Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Price of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules and The Defector. He is married to NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel. They have two children, Lily and Nicholas. In 2009 Silva was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council.
In his ninth novel, the sixth Gabriel Allon thriller, Silva (Prince of Fire) focuses on the threat of Saudi-funded terrorism. Allon, art restorer extraordinaire by cover, Israeli assassin by profession, faces a daunting task. The Brotherhood of Allah, a group sponsored by a Saudi billionaire and headed by a reclusive terrorist living in the West, is preparing an attack on the Vatican. When the terrorists succeed in damaging St. Peter's Basilica and its cupola, in the process slaughtering more than 700 tourists and nearly killing the pope, Allon accepts a mission sanctioned by the U.S. president and the Israelis. He must track down the terrorists, infiltrate their organization, and assassinate their leaders. Silva, a master craftsman, offers a perfect blend of all that matters most in fiction-a significant theme, believable and engaging characters, authentic settings, and an engrossing plot-detailed in precise prose that flows with seductive ease. Unlike other thriller writers who rely on tricks and seemingly endless (and ultimately unrealistic) twists for effect, Silva builds suspense through realistic threats, harrowing situations, and gripping action. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/06.]-Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Recording the audio version of an exciting, well-crafted thriller must be one of the entertainment world's hardest and least appreciated jobs. In the case of Silva, who creates explosive stories where violence and terrorism share space with the history of art and the secrets of a spy whose day job is to restore old classic paintings, the task is definitely fraught with its own kinds of danger. Luckily, Lane has all the right equipment for the job: a voice that can be strong as well as sensitive (sometimes both at the same time) for Gabriel Allon, Silva's shrewdly conceived lead character a man who can shift from paint and varnish to guns and bombs without losing credibility on either side. Lane also has the depth of talent to bring to instant life a gallery of Vatican insiders, art types, and terrorists of every stripe and inclination. For listeners who like to mix richer ingredients into their crime fiction choices, Silva's latest gets the topnotch audio treatment they and he deserve. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, June 19). (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.