House of Spies (Gabriel Allon Series #17)

House of Spies (Gabriel Allon Series #17)

by Daniel Silva
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House of Spies (Gabriel Allon Series #17) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva's "Gabriel All on Series" are among my lifetime favorites...have read them all and have waited impatiently for a year for this book's release...enjoyed it, but not his best...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once started you cannot put the book down. It feels like real life and each time I read one of Mr Silva's books I want to hop a plane and visit Israel to feel what his characters feel. Starting the countdown to the next installment
librogattoRE More than 1 year ago
July is pyrotechnics month for many, and I am not talking about the fireworks on the 4th because it is in July that the new Gabriel Allon book by Daniel Silva comes out, and his readers are always ready and waiting for a dazzling display of hair raising, eye opening adventures. This year is no exception. The House of Spies begins immediately, or perhaps shortly after The Black Widow ended and with an even greater catastrophe. Multiple Security – read spy – Services are called into action, and over the next several chapters we meet old friends and enemies as well as some new ones. It seems there is an endless supply of terror, an appetite for drugs and a thirst for power that needs to be met by a small but determined band of sometimes rather unlikely heroes. Mr. Silva does his homework and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the mid-East and its problems, which he shares in the most spine tingling manner imaginable. This is far from fluff or fantasy; it is the stuff of nightmares, but luckily Mr. Silva’s stylish and graceful prose carries us along to the end without letting the story become too horrible to bear. This is not the first time Mr. Silva has displayed a certain prescience about current happenings in the world. There are attacks in the UK and France that were written before similar attacks actually took place. The physical Caliphate’s morphing into a cyber-Caliphate is discussed here too – and remember this was written months ago. There are also timely references to the new administrations in the US and other countries and how best to deal with them. I can think of several people in our government who would do well to read Daniel Silva. In The House of Spies, Gabriel is now the head of The Office, but if you think that means he won’t figure in the action, you do not know Mr. Silva or Gabriel Allon. While I did miss the beautifully crafted scenes of Gabriel at work as an art restorer – his working cover, but he does not need a cover these days, so it is quite understandable. We do get lovely moments with Chiara and the twins, and we meet many old friends, about whom we are given sufficient information to refresh a poor memory or catch up a first time reader. Most of the villains are despicable, but they can also be interesting, and even intelligent. There is a certain satisfaction in seen true evil – even in fictional form – wiped off the earth. What has gone around most definitely comes around and with quite an impact. What I love most about Daniel Silva’s 17 Gabriel Allon books are the characters, who are moving in my mind beyond friends into extended family, the humor of which there is a good deal even in the blackest moments, and the hooks at the end of each chapter, which are as addicting as oranges and pomegranates. The informative and enlightening afterword is well worth reading. This book was different in some ways from the others. The differences stem largely from that fact that younger agents are doing more of the heavy lifting, but it in no way detracts from excitement, suspense, urgency or desire to see the good guys save the world or at least a corner of it. The writing is masterful, the story cogent, and thankfully the real world has not yet become quite this dreadful. I read Daniel Silva’s books much too fast because I can not stop myself. This year was no exception. Hurry up and dive into The House of Spies, even the cover is gorgeous.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Couldn’t put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series of Gabriel Allon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not want the book to end! Descriptions are wonderful! Characters are well developed. Hurry up with the next book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent as always!!!
anna_amato More than 1 year ago
A good storyteller lets you say ‘just one more chapter’. When you finish a book written by a great storyteller you say ‘when is the next one coming and why did I read this so fast?’ An exceptional story teller takes you seamlessly from one book in a series to the next one without ever missing a beat. The author took us from The Black Widow to the dessert in Morocco using most of the usual suspects we’ve come to know and love and without whom a Daniel Silva book would be incomplete. There are even appearances by the former leader of The Office and the new leader’s wife. The nemesis, Saladin, remains also. After all he was a loose thread and The Office does not like loose threads. The man had to be dispensed with! Along with the intrigue there is a course in spycraft without which no Daniel Silva novel would be complete. We learn about how the hashish trade finances ISIS and exactly how they do it and what there end plan really is. With his usual prescience the author predicted the end of a physical Caliphate and the beginning of a cyber-caliphate. The attacks in Nice and the UK were written into the book before they actually happened. There are the lessons in how to deal with the new administration in Washington along with old allies in the UK and France. There will be no more spoilers I promise. But suffice to say Gabriel Allon is a restorer. A restorer of art but also of people. This book is no exception and as Gabriel said in the Black Widow ‘we’re Jewish Natalie, we’re matchmakers at heart’. Daniel is no exception!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best one yet! Stayed up all night reading House of Spies. I love Gabriel Allon and Daniel Silva. When is the next one coming!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Incredible! #17. Wow. So on point for the world we live in today. Bravo Daniel Sylva. Go Gabriel!!!
JohnnyS10 8 months ago
ToddSimpson 10 months ago
Another Amazing story in the Gabriel Allon Series. If you enjoy reading Spy Thrillers, then you will most certainly enjoy reading all of Daniel Silva’s books. ‘House of Spies’ has a very clever an intriguing plot, and as always I was kept guessing on the outcome until the very end. For me the standout is the interesting characters. Gabrielle Allon is definitely great as the main character, however there are so many other fantastic and diverse characters that make up this story. Gabriel Allon may have become the new Chief, but that’s certainly not going to stop him entering the field for another operation. Especially one as important as tracking Saladin down, and hopefully eliminating him. As far as Israel, America and the UK are concerned, he’s inflicted more than enough carnage on its citizens. As far as Gabriel is concerned, the sooner he’s wiped from the face of the earth the better. However it’s going to take a very detailed and expensive plan to track him down, for them to have any chance of taking him out. If you haven’t read one of Daniel Silva’s novels then I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how good they are. Easily worth the 5/5 Star Rating.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Frighteningly gripping.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I enjoyed this latest addition to the Gabriel Allen series. It was a fascinating journey that kept my attention from the first page to the last. I do not know how long Gabriel can keep going but I plan to keep following his journey! Excellent read!
