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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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    Paul Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 07-22-09
    Paul Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 07-22-09
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    "Paul"

    Excellent audiobook with a fine vocal performance from Phil Gigante. In this continuing series of Gabriel Allon, we finally get to see his dark side, and dark it is indeed. The story crosses the usual assortment of countries and brings back all the previous characters in the series.

    46 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Santa Fe, TX, USA 09-16-09
    Marc Santa Fe, TX, USA 09-16-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Modern day thriller"

    An excellent example of the post cold war era spy thriller. Good character development and almost believable scenarios. Tension is held and builds to a strong conclusion. An entertaining read.

    A word of caution though: this is a sequel to "Moscow Rules". The entire plot and outcome of Moscow Rules is retold as part of the development of this novel. So, once you have read The Defector you will not be able to go back to Moscow Rules, so read it first.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Nelson Atlanta, GA United States 08-02-09
    Douglas Nelson Atlanta, GA United States 08-02-09 Member Since 2006
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    "cliffhanger at the end???"

    I like Silva a lot. I like this book. The end made me angry. This isn't a mini-series where I get to see the rest tomorrow. If the story takes 2 books, make it 1 long book... please.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kristen west grove, PA, United States 08-06-09
    kristen west grove, PA, United States 08-06-09 Member Since 2005
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    "frustrated"

    As far as it went this is excellent book with gripping action and suspense throughout, makes you want to hear what comes next but the ending is in the middle of a thought like the Sopranos, and leaves you hanging. You must buy the next book to know what happens. this feels like the way to make more money - even though the choice belongs to the listener. I won't be buying the next one as I am offended by this ploy.

    If it is not a ploy and I as the listener am to guess at the ending I won't be buying the next one because I don't like to guess, thank you. I have been cheated.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 08-25-09
    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 08-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Silva scores again"

    If you like the thriller genre, you will like Daniel Silva. His latest book, The Defector, is another winner. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat and has enough mini conclusions spread out to keep your interest to the very end. The Defectors is a follow up to Silva's last book,Moscow Rules and, while it isn't necessary to read first,it would help in setting the context for The Defector.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 08-01-09
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 08-01-09
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    "I don't get it,"

    The critic's note and the other critiques here just don't jive. The author doesn't put you IN the book. It more like a narrator reading from a script while you try to visualize what is going on. The plot was excellent and story line good. It was just not exciting. There was a lot of murder and violence without suspense. The way it ended.... It ended right in the middle of the action. I went back and re-read the last part of the book twice to make sure I didn't miss anything trying to figure out why it ended where it did.

    If you want to picture someone standing at a podium, reading from a script, this is for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shira Ramer Illinois 09-03-09
    Shira Ramer Illinois 09-03-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "The Defector"

    Phil Gigante's pronunciation of Hebrew words was so inaccurate, I was astonished at the translation that followed. A reader must take the time to learn how to pronounce the foreign words in every book he reads. It makes the story telling much more satisfying.

    4 of 5 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 1 people found this review helpful
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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Audiophile Baltimore, MD USA 08-16-09
    Audiophile Baltimore, MD USA 08-16-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Dan Silva is a great writer -- but not his best"

    Gabriel Elon is one of the most interesting thriller heros -- a brilliant art restorer and a brilliant Mossad assassin. In this book, Silva seems to be just going down his list of bad guys -- Nazi torturers, Arab terrorists, Drug Cartels, and now Russian KGB/Mafia. I think that the next novel will have to address U.S. Skinheads, but Gabriel is running out of relatives to be kidnapped by bad guys. Nonetheless, the plot moves along well and Phil Gigante does a good job of dramatizing the book. I actually like his accents (except for the southern lilt of the CIA agent). The plot is complicated and Silva has to pull the fat out of the fire at the end with a "deus ex machina" that is less than satisfying. But...I still love Silva and Gabriel and cannot wait for the next one -- hoping it will be a little more polished than this one that seemed to be rushed out for the summer reading season.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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