Monday, August 3, 2009

The Defector

"If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared." - Machiavelli

And so begins the newest Gabriel Allon thriller by Daniel Silva. This weekend, I read The Defector. As usual, Silva's book 'sucked me in' and instead of cuddling on the couch last night, I sent SP to the basement so I could finish the book!!! Keep in mind that SP loves the basement - it's his 'man cave' so telling him to leave me alone to read is hardly a hardship! It just means we didn't cuddle and watch a movie together.

This is the ninth book in Silva's Gabriel Allon series. I've read Silva's other books, too -- the Michael Osbourne series and The Unlikely Spy. They are definitely worth reading. I especially enjoyed The Unlikely Spy.

But back to The Defector. Gabriel Allon is one of the world's premiere art restorers and he just happens to be an Israeli intelligence officer and assassin. This book picks up where Moscow Rules left off. It's a good read, though kind of sad and a bit of a downer - it's fast-paced, thrilling, filled with vengeance, and suspenseful - and it leaves you wondering whether Silva will continue the series and if so, how Allon will figure into the Israeli intelligence service.

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