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Fans of Daniel Silva's well-received earlier novels, especially The Marching Season, will welcome his newest novel of espionage, revenge, and Middle Eastern politics. Gabriel Allon is an art restorer who's persuaded out of retirement by Ari Shamron, the crafty Israeli spymaster bent on a deadly mission: killing a Palestinian agent named Tariq before he can carry out his plan to assassinate an old comrade-in-arms, the treacherous peacemaker Yasir Arafat.

Tariq's role in the murder of Gabriel's wife and son draws both Gabriel and Sarah Halevy, the beautiful French model whose affair with Gabriel led to the assassination of his family. Still in love with Gabriel, Sarah allows herself to be set up with a cover and infiltrated into Tariq's inner circle. But before Gabriel can rescue her and fulfill his mission, Tariq turns the tables to get his old adversary as well as Arafat in his own sights. A particularly resonant scene in which Tariq and Arafat confront each other and discuss their former friendship, as well as the change in tactics that has brought Tariq to the ultimate betrayal, reveals Silva's deep comprehension of Palestinian rivalries. He puts a clever little fillip on the ending that adds to the brio of this strongly paced thriller. Silva creates complex, fascinating characters in Gabe, Ari, and Tariq, and more than fulfills the promise of his earlier books. --Jane Adams

The Middle East Explodes in this New York Times Bestseller from the Author of The Confessor.Former Israeli intelligence operative Gabriel Allon is drawn back into the game to take on a cunning terrorist on one last killing spree, a Palestinian zealot who played a dark part in Gabriel's past. And what begins as a manhunt turns into a globe-spanning duel fueled by both political intrigue and deep personal passions...

Customer Reviews:

  • Nicely Plotted International Thriller!
    This is the first book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. Allon is the reluctant part time spy working for Israeli Intelligence whose covert skills are the stuff of legend within the small community of "secret agents". His cover skills are those of professional art restoration, primarily "old masters" paintings and sculpture, for which his talents in that field are world renown.

    While this may be the first book (as of this review there are 5) in the series, it is not necessary to read this book first, since the book takes place at a time in the life of Gabriel Allon when he has already forsaken his work as a spy. We learn about Allon's past and his initiation into the world of spying through flashback and his past is not necessarily central to the story. Other books in the series take the reader into Gabriel's past just as effectively and therefore you don't really have to start with this book to understand what Gabriel is all about.

    Daniel Silva has a true gift for captivating plot and character development. The characters in his books are self reflecting and you really begin to understand the emotional turmoil that goes with the work of tracking down punishing international terrorists. This book is an exciting weekend read! Silva has Gabriel on the trail of Tariq the Palestinian terrorist bent on derailing the peace process. Tariq and Gabriel are not strangers to one another, as Gabriel is the man who mercilessly killed Tariq's older brother and as revenge Tariq exploded a car that contained Gabriel's wife and only son. The "bad blood" between these two enemies plays out across Europe and North America in a fast paced thriller that both memorable and very enjoyable. The surprises and betrayals extend beyond the exciting climatic confrontation between Gabriel and Tariq, and are just part of what makes this book so entertaining....more info
  • Light spy thriller that is a cut above most
    A thriller that's sure to hold your interest with crisp action, exotic locales, and an absorbing plot. I find this genre to be filled with silly books that make me wince, but this one is better than most. It's not up to the literate level of LeCarre or Furst, but it's also less demanding than books from those authors. I found the subject of the Israeli intelligence service to be intriguing and this book does provide some interesting backstory to middle east politics. While the heroes are on the Israeli side, there are a couple of insights which are sympathetic to the Palestinian plight. In this genre there's always a delicate balance to be achieved between surprising the reader, maintaining a plausible story, and keeping the characters intelligent. So often, one of those legs of the tripod fails. To Silva's credit though, he does quite a good job here of maintaining that balance. So, if you're looking for a light read that is reasonably intelligent and has the requisite action and locales of the spy genre, I recommend The Kill Artist....more info
  • Very Pleasing
    Having read a few other books by Silva I figured this would be good. No mistake, it was very good. I enjoyed his walking you through all the steps in the tracking of a Terrorist. What has to be done and sometimes hurting your own to accomplish the capture. All in all a very well written book. I recommend it highly....more info
  • Between four and five stars
    Hello, Gabriel Allon, you've become a welcome addition to my life.

