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Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon #8)

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Daniel silva has hit the top with his new gabriel allon novel...

A #1 New York Times bestseller!

The death of a journalist leads Israeli spy Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spycraft, even he has something to learn if he wants to prevent a former KGB colonel from delivering Russia's most sophisticated weapons to al-Qaeda.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Signet (first published July 22nd 2008)
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Jul 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, jewish, adult
My problem with the latest Dan Silva novel, "Moscow Rules" is that it seems that Silva is playing by rules of his own. Each of his latest novels seems to have been become formulaic:

1. Gabriel Allon gets persuaded back into the life of an Israeli intelligence officer by presumably doing a "favor" for his mentor Ari Shamron.

2. The "favor" turns into a large scale operation.

3. Perfect Plan is formed on intelligence and sources.

4. Perfect Plan goes astray.

5. Allon saves the day, retreats back to his
Lance Charnes
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gabriel Allon series completists
I've mentioned before my general slam on long-running series: at some point, the author starts repeating him/herself. Characters that were once vibrant and fresh start doing and saying the same things. Often, they don't seem to learn anything from their previous adventures or do much changing. So it also goes for the recurring supporting characters. It's one reason why I've only recently begun thinking (albeit reluctantly) about writing a series.

Unfortunately, it appears that Gabriel Allon, Dani
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Pretty good story. I was due for a little espionage and international intrigue. Silva includes a lot of stuff that is close to reality, which makes the story a little more edgy and also disturbing. It's sad to know that the Russian people are not really much better off or more "free" since the fall of communism. (Except that they are allowed to leave the country now.)
I'd heard things about the Russian "mafia" and the oligarchy that presides since capitalism swept in, and also about the undergro
Sarah Sammis
Moscow Rules is the eighth book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. Allon is a art restorer and former Israeli Mossad agent. In this book Allon's attention moves from historical crimes to a present day case involving arms sales to al-Quaeda.

The choice of topic is an interesting follow-up to last week's Booking Through Thursday question. As I stated in my answer, I haven't shied away from books involving modern day terrorists. Nonetheless, Deb's question did sit in the back of my mind as
Aug 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I wish goodreads had half stars...I more than 3 star liked this book but not quite 4 stars. Maybe b/c it's book 8 in the series, they're all merging in my memory, but this one didn't stand out better than any of the others. It's still a great spy read, and thoroughly enjoyable. Russia was new terrain for these characters, and interesting since I have very little knowledge about Russia...and this piqued my interest.

Another "issue" related to this being book 8 of the series is the lite
May 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Siva has done it again, a spell bounding spy story. One of the best books i have read

You know, I used to read 2/3 books a week . Now I am retired I find it difficult to read for long periods.
But this book I nearly read in one sitting.
Now what does that say? This is a seriously fine book

Well done Daniel
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moscow Rules follows Silva's previous tried and true formula - the book begins by introducing the bad guys committing a crime beyond the capabilities of local authorities to solve. A reluctant Gabriel, busy in some remote but beautiful locale, (in this book he is on his honeymoon in Italy), is then summoned. He pulls together a team of now well known characters and sets up a sting operation to snare the bad guys - usually Arab terrorists. Inevitably the plan falls apart at some critical juncture ...more
Natacha Martins
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Sempre tive curiosidade para ler um dos muitos livros que Daniel Silva tem publicado ao longo dos anos. Não só porque é um dos muitos luso descendentes, bem sucedidos além fronteiras, mas também porque sempre li boas críticas aos seus livros.

