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This is another excellent addition to the series concerning Gabriel Allon, Israeli spy and art restorer. He keeps trying to retire to his small cottage in Cornwall, but world events conspire to get him back into action against some of the most vicious terrorists in the world.
The plot begins with terror bombings in three European cities, and the one in London was almost prevented by Allon, who just happened to be in the area. The higher ups in the various governments who handle the spy and terrorist divisions dragoon him into trying to bring down two of the most reprehensible terrorists, those responsible for the deaths of countless adults and children. Allon can't say no, as he is invested in this situation due to his proximity to the bombing in London.
Once again he assembles his team and they get to work attempting to penetrate the terrorist organization responsible for these bombings. It isn't easy, and requires help from someone outside of the governments world. In this case it turns out to be the extremely wealthy daughter of a man Allon assassinated years before. With her help there is a possibility of success, but there is also great danger.
The action takes the reader to the Middle East, particularly Dubai and the area known as the empty quarter, a vast expanse of sand and sun, with little water or shelter. There are some extremely dangerous moments for Allon and his team, and also for his female helper. As this is part of a series the reader knows that Allon will eventually survive and basically achieve his goal, but the road to that final outcome is littered with exciting action and terrible dangers for everyone involved. Another triumph for Daniel Silva!
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