    You really need to get married, though. No spy females, please.

    Your creator is as smooth as a vodka gimlet made of France's Grey Goose vodka.

    I love this review by Christine Cunningham:[...]

    Following the standard rule of rounding, four and a half stars becomes five.

    And who says we need to forgive the murderers of our son, the maimers of our wife? Gabriel does in Tariq in the end, as it should be.

    An exquisite master art restorer living on the sea shore in Cornwall, England, Gabriel Allon, a lone wolf Mossad assassin, learns to live day by day by meticulous work and sailing a sailboat he restored. The spy is spied on by a young, lonely boy named Peel, whose is a narrative piece of thread I wished had been worked on more.

    Allon is pulled back by Amri Shamron, a high level apparatchik Mossad operative and rejoins the hunt. Of humans.

    He develops a romantic relationship with a closet Jewess, who is improbably a famous model, Jacqueline. Sarah's her real name. She is used to ferret out the most elusive Palestinian spy Tariq, who was responsible for blowing up Allon's wife's car in Vienna, landing her in an asylum and killing his son.

    The intricate, chess-like narrative ends in New York City. Guns are involved, as is that odious former human, Yasser Arafat, who's presented almost nobly.

    This is a very welcome beginning of the series staring Gabriel Allon. I have spent many enjoyable hours with him.

    Thank you, Daniel Silva!...more info
  • The Kill Artist
    I really enjoyed this book, I think it had the right amount of suspense, romance and likable characters. I'm always impressed with an author that can make likable characters out of cold blooded killers. It's a page turner. I haven't read any other of his books, but I will after having read this one. ...more info
  • Silva is a great find....
    Good stories, easy to read, keeps you on the edge of your seat.......more info
  • The Artist Here is Silva
    Silva writes a past-paced, ferocious opening to his Gabriel Allon series of books with this excellent thriller. He goes a step beyond other thriller writers -- including Le Carre -- with compelling action and authentic characters. He paints his assassins as humans with "issues" stemming from their bloody occupation. Silva is not reluctant to get into issues of morality, especially the endless bitterness between Jew and Palestinian. And always, his plots spin and turn and what you think is real isn't always...but sometimes it is. Once you start this book, you'll not set it down easily (I'm writing this at 4:30 a.m., if that gives you a clue...) All in all, a very good read....more info
  • A Flawed Worldview
    Let me start by saying that I did not finish the book. I made it about 2/3s of the way through before I put it down. It was not that the book was boring; the story about terrorism and counterterrorism was somewhat compelling. The problem was with the characterizations, especially of the protagonist, Gabrielle Allon. I read this book based on a recommendation of the author by an online pundit. I think I know why he recommended the author; his worldview, at least as it comes across in his blog, is pragmatic. This is a pragmatic book. There were no "good guys" in this book; there were no heroes. The message of this book is that to beat the "bad guys" we have to become like them; we have to become "bad guys" as well. This is a thoroughly pragmatic worldview, and it left me feeling "slimed". Perhaps if I had finished it I would have discovered something uplifting. But life is too short sometimes, and I have other books to read. ...more info
  • Un-put-downable
    In the murky world of Islamic terror, Tariq is one of the few people that Israel actually fears. This book is set against the backdrop of the Middle East peace talks and the possibility that Tariq needs to be stopped before he does something terrible to derail the process. I had thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Unlikely Spy" and this book was "un-put-downable". The contrast of the quiet art restorer's life in Cornwall with the action-packed lifestyle of the man chosen to put down Tariq is incredible. His character is given enough pain through the loss of a wife and child a decade earlier. All-in-all a terrific book! ...more info
  • meh...
    fact/research heavy.
    slow.
    not that much happens.
    not that good.
    a few nice twists at the end.
    better than "A Death In Vienna"
    Ken Follett gives a fairer shake to both sides than DS...more info
  • Palestinian-Israeli Spy Thriller -- Great Characters!
    Daniel Silva's "The Kill Artist" in many respects is a by-the-numbers thriller. A world-class Palestianian assassin has undertaken a daring plot to bring down the Middle East Peace Process. A lethal Israeli assassin is called out of retirement to pursue the Palestinian assassin, who destroyed his family.

