House of Spies

House of Spies

Large Print - 2017
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#1 NYT Bestseller

#1 USA Bestseller

#1 WSJ Bestseller

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).

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : , HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, c2017
Edition: First Harperluxe edition, First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9780062354389
Branch Call Number: LGP FIC Silv
Characteristics: 665 pages

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BobConnex
Sep 09, 2017

This is the most disappointing of the bunch and I am a BIG fan of Silva and Allon. Great opening and set up, then 100 pp too long getting to the follow up and disposing the bad guy. Lots of planning and meetings on the good guys' schedule. Too leisurely and polite, not enough tension, conflict, or suspense. I finished two other books while making my way through this one; usually I finish a Silva book in two days. Though Gabriel is now the head of the agency, he still does the dirty work in the field, with two babies at home. Seems to me he would have internal conflict at doing so, knowing as the big boss he is The Office and has to delegate to those he has trained. Maybe that happens in the next book; this one didn't satisfy.

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darladoodles
Aug 31, 2017

In my opinion, the very best Gabriel Allon installment to date. Silva is again almost prophetic in his ability to craft a plot that is so feasible in today's world. As with "Black Widow" a terrorist attack occurred in a location he had just written about in his latest book. That is what makes the plots of the Gabriel Allon series so compelling and believable.

What is most satisfying is to see the key players growing and changing yet not wavering in their resolve to flex and follow the threats -- as this story so clearly shows. As always making famous works of art a piece of the plot adds a dimension that makes this series unique. Highly anticipating #18. With the current world situation Gabriel and his team will never work themselves out of a job.

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7626dee
Aug 06, 2017

Would that we could get this fictional character to head our CIA, wouldn't that be great? Guess we have to let him work his magic with Mossad. The writing is if anything better and the plot as always topical-what's not to like. One thing does stand out, our hero Gabriel is a really lousy husband and his wife is going to have to do some serious butt-kicking to shape him up.

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kaminecki
Aug 01, 2017

The Silva books have been becoming a formula, but I found this one an exception and worth another look. Was wondering how Silva was going to deal with Gabriel becoming chief and he handled it in a way that is believable. Reading it was like sitting down and being engrossed in the lifes of old friends and I did not want it to end. A great read I could not put down.

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bill556
Jul 30, 2017

Silva, like all my favorite authors (Connelly, Sandford, Berenson) has reoccurring characters who jump fully fleshed out immediately upon reading their names. It gives me a feeling of familiarity that I believe is hard to do for a writer.
And he sets the scenes so realistically that I can feel the cool evening breeze coming through the olive trees.
This is one of Silva's better books.

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1booknut
Jul 29, 2017

i just finished the book. What a read great

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nhoj
Jul 21, 2017

This book continues the story of Gabriel Allon and his search foe an elusive terrorist called Saladin.

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