"As Regras de Moscovo" é um livro sobre terrorismo, sobre relações internacionais, especialmente as que se mantêm com a Rússia, e sobre a venda ilegal de armas. Allon pertence aos Serviços Secretos israelitas, sendo um dos seus mais conceituados espiões. Rec
Moscow Rules is the 8th book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. Gabriel and Chiara are on their honeymoon when Gabriel is summoned. A Russian journalist has important information he wants to pass along about a threat to the West but he will only tell it to Gabriel. He travels to Rome to meet the Russian journalist but the journalist is killed before he can tell Gabriel. Allon then travels to Russia to try and find out what it was that the journalist wanted to tell him. There he learns ...more
Joyce Lagow
Jul 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: International spy thriller fans
8th in the Gabriel Allon series.

Gabriel and Chiara are on their honeymoon in the Umbrian hills of Italy while Gabriel, under an assumed name, of course, restores a painting for the Vatican. However, any thought that Ari Shamron, the unofficial head of Israeli Intelligence, will allow Allon some peace is rudely shattered when Allon gets an assignment: meet with a Russian journalist now in Rome, find out what he wants--because the journalist will talk with no one but Allon about what he claims is
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Silva fans, espionage fans - helps if you read Silva before
A top notch thriller that I have come to expect from Daniel Silva. As in all of his spy novels featuring the assassin/spy Gabriel Allon, it starts off with Mr. Allon in some far off land restoring art, which is his side line. Allon, an assassin and spy for the Office in Israel, is asked to do a small favor of meeting with a Russian journalist, who has information. Somehow the journalist ends up dead, leading Allon to take up the case of what information the journalist had, which leads Allon to O ...more
Daniel Silva is a wonderful, natural storyteller, and his books are a pleasure to read. Moscow Rules is Gabriel Allon at his hardest and crunchiest. It's a great read. Recommended for readers of
Brad Thor, Alex Berenson, Vince Flynn, Jon Stock
Ella Litvak
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been following books written by Daniel Silva for many years. Among my favorites are the ones centering on Gabriel Allon. I particularly enjoy Daniel Silva’s ability to take readers along on his risky journeys in different parts of the world to protect his country and other countries from their enemies. Allon’s dedication to his country and human values make him very attractive. I always eagerly wait for Daniel Silva’s new books to meet Gabriel Allon again. However, when the book “Moscow ...more
Zohar -
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva is the eighth in the Gabriel Allon series. Even though there are numerous references to the previous books, I thought this novel was still a good read and could be read independently.

Gabriel Allon and his new wife, Chiara, are on their honeymoon in Umbria, Italy. But Gabriel never stops working and is restoring a painting for the Vatican. A Russian newspaper reporter contacts the Israeli embassy in Rome requesting a meeting with Allon who reluctantly agrees.

The meeti
Sob o disfarce de ter de participar numa conferência da UNESCO em Sampetersburgo, Gabriel Alon, o protagonista de todos os romances de Daniel Silva, parte para a Rússia com o intuito de conhecer Olga Sukhova, directora editorial interina do Moskovsky Gazeta. Olga Sukhova poderá ser a chave para que se descubra o que esteve por trás dos assassinatos de dois jornalistas, seus colegas, recentemente. De facto, a jornalista russa transporta consigo um segredo que pode levar à morte de qualquer um, at ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gabriel Allon 8. Allon meets Kharkov; snatches Elena & the kids, Olga and facilitates Bulganov's escape. Gabriel & Ciara's honeymoon in Umbria is interrupted for a chance meet in Rome with a dissident Russian editor who is killed before they chat. Pissed, Allon exercises his Brit contact MI5 and learns of the international scope of Ivan Kharkov's arms smuggling empire. Traveling to Russia under cover, Allon meets Olga Suhkova and enlists her participation in the plot to undermine Kharkov ...more
Susan Shipman
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I own The Gabriel Allon series for two reasons 1) they are exciting, intricate, well written and sometime heart stopping action regarding the best spy and assasin Israel has (who also happens to be a masterful artist that has forgone painting to restoring great Master's originals) and 2) Daniel Silva EDUCATES me on what is actually going on in the middle east. In the beginning of the series, not so much on the political arena but it starts with the attack on the Israeli athletes in 1972), but as ...more
(Kelly)~Got Fiction?~ Oakes
Oh My! "deep breath" this was another world win novel by author Daniel Silva. I'm not sure what exactly has facinated me about this series, but I am thoroughly addicted to the main character Gabriel Allon. He is the James Bond of Israel's secret service. He is sexy, intriguing, alluring and he doesn't try one damn bit to be so. He is in every way the perfect man. Seasoned with years of experience, dangerous, smart, sexy and refined; either while wielding a paint brush or a gun.