    For many fans of the genre, this plot description would be enough, and Silva has mastered the trade of writing this kind of classic airplane fiction (you know, the kind that you need to distract you from the glories of flying coach class from Seattle to Atlanta).

    But fortunately, Silva has the patience and the talent to bring the reader deep within the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a conflict where wheels turn within wheels and the left hand isn't much aware of what its own fingers are doing, much less the right hand. We also meet Gabriel Allon, one of the great tragic heroes of the genre, who bears more burdens than your average assassin and does so with a quiet dignity that is quite moving.

    For fans of the genre, you'll be happy to note that all the right tunes are played, and played well. Plenty of action, a bevy of female characters straight out of a James Bond thriller -- beautiful, intelligent, and bearing deep secrets and even deeper emotions - and above all, a fine appreciation of the deep-rooted hatred that moves both sides.

    A must-read for the fan of the spy novel! ...more info
  • Meet Gabriel Allon...
    In this stellar intro to the Gabriel Allon series, we meet our hero - a former Israeli assassin - reluctantly re-entering the game for one last assignment: to hunt down a Palestinian terrorist with whom he has a tiny bit of personal history...a history which just happens to include murder. Additionally, Allon partners with a beautiful (sometime) spy with whom he once worked a fateful operation. The dynamics of this relationship make for a wonderfully fun read that is far more sophisticated than this amateur reviewer can convey.

    Unfortunately for me, I made the mistake of commencing the `Allon' novels out of order. However, the back story which was revealed in `The Kill Artist' still proved interesting and new and, surprising, to say the least. It's a smooth read with great suspense and plots on top of plots, which, due to the skills the author brings to the fore, remain easy to track and effortlessly enjoy. I look forward to completing this series and hope for more great Allon novels out of Messir Silva in the future. I cannot recommend this book - or series- highly enough and hope you enjoy the adventure! ...more info
  • a page turner
    I thought "The Kill Artist" was a good blend of fast paced action, a decent level of historical/political intrigue, and engaging characters. Though stylistically not the level of Le Carre or Greene, "The Kill Artist" reaches the level of works by those writers due to the pathos and world weariness of the characters. I enjoyed it more than enough to want to start the second in the series without delay....more info
  • Great series
    This series was recommended to me by a friend, and she was 100% right. The writing is excellent and I promise it will keep you turning the pages and looking forward to the next book in the series. I definitely recommend it....more info
  • Spy Thriller with a Bang
    Daniel Silva's Kill Artist is an excellent introduction to his series of spy thrillers starring Gabriel Allon. Allon is a unique character; a former assassin and spy for the Mossad (Israeli Intelligence) he retires after his wife and son are killed and takes up a successful career as an art restorer. Allon is an enigmatic, fascinating, and utterly likeable character, which makes the fact that he's a sociopath a bit troubling.

    In the Kill Artist Allon is called out of retirement when a terrorist named Tariq comes out of hiding and kills an Israeli Ambassador in Paris. Allon's former boss, the calculating Ari Shamron, uses this to manipulate Allon back into the field--Tariq was the man who murdered Allon's family. Joining Allon in the hunt for Tariq is Jacqueline Delacroix, sometimes fashion model and sometimes spy, who uses her body to seduce information out of enemies.

