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Allon versus the terrorists

  • Aug 27, 2013
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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August 27, 2013
Nice review but somehow the Book name did not carry over from where you copied it from so I do not know what book this is. You probably want to edit the topic title with the correct book name.
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Amazon Exclusive: Daniel Silva on WritingPortrait of a Spywith a Pencil

While on book tour, I’ve been surprised to find that readers are fascinated by how writers actually write. Most readers hold in their mind an idealized image of the novelist at work—a figure in a trendy urban coffeehouse, a solitary figure walking along an empty beach. The truth, however, is seldom so romantic.

Before going any further, let us stipulate that, much like the hero of my novels, the art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon, I am something of a creature of habit. I work seven days a week, from early in the morning until six thirty in the evening, when I stop to watch the evening news. My work clothing never varies: gray sweatpants by Russell Athletic, a long-sleeve T-shirt by L.L. Bean, fleece Acorn moccasins, and discount cotton socks from Marks & Spencer in England. Occasionally, visitors to our house will catch a glimpse of this outfit, but, for the most part, my wife and children tend to shield me from public view. As a rule, I don’t answer the telephone—unless it is a family emergency of some sort—and I don’t read e-mail. I nibble rather than eat. Portrait of a Spy, like all the Gabriel Allon novels, was fueled largely by McVitie’s digestive biscuits.

I have a computer, of course, but I really do most of my actual writing in longhand, on yellow legal pads. I prefer to work while lying on the floor rather than at my desk. This annoys my wife because she...

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