Why would I or anyone want to read yet another entry into a long series about a main character that defies convention, logic, tradition, his personal safety, other persons’ personal safety, diplomatic relationships, personal relationships and his marriage only to survive in the end in the forgiving arms of his beautiful and understanding wife?
The answer is that Silva is a spy-master al la le Carré combined with the detailism of a Clancy, the action sequences of a Thor, the historical perspective like a Berry and the character integrity of a Baldacci. Not only is his writing worth reading just for the pleasure of it, Silva combines world affairs, some on the radar and some below it, with lessons and messages that are offered only to those who accept them. His is not a proselytizing way.
He never lets his readers feel content that his main character will survive. We never know when the series might end, as all things eventually do. We hope that the risks and the penalties absorbed by the character do not do him in but with each book the man is older but less wise about the risks he absolutely must incur. I still get a feeling of relief when he actually makes it into some safe house to convalesce.
Whether you have read Silva or not; whether you are familiar with the series or not; you are advised to read Moscow Rules.