The Secret Servant
This is Silva’s seventh entry in the Gabriel Allon series. This is the second time reading it for me. I first read it when it was published. Early this year I began re-reading the Allon series from the first entry. So every other book I have read this year has been an ‘Allon’.
All that being said, I am even more impressed with Mr. Silva’s dedication to his mission to reveal or remind the readers, old and new, that no one is safe and no one can be complacent and what has happened before can happen again if we are careful to not ignore the past and its remnants extant today.
But, this is no text book. It is no diatribe. This is a first rate author doing extraordinary research on all facets of his characters’ lives, professions, assets, weaknesses, skills and habits. His fiction is a wrapper for the historical facts but his story telling, plot weaving and character consistency is compelling, exciting and entertaining. Kale may be a necessary vegetable but frozen and dipped in dark chocolate makes eating it a lot more interesting.
Mr. Silva does not shy away from the reality of terrorism or counterterrorism. He will fight fire with fire. So, his books are not for the squeamish.
And finally, if there is someone out there as yet not familiar with Mr. Silva’s work, I recommend that you first read the Acknowledgments in any of his books. This is always a fascinating section of his books. It is not a glad hand piece of puff. One can read how he learned about his subject matter and who he relied upon for research and tutelage and who helped him. This list is full of equally talented and dedicated people in their fields and, for me, says a lot about who Mr. Silva is and how he regarded in his field.
My recommendation is that this book is a superb use of your time.
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1 edition (30 July 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718153073
- ISBN-13: 978-0718153076
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 780 g
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