The Secret Servant rates 5 stars for story line, intrigue, and current world situation. Silva's breadth of information re many subjects makes the story so palpable...a little romance helps too.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
I am a fan of the Alon series and have been reading the in order. I see a significant improvement in the author's craft in this book--though none have left me incredulous or wanting.
This fictional series echoes the pervasive evil that is radical Islam that is warned of -- fictionally and in non-fiction -- by Joel Rosenberg in a series entitled "The Twelfth Iman".
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is an engaging international thriller featuring the uncommon secrecy and bravery of the Israeli secret service and its star agent, Albion. Silva writes a good if not great thriller, but I felt Gigante's performance less than stellar. . . with pomposity in his voice for a good bit of the time.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Secret Servant. This is my 3rd Gabriel Allon series. The narrator (Phil Gigante) has a wonderful voice and is just perfect for Gabriel Allon. I could not put this book down. I just kept reading until it was done. Now I am looking for the next book and hope it will be narrated by Phil Gigante. He gives life to his characters. Its almost like you are actually there.
The narrator really made the story for me.
As stated in my review above, he is just PERFECT for this series. He has such a commanding voice and he does the character justice.
I have to admit that sometimes I was cringing when I was listening to when some of the characters were being tortured. But I also smiled and laughed out loud at some of the things that the character Ariel Sharone (?) said and cried as well.
I just loved the book.
If you like this genre Daniel Silva a must read.
It wasn't the best spy novel I ever read (imho), but it was well above average. I think what kept it from being among the very best was a slight lack of tension throughout. The plot was tight and well crafted, and the language was skillfully handled.
Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.
My second D. Silva novel, but am now hooked on this author and pleasantly surprised at the narration of this one. Excellent spy/james bond type novel overall with good character depth, plot twists that are highly believable and realistic. If you prefer novels with a little intellectual punch to them then this has that as well. The main reason this is a very good read is because you will like the main character, at least I did. This seems to make a break a good writer for me. I am now trying to read these in sequence. On to the next one...
Exciting, suspenseful, with a healthy dose of sadness in regards to Gabriels life struggles and the ongoing struggle for peace in the Middle East
Gabriel, as always. He's a fascinating, complex character who walks a fine line between righteousness and ruthlessness, inherent in the work he does
Yes, as always with Daniel Silva"s books
I've read half the series so far and look forward with great anticipation to each adventure. I do, however, get frustrated at times with how the readers mangles Hebrew words!
I might. I'm sure there were portions I didn't fully absorb, and the plot & characters are complex, which would make a second listen likely to be enjoyable.
He does a good job with the male characters & reading in general, but he is TERRIBLE at reading the female parts. His feeble falsetto is very painful to listen to.
This is my third Silva novel and I find I am enjoying and appreciating his novels more with each book. This is a great story with all the elements of a great espionage thriller. The line between fact and fiction is blurred as the author weaves a tale of terror that could be tomorrows headlines. The narration is great and I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy the genre...