The extraordinary new Gabriel Allon thriller from one of the world's finest writers of international intrigue and espionage. The violent death of a journalist leads agent turned art-restorer, Gabriel Allon, to Russia. Here he finds that in terms of spycraft, the stakes are the highest they've ever been. He's playing by Moscow Rules now. It is not ...
The extraordinary new Gabriel Allon thriller from one of the world's finest writers of international intrigue and espionage. The violent death of a journalist leads agent turned art-restorer, Gabriel Allon, to Russia. Here he finds that in terms of spycraft, the stakes are the highest they've ever been. He's playing by Moscow Rules now. It is not the grim Moscow of Soviet times, but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and bulletproof Bentleys.A Moscow where a new generation of Stalinists is plotting to reclaim an empire lost and to challenge the global dominance of the old enemy, the United States. One such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel who built a global investment empire on the rubble of the Soviet Union. Hidden within that empire is a lucrative and deadly business. Kharkov is an arms dealer - and he is about to deliver Russia's most sophisticated weapons to al-Qaeda. Unless Allon can learn the time and place of the delivery, the world will see the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11 - and the clock is ticking fast. Filled with rich prose and breathtaking turns of plot, "Moscow Rules" is at once superior entertainment and a searing cautionary tale about the new threats rising to the East - and Silva's finest novel yet.
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Shipping a little high. Excellent book. Daniel Silva has become my favorite author.
May 21, 2009
It's hard to beat Daniel Silva . . . but
I love all of Daniel Silva's books, especially the Gabriel Allon series. This was not my favorite as I feel a formula forming - no surprises. What I did 'enjoy' was the look at the inside of a Russia that has concerned me for some time. I always feel Silva knows more than he is able to tell, or that he is telling it and hiding it in fiction form. I look forward to his next venture. Maybe it's time for Silva to put Allon aside for a time, let him rest, while Silva tests new waters.
Feb 13, 2009
Once again Daniel Silva takes you to the edge of your seat with another adventure of Gabriel Allon. The book begins in Umbria, Italy where the great paint restorer is working for the Pope and spending time with his new wife on their honeymoon. It isn't long before he gets caught up in the intrigue and espionage of Russian plots and gun trafficing. You will travel all over Europe with this master spy and his colleagues.
Don't miss this one.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-08-27 In this sequel to The Messenger, Israeli intelligence officer Gabriel Allon scours the world to find the kidnapped daughter of an American ambassador. Silva capitalizes on current affairs by focusing his thriller on the machinations of European-born Islamic terrorists. Gigante does as skillful a job performing the myriad accents and languages-American, British, Danish, Dutch, German and Egyptian. He even modulates the English accents of the Arab terrorists to reflect whether or not they were born in Europe. When Silva places men and women from various cultures in the same room to converse or argue, Gigante slips from one voice to another without missing a beat. Gigante's performance is as fast-paced as the novel. He also artfully uses his vocal skills to delve into Gabriel's complex character-calm, tough and indestructible but also artistic, sentimental and romantic. This excellent matchup between reader and author makes this a chilling and riveting listen and one of the best audio productions of the year. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, May 21). (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2007-05-21 Bestseller Silva's superlative seventh novel to feature Gabriel Allon, "the legendary but wayward son of Israeli Intelligence," puts Silva squarely atop the spy thriller heap. When Solomon Rosner, a professor in Amsterdam who's also a secret Israeli asset, is assassinated for his strident reports and articles detailing the dangers of militant Islam within the Netherlands, Gabriel gets the job to clean out the professor's files. In Amsterdam, the Israeli agent and his old partner, Eli Lavon, unearth a plot that leads to the kidnapping by Islamic extremists of the daughter of the U.S. ambassador in London. While most intelligence agencies consider Gabriel persona non grata because of his unorthodox methods and the trail of bodies he leaves in his wake, he once again proves invaluable as he and his stalwart team hunt down some of Israel's-and the world's-most violent enemies. While you don't have to have read the earlier books in the series (The Messenger, etc.), knowing the history of the returning characters adds depth and color to the overall story. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2008-08-25 Paul Gigante, who read Silva's Secret Servant, resumes his outstanding rendering of Gabriel Allon and his crew of Israeli counterterrorism experts. Once again, Gigante highlights Allon's strange blend of artist and assassin by giving him a quiet yet thoroughly persuasive voice. Gigante also deftly handles Silva's large, polyglot cast of arms dealers, terrorists, art dealers, wives, mistresses and even children. He does less well with the new Russian characters, Ivan and Elena, who speak with thick Russian accents, but use Anglicized pronunciations of their own names. Ivan sounds macho and threatening, but Elena is played with too much emotionalism, which detracts from the credibility of her decision to endanger her children and herself. Gigante's quick pace and narrative skill will keep listeners enthralled. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, May 26 ). (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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