    The Kill Artist is well-plotted and full of suspense, making it a great read for anyone looking for a good thriller. Allon is a new breed of spy, filled with more shades of gray than James Bond or Jason Bourne. He's clearly meant to be the good guy, but the fact that he's a cold-blooded killer can't escape the reader.

    The only flaw with this novel is the fact that Allon and the other "heroes" are clearly sympathetic to the Israeli cause. While I can't speak for Silva's politics, it makes the novel seem one-sided. Taking that with a grain of salt, the novel is still entirely enjoyable
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  • Silva proves he is still a pro...
    Gabriel Allon is "the Kill Artist"; a former assassin who worked clandestinely for the Israeli government. When we first meet him he is living in a remote English seaside village and working as an art restorer, a cover he used frequently during his covert operations. He is soon called out of retirement by his former boss, Ari Shamron, head of Israeli intelligence, and a calculating man with his own agenda...one that may cost Gabriel his life. Ari needs Gabriel's talents to track down Tariq, an Palestinian assassin whose killing rampage is threatening the Middle East peace negotiations. Tariq and Gabriel have met before when Gabriel killed Tariq's brother in a very brutal manner, and Tariq avenged that death with a killing of his own...Gabriel's wife and son, making this a story of international intrigue and personal revenge. The stage is now set for a major showdown, but they must first cover three continents and weave through an array of cultures and characters to find each other. Gabriel is assisted by his former intelligence co-worker, a beautiful French girl named Jacqueline, whose family was killed in the Holocaust. Jacqueline is hesitant to join Gabriel on this assignment, but in the end it is love that prevails, and she plunges head first into Tariq's lair, a deadly trap that Gabriel may not be able to get her out of in time to save her life.

    What I love about Daniel Silva is his smooth and uncomplicated style. He has a "rhythm" to his writing that hooks you somewhere in the beginning and stays with you long after you finish the book. It took me a little longer to warm up to these characters, probably because there isn't a lot happening in the way of relationships as there is in his other book _The Mark Of The Assassin_. Everyone is hiding behind their own specific job and agenda. They're all business. Still, the plot is riveting and the pace is solid.

    4 and 1/2 stars. Highly recommended. His protagonist doesn't quite involve the readers as in his past works but this is definitely worth a buy....more info

  • Daniel Silva
    Reading your first Daniel Silva book will compel you to buy another and another.......which I have done....more info
  • A thriller with a shallow ending
    I had previously read two of the books in this series so I was familiar with most of the characters. One of those previous books was The Messenger which was a real five star thriller.

    Silva does an outstanding job in painting his characters so that it is easy for the reader to feel like he/she knows them. This and his writing style makes for an easy read where you don't have to turn back to earlier pages to relate anything . . . you can just keep reading.

    Things really get suspenseful when both the Mossad agents and the terrorists are sure that they had outsmarted the other and both are ready for a far different bloody finish. This is when you have your finger under the edge of the page so that you can turn it as you are reading the last few words. This is no time for a coffee break or anything else except reading!

    I did not give this book five stars because there were a few places where a character acted different than he had been portrayed and the ending was not as complete as I would have liked!

    Author of al-Qaeda Strikes Again...more info
  • Long. Slow. Boring.
    Sorry, folks. I wanted to like it. I gave it a chance. But it just goes on and on and on ... hardly a page-turner! Too much like Tom Clancy's later books!...more info
  • The Book That Began It All
    Gabriel Allon is, arguably, one of the most fascinating characters devised in works of espionage and this was the initial book in the ongoing series. As with all of the stoties by the writer, the characters are richly developed and the plot is a very complex one with numerous turns existing. The witer is able to handle numerous plotlines in different parts of the world in a most skillful manner. One is able to visualize the characters as real people and empathize with their reasons for reacting as they do. Perhaps the most significant issue raised by the writer deals with the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. He is able to verbalize the deep passion that exists on both sides and presents this as a reason that causes problems in a resolution ever coming to the fore. This is a superbly well done book that is a rapid read and that will give the reader meaningful insight as the existing Conflict. Perhaps the only area of weakness concerns the manner in which the writer brings his book to a close. It was a bit too pat for my liking although it did not detract from enjoying his work. ...more info
  • Silva Medal
    The first book in Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series is a good one. As Silva's fourth book, the references to the prior two books (Mark of the Assassin and Marching Season) are few, but they are there. It was more a pleasant surprise to me after having read those already. However, it's certainly not necessary to have read those before starting this one.

