OMG! It’s finally July and time for a new Daniel Silva thriller featuring Gabriel Allon and his inimitable cast of amazing characters. Daniel Silva has never disappointed me. Ever!
“House of Spies” follows in the footsteps of last year’s wildly popular “The Black Widow.” It begins only four months after a horrific and staggering terrorist attack on American soil. This time we’re in London’s glitzy West End. With restaurants filled with hungry patrons right at the height of the dinner hour, this unbelievable attack begins and continues like no other. What a way to begin a thriller!
Many of our beloved characters are back. Gabriel is now the head of the Office; chief of the Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence. And he’s not working alone. Uzi Navot has agreed to stay on as Gabriel’s closest aid. And you’ll love seeing Christopher Keller return, as well. Keller is now working with M16 as an agent. He’s a former British Special Ops guy now living on the island of Corsica.
From London to the glamour of Saint-Tropez. From the lushness of Corsica to the nomadic sands of exotic Casablanca. Excitement abounds. This novel is fierce. It’s also filled with happenings that could come straight from the nightly news. It’s as if Silva is one step ahead of today’s world. Today’s news was already in print in a Silva novel, yesterday. He’s truly the greatest thriller writer living today.
Silva spent time in Casablanca with his family while doing research on this novel. He was actually writing the end of the novel while on the ground in Morocco. He takes you behind the scenes like never before. You can tell he was there. And the scenes outside the city are eerie and page-turning. Silva mentions reading a book called “The Caliph’s House” by Tahir Shah while doing his research. I own that book and love it. It’s not a novel. It’s a memoir about a year spent in Casablanca. It features a house with jinns. For those of you who do not know of jinns, they are invisible spirits unique to the Islamic world. And a house Gabriel spends time in includes visits from jinns.
The scenes along the South of France are breathtaking and filled with suspense and intrigue. The characters of Jean-Luc Martel and his gorgeous former British fashion model girlfriend will blow you away. The exotic cars, homes, jewelry, riches. Good God.
The tension mounts like a wire around your neck, twisting and cutting into your consciousness. You HAVE to know what’s going to happen. You have a lot invested here. But a part of you knows that once the last page is turned you will have to wait another YEAR for more Daniel Silva. So I forced myself to slow down. Still, it went too quickly.
I will say that with Gabriel now working as the head of the Office things are changing. There was no art restoration in this book. I ended up being okay with that but, I do enjoy that aspect of the stories. Nothing has been said about the future. I hope no one is disappointed because there is so much going on here, honestly, what’s to miss!
My wonderful finished hardcopy of “House of Spies” by Daniel Silva came directly from the great publishing house of Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. OMG! My highest rating, guys. Run, run, run, as fast as you can on Tuesday, July 11, to purchase your copy of this amazing novel. Salute.
P.S. Just watched an interview on the Today show where Silva tells us some exciting news. The books have been sold to MGM to make a tv series; all 17. Thrilling.