I took a chance on this one, and lost. In fact, when I finished the book and looked back at the original outline, they had very little in common other than the broad themes and the title. But his idyllic world is once again thrown into turmoil with shocking news from London. But, to be clear, it would be a huge mistake to read this one without reading its immediate predecessor. Its great to bring down an end to dictatorship by defecting but there will always be a problem with that! A poorly executed plot feature, though essential for the bigger storyline. Sure, as a child I've watched the collection of Bond movies my father use to rent them , but honestly I never got the people's fascination with spies. In fact, Ivan Kharkov is without question the biggest private arms dealer in the world.
It simply wasn't a very creative plot feature. Silva and his wife have two twin children, Nicholas and Lily. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, but Gabriel knows better. Promise me one thing, Gabriel. His relatives would not be told where. But even the great Gabriel Allon makes mistakes once in a while, and in the case of Ivan, his mistake was leaving him alive. His Office career has cost him dearly over the years and he's not going to sit by and lose someone else he loves.
At the beginning of Silva's book The Defector, Grigori, now living openly in London, never makes it to his championship chess match. Really, who could make up a character like that but it totally works! Picture Wile E Coyote and Road Runner minus the humor. Other thriller writers make us feel tension by having the hero misread a situation, misjudge a character, make the wrong decision, get menaced, be forced to go against his friends or employer, or otherwise make it hard for him You never get the sense that Silva's protagonist is breaking a sweat. In Silva's reckoning, what separates the good from the bad is that the latter take pleasure in inflicting pain; the former do not. And he does it with brutal efficiency.
I read every Daniel Silva book that comes out. I just hope it's better next time. In other words, there's lots to like assuming, of course, the international espionage, chase-and-shoot-em-up genre appeals to you. I mean as a trivial literature it might just do- if only it wasn't so hopelessly overdone. In 2011, it was announced that would be the producer. And his life will never be the same. I have no idea, but he has five stars rating on goodreads.
For one thing he knows that a very bad and powerful oligarch, Ivan Kharkov is still alive and well, although he has to stay in Russia for now. I read it once and I even attempted to reread it. The entire premise of the book is based on the major western powers going to endless lengths and risking a diplomatic disaster in the midst of a G-8 summit no less in order to help an Israeli agent recover his wife. Silva denies many incidents he puts in the book as fiction. And Gabriel's convinced he knows who's behind it: Ivan Kharkov, the Russian arms dealer who was Gabriel's nemesis in Moscow Rules.
Always action packed with twists at every turn this book was done in typical Silva style. I was willing to stretch my imagination to accepting that the global powers that be would pour all their resources into rescuing an agent's wife or give a shite to begin with , but believing that they'd then head back out to exact personal revenge on her behalf was beyond my usually impressive imaginative skills. The Defector follows the events in the previous book Moscow Rules with basically the same protagonists with a different plot line. For readers who crave both deft characterization and old-fashioned, spy-novel action. What are its dynamics- where is the story? If this turned out to be the last one ever in the series, I would be content.
The answer, of course, is that the rulers of the New Russia are not terribly interesting in exposing the sins of the Soviet past. The main focus is , an art restorer, spy and assassin, who is a key figure in all but three of Silva's titles. Grigori Bulganov once saved Gabriel Allon's life in Moscow—and Allon always repays his debts. Daniel Silva and his Israeli spy, Gabriel Allon, along with his team of Israeli operatives, expose bad actors all around Europe and the Middle East and offer up the satisfaction of giving them what they deserve in fiction, even though we often do not experience such justice in real life. While the oligarch is at the party he gets a phone call and steps outside the restaurant because there is too much noise inside.
A good book that took a while to get up and going. Allon goes back to work, the situation is desperate, they form a brilliant and complicated plan, that plan is working, then that plan is not working, things go down hill fast. These books need to be read in order as Allon's co-workers and family are an important part of each story. This picks up from Moscow Rules when Grigori is kidnapped from London. In this particular story Gabriel goes to great length to find the ' bad' guy. Here we have Gabriel Allon, the protagonist. A: In short, because London now finds itself on the front lines of this new Cold War between Russia and the West.
Promise me one thing, Gabriel. I realise fiction is not politics, but this was close to the bone enough for me to come across as fictionalised propaganda. Yes, the overall plot of the book is formulaic. Isn't that kind of offensive? There is some new material, however, such as a description of how Gabriel had met, romanced and married his current wife, Chiara. It takes place in Russia, London and Switzerland. I mean as a trivial literature it might just do- if only it wasn't so hopelessly overdone.