    Gabriel Allon has left the Office (Israeli Intelligence) and is working as an art restorer. A job he loves. However, his former mentor beckons and convinces him to get back into the game to eliminate a Palestinian radical who played a dark role in Allon's past.

    The plot is intelligent and engaging. I find Silva's writing to be fantastic. His style is great. He keeps you guessing, and keeps those pages turning. The chapters seem to just fly by.

    My only gripe with this is that it's not as good as "The Mark of the Assassin." However, that is not enough to deter me from heading straight into his next book in this series "The English Assassin."

    ****1/2!!!!...more info
  • Great start to the Allon series
    I really enjoyed The Kill Artist, as I have all of Silva's Gabriel Allon books. I particularly like how they are extremely believable and the hero is not a perfect, bulletproof character. The twists and turns are exciting, and the international scenes are adventurous. And as always, Allon has to battle with his conscience while going about the mission. I really enjoyed the scenes with the kid Peel to start and end the book as well....more info
  • Don't pass this one by
    I've read most all of Daniel Silva's novels, but this one is by far the very Best yet....more info
  • A good start to a great series...
    The Kill Artist is the first book in Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series and is a good start to a great series!

    The Kill Artist opens in Paris, where the Israeli ambassador to France is murdered by an Arab assassin. The crime has all the hallmarks of an operation by Tariq al-Hourani. Tariq's brother was part of the Black September Movement and was assassinated by the Israeli Secret Service (also called The Office). Once aligned with Yasir Arafat, Tariq broke with Arafat and the PLO when they entered into peace negotiations with Israel.

    Ari Shamron, former head of The Office, seeks out the services of Garbriel Allon, an art restorer who has also served The Office as an assassin. Although reluctant to become involved, Allon has a personal grudge to settle as Tariq is responsible for the car bombing that killed Allon's toddler son and maimed his wife (physically and mentally). He agrees to again work for The Office, and his job is to find and murder Tariq. He has the assistance of a beautiful French model and sometimes Israeli operative, Jacqueline Delacroix. Allon uses Delacroix to infiltrate Tariq's inner circle so that he can discover his whereabouts. What Allon is not gambling on is that at the same time, Tariq is trying to find and kill Allon.

    The Kill Artist is just a bit hokey in spots. To think that a world famous model could be used as an operative is a stretch. Allon also makes wrong assumptions that put him and others in danger. But I'm willing to overlook these flaws because Silva's writing is so good. Allon muses "As always, he was struck by the similarities between the craft of restoration and the craft of killing. The methodology was precisely the same: study the target, become like him, do the job, slip away without a trace."

    Since I've already read the other Allon books, I'm now looking forward to Silva's latest release which I understand will be out in February 2007.


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  • Overwrought, Underwhelming
    Full of superfluous description, which impedes the flow of the narrative. Dreary and fake....more info
  • An introduction to spy fiction's most interesting new character
    In "The Kill Artist" Daniel Silva introduces readers to Gabriel Allon, a retired Mossad Secret agent. I admit I have read Gabriel Allon books out of order. This was my third Gabriel Allon book, but "The Kill Artist" is the first in the series. Silva is worth reading for several reasons. His European and Middle Eastern settings are extremely well researched an accurate. He does not just set his scenes in the most well known and popular areas of Israel, London, or Germany, but in the ethnic suburbs, run-down areas, and other lesser known regions. This gives the book a real authentic feel.

