There is so much fact interwoven with the authors fiction. I really do admire the amount of research and the excellent blend of story and fact.
Silva is an excellent writer in this genre, and although it's essentially the same plot book after book, the changes and interplay make it all the more enjoyable.
John Lee is an extraordinary narrator, especially in the five major Follett books. Phil Gigante is above average, but that's a disadvantage following extraordinary storytellers Guidel and Lee.
I still recommend the book, but the narration takes getting used to. I'm reading the series in order, and see Gigante has several books ahead on the list, I think I'll grow to accept his performance.
I never wrote a review the first time I read this. This is my second time going through the entire series and the books are just as good.
I love the way Silva brings back characters. Allon's "team" are quite interesting characters. The storyline is compelling, as usual.
I don't know how an author can continually improve with each book but Daniel Silva does it again with THE SECRET SERVANT.
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.
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...