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The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
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Jan 23, 2012

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bookshelves: adventure-action, political-thriller

Gabriel Allon notes that the methodology of the art restoration expert is the same as that of the professional assassin: “study the target, become like him, do the job, slip away without a trace.” That same parallel is underlined by the chapter titles which refer to art restoration but are used to divide the elements of catching and foiling the dangerous terrorist Tariq from Allon's past. The action falls into: Acquisition, Assessment, Restoration, the same steps of Allon's work restoring the Vecellio masterpiece that he has been dragged away from. Interestingly, Allon learned how to restore paintings as a cover that allowed him to travel the world as an assassin. And those elements were the most interesting to me. I found the story itself felt depressing to me, so much sadness and hate and lies and deceit. Silva did a good job making both the Israeli and Palestinian complaints and hardships realistic so neither side has my full support. I was intrigued with the motto of the Israeli intelligence: "By way of deception, though shalt do war" and indeed lies and twisty schemes abound both within the intelligence community and against the enemy. Who do you trust? Who do you admire? Who has the right and who the wrong? Enemies change sides and the ends justify the means.

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Luan That's why I like silva so much. The way he weaves the realities, depressing though they may be, into the narrative. His latest book is so current you recognize the prez;0)

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