SSkipper 12 months ago
Julian Isherwood, geriatric art dealer, was stood-up by his date, who was half his age. His untimely exit from the posh London restaurant made him witness to the beginning of a terrorist attack. His panicked reaction saves dozens from annihilation. It just won’t do to have a terrorist attack without bringing that master of assassination, Gabriel Allon, out of the shadows where he has been lurking at the head of Israel’s intelligence service. The perpetrator is well known to the heads of intelligence across the globe, but how will they locate him and draw him into the open? Gabriel, as usual, has the solution. First steal a few hundred million Euros from Bashar Assad, then buy a villa at San Tropez in the name of a Russian arms dealer and his French wife. This was to attract the attention of a French billionaire and his stunning, almost wife, who is actually the largest importer of Moroccan hashish. Of course, we know that Gabriel won’t fail, but what will be the aftermath of the ISIS’s leader’s demise? I first encountered Daniel Silva in Barbados. He wasn’t there, but one of his books was in the hotel’s ‘take a book, leave a book’ library. I’ve been hooked ever since. The Gabriel Allon character is a part-time assassin and a part-time art restorer who has a troubled past. He slips in and out of Europe and the U.S. with cat-like stealth mounting complex operations for the Israeli secret service. One can think of him as a Jewish James Bond who practices monogamy. As odd as that sounds, Allon is enormously appealing.
TheGrumpyBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva, the master of all things spy-worthy, has produced a winner again with his riveting tale of adventure and suspense. I have followed Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series from the beginning, and am only more impressed with each new addition to the series. His newest book, House of Spies, deals with the ways the illegal narcotics and hashish trade funds ISIS and other terrorist groups, the ways in which the world's intelligence officers work together, and the ways they don't.   The familiar characters return, plus Dr. Natalie Mizrahi, the woman who pretended to be a Muslim extremist in The Black Widow. Set four months after the most merciless attack on American soil since 9/11, terrorists leave a path of devastation through London. Last seen walking away from that bombing in in Washington was a man with a limp, the latest ISIS leader. Now Gabriel takes us on the search for him.   The book is a commentary on many current issues, especially of how the U.S. and her allies created the void that allowed the development of ISIS when, after removing Gaddafi, they left without helping to establish a central government or a form of law enforcement -- no authority at all. In the words of captured drug pusher extraordinaire, Jean Luc Martel, " was the Wild West". Libya is revealed as the primary route for moving drugs from Africa to Europe, and Morocco is revealed as the latest hotbed of unrest among Muslim extremists.   House of Spies is sure to be a runaway bestseller, just as were his previous "Gabriel" books. To say it's a page-turner is an understatement. I'm already eagerly waiting to see where Gabriel takes us next.     What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy? The usual: split infinitives, and frequently beginning a sentence with a conjunction. His research is superb, so no problems there.
DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva’s HOUSE OF SPIES is a suspenseful story of espionage, terrorism, assassination and secrecy. It features the familiar spy, assassin, artist and art restorer, Gabriel Allon. He is Head of ‘The Office’ now (Head of Israeli Intelligence) and is hunting Saladin, an ISIS mastermind. I like all the familiar characters, but Christopher Keller stands out in this particular title. Very fast-paced, suspenseful with complex plots; interesting and powerful images and characters - I never tire of Mr. Silva’s writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great adventure, could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the next novel.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Allon and his team are hunting for the ISIS mastermind known as Saladin. Tips lead to France and a wealthy well-known hotelier and businessman by the name of Jean-Luc Martel. But Martel’s wealth comes from the lucrative world of drugs, namely hashish. Martel’s laundered drug money has helped fund ISIS terrorist acts. Gabriel must get Martel on his side to find his suppliers and ultimately lead him to Saladin. He learns of Martel’s Moroccan supplier who is often accompanied by his friend Khalil and Gabriel is sure that Khalil is Saladin. He learns that Saladin has had plastic surgery done on his face but nothing can disguise the limp. Gabriel is sure he will get Saladin and wipe him from the face of the earth. He is patient and there is nothing more dangerous than a patient man.
JMarkA More than 1 year ago
The first Silva book I read was Moscow Rules. I immediately became enthralled with Gabriel Allon and have read all of Silva’s books, including his first few non-Allon focused books. Silva has become a master of weaving fiction with reality. His lifelike characters scaryingly seem too real for fiction. "House of Spies” builds on earlier works with returning characters, both good and bad. Silva carefully leads the reader into the word of criminals and terrorists and how the world’s foremost intelligence agencies, led by Israeli super spy, Gabriel Allon, infiltrate and defeat these malevenant masterminds. Silva’s storytelling is mesmerizing as he patiently leads the reader deeper and deeper into the plot and finally the dramatic conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva never seems to amaze every year with yet a new a novel that is even better then last. I'm pretty sure by this time next year we'll be stating yet again on how his new novel is even better then 2017's 'House Of Spies"!