Have I gotten your
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Except for the likes of Clancy, Coonts, and Forsyth, we don’t venture into international thrillers too often – indeed “Rules” was just our second novel by Daniel Silva featuring his leading man, Israeli top spy Gabriel Allon. (We had forgotten our first was "Death in Vienna" several years ago...) Allon’s honeymoon, and efforts to restore an old oil painting (his avocation), are interrupted by what was supposed to be a very brief assignment to meet a Russian journalist with something important to ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spies-shh
I'm into a sort of espionage thirst, especially after finding by chance the great Olen Steinhauer's "The Tourist" trilogy this year.
Sadly, and I don't know if this is because it is the eighth book in the series (and the first I read), but I just didn't like Gabriel Allon as I liked Milo Weaver. Allon lacks flaws. He is too perfect in this book. He saves the day in a simple "one-way" outlined story. There are constant references to previous books and characters, that I think they were forcibly pu
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Silva has kept churning them out. Another fascinating plot, and the additional interest of having the "bad guys" be Russian instead of Muslim terrorists.
The thing that pulled me back from a full 5 stars this time is, first of all, Silva occasionally fell back too much on cliché, as in his earliest works, and secondly, the very poor editing of the Russian names and words. My knowledge of Russian is pretty rudimentary, but enough to see mistakes that simply shouldn't have made it through the
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good but I'm afraid that they are all starting to seem the same. This time we threw in Russia so that was good but we have finished Gabriel's journey to knowing himself, we have finished becoming acquainted with his team, we have finished the love/hate relationship with Ari (now it is only love), we have settled into a routine. It's not a total cookie cutter but it is a little too close.
Fred Forbes
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it may be the usual formula - drag Gabriel out of an art job, request small favor - little time, no effort, no danger - only to have it blow up into a major operation, few authors do this as well as Silva. Some of it is a bit too coincidental (wife of a Russian gun dealing thug turns out to be an expert art collector? Right!) But, as you find yourself thinking, now what? and how does he get out of this? set in a well paced work, it is a most enjoyable read.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps not the best GA book to date, but nonetheless, I rate it on the weak side of a 4. My drawbacks were the ability to shoot head shots with a badly damaged eye afte suffereing a terrrible beating......just did not seem realistic to me. Otherwise a good story bring back a former US spy to assist in the case.
Jul 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slow start, probably because I had not read any of the previous novels with the main protagonist - a little difficult to keep the characters straight. That being said this was very well written and very entertaining.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage
Daniel Silva following the typical Gabriel Allon formula with a couple added twists and not too much on the "Israel vs. Muslims" bit that he draws from often. One of the better ones in the series but if you're looking for something substantially different from previous Allon novels, keep looking.
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
Ok I have a confession. I used to see this author's books and would get confused with Danielle Steel. I couldn't figure out why my more testosterone loaded friends were reading them. Big mistake!

This book was awesome and I'll definitely read some more of his
Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable, formulaic, but still held my attention for a good reading adventure. I like how Silva creates the tension between emotional states and action pacted situations. There is always a twist that keeps you guessing and reading.
Marina Deus
É o primeiro livro que leio do autor. Não é mau mas também não achei deslumbrante. Posso voltar a ler livros dele mas não estou ansiosa por isso.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: daniel-silva
If you ever find yourself in the "reading doldrums", Daniel Silva is always a good choice to help you find your way back on track.
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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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