House of Spies Book Review

House of Spies Book Review

Title: House of Spies
Author: Daniel Silva
Published: July 11, 2017, Harper
No. of Pages: 544
Cover Price: $28.99 Hardcover, $19.99 Paperback, $14.99 Kindle

In the 17th installment of Daniel Silva’s bestselling Gabriel Allon series, House of Spies, Gabriel has finally taken his place as Chief of The Office. That, however, doesn’t stop him from getting involved in this intriguing tale of ISIS and terrorist groups who are set on destroying modern civilization as we know it. The target is Saladin, who is an ISIS terrorist and a monster; he has ordered dozens of deadly strikes all over the globe, most significantly in Washington and London, and Gabriel and the Israelis have teamed up with several of the significant characters who head their respective anti-terrorist agencies from several countries who have played parts in previous novels – Graham Seymore, Adrian Carter and others – to try to stop this madman before he strikes again. Natalie, who was the doctor that nursed Saladin back to health in one of the previous novels, and feels guilty for not killing him at that time (although her team insists she did the right thing), is officially a member of Gabriel’s team and in this novel, shows she is justified in being there.

Silva is an excellent storyteller, and House of Spies is truly “unputdownable.” None of Silva’s millions of readers would admit that Gabriel Allon, et al., are actually fictitious, since they are very real to all of us. Silva draws from historical, political, and current events as the backdrop to his novel, and keeps readers in palpable suspense during the entire novel.

What sets Daniel Silva apart from the other bestselling thriller authors is the fact that his novels are thoroughly researched and meticulously edited; readers would be hard pressed to find a grammatical or other error in one of his novels. And while there is a chapter at the end explaining to readers that the events, persons, and places are fictitious, they are close enough to reality to give readers pause as to what terrorists are capable of and what may be eminent in real life today.

It is recommended that the novels be read in order, so that readers know the history of Allon and the other characters. The books are fascinating, some better than others, but definitely worth reading. House of Spies is highly recommended.

This book was purchased with personal funds and no promotion of the book was solicited by the author or publisher.

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