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.
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)
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.
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.
I have listened to them all to now and am sure I will finish the series. But, half of the book was pure drudgery. Plus, the author has to keep re-building all the characters and many past events to bring non series listeners up to speed. The last half delivered, but it was a tough hill to climb.
THE DEFECTOR is another excellent Silva and Allon story. Phil Gigante's narration, however, detracts from the quality of Silva's writing. His intonation and pronunciation both are less than desirable. Gigante's French usage is especially poor, but, even with English names like Grosvenor Square, Gigante pronounces the silent "s". Compare John Lee or George Guidall. Gigante comes across as an amateur.
This was my second time listening to this book. The story is exciting - no problem there. But this time I found some problems with Phil Gigante's pronunciations. There is no "s" in the pronunciation of Grosvenor, for example. A minor point that doesn't really diminish the book's quality but it is annoying. The author deserves his work be produced correctly.
That being said, this is one of my favorite book series.
I have been reading the Gabriel Alon series in order. They have all been enjoyable, but this one may have been the best. Thanks for creating enjoyable fiction.
Ice thoroughly enjoyed my first audiobook I was happy with the narrator and it has encouraged me to listen to more audio books.
This ability to listen to books is really fantastic I would recommend it to anyone who has any kind of I problems or just want to be able to listen to someone tell them a story!!
A Plot, Less history lessons, Better movement of story...
ONLY his earlier books. NOT the ones he writes now.
Ok. Not Great !
Most of the supporting endless stream of characters
I was so unimpressed with this book. I could ONLy listen to half of it... such a waste of time..
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.
The performance and the writing were equally superb.
The heart and pathos that was communicated by Gigante was amazing, as was his command of the languages spoken.
A powerful and gripping experience of spycraft and the people that suffer in its grasp...
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