I hated that they all didn't see who was behind things at first, mostly because I hoped with the knowledge the outcome could have been better.

Once everyone realized what was going on Gabriel played hard and fast with the truth. I feel like I should be bothered by that, but I wasn't. I thought a fe
Julie  Durnell
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was the best Allon yet in my opinion! Daniel Silva is a master of this genre and how he keeps writing one a year of this caliber is just amazing. The afterword is a chilling reminder of how this story mirrors certain current headlines; too bad it isn't just all fiction.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the interest of full disclosure, this series (more specifically, art restorer and accomplished Israeli spy Gabriel Allon) has held the No. 1 spot on my Top 10 "heroes" list for quite a few years now. This is his 19th book; and I assure you he's in no danger of losing that lofty perch. The story is intricately woven with enough suspense to make me hold my breath here and there and the writing is, as always, exemplary. Add in the appearance of several familiar characters from previous books and ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of the usual ingredients were there for another volume in this amazing series, however, I felt that it lacked something, and I couldn't engage with the characters. It was more like the experience of watching an action movie, rather than being absorbed into the story.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Summer is here, July is upon us and that can only mean that the time has come for another Gabriel Allon adventure from the #1 New York Times Best-selling and award-winning thriller author Daniel Silva. This year’s book is the 19th in this amazing series of thrillers and it’s called The New Girl.

I listened to The New Girl in one session, ignoring work, phone calls and I can’t remember what I ate while listening… My immersion was complete from the introductory chapter to the last w
David Putnam
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came late to the Daniel Silva books and really loved The Widow and The Other Woman. These two books are the standard I hold all of his other books (future books to be read). I did not like this book to start out. There was too much back story and setting the plot that slowed the forward motion. After Silva got all of that out of the way he settled into his great story telling. I'm a third-close point of view or first person kind of reader, his third distant point of view, at times barely holds ...more
Ana Maria  Rivera
Once again Daniel Silva has proven my point: that you don't actually need 8 hours of sleep and you are still able to go to work next morning after staying up all night with one of his book. That said, damn. Where do I start?... oh yes by saying book # 19 of the series is absolutely freaking fucking fantastic amazing.
A jaw drop perfect combination of well known characters by now, a fantastic trip around amazing places around the world, an unexpected plot twist and a scary dose of fiction mi
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Jeff Crosby
My least favorite Frederick Forsyth novel—The Negotiator—has a very unpleasant plot element that spoiled the experience for me. That same plot device has been used by Silva here. I still find it unpleasant.

There are other reasons why I was disappointed by The New Girl. Like Tom Clancy with Jack Ryan, Silva has continued to promote his characters beyond believability. He also has developed such a large cast of regulars that there are often too many players on the stage.

I d
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do look forward to each new Gabriel Allon book, but I did not truly enjoy every little bit of this one due to harsh realities of our current world crises. No need to detail what this one was about as I'm sure it has gotten plenty of media attention. It includes the death of a journalist in Saudi Arabia, fresh from the pages of reality.
Plots and counterplots amongst Russia, Great Britain, Israel, USA guided by Allon's vision; characters returning from several old favorite books from the s
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Silva draws inspiration from a variety of sources in his latest espionage thriller, "The New Girl." Silva focuses on Khalid bin Mohammed, a stand-in for thirty-three-year-old Mohammad bin Salman, the crown prince and likely future king of Saudi Arabia. Many believe that bin Salman ordered the brutal murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. MBS, as he is widely known, initially gave the impression that he would reform his repressive country. Instead, he conti ...more
Jim A
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several twists make this a very good read. Silva brings back Sarah Bancroft, the former CIA operative, from a couple of previous novels. Other members of Allon's merry band are also present as usual. There is a lot of reference to the storyline and characters from The Other Woman, book 18 in the series. Probably more reference than Silva has used in past thrillers, other than Allon's basic backstory.

A necessary read for any followers of the adventures of Gabriel Allon. And, while fans of Silva'
Inqiad Ali
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gabriel Allon thrillers are the greatest. I am looking forward to the new book.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review marks the first time that I have rated a book by Daniel Silva as anything but five stars. The New Girl is a very fine book and I truly enjoyed it but it just wasn't, in my not so humble opinion, up to his usual standard, that standard being near perfection.

The New Girl had many of the same characters that have populated Silva's earlier efforts and they were as interesting, deep and enjoyable as on previous occasions. He introduced a couple of new characters including the
Pierre Tassé
Oct 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is classified as fiction... should be science fiction. A book you could skip and if anything, it would not taint your view of Daniel Silva’s writing and this, up until now, fantastic book series. My advice- skip.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This Gabriel Allon thriller was terrific. Excellent plot, wonderful characters, a bit of romance, lots of bad guys/gals, good plot. The only thing is - why is the book named The New Girl, referring to Rebecca Manning Philby, who has a minor role in the book?

I suspect that most people will read this book in 2-3 days, as it is hard to put down.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The New Girl (Gabriel Allon #19)
by Daniel Silva
Legendary chief of Israeli intelligence Gabriel Allon is back in a new page-turning thriller, called into action when the daughter of the controversial crown prince of Saudi Arabia is kidnapped from her private school in Switzerland.
Gabriel Allon is reticent about helping an enemy of the Jewish state, but because he has never really forgotten the death of his son at the hands of extremists he does what he does best. This was a fast pace
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
I've made it a habit to read each Gabriel Allon story, enjoying the tight, contemporary thriller pace and the intriguing Israeli intelligence background. Clancy was an expert in giving readers a fictional view into American espionage, and Silva is our expert in Israeli Mossad intrigue. While the plots are formulaic, Silva has excelled over the years in painting a deep character portrait of Allon, an artist and now head of the Mossad. This story takes on the real-life assassination of Jamal Khash ...more
Jo Marie
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read all the books in this series and I believe this is the first time I’ve given one less than 4 stars. This one was actually rather dull and Gabriel Allon, one of my favorite fictional characters for years, seemed so passive and not at all his usual self. As usual the story deals with some actual current political events including a gruesome murder of a journalist. But this time Silva seems more intent on making a statement about the kind of world we’re living in rather than writing a g ...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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Gabriel Allon (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon, #1)
  • The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon, #2)
  • The Confessor (Gabriel Allon, #3)
  • A Death in Vienna (Gabriel Allon, #4)
  • Prince of Fire (Gabriel Allon, #5)
  • The Messenger (Gabriel Allon, #6)
  • The Secret Servant (Gabriel Allon, #7)
  • Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon, #8)
  • The Defector (Gabriel Allon, #9)
  • The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon, #10)
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