September 8, 2010 First Reading:
Gabriel Allon is a complex soul. He revels in restoration of broken art. His public occupation is a restoration artist. He painstakingly restores old masters. His private occupation is assassin. He kills to protect the state of Israel. The book details his great loss, his healing and his redemption. He confronts his oldest and most implacable foe. The book is both poignant and reflective.
An opinionated but lovable 3 star Air Force General acquaintance recommended Daniel Silva and suggested that his work often accurately portrays some confidential events in a fictional manner.
Silva portrays a tortured soul in Gabriel’s character. Gabriel’s frustration with his hidden work is clearly expressed. Silva paints his characters methodically and in detail. The story has a lot of action and a fair amount of pontificating. I read the English Assassin first. That was his second book. I saw a lot of improvement in the English Assassin. I though it moved much better than this book. I do recommend reading this book first though.
I recommend the book.
July 3, 2015 Second Reading:
This is the first
book in the series on Gabriel Allon. In a typical Daniel Silva fashion he slowly gets into the story. We
meet many of the characters that we will see in later Silva stories that
This is a story
primarily on revenge but not necessarily based on the Revenge of the main
character. When developing his characters he gives you a lot
of insight into what motivates them.
Gabriel is the
consummate spy/assassin and he works for the Israeli government so the stories
and particularly this one deal with the Palestinian peace process. you meet
people like Yasser Arafat and the Prime Minister of Israel and a fake president
of the United States.
I enjoyed the book again
as this is the second time I have read it but I am starting the whole series
again and trying to read them in order. there is a great deal of violence and
mayhem and rather intricate plot one of the most interesting things about the Daniel
Silva books are the complexity of his plots.