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Moscow Rules | [Daniel Silva]

Moscow Rules

In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.
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Publisher's Summary

The extraordinary new Gabriel Allon novel from the "gold standard" (The Dallas Morning New) of thriller writers.

Over the course of ten previous novels, Daniel Silva has established himself as one of the world's finest writers of international intrigue and espionage- "a worthy successor to such legends as Frederick Forsyth and John le Carré" (Chicago Sun-Times)-and Gabriel Allon as "one of the most intriguing heroes of any thriller series" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Now the death of a journalist leads Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spycraft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

This is not the grim, gray Moscow of Soviet times but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and choked with bulletproof Bentleys. A Moscow where power resides once more behind the walls of the Kremlin and where critics of the ruling class are ruthlessly silenced. A Moscow where a new generation of Stalinists is plotting to reclaim an empire lost and to challenge the global dominance of its old enemy, the United States.

One such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel who built a global investment empire on the rubble of the Soviet Union. Hidden within that empire, however, is a more lucrative and deadly business: Kharkov is an arms dealer-and he is about to deliver Russia's most sophisticated weapons to al- Qaeda. Unless Allon can learn the time and place of the delivery, the world will see the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11-and the clock is ticking fast.

Filled with rich prose and breathtaking turns of plot, Moscow Rules is at once superior entertainment and a searing cautionary tale about the new threats rising to the East-and Silva's finest novel yet.

©2008 Danie Silva; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"Daniel Silva brings new life to the international thriller." (Newsday)

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    A Summerville, SC, United States 06-09-11
    A Summerville, SC, United States 06-09-11
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    "Another great listen"

    Quality of audio, narration, and writing all excellent. A good story throughout. Kept me rivited. It seemed less violent than some of the other stories, but plenty of action and intrigue.

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    Reney 05-26-11
    Reney 05-26-11 Member Since 2010

    I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!

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    "Intriguing Story"

    This is a well-written book - a twisting, turning plot full of tension, crosses several borders and takes the reader on a wild-ride. This was a quick read that really kept me interested.

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    Shelly La Mesa, CA, United States 03-25-11
    Shelly La Mesa, CA, United States 03-25-11
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    "Pleasant surprise"

    A friend recommended this author and I started with this book because it went on sale. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Listened to it in less than 4 days and added more Silva books with the character Gabriel Allon to my wish list. I didn't feel I missed anything by reading these books out of order and I look forward to reading the rest. An enjoyable ride!

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    Jim Salinas, CA, United States 03-10-11
    Jim Salinas, CA, United States 03-10-11
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    "Silva cements his place as a master story teller."

    This is a continuation of the Gabriel Allon series and is as riveting as the others. I had trouble stopping this audio. An absorbing spy thriller from an author who has mastered English prose. Doesn't get any better.

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    Lena 02-16-11
    Lena 02-16-11 Member Since 2013
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    "As a Russian reader"

    Highly recommend this book as well as the series all-together. Well researched. I did not feel that anything about Russia and its current state was out of line or unsubstantiated. I think that the main character, Gabriel, is well developed and does not fit the stereotype of an assassin, which I find very refreshing.

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    James Sandy Hook, CT, United States 11-11-10
    James Sandy Hook, CT, United States 11-11-10 Member Since 2006
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    "write by checklist"

    This book was painful, an endurance test. The writing is wooden and predictable. Every 2 or 3 paragraphs the writer stops the flow to expound on some subject you need to know about, why he couldn't find a better way to explain things is beyond me. Suddenly he describes the wine in detail (check), then veers off into an explanation of a hotel (check) then a quick aside about how great and superhuman the israelis are ( check, check), then back to the story, which advances at a glacial pace. Then, repeat the pattern. (check) Too bad he didn't check his facts- there are numerous errors of fact. And if that's not enough, the reader seems to have only two voices- the plain readers voice, and the "foreigner voice", which sounds russian whether he's doing an israeli, italian or russian. At least there were some russians in the book. Don't waste the credit.

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    Jane Solana Beach, CA, United States 06-04-12
    Jane Solana Beach, CA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Abysmal narrator"

    Daniel Silva can be counted on for an entertaining tale of international espionage, provided your expectations aren't set too high. However, the producers of this audiobook made a gigantic blunder in selecting the narrator. The main action in the story unfolds in Italy, Russia and France, and Mr. Silva liberally sprinkles Italian, Russian and French words, phrases and place names throughout his narrative. Phil Gigante has an uncanny knack for horribly mispronouncing nearly EVERYTHING that isn't in English, and it drove me to distraction. I don't know how the audiobook production process works, but it is clear to me that Mr. Silva was not actively involved. Don't get me wrong -- I don't expect a narrator to know Italian, French and Russian. However, I do think it is reasonable to expect that, if the narrator is unsure how to pronounce a word, he should find out. I won't purchase another audiobook narrated by Mr. Gigante.

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    Kurt Wichita, KS, USA 11-16-08
    Kurt Wichita, KS, USA 11-16-08
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    "Fair story; no effort on foreign terms"

    The book itself was okay, but as a Russian speaker I was horrified that the actor or producer failed to research the correct pronunciation of many common Russian names, place names, and worse--some common Russian words like "dacha", which the actor pronounced as if speaking German.

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    Gregory Havre de Grace, MD, USA 08-10-08
    Gregory Havre de Grace, MD, USA 08-10-08 Member Since 2015
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    "So bad I couldn't listen to all of it!"

    This is unforgivably biased in its view of Moscow and full of inaccurate descriptions of the buildings and architecture that I found I was sighing with relief when the earphones fell from my ears

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Fort Campbell, KY, USA 07-23-08
    Erik Fort Campbell, KY, USA 07-23-08 Member Since 2013
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    "This narrator stinks..."

    This narrator stinks...

    28 of 88 people found this review helpful
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