The Secret Servant

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He has been called his generation's finest writer of international intrigue, one of America's most gifted spy novelists ever, and the successor to Graham Greene and John le Carre. But with his follow-up to the 2006 electrifying number one bestseller The Messenger, Daniel Silva has written his most compelling and entertaining novel to date.

When last we encountered Gabriel Allon, the master art restorer and sometime officer of Israeli intelligence, he had just prevailed in his ...

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The Secret Servant (Gabriel Allon Series #7)

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Overview

He has been called his generation's finest writer of international intrigue, one of America's most gifted spy novelists ever, and the successor to Graham Greene and John le Carre. But with his follow-up to the 2006 electrifying number one bestseller The Messenger, Daniel Silva has written his most compelling and entertaining novel to date.

When last we encountered Gabriel Allon, the master art restorer and sometime officer of Israeli intelligence, he had just prevailed in his blood-soaked duel with Saudi terrorist financier Zizi al-Bakari. Now Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground, a plot that is about to explode on the other side of the English Channel, in the middle of London.

The target of this plot is Elizabeth Halton, the daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James's, who is to be brutally kidnapped. Gabriel arrives seconds too late to save her. And by revealing his face to the plot's masterminds, his fate is sealed as well. Drawn once more into the service of American intelligence, Gabriel hurls himself into a desperate search for the missing woman as the clock ticks steadily toward the hour of her execution. It will take him from Amsterdam to Germany to the very end of Denmark. It will thrust him into an unlikely alliance with a man who has lost everything because of his devotion to Islam. It will cause him to question the morality of the tactics of his trade. And it might very well cost him his life.

Filled with breathtaking double and triple turns of plot, and a final mind-bending sequence that will leave readers breathless, The Secret Servant is not only a work of supreme entertainment, but also an exploration of some of the most daunting issues of our times: the war on terrorism, the weapons the West uses to wage it, and the time bomb now ticking in the heart of Western Europe.

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The Amsterdam murder of Ephraim Rosner didn't set off international headlines, but it did send panic through high-clearance homeland security units. The terrorism analyst was killed just 24 hours before he was scheduled to meet with Israeli intelligence. Dutch police are certain that the assassin was a lone, deranged Muslim extremist, but Gabriel Allon's bosses fear a far more dangerous plot. They dispatch this art restorer/part-time spy to the Netherlands to ferret out the real cause of Rosner's slaying. What he learns there is soon eclipsed by fast-breaking developments that threaten what remains of world peace. Tension, twists, and breakneck thrills.
Newsday
Daniel Silva brings new life to the international thriller.
Publishers Weekly

Paul Gigante, who read Silva's Secret Servant, resumes his outstanding rendering of Gabriel Allon and his crew of Israeli counterterrorism experts. Once again, Gigante highlights Allon's strange blend of artist and assassin by giving him a quiet yet thoroughly persuasive voice. Gigante also deftly handles Silva's large, polyglot cast of arms dealers, terrorists, art dealers, wives, mistresses and even children. He does less well with the new Russian characters, Ivan and Elena, who speak with thick Russian accents, but use Anglicized pronunciations of their own names. Ivan sounds macho and threatening, but Elena is played with too much emotionalism, which detracts from the credibility of her decision to endanger her children and herself. Gigante's quick pace and narrative skill will keep listeners enthralled. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, May 26 ). (July)

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Library Journal

In New York Times best-selling author Silva's eighth Gabriel Allon thriller (following The Secret Servant , an LJ Best Audiobook of 2007), the master Israeli spy and talented art restorer must stop a former KGB colonel-turned-wealthy capitalist from selling Russia's most sophisticated weapons to Middle Eastern terrorists. Reader Phil Gigante (The Secret Servant ) does an excellent job with the dialog-heavy text, effectively using different accents to bring the international cast of characters to life. Highly recommended for public libraries. [Audio clip available through library.brillianceaudio.com; the Putnam hc, released in July, was a #1 New York Times best seller and received a starred review, LJ 7/08.-Ed.]-Ilka Gordon, formerly with Marcell Community Coll., Cleveland

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Silva stalwart Gabriel Allon is back, investigating the murder of terrorism analyst Ephraim Rosner by a Muslim immigrant in Amsterdam. The plot thickens with the kidnapping of the U.S. ambassador's daughter in London. With a three-week tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469272085
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Series: Gabriel Allon Series , #7
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 767,336
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.10 (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 May 26, 2012

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    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 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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  • Posted August 28, 2012

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    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 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

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    highly recomended

    havent had a chance to read it yet but if its anything like daniels other books i have read it will be well worth the read. enjoy

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Blockbuster summer flick in a book!

