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The Secret Servant (Gabriel Allon Series #7)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Chal­lenges the Reader

The Secret Ser­vant by Daniel Silva brings back Israeli spy Gabriel Allon in this sev­enth install­ment. This time we find Allon as a weary, tired agent ready to hang up his hol­ster and, unwill­ingly, accept his fate in management.

Mas­ter art restorer and Israeli a...
The Secret Ser­vant by Daniel Silva brings back Israeli spy Gabriel Allon in this sev­enth install­ment. This time we find Allon as a weary, tired agent ready to hang up his hol­ster and, unwill­ingly, accept his fate in management.

Mas­ter art restorer and Israeli agent Gabriel Allon is on his way to Ams­ter­dam to look through the archives of an Israeli asset that has been mur­dered. A rou­tine assign­ment per­haps, but Allon soon dis­cov­ers that the Islamic under­ground plots to com­mits acts of ter­ror in England.

Eliz­a­beth Hal­ton, daugh­ter to the ambas­sador to the Court of St. James, is kid­napped. In order to save her Allon has to con­front his con­scious and make unlikely allies along the way

I found The Secret Ser­vant by Daniel Silva to be a more cur­rent, at least in atmos­phere, of the Gabriel Allon series. As usual with the rest of the series, the book is dif­fi­cult to put down, a fast paced adven­ture and thriller which brings back famil­iar characters.

The char­ac­ters age with the books, which I like. None are super­heroes, but peo­ple with issues and prob­lems who only jus­tify their acts to them­selves by hold­ing a high moral ground. How­ever, this high moral ground must be bro­ken from time to time which leaves them feel­ing con­fused and filled with regrets.

The book is filled with many char­ac­ters, bum­bling politi­cians, Islamic extrem­ists, non-extremists Islamic peo­ple and other hot but­ton issues from cur­rent day world. How­ever, what I espe­cially liked about this book is that Mr. Silva con­stantly chal­lenges the reader to rethink pre­con­ceived notions and eth­i­cal issues within the con­text of the story.

Mr. Silva chose an omni­scient nar­ra­tor for this book, and it is a wise choice due to the many per­sonal strug­gles the char­ac­ters go through. Much like another favorite spy of mine, James Bond, the author chose to blur the dif­fer­ences between the acts of the vil­lains and the heroes (I am talk­ing, of course, about the Bond books, not the movies of the tongue-in-cheek super­hu­man spy). The vil­lains jus­tify killing for their reli­gions, the heroes – for their coun­try. The vil­lains resort to tor­ture, in the name of their G-d, the heroes resort to those same tac­tics for their cause, jus­ti­fy­ing it to themselves

The Islamiza­tion of Europe is also cov­ered some very inter­est­ing sec­tions. I have read a few arti­cles about the sub­ject in the past sev­eral years. I think Mr. Silva, while with some obvi­ous opin­ions, did a fair job in pre­sent­ing the sub­ject from var­i­ous points of view. The fall of Mubarak and how his régime of Egypt­ian oppres­sion bred hate is also weaved into the story.

While the Gabriel Allon books become for­mu­laic at this point, they are still very enjoy­able and well paced. The woven cur­rent events and weak­nesses within the main char­ac­ters add another dimen­sion to this novel which I fou

posted by Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com on August 28, 2012

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2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Buy it from Amazon

I ordered this book and received an email that it was delayed because out of print giving me the choice to cancel or keep order. I selected to keep order. Did not hear again. After a month I inquired by email. Was told that because book was out of print, they cancell...
I ordered this book and received an email that it was delayed because out of print giving me the choice to cancel or keep order. I selected to keep order. Did not hear again. After a month I inquired by email. Was told that because book was out of print, they cancelled my order, the same day I inquired, but also said I could re-order because they had new supply. My order showed still open. I asked them why they cancelled. The responded by telling me book was already shipped so I could not cancel. They never responded, never sent the book, never apologized or explained. I will not renew my membership and no longer buy from B&N. All my books are now purchased through Amazon and if Barnes & Noble is having financial issues, I can understand why. Their email customer service sucks.

posted by Brewer on May 26, 2012

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    I ordered this book and received an email that it was delayed because out of print giving me the choice to cancel or keep order. I selected to keep order. Did not hear again. After a month I inquired by email. Was told that because book was out of print, they cancelled my order, the same day I inquired, but also said I could re-order because they had new supply. My order showed still open. I asked them why they cancelled. The responded by telling me book was already shipped so I could not cancel. They never responded, never sent the book, never apologized or explained. I will not renew my membership and no longer buy from B&N. All my books are now purchased through Amazon and if Barnes & Noble is having financial issues, I can understand why. Their email customer service sucks.

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