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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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    Frank North Carolina 08-31-09
    Frank North Carolina 08-31-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "GREAT read"

    Silva is a really great writer, and Phil Gigante does a nice job (better than John Lee, I think).

    You do not have to have read the last novel, "The Moscow Rules," to enjoy this.

    I wish there were more unabridged Silva novels - I've already gone through them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Cordova, TN, USA 08-05-09
    Stacey Cordova, TN, USA 08-05-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The Defector is definitely worth the listen"

    I'm a pretty big Daniel Silva fan but, as with all authors, some books are better than others. The Defector has been one of the better ones. It's an enjoyable read/listen. If you've never tried Daniel Silva before, I would recommend reading/listening to The Moscow Rules first as it provides the backstory for The Defector. It will be more enjoyable if you do.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely 08-02-09
    Snoodely 08-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Soap opera assassin"

    I am finding I need to suspend disbelief more and more with each Daniel Silva novel. Much as I enjoy these novels about Gabriel Allon, Israeli assassin, I'm having trouble believing that a professional killer could possess such romantic inclinations. Of course, I know nothing about the subject, but it seems to me that a person who murders people for a living -- even though he only murders bad guys -- could harbor such a soft, artistic heart inside that hard outer shell. Can a person coldly kill without remorse, and then turn around and grow heartsick about a lost love? I don't know, but I will continue listening to every novel Mr. Silva delivers ... just with a grain of salt on the side.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan Boise, ID, United States 08-01-09
    Suzan Boise, ID, United States 08-01-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Not for the weak of Heart"

    Lots of exciting action but much violence. It's a little hard to believe that a man, Gabriel Allon, of such cold-blooded violence could be so soft hearted about other things. I guess we all want to believe there is some redeeming values in everyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank DURHAM, NC, United States 08-31-09
    Frank DURHAM, NC, United States 08-31-09
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    "GREAT read"

    Silva is a really great writer, and Phil Gigante does a nice job (better than John Lee, I think).

    You do not have to have read the last novel, "The Moscow Rules," to enjoy this.

    I wish there were more unabridged Silva novels - I've already gone through them all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Romayne Xenia, OH, USA 07-30-09
    Romayne Xenia, OH, USA 07-30-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Another hit for Silva."

    Daniel Silva has done it again, Gabriel Allon has done it again. Love the book, have loved all the books in this series.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carol osprey, FL, United States 07-27-09
    Carol osprey, FL, United States 07-27-09 Member Since 2011
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    "A Maze of intrigue."

    could not put it down. Thats how operates work. You never know what will happen or where it will take place. The countries involved. Thank you for another wonderful read. carolm20009

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Makiko Irvine, CA, United States 10-02-09
    Makiko Irvine, CA, United States 10-02-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Gypped on the ending!"

    I felt like the story was missing the last two chapters. Totally unsatisfying ending to a great story until then.

    Thanks to Stephen for mentioning that there is actually a new part two that is extended. A truly needed correction.

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    Roger Claremont, CA, USA 01-29-10
    Roger Claremont, CA, USA 01-29-10 Member Since 2011
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    "A superior read...a superior reader."

    I have found the books of Daniel Silva do be superior in every possible way; from the careful delineation and development of characters to the pacing of a plot of exquisite subtlety and complexity. While giving readers the security of characters they know and appreciate, he masterfully brings them to new levels of excitement and release. Phil Gigante is quite simply the most talented performer within this challenging discipline. His creative development of characters through the technical mastery of voice, diction, and pacing, he acts out the full emotional ranges of his characters. Whether the voice is male or female, Russian, Israeli, English or American --each character is immediately genuine and present. Frequently, as he draws you into the action, Mr. Gigante is able to achieve something actually quite rare--true emotional character interaction. I used to alternate between reading the text at home and listening to the audio version during lengthy commutes. Such is the magnetic quality of Mr.Gigantes' performance, that I confess choosing to turn on the audio as I read. I look forward to more...more from Mr. Silva and Gabriel Allon and more from the artistry of Mr. Gigante. THANK YOU BOTH.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Huntington, NY, United States 01-03-10
    Mark Huntington, NY, United States 01-03-10 Listener Since 2002
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    "Excellent book."

    Typical book with the great character Alon.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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