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Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, and the Gabriel Allon series, including The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, and House of Spies. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are bestsellers around the world.
Following the bombing of the Israeli consulate in Rome, secret agent Gabriel Allon is called upon to track down the person responsible, a third-generation Palestinian terrorist who attacked Gabriel's family ten years earlier. In Silva's fifth and most intimate Allon tale, Gabriel is tired of the spy game and longs for solace through his cover as an Italian art restorer. Gabriel is also torn between his loyalty to his invalid wife and his love for a younger woman, between his patriotism and his devotion to art. As usual, Silva balances history, action, and moral issues quite well, with his account of the evolution of the terrorist especially gripping. Some may find the novel a bit more talky than the author's previous efforts and the conclusion somewhat perfunctory, but it is always fascinating. Guerin Barry handles the voices expertly. Recommended for popular collections. Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Silva's latest novel to feature art restorer/Israeli agent Gabriel Allon (after 2004's A Death in Vienna) is a passionate, intelligently crafted entry that cements the series' place among today's top spy fiction. The structure is classic-the semireluctant spy, Gabriel, is pulled from his cover to hunt down terrorists who have committed a horrific crime, in this case the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Rome. The mastermind behind the bombing is French archeologist Paul Martineau, aka "Khaled, son of Sabri, grandson of Sheikh Asad. Khaled, avenger of past wrongs, sword of Palestine." Orphaned as a child after his father is killed by the Israelis, Khaled is also the adopted son of Yasir Arafat, who has now activated Khaled to wreak vengeance on his mortal enemies. Gabriel assembles a team of crack young agents and sets out to find when and where Khaled will strike next. The determined team tracks down the terrorist, but when Gabriel goes in for the kill the plot takes a stunning twist; the lives of all, plus hundreds of innocent bystanders, are threatened. Gabriel is a complex character with a rich past. His wife, Leah, is confined to a psychiatric hospital in London, mentally damaged and physically disfigured from the bombing that killed their son. He lives with the beautiful Chiara, whom he can't marry out of loyalty to Leah, even though she seems to barely know him. Silva hints at further entries in the series in which Gabriel must step up and assume new duties: "Gabriel, you are the mightiest," his former mentor tells the agent. "You're the one who defends Israel against its accusers. You're the angel of judgment-the Prince of Fire." Agent, Esther Newberg. (Feb. 22) Forecast: This series is getting better with each new entry, which should result in increasing sales. Author tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"[Prince of Fire] goes places readers can't predict and then goes further. [Silva's] plotting is ingenious."--Detroit Free Press "[A] tense cat-and-mouse plot."--The New Yorker "An intricate web of deceit and double-cross."--USA Today "A story that seems ripped from the headlines...chilling suspense."--Booklist "Silva keeps getting better."--Library Journal