While I am by no means an expert, I have read most of the really good ones over the years and lots of very bad ones. I started reading Daniel Silva 2 years ago. I have generally liked his work but he truly captured me with his Isreal spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Allon and his mentor Ari Shamron of the Isreali secret service are a great team. Allon appears in at least 8 Audible books and they are all good. The Secret Servant is not just good it is one of the best I have read over these many years.
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While I am by no means an expert, I have read most of the really good ones over the years and lots of very bad ones. I started reading Daniel Silva 2 years ago.
I have generally liked his work but he truly captured me with his Isreal spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Allon and his mentor Ari Shamron of the Isreali secret service are a great team.
Allon appears in at least 8 Audible books and they are all good. The Secret Servant is not just good it is one of the best I have read over these many years. There are enough plot turns and twists to satisfy even the most demanding thriller fan. The good guys are good but always with a trace of bad. The book has at least three satisfying conclusions and leaves you wanting a fourth. This is in my judgment one of the best thrillers ever written.
The narration is excellent. This book leaves you wanting Silva to write another Allon adventure and he did. I am now reading Moscow Rules and it is shaping up to be another great one. I am sure any of Allon adventures could be read in any order but I would advise starting with the Prince of Fire, then The Messenger and then to Secret Servant. There are earlier books also but these three seem to form a nice trilogy.
The Secret Servant
But with his follow-up to the electrifying number one bestseller The Messenger, Daniel Silva has written his most compelling and entertaining novel to date. When last we encountered Gabriel Allon, the master art restorer and sometime officer of Israeli intelligence, he had just prevailed in his blood-soaked duel with Saudi terrorist financier Zizi al-Bakari. Now Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. The target of this plot is Elizabeth Halton, the daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. Gabriel arrives seconds too late to save her. Drawn once more into the service of American intelligence, Gabriel hurls himself into a desperate search for the missing woman as the clock ticks steadily toward the hour of her execution.
Gabriel checks into his hotel and is met by Eli Lavon , who gives him a gun delivered by an Office representative when Eli arrived. The man says that he was the source of the information that helped the Israelis avoid having one of their airlines shot down by a missile. He decides to fly to London to talk with MI5. Seymour is sceptical.
Daniel Silva opens The Secret Servant with a first chapter that blisters a Europe that has mistaken capitulation to Islamic extremism as tolerance. It does not stop from there. This is the 7th book in Silvas Gabriel Allon series and the first one to take on the use of rendition and the role Egypt has played in the geopolitics of the Middle East. The text takes a hard look at the issues in that region of the world. Silva proves a prophet who has a keen insight into the pulse of the issues that he tackles in these books. You will keep turning the pages because Silva is a good writer and a good storyteller. A little dispiriting is the section after the climax where Silva depicts in a sadly realistic manner the way in which media attacks the good guys in the name of tolerance and thinly veiled anti-Semitism.