This is a great book in the Alon series. The only minor gripe is that it has such outlandish twists that seem a bit too convenient to be convincing.
This is my first book by Daniel Silva. Although this isn't the genre of book I read I loved it! It moved quickly and made me yearn for me. I will continue reading about Gabriel Alon.
I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!
This is one of the best Gabriel Allon books. Phil Gigante, the narrator needs to learn to pronounce French. He's a terrific actor and does all voices well but his mastery of French pronunciation and British accent is quite underpar. I could teach him in a minute!
The story has a good start and middle part, but it looses credibility towards the end. The performance is mediocre, with a few voices sounding similar to one-another. Also, it seems Mr. Gigante failed to consult for the correct pronunciation of words in Russian and Hebrew, which can be found in Wikipedia, like dacha and chupa.
I thought the last 50% of the book was right on, exciting Gabriel Alon. But, the first half, a bit hard to get through.
I love Daniel Silva's books. Even the ones that are not as perfect as others are still excellent. MOSCOW RULES had suspense, tough situations, and great character - both evil and good. One thing I really enjoy about Silva's work is the amazing dialogue. Some of the conversations are priceless!
I listen to a lot of audiobooks and usually Phil Gigante is a fabulous narrator. He read this well, for the most part, but there are too many words mispronounced to let it slide. And some are words he pronounced correctly in previous books. Is there an editor or director keeping track of this? It's a bit distracting.
But, all that aside, this is a great book.
This series is an all time favorite of mine. The characters, plot, pacing, and suspense that keeps me coming back for more. I find these novels to be written intelligently with no super heroes, theatrics, or super powers. Realistic, with a suspense that keeps you turning pages. Great stories by a great author. The narration is perfect!