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The Defector | [Daniel Silva]

The Defector

Six months after the blood-soaked conclusion of Moscow Rules, Allon is in Umbria, trying to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, when a colleague pays him a shocking visit. The man who saved Allon's life in Moscow and was then resettled in England has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, and they blame Allon for planting him.
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Publisher's Summary

Over the course of a remarkable career, Daniel Silva has established himself as one of the world's finest writers of international intrigue, a craftsman worthy of comparison to John le Carré and Graham Greene. His latest bestseller, Moscow Rules, was not only superior entertainment, but a prescient cautionary tale about the emergence of the New Russia. Now he takes that tale to the next level.

Six months after the blood-soaked conclusion of Moscow Rules, Allon is in Umbria, trying to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, when a colleague pays him a shocking visit. The man who saved Allon's life in Moscow and was then resettled in England has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, and they blame Allon for planting him. To discover the truth and clear his name, Allon must go immediately to London - a decision that will prove to be the most fateful of his career.

In the British capital, he finds himself once more on the front lines of the secret war between East and West, where Russian spies and dissidents engage in the old game of cat and mouse. There, Allon uncovers a much greater conspiracy, a plot by an old enemy to resurrect a network of death, to bring the world to the precipice of a new confrontation, and in order to stop it, he must risk everything: his ties to an organization he has served since his youth, his new marriage . . . even his life.

©2009 Daniel Silva; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

The Defector is more than the most explosive thriller of the summer. It is a searing tale of love, vengeance, and courage created by the writer whom the critics call "the perfect guide to the dangerous forces shaping our world" (Orlando Sentinel)

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    Mo Palo Alto, CA, USA 11-03-09
    Mo Palo Alto, CA, USA 11-03-09
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    "Mo reads Gabriel Allon and friends"

    A very exciting political thriller starring my favorite art restorer/assassin, Gabriel Allon. This story is narrated by a very fine actor by the name of Phil Gigante. Mr. Gigante has the formidable task of reading this book using voices for each character in many accents, including British, British gay, Israeli, Italian, Russian, Southern American, and four different women each with their own nationality accent. His superb rendition is very believable. It is probably a good idea to read Silva's book "Moscow Rules" first, as "The Defector" takes off from where the former ends.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    nina Birmingham AL United States 08-23-09
    nina Birmingham AL United States 08-23-09 Member Since 2007

    Nina

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    "What a waste of time!"

    Won't read Silva again. His characters have become cartoonish, and his plots repetitive and increasingly hackneyed. Descriptions ever more violent and unpleasant. The narrator did his best and was excellent but despite fine narration, the book was not worth the time or effort.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    dilanidiva Lafayette, OR, United States 08-16-14
    dilanidiva Lafayette, OR, United States 08-16-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Drags on and on !!!!"
    What would have made The Defector better?

    A Plot, Less history lessons, Better movement of story...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Silva again?

    ONLY his earlier books. NOT the ones he writes now.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Ok. Not Great !


    What character would you cut from The Defector?

    Most of the supporting endless stream of characters


    Any additional comments?

    I was so unimpressed with this book. I could ONLy listen to half of it... such a waste of time..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 12-06-12
    William 12-06-12
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    "Gabriel Allon done masterfully"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The audio versions of these books bring a depth not found in simple readings, as the pronunciations of the phrases in various languages of the places and phrases is entertaining and enlightening- I recommend them to all of my friends who are fans of the written stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance and the writing were equally superb.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    The heart and pathos that was communicated by Gigante was amazing, as was his command of the languages spoken.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A powerful and gripping experience of spycraft and the people that suffer in its grasp...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    david 10-17-12
    david 10-17-12
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    "I really like this!"
    Where does The Defector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A really good story, well told. As good as this was, I plan to work my way through all of Mr. Silva's books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Moku 06-16-12
    Moku 06-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping story, well told"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if the friend is a fan of spy thrillers. Silva's Gabriel Allon series is among the best in the genre.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Gigante's narration is competent and workmanlike but not inspired. Though he does not get in the way of the story, neither does he enhance it much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no -- the story certainly held my attention, and I was eager to find out what would happen next, but I can listen to Gigante for only so long before I need a break.


    Any additional comments?

    This is another good effort from Daniel Silva. I look forward to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 04-17-12
    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Another Hit by Daniel Silver!"

    Gabriel Alon and the team do it again. Please keep writing these books. You have a fan here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kew Gardens, NY, United States 06-06-11
    Michael Kew Gardens, NY, United States 06-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book, narrator needs some work..."

    Daniel Silva's books are consistenty excellent and the characters are as real and vivid as ever. My only problem with this audio book was the narrator. Aside from the falsetto used for women's voices which was just irritating, the accents were HORRENDOUS. The Russians sounded like Germans... the Israeli's sounded like quasi-Russians... And the pronunciation was painful for both the russian and the hebrew words. I don't expect it to be perfect, but at least comprehensible. Blue and white in Hebrew is Kachol (Ka-Hol) Ve Lavan - narrator pronounced it Catch-all Velevan. There are many more terrible examples but this one aspect severaly impacted my listening pleasure. Perhaps, being a native speaker of all three languages makes me more sensitive to it but I think purchases should be aware nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Houston, TX, United States 05-27-11
    David Houston, TX, United States 05-27-11 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving. Love the reviews.

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    "Tedious"

    The publisher's blurb suggesting that Daniel Silva is "worthy of comparison" to LeCarre or Graham Greene is ludicrous. Those two both write deeply challenging and sometimes profound novels which also happen to be exciting stories about espionage. This book (even more than the two others I have read by Silva) is a formulaic thriller driven by a contrived revenge plot in which the characters have all the depth of a mud puddle rapidly drying in the summer sun. Which is to say that, however interesting the art restorer Gabrielle Alon may have been when he was introduced, he has become a cipher devoid of surprises. His every emotional struggle is no more than a contrivance used to ramp up the stakes for the next confrontation. His legendary skills remove him from any real danger of "failure," and we are finally reduced to the role of cheerleaders shaking the pom poms as the body count rises. Tedious.

    No more Alon for me. I think I will go back and reread "Smiley's People."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ommu 05-24-10
    Ommu 05-24-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story, poor pronunciation by narrator"

    Thought the book was great, but the mispronunciation, particularly of Hebrew names and terms detracted significantly from the enjoyment of the book. Even English and Russian proper names are mispronounced: "Grosvenor" pronounced "Grows-venor"

    This narrator reads several of Mr. Silva's books. Why is this poor pronunciation of Israeli & Hebrew names, in particular, allowed over several audiobooks? Surely somebody can provide a pronunciation guide for the narrator.

    Having said that, I thought the variety of the male characters voices was quite good. The exceptions were some of the women's voices. Chiara was made to sound like quite a whiner.

    With corrected pronunciation, I'm sure the narrator can do a much better (and more easily listened to) job next time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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