    The author appears to have more than a passing knowledge of Israeli intelligence operations. My guess is that he has several friends/contacts who "advice" him on tactical details. The story of the reluctant Jewish fashion model turned operative was interesting enough to be spun off into its own novel.

    Gabriel Allon is a deep and very human character, despite being an assassin. The art restorer/master assassin combination is great. My only complaint is that I wish we could see a plot line that does not just end up in an epic showdown between two master assassins fighting to the death. There is more to intelligence operations that just assassinations. Despite this minor issue, I look forward to working my way through Silva's other Gabriel Allon novels.
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  • Perdictable
    The book was well written. The subject matter was typical when it involves Israeli spies vs Palestian spies. Israelis are the good guys, oh so clever, Palestians the not so noble ones. The Israelis are the butchers that are just misunderstood in their search for peace.The Palestians are a miserable lot of complainers just because their families have been killed and their land stolen by the Israelis. The Israelis are the heros and winners. Who would have thunk!
    Doug Wallick...more info
  • Let It Go
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    There is a Palestinian freedom fighter called Tariq who assassinated the Israeli ambassador in France and who is now on a mission to assassinate Yasir Arafat.

    There is Ari Shamron, chief of the Israeli secret service (never mentioned in the book as Mossad but called simply as the Office). The Office is going through some bad times and needs some good press. Ari Shamron is after Tariq and he seeks out the aid of a former agent, Gabriel Allon, who is spending his life as an art restorer. Tariq and Gabriel are enemies of old. Gabriel Allon in turn seeks the aid of a former colleague, Sarah Hilevy, who is spending her life as a model in France.

    The story jumps from France to UK to Canada to USA. Sarah sells her body in order to be able to insinuate herself among the Palestians. From there on, she is contacted by Tariq and taken to Canada. Tariq and Sarah go to USA, where Tariq reveals that he already knows her secret and knows that she is working for Israel. He keeps her imprisoned in hotel room while he goes about planning the assassination of Yaser Arafat. He manages to get Arafat alone but Arafat charms him with his talk and Tariq decides not to kill him. He leaves Arafat's room. Outside, he is met by Gabriel. There is a shoot out and Tariq wounds Gabriel. Meanwhile, Sarah escapes and goes after Tariq and shoots him dead.

    In the end, it turns out that Tariq was going to die soon any way. He had an incurable brain tumor. Ari Shamron had put the lives of all his agents in danger in order to kill an already dying man for the express purpose of getting good press for the Office.

    The novel is chockfull of clich¨¦d characters, clich¨¦d situations and distinct undertones of bigotry and racism. There is not a single likeable character in the whole kit and kaboodle. The book is unnecessarily detailed at places and skips whole chunks of necessary background at other instances. My advice: let it go...more info

  • Excellent! An interesting and exciting read!
    This book was a wonderful discovery. A touch of Le Carre, an echo of Ludlum, but a lot of something of its own as well. Silva's fourth book, and his first of several set against the backdrop of the Middle East-Palistinian conflict and the holocaust. Silva introduces a fascinitating character in Gabriel Allon, and weaves a wonderful network of intriguing relationships with equally intriguing characters, most notably Ari Shamron and Tariq. Allon, a "retired" assassin formerly in the employ of Mossad is brought out of retirement when a former arch-rival, in the form of Tariq, is plotting the assassination of a major head of state. The plot is exciting and fast paced, and takes the reader to some fascinating locations. Silva's "art restorer" background for Allon is a gem. This book gets 4 and 1/2 stars from me! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and wholeheartedly recommend it....more info
  • The Plot Artist
    This book is chronologically the first in the Gabriel Allon series.

