As with many spy/crime/detective series, Silva improves with each effort. This is the best of the Allon series so far, although even the books before it are strong and worth the time. This book is a league apart ... even the narration is superb.
"For all it's problems Egypt is still the most important country in the Arab world. If Egypt goes Islamic it will have a disastrous ripple effect across the entire region. Disastrous for my country and yours (meaning Isreal)."
Whether Egypt will go Islamic or not only time will tell. Fantastic forecast by this guy.
The action part of this spy thriller is fast-paced while relying on unbelievable feats of physical prowess. The protagonists are cold-hearted egoists who cavalierly break all laws of humanity and decency while justifying their actions on the basis of expediency and threats not understood by the simple-minded rest of us. The book is weighed down by pompous pronouncements illustrating these beliefs. This was my first and will be my last book by this author.
I am new to the series and found it enjoyable. The characters' characteristics are narrow with flaws and foibles...that's what makes fiction fun. Though the reader does an admirable job of changing voice with character, they often come out like borscht-belt comedians.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
Perhaps I should listen again to this one, because I had trouble liking the hero and became uninterested in the ending. Sometimes this happens when I am not listening close enough to a book.
This being my third Gabriel book in the series, I see a formula and predictability in the books coming forth. The new narrator was a step down, that did not help my opinion that this will probably be my last Silva book with Gabriel as the main character. Silva is a great writer in my opinion and I will keep my eye open for new books with new characters (and preferably a different narrator). Close to a waste of a credit.
Pompous, clich?d, flat language ... and, worst of all, the plot does not build enough suspense to pull you along and put up with the writing.
I went to Silva's website and found the list that showed the order in which his books were written, and that's the order in which I've read them. Silva is a good writer, and initially, the series was not only entertaining, but almost addictive. At this point, I'm getting bored. I don't know if he does it intentially, but Silva's books have become formulaic and almost predictable. Maybe if I had allowed more time to pass between books, they wouldn't have worn so thin. I wasn't interested enough to finish this one, and I probably won't buy another for a year or two. It's hard to decide how many stars to give it, and in some ways it deserves 5; and in other ways, only 3.