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"Six months afrer the dramatic conclusion of Moscow Rules, Gabriel has returned to the tan hills of Umbria to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, and restore a seventeenth century altarpiece for the Vatican. But his idyllic world is once again thrown into turmoil with shocking news from London. The defector and former Russian intelligence officer Grigori Bulganov, who saved Gabriel's life in Moscow, has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, but Gabriel knows better. He also knows he

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"Six months afrer the dramatic conclusion of Moscow Rules, Gabriel has returned to the tan hills of Umbria to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, and restore a seventeenth century altarpiece for the Vatican. But his idyllic world is once again thrown into turmoil with shocking news from London. The defector and former Russian intelligence officer Grigori Bulganov, who saved Gabriel's life in Moscow, has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, but Gabriel knows better. He also knows he made a promise." In the days to come, Gabriel and his team of operatives will find themselves in a deadly duel of nerve and wits with one of the world's most ruthless men: the murderous Russian oligarch and arms dealer Ivan Kharkov. It will take Gabriel from a quiet mews in London, to the shores of Lake Como, to the glittering streets of Geneva and Zurich, and, finally, to a heartstopping climax in the snowbound birch forests of Russia. Faced with the prospect of losing the one thing he holds most dear, Gabriel will be tested in ways he never imagined possible. And his life will never be the same.

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In this stand-alone sequel to Moscow Rules, set six months after its conclusion, Gabriel Allon is once again called back to action. The man who saved him during his recent struggles in Russia is now missing and British intelligence has become mistakenly convinced that he was a double agent planted by Allon himself. To find the truth and clear his own name, Gabriel returns to London and, with that one fateful decision, descends once again into a snake pit of rival spies. Thrilling action; compelling prose.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423328063
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Series: Gabriel Allon Series , #9
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 9 CDs, 10 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Moscow Rules and 10 other international bestselling spy novels. Best known for his Gabriel Allon series, his books are translated into more than 25 languages. Silva lives in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC with his wife, NBC Today National Correspondent Jamie Gangel and their twins Lily and Nicholas.
Photo of the author: John Earle, photographer

Biography

Daniel Silva was attending graduate school in San Francisco when United Press International offered him a temporary job covering the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Later that year, the wire service offered him full-time employment; he quit grad school and went to work for UPI -- first in San Francisco, then in Washington, D.C., and finally as a Middle East Correspondent posted in Cairo. While covering the Iran-Iraq War in 1987, he met NBC correspondent Jamie Gangel. They married, and Silva returned to Washington to take a job with CNN.

Silva was still at CNN when, with the encouragement of his wife, he began work on his first novel, a WWII espionage thriller. Published in 1997, The Unlikely Spy became a surprise bestseller and garnered critical acclaim. ("Evocative... memorable..." said The Washington Post; "Briskly suspenseful," raved The New York Times). On the heels of this somewhat unexpected success, Silva quit his job to concentrate on writing.

Other books followed, all earning respectable reviews; but it was Silva's fourth novel that proved to be his big breakthrough. Featuring a world-famous art restorer and sometime Israeli agent named Gabriel Allon, The Kill Artist (2000) fired public imagination and soared to the top of the bestseller charts. Gabriel Allon has gone on to star in several sequels, and his creator has become one of our foremost novelists of espionage intrigue, earning comparisons to such genre superstars as John Le Carré. Frederick Forsythe, and Robert Ludlum. Silva's books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have been published around the world.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    Worth the Wait

    I'm in love with Gabriel and await each new book and am so thrilled that they are all so good. It's impossible to put this one down. I read it in one day and now want to kick myself because whatever I pick up can't be as good as this. He's worth the wait!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

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    Finally, A NEW DANIEL SILVA BOOK!

