Monday, August 7, 2017
House of Spies
This is the the latest in the Gabriel Allon series. Allon has taken over has the head of Mossad, the Israeli secret service. Being in charge but not actively involved is too hard for him, even after suffering serious injuries in a bomb attack. But he can't quite give up doing work in the field especially when the target is "Saladin" the terrorist mastermind who engineered the worst attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Saladin has continued his reign of terror with attacks on cities in Europe. Allon collaborates with the British, French, & Americans to track down and put a stop to Saladin's plans for further attacks. While all books in the Gabriel Allon series are connected, this one is a direct sequel to The Black Widow in which Saladin made his first deadly appearance. This story is a detailed and intricate tale with many of the "regular" characters from previous books in the series. Silva's commentary at the end of the book about how the Moroccan drug trade is helping fuel ISIS and how weapons are transported undetected gives a fact-based spin to the novel. I guess Daniel Silva can't quite give up his background as a journalist covering the Middle East. I listened to the audio book, excellently narrated by a master, George Guidall. I am a big fan of this series and once again I will impatiently wait for the next installment.