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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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    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 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book."

    Typical book with the great character Alon.

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    Paul Brinson 09-01-09
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    "Great Book with great reader"

    Daniel Silva and Phil Gigante together combined to make a a great listen.

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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 08-08-09
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 08-08-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    Very good story with a great ending. I hope this won't be the last we hear of Gabrial Alon. All the main characters are in this book and made the story more engaging. You won't be disappointed.

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    Mary Swansboro, NC, United States 07-29-09
    Mary Swansboro, NC, United States 07-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "SILVA"

    This book was wonderful. I felt it was one of his best.

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