    A year is too long to wait! Thank you for posting a sneak preview on your website! The first chapter is fabulous! Thank you for writing another Gabriel Allon book! How can I wait until July for the rest? For those of you who have never had the pleasure, I have posted a few links to some of Daniel Silva's books here. I read them over and over and you are in for a special treat. No one writes like this. Smart and entertaining. You will be up all night.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Gabriel Allon series reaches his exhausting, incredulous, but thoroughly entertaining pinnacle in The Defector

    Successful series books depend usually on magnetic characters that pull you inexorably back, like a scent or flavor provoking a fond memory that has aged ever so gracefully. Gabriel Allon, the art restorer and preeminent Israeli secret agent is not that character, nor is any member of his entourage, but the vivid settings, the detailed plots, the covert mission planning details, and the action are more than enough to provide readers of this genre a compass point to which they can repeatedly navigate. This latest offering from Daniel Silva will thrill and captivate and will not disappoint.

    Followers of the series will fall right into a comfortable pace as Allon and his team enlist the help of Americans, Brits, and dissident Russians to bring a Russian bully and illegal arms dealer to a street-wise type of justice. New readers need not worry. Enough perspective is provided to make sense of the motivations and emotions that drive the action and the plot devices that set the stage. While this book easily stands on its own and will satisfy even the most hard-core action/adventure fan, enjoyment will be enhanced by reading its immediate predecessor, "Moscow Rules."

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Gabriel Allon Rules

    Daniel Silva is our generation of John LeCarre much like Vince Flynn is Tom Clancy's successor. Everyone of Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series never fail to disappoint. Why Hollywood doesn't make a Gabriel Allon movie I don't know.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2009

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    The Defector

    In Daniel Silva's latest thriller featuring art restorer/Israeli spy-assassin, Gabriel Allon, The Defector picks up where Moscow Rules left off (but be advised that while it would be beneficial, it is not critical that you read Moscow Rules first). Without going into detail, the plot involves Allon having to return to Moscow when he learns that the former Russian intelligence officer who saved his life in Moscow has vanished without a trace. In typical Silva fashion, The Defector's plot is one of slow-building but non-stop tension and suspense that will keep your eyes glued to its pages. Further, Silva provides new dimensions into his already multidimensional, interesting cast of characters, as well as some very thought-provoking insights into the New Russia. While some reviewers have criticized The Defector for being too formulaic, thus making it somewhat "same-old, same old," my opinion is that Silva's successful formula, which he's used now in most of his twelve books, is kept fresh and interesting through the topical events and settings on which his books are based -- and this certainly is the case with The Defector. As a matter of fact, Silva's ability to continue to successfully execute his winning formula is at the heart of what makes me consider him to the "gold standard" of thriller writers. For me, there has never been a risk involved in reading a Silva book, with the only unknown being whether the book will be very good or excellent; and The Defector is an excellent read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2009

    Another success!

    Silva has a unique ability to deeply intertwine his characters and events. Early on, he built strong foundations and in "The Defector", he continues to engage readers with Gabriel, Ari, Chiara, and other members of the Office. I would recommend reading "Moscow Rules" before reading this book, as it provides a good background and basis for what happens. All of Silva's books are engrossing mysteries that do not have 'cookie-cutter' plots that are dull and predictable. The vast amount of research he must do for each book is very evident and they leave you wanting to begin the next one as soon as possible.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

    ANOTHER WINNER

    DANIEL SILVER HAS BECOME MY FAVORITE WRITER THE PAST 3 YEARS.HIS WRITING STYLE DEALS WITH MUCH OF TODAYS PROPLEMS, AND ISSUES.TOGETHER WITH AN ALL-STAR CREW GABRIEL ONCE AGAIN IS FOUND IN THE MIDDLE OF A HUGE COVER-UP AND MUST FIND THE TRUTH IN SHORT TIME.THE DEFECTOR WILL KEEP YOU READING, AND WANTING ANSWERS. AS YOU TURN THE PAGES, THE MORE INVOLVED YOU BECOME.UNTIL THE END COMES, YOU TOO WILL BE A HUGE FAN OF DANIEL SILVA...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2009

    Why Hollywood hasn't made a Gabriel Allon movie

    As per Daniel Silva at a Barnes and Noble reading/book signing in Manhattan last summer he has been approached but has yet to read a screenplay he will approve.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    $8.99 for a book full of errors?

