Daniel Silva
The English Spy
The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon Series Book 16)

The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon Series Book 16)

From the publisher: "Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation 'since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond' (Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again."

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The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon Series Book 1)

The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon Series Book 1)

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In today's Quick Lit post, I share how I recently read my first Daniel Silva novel, <a href="https://modernmrsdarcy.com/quick-lit-june-2018/" target="_blank" >the 16th book in this series</a>. The books stand alone, but I enjoyed it so much that I’m inspired to go back and start here, at the beginning of the series, where Silva first introduces his readers to Israeli intelligence operative Gabriel Allon.

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The New Girl

The New Girl

This is my second-ever Daniel Silva book. I love a good spy thriller—they're perfect poolside reading—and this one has much to recommend itself: tight pacing, an intriguing setting (in the international art world), even characters exchanging F. Scott Fitzgerald lines over dinner. I particularly appreciated how Silva took his inspiration from all-too-real international events: this time, the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the involvement of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In this book, Silva asks <em>what if?</em>, imagining how events might play out in the Middle East, while throwing in a heavy dose of espionage, because this is, after all, a a Silva novel. Don't miss the author's note at the end.

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