    Chronological Order:
    1. The Kill Artist
    2. The English Assassin
    3. The Confessor
    4. Death in Venice
    5. Prince of Fire
    6. The Messenger

    In this book, Gabriel, a former assassin for Israel's foreign intelligence service, the Mossad (which translates into English as "The Institution") retired after the murders of his wife and son to lead a quiet life as an art restorer, one who fixes the wounded past. Gabriel's ex-boss, Ari Shamron, an Israeli spymaster a la George Smiley but more treacherous, convinces Gabriel to leave his sheltered hermitage to hunt down Tariq, the assassin who killed Gabriel's family, before he can kill again. In an exquisitely wrought plot of treachery and counter-treachery, Silva explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from many, many angles.

    I don't read spy fiction as a genre. I don't read anything as a genre. I read great writers, pretty much no matter what they write. I've read a lot of John Le Carre, and one of the few criticisms that I have of his work is that his spies play a gentleman's game. However, Le Carre's spies are deeply human and British.

    Silva's spies are not gentlemen, and this is no gentlemen's game. This is hard and dirty intelligence work by one of the hardest and dirtiest intelligence services on the planet. The Mossad is charged with keeping tiny Israel's formidable opponents at bay, and you don't do that by playing fair. Gabriel's Mossad plays entirely unfairly, as it must, as it does in real life. In this book, Jacqueline/Sarah is used as a "honey trap," and Silva lightly explores what it does to a woman to prostitute oneself for a good cause. Silva does exaggerate some of the Mossad's successes, which he does not need to do because the Mossad is very successful without Silva's burnishing.

    Silva's plotting is as intricate as a chess game, albeit a game where each of the chess pieces has a deeply felt personality, background, and damaged psyche such that they refuse to move where the gamester wants them to and take on a life of their own. Another thing that I like about Silva's work is that, while Gabriel is the central character and our guide, each of Silva's characters has his/her own agenda and life and is capable of growing, changing direction, and surprising the reader. One feels when reading Silva's books that the book is built to elucidate several characters, not merely one central character.

    TK Kenyon
    Author of Rabid: A Novel and Callous: A Novel...more info
  • A Compelling Story
    I too, have read all of Daniel Silva's books and while I very much enjoyed this one, it somehow lacked the flow of The Marching Season or The Mark of the Assassin. Perhaps it is because of the subject matter, i.e. Middle East peace or the lack thereof. There are wheels within wheels on both sides of the issue and to explain that to a reader in a manner which still holds one's attention, probably explains the somewhat less than frantic pace of the action in this book. There are facinating insights into the working of the mind of Yassir Arafat and there is some interesting philosophy shared among the Israeli participants as well. I actually turned down the corner on page 75 where Ari Shamron, an Israeli spymaster tells Gabriel Allon, the assasin he has brought back into service, "All right, if you want my opinion, I believe we will be no more secure after a peace deal than before it. If you want my opinion, I believe the fire in the Palestinian heart will never be extinguished until the Jews are driven into the sea....I would much rather do battle with a sworn enemy than with an enemy who finds expediency in posing as a friend." I happen to believe there is more truth in those words than in all of the posturing that came out of the Clinton peace process which ended with one of the participants being voted out of office. So with patience and clear character development, Silva weaves us through the passions and terror of the Middle East which spreads its effect throughout the globe. You will learn from reading this book and you will be well entertained. Not a bad combination!...more info
  • Silva Strikes Gold!
    In Daniel Silva's latest thriller, The Kill Artist, he not only continues the suspense created in The Mark Of The Assasin, he exceeds it. This book can't miss being a sure-fire smash with all readers who like international espionage thrillers; and it will keep you glued to the edge of your seat. Silva's writing style is so "grabbing" it will make you feel that you're personally there in the middle of the action. The action is non-stop, the plot is excitng and includes several surprises, and the characters are so fully developed, you'll think you really know them. If you're looking for a book in which you can fully "get lost", get yourself a copy of The Kill Artist as soon as you can....more info