    Tell me why I should pay $8.99 for a book when broken up words bring the story to a crashing halt every 10 pages? And it's not returnable.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

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    Love the History and Action

    I love a book that keeps me flipping the pages. It's also so interesting to get the bits of history woven in.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    Rehash

    His writing is becoming far too repetitive. A third of this book was a complete rehash of the previous book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Silva is getting lazy.

    Too wordy, too much like his other books, no plot excitement.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Love Daniel Silva did not think that this book was up to his norm

    This was a sequel to his last book. Same characters, same bad guy, sub par ending and resolution of the story. This was a forgetable follow on to Moscow Rules. I love his books, but it seems that now that he has a following that the same passion for detail, plot originality and story telling has become perfunctory. I look forward to his books, but I was disappointed in the last two. I hope that he picks it up in the next book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Another excellent story

    I have enjoyed the adventures of Gabriel in other books by the author but couldn't put this one down. Nice twists kept me up late turning pages. If your a fan of this series this is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Do not hesitate to buy this book.

    I am so glad I found this author. I would not dream of giving away the story line but will tell you that I am going back to find all previous books written by him and will patiently await the next one.

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

    Daniel Silva realizes that there is an inherent pitfall in writi

    Daniel Silva realizes that there is an inherent pitfall in writing espionage thrillers about the Mossad – who are the villains going to be? Obviously, we can anticipate having to deal with terrorist organizations in the Middle East, and perhaps the governments that back them. Perhaps there are some ex-Nazis or neo-Nazi groups that need to be observed and battled. BUT … what about after that?

    The Defector brings art restorer and Mossad agent Gabriel Allon up against a Russian businessman whose businesses include supplying arms to those who have the money to spend on them, including the enemies of Israel. They've already done battle once, which resulted in the defection of Ivan Kharkov's family to the west. Kharkov does not forget an insult, and wants them back – his children alive, the rest, dead.

    I made a mistake in picking up this particular book – I normally read series in order, but in this case, I accidentally skipped over the earlier “Moscow Rules”. This was a BIG mistake on my part, as “The Defector” is a flat-out sequel to the earlier book. The author was kind to me and those like me; he provided enough explanation along the way so that I was able to follow along without having read the earlier book. However, now, I have to wonder just how much I'll ENJOY that book, already knowing so much of what is in it!

    All in all, this is a typical Daniel Silva / Gabriel Allon book. Our proverbial “white-hatted” heroes have shades of gray, while our “black hatted” villains do not have the same yin-yang counterbalance of soul. Gabriel and the Mossad mission team are darned good, quick to plot and quick to implement, but even they cannot allow for every contingency – this is where their real opportunity to shine, or to go down in flames, truly comes in. BUT … if you've read Silva in the past, you know what to expect – and you're either eager to grab the next book in the series or you gave up long ago.

    I fall into the former camp. Bring on the next book in the series. (And, at some point, let me catch up on “Moscow Rules”, as well!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Great Book & Series Highly recommend each book to be read

    The Defector, like the other books of this series was intriguing, well written, and hard to put down once you've started. Many of the descriptions and pictures painted by Daniel Silva are very life like and truly depict how the arabic world thinks and lives. It is unfortunate that our government does not operate like depicted in the series, and doesn't not believe that the islamic world want to do away with the western civilization as we are today.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    Just finished this book.  It was a great read, I couldn't put th

    Just finished this book.  It was a great read, I couldn't put the book down, which is the case with all of the Gabriel Allon series.  I started reading this series a year ago and has me buying the next in line each time.  I am starting the Rembrandt Affair now.  By the time his newest book comes out next summer I will have completed all of the books. 

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Excellent!

    I love all the Gabrielle Allon books. There's something compelling and intriguing about him and his two personas. I don't which is worse - dealing with Islamic terrorists or Russian Olagarchs. Fascinating!

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Tops

    Daniel Silva is one of my favorite authors, if not my most favorite author of espionage thrillers. This book, The Defector, was no exception. Could not put it down.
    Bookworm

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