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House of Spies (Gabriel Allon Series #17)
     

House of Spies (Gabriel Allon Series #17)

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by Daniel Silva
 

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From 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 

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From 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).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 07/03/2017
In Thriller Award–finalist Silva’s outstanding 17th novel featuring Israeli art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon (after 2016’s The Black Widow), Gabriel has little time for art restoration, as he has now become chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service. His first order of business is to find and eliminate the man who has become the face of Islamic terror, who operates under the nom de guerre Saladin. After the terrorist’s successful attack on Washington, D.C., he turns his wrath on the U.K., unleashing 12 suicide bombers on the streets of London’s West End. More than 900 Londoners and tourists perish. The head of MI6, Graham Seymour, enlists Gabriel in joining him in the hunt for Saladin. As usual, Gabriel devises an incredibly intricate plot involving a score of team members buttressed by millions of dollars in support money, sets his agents in motion, and sits in the background directing events until the enterprise succeeds—or fails. The introduction of new characters, in particular master spy Christopher Keller, keeps the story fresh. Readers will eagerly await the next installment in this deeply fulfilling series. (July)
Washington Post
“The novel’s grand finale is heart-stopping, unexpected and deeply unsettling.”
Hugh Hewitt
“The Black Widow probably is the most important book of the summer, no matter who you are or where you live in America.”
Huffington Post on The Black Widow
“A master storyteller.... Silva has his finger on the pulse of modern events and has an uncanny ability to predict the future.”
NPR's All Things Considered on The Fallen Angel
“It’s become almost obligatory for lovers of high level thrillers to read each new Daniel Silva novel as soon as it appears.”
Library Journal
03/01/2017
No title, no plot, no details, but the next Gabriel Allon novel follows The Black Widow, Silva's best-selling book to date. With a 500,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2017-06-22
Gabriel Allon is back in the field.Well, that didn't take long. By the end of Black Widow (2016), spy Gabriel Allon had finally agreed to become chief of Israel's intelligence services. All it takes is a terrorist attack on London's West End—and a whisper that Allon's current nemesis was the mastermind behind it—to get this storied spy out from behind his desk and back into the thick of it. As they track the man known only as Saladin, Allon and his team travel from Britain to Saint-Tropez and Morocco. They enlist the grudging assistance of a glamorous French entrepreneur (who is in reality a drug smuggler) and his partner, a beautiful onetime model. And they discover the Islamic State has plans that go beyond suicide bombers and vehicular homicide. As usual, Silva has crafted a story that feels ripped from the headlines—possibly tomorrow's headlines. His characters are confronting an Islamic State that is redefining itself as a virtual entity as it loses physical territory. They're also fighting against an organization that is shifting its focus from building a caliphate in the Middle East to inflicting casualties in Europe and the United States. This is a less psychologically intense novel than Black Widow, and fans drawn to this series by Gabriel's sideline as a restorer of Old Master paintings might miss the art history. But this is still a riveting thriller, and Silva's writing has lost none of its elegance. He provides readers with just enough real-world geopolitics to make sense of his narrative, and his depictions of the different styles of the world's diverse intelligence services is fascinating as always. What's different in this installment is the sense that the role of the United States is diminishing in the world. Even though the U.S. asserts itself into the search for Saladin, there's a clear sense among the British, the French, and the Israelis that their American counterparts are no longer reliable allies. Another chilling glimpse inside global terror networks from a gifted storyteller.
Minneapolis Star Tribune on The Black Widow
“An exceptional spy thriller, well written and timely, weaving history seamlessly into a sumptuous page-turner of a novel.”
Washington Post on The Black Widow
“Heart-stopping.”
Hugh Hewitt on The Black Widow
The Black Widow probably is the most important book of the summer, no matter who you are or where you live in America.”
NPR’s All Things Considered on The Fallen Angel
“It’s become almost obligatory for lovers of high level thrillers to read each new Daniel Silva novel as soon as it appears.”
Dallas Morning News
“Written by one of our greatest living spy novelists, House of Spies gives us protagonist Gabriel Allon in his 17th adventure. The novel features Silva’s taut and compelling dialogue and keen insight into the human psyche.”
starred review Booklist
“An irresistible thriller…. The phrase ‘#1 New York Times best-selling author’ gets bandied about a lot (Which list? For how long?), but in Silva’s case, it means exactly what it says.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062354341
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/11/2017
Series:
Gabriel Allon Series , #17
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
12
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Unlikely Spy, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, The Messenger, Moscow Rules, The Rembrandt Affair, The English Girl and The Black Widow. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are best sellers around the world. He lives in Florida with his wife, CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
1960
Place of Birth:
Michigan
Website:
http://www.danielsilvabooks.com

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House of Spies (Gabriel Allon Series #17) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 12 days 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 8 days 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 8 days 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 7 days ago
Excellent as always!!!
anna_amato 11 days 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!
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Anonymous 13 days 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!
DCXBoz 9 hours ago
"House of Spies" is Mr Silva's best yet! Took it to the beach for a summer read. Started reading and became totally engrossed! At the end of each chapter, I would say "one more..." and before I knew it, I had read all the twists, turns and surprises, missed lunch and had one helluva sunburn...and I would do it again...except with SPF40!
Anonymous 10 hours ago
Did not want the book to end! Descriptions are wonderful! Characters are well developed. Hurry up with the next book?
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Anonymous 4 days ago
This latest installment in the Gabriel Allon series once again leaves you wanting more. Did not get to read one of these Daniel Silva novels until 2013, but was immediately captivated by the characters and storylines. Read the entire series before the next book came out. Then could hardly wait for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. Best read with computer open to Google Earth to view Israeli, European, and other international locations as the action unfolds. If you have not read this series, time to jump in. Every book is written so that you can enjoy it by itself, but if you become a fan, you want it all . . . and then you want more.
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