    One of the best Daniel Silva's book in the Gabriel Allon series. It reads like a thrill-a-minute ride and does not let up to the last page. Gabriel is as usual the unrelenting, globe trotting, torn hero who kicks butt like no one else. Thoroughly enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    As hoped for...WONDERFUL!

    Kudos to Mr. Silva...It is amazing that an author can consistently meet hopes and expectations. The bar was set high and met once again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    An understated thriller!

    Gabiel Allon travels again to save us all!

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Excellent Easy Read

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon Series.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    A real page turner

    Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series is a keeper. Daniel Silva not only spins a compelling page turn thriller but his main character, Gabriel Allon, is human in his doubts, concerns and questions of purpose of life.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Second to none when it comes to characters and action.

    Allon is a complicated person, as is his manager. The action will get your blood flowing.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

    Love Daniel Silva!

    I have not been disappointed by Silva's novel. He continues to give us a great thriller that kept my attention the entire time, but also touches on current issues that are very much in the limelight these days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    Great Series of Books

    I love this series with Gabriel Allons' character

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Fitting title

    I love how the author weaves the stories and how they connect from one book to the next. Even if you skip a book, they still make the story whole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Great Reading.....

    I enjoy Daniel Silva's books. His writing style is smooth and his books are easy to get into and read. I found this book to be excellent. I am a new reader of Daniel Silva and am starting to go back and read his earlier books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2007

    Too little Allon

    While an author must present some back story I think the amount of information presented on the history and organization of terrorist organizations was excessive. I thought it totally bogged down the first half of this book. I usually fire through Silva's book in one to two days-this one took me a week. The combination of spycraft and art really drew me to the Allon stories initially. This book only touches on art in a cursory manner and the use if spycraft is not much better. I think that author is fast approaching the point that he will need to start writing non-fiction to get his personal points regarding the Middle East situation across. The last part of the book was good but you have to wade through the heavy beginning

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2007

    Best Silva YET!!!

    All of Silva's books are great, but this one is the best. It is timely, scary, and straight from the headlines. You read it in one sitting, because you cant put it down! Bravo and thank you! And congratulations on the movie deal! A fan from Texas!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This is the thinking person¿s thriller

    Gabriel Allon, one of Israel¿s most dangerous and brilliant operatives, is sent to Amsterdam on what is supposed to be a quick in and out mission. Dutch citizen Solomon has sent Israel good Intel for years and has made many enemies because of his his speaking out against Islamic fundamentalism. Now that he was killed Allon is supposed to look for his files and wipe away any connection between the dead man and Israel.----------------- He meets one of Solomon¿s informants, who tells Allon that Solomon was going to tell his handler that a terrorist cell was slipped into England and there would be an attack someplace in the country. Finding verification, he warns London but it is too late, the American ambassador¿s daughter is kidnapped and bombs are exploded at a stop on the underground, at Piccadilly Circle, and other crowed places. The Sword of Allah is behind the kidnappings and al Qaeda is behind the bombings. The terrorists want to destabilize Mubarik¿s regime where the martyrs were recruited so that a fundamentalist government could come into power. The Sword of Allah says it will exchange the hostage for the prisoner Sheik Abdullah dying from cancer in an American jail. Allon is the only one who has the ruthless qualities necessary to rescue the hostage but he has to evade capture and death from his many enemies.------------------- As action thrillers go, THE SECRET SERVANT is one of the best to come along in the last year. Daniel Silva starts off at the speed of light and the plot only defies physics by accelerating. What sets this book apart is it has depth because the author shows by the actions of the characters why the Muslim fundamentalists feel like they do (similar to Congressman Ron Paul at the Republican debates), how governments cope with constantly being in a state of red alert and how the terrorists mold the minds of the youth generation after generation in hopes of reestablishing a Caliphate in the Mideast. Mr. Silva also shows why there is so much Muslim unrest in Europe. This is the thinking person¿s thriller.------------- Harriet Klausner

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