A Moscow where a new generation of Stalinists is plotting to challenge the global dominance of 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. Kharkov is an arms dealer - and he is about to deliver 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.
©2008 Daniel Silva; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
I really enjoyed this book, it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, I look forward to listening to the rest in this series.
A top notch thriller that I have come to expect from Daniel Silva. As in all of his spy novels featuring the assassin/spy Gabriel Allon, it starts off with Mr. Allon in some far off land restoring art, which is his side line. Allon, an assassin and spy for the Office in Israel, is asked to do a small favor of meeting with a Russian journalist, who has information. Somehow the journalist ends up dead, leading Allon to take up the case of what information the journalist had, which leads Allon to Olga, another Russian reporter. That lead ends with Allon beaten and leads him to Elena Kharkov, wife of the notorious Ivan Kharkov, arms dealer to the world. The plot moves swiftly along as Allon tries to obtain information From Olga, at first, and then Elena. Forged paintings, old flames, the CIA, British Secret Service, gun fire, murder, and a bold extraction in hostile Moscow all play a part. The action is fast moving, the plot is nimble and the story is all I have come to expect from Silva.
If I had a quibble with the novel, it would be the ending. All are saved by an author ploy of using some new character to save the day. It basically comees down to the author having no other way to save his guy.
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