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House of Spies (2017)

af Daniel Silva

Serier: Gabriel Allon (17)

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#1 NYT Bestseller#1 USA Bestseller#1 WSJ BestsellerFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Black Widow comes the thrilling new summer blockbuster featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon.A heart-stopping tale of suspense, Daniel Silva's runaway bestseller, The Black Widow, was one of 2016's biggest novels. Now, in House of Spies, Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge - determined to hunt down the world's most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin.Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London's glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread.The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team of operatives to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel and Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know that the true source of Martel's enormous wealth is drugs. And Martel, likewise, turns a blind eye to the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West. Together, under Gabriel's skilled hand, they will become an unlikely pair of heroes in the global war on terror.Written in seductive and elegant prose, the story moves swiftly from the glamour of Saint-Tropez to the grit of Casablanca and, finally, to an electrifying climax that will leave readers breathless long after they turn the final page. But House of Spies is more than just riveting entertainment; it is a dazzling tale of avarice and redemption, set against the backdrop of the great conflict of our times. And it proves once again why Daniel Silva is "quite simply the best" (Kansas City Star).… (mere)
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Even though it’s the 17th outing of Gabriel Allon, the anticipation for this book remains high. It starts off on a promising note – five hundred dead in three separate but coordinated attacks in the West End of London. Adrian Carter is working in conjunction with MI5 to identify the players even though there is no doubt that the mastermind is Saladin – the same one behind the attacks in Washington DC at the end of the previous book. The trail leads to a Moroccan-French drug dealer and here enters Gabriel – the newly minted ramsad of the Office who has to smooth things with French intelligence to figure out where the trail leads to. It ends at a French hotelier billionaire, friends with the Prime Minister but rumored to be a drug dealer.

Here starts the story that readers are all too familiar with – coerce/convince the Frenchman and his girlfriend to cooperate and finally help the team in a clandestine operation leading right to Saladin. The ending is good but quite simplistic too, still enjoyable. The idea that the chief of an intelligence agency would personally shoot and kill a terrorist mastermind is unthinkable in the real world but we can expect nothing less from Gabriel. Even though this series is becoming quite repetitive in the last couple of books, it’s still difficult to put down because Gabriel remains the killer with a conscience – the Prince of Fire. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Always fun! Could have used a bit tightening up but still great vacation read. ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
Israeli spy and now chief of its intelligence service, Gabriel Allon, enlists the help of ex-SAS , ex-Mafioso assassin Christopher Keller in an elaborate plot to hunt down the man known as Saladin, an Iraqi who is responsible for planning and funding terrorist attacks in the U.S, and Europe. Really, a continuation of Book #17, Black Widow. Of course, Allon cannot remove himself from the action: planning and execution [sic]. Silva has the usual Israeli team involved. I did not think there was much character development of the old crew, but enjoyed the French restauranteur/hotelier and his girlfriend/art gallery owner and the Morrocan setting. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
My favorite thing about July is a new Gabriel Allon book by Daniel Silva. House of Spies, the seventeenth book in the series, picks up shortly after events that occurred in The Black Widow. Saladin, the ISIS mastermind who terrorized the West is still on the loose where he continues to plan terrorist attacks. The whole world seems focused on finding and stopping him, but he remains elusive. When a single clue presents itself, Gabriel and his team begin the difficult process of once again getting close to the world’s most dangerous terrorist.

As usual, many of the characters we have met before are together again in this book, including art-dealer Julian Isherwood and our newest team member, Natalie. Christopher Keller, whom we know from previous stories, has given up being a paid assassin in order to help the British government. The main character, Gabriel Allon, may be the boss now but he's still the perfect spy. He's resourceful, fearless, and has just enough integrity and conscience to make him someone we can relate to.

House of Spies is a complex espionage tale but for me it was still a a page turner. Daniel Silva is very knowledgeable about ISIS, and the whole subject is terribly relevant. His Gabriel Allon books are one of the best series I have ever read. I did feel like this book was more of a continuation of The Black Widow which was a definite five star read and my favorite book of 2016. This one gets bogged down in a few places but is still a must read for any fan of the series. I highly recommend starting one of the earlier books of the series to get to know the characters. If you prefer to start the series at a later book, I highly recommend The Black Widow ahead of this one. I don't like to wish my life away but I can hardly wait to pick up his next book in July 2018. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
The 17th book in the Gabriel Allon series, House of Spies now has Gabriel Allon, a former spy and artwork restorer, as the Israeli Intelligence director. But despite his elevated position, Allon can't help himself for engaging in field work. This story has him tracking down an ISIS theorist who’s responsible for bombings and deaths in every major western country. Finding this killer requires Allon and his US, British, and French allies to develop human assets in order to maximize the return on the multiple small leads that bring him closer to his quarry.

The book has plenty of action and dirty tricks; the kind that excite spy mystery readers. I've read several books in this series over the years and never hesitate to pick up the next book addition when it becomes available. ( )
  ronploude | May 2, 2020 |
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#1 NYT Bestseller#1 USA Bestseller#1 WSJ BestsellerFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Black Widow comes the thrilling new summer blockbuster featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon.A heart-stopping tale of suspense, Daniel Silva's runaway bestseller, The Black Widow, was one of 2016's biggest novels. Now, in House of Spies, Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge - determined to hunt down the world's most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin.Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London's glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread.The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team of operatives to the south of France and to the gilded doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel and Olivia Watson. A beautiful former British fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know that the true source of Martel's enormous wealth is drugs. And Martel, likewise, turns a blind eye to the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West. Together, under Gabriel's skilled hand, they will become an unlikely pair of heroes in the global war on terror.Written in seductive and elegant prose, the story moves swiftly from the glamour of Saint-Tropez to the grit of Casablanca and, finally, to an electrifying climax that will leave readers breathless long after they turn the final page. But House of Spies is more than just riveting entertainment; it is a dazzling tale of avarice and redemption, set against the backdrop of the great conflict of our times. And it proves once again why Daniel Silva is "quite simply the best" (Kansas City Star).

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