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Publisher's Summary

The extraordinary new Gabriel Allon novel from the "gold standard" (The Dallas Morning New) of thriller writers.

Over the course of ten previous novels, Daniel Silva has established himself as one of the world's finest writers of international intrigue and espionage- "a worthy successor to such legends as Frederick Forsyth and John le Carré" (Chicago Sun-Times)-and Gabriel Allon as "one of the most intriguing heroes of any thriller series" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Now the death of a journalist leads Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spycraft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

This is not the grim, gray Moscow of Soviet times but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and choked with bulletproof Bentleys. A Moscow where power resides once more behind the walls of the Kremlin and where critics of the ruling class are ruthlessly silenced. A Moscow where a new generation of Stalinists is plotting to reclaim an empire lost and to challenge the global dominance of its old enemy, the United States.

One such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel who built a global investment empire on the rubble of the Soviet Union. Hidden within that empire, however, is a more lucrative and deadly business: Kharkov is an arms dealer-and he is about to deliver Russia's most sophisticated weapons to al- Qaeda. Unless Allon can learn the time and place of the delivery, the world will see the deadliest terror attacks since 9/11-and the clock is ticking fast.

Filled with rich prose and breathtaking turns of plot, Moscow Rules is at once superior entertainment and a searing cautionary tale about the new threats rising to the East-and Silva's finest novel yet.

©2008 Danie Silva; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Daniel Silva brings new life to the international thriller." (Newsday)

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From Russia with Love

Against advice from just about everyone in his personal and professional life, Gabriel travels back to Russia and struggles to get back out out again alive. Great story line! Incredible plot.

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  • Susan
  • WEST CHESTER, OH, United States
  • 07-22-14

Maybe his other books are better?

We listened to a couple of hours of this story when we were on a long car trip. It was my first Daniel Silva book. The author unnecessarily embellishes and repeats as if he is trying to fill pages. I was so disappointed!

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Very disappointed

The first half of this book is great as expected from Daniel Silva. After that the plot starts to meander all over the place. There's way too many details for so little plot in the second half.

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  • Richard
  • Davenport, FL, United States
  • 09-23-13

true to form in the gabrial allon series

Would you consider the audio edition of Moscow Rules to be better than the print version?

i did not read the print. the audio book was much more dramatic

What other book might you compare Moscow Rules to and why?

moscow rules keeps pace with mr silvas other books. this one however, Gabrial falls into russian politics and bites off more then he can chew.. great story

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  • G.Monie
  • Bethpage, NY, United States
  • 06-10-13

Allon is great as always, wait for the payout!

The beauty of Silva is that he takes a character who is superior in his job but has obvious human flaws as we all do & requires his team the save him on more then several occasions... which is more realistic then Flynn BUT I still don't think any espionage character shines a light brighter then Mitch, but that's because we like to think America has all its ducks in a row & can take care of its affairs with someone as capable & almost infallible. Allon on the other hand is a puzzle that when slowly put together creates a masterpiece of writing... They always find they're mark in the end but its a team job & there is a reason why Israel is the counter-terrorism experts they are

I love the small details of the book, which obviously makes all books enjoyable... the small nuances that make a spy a spy... its not always kill everybody & interrogate the bad guy, its about finesse. I guess thru this review the end result is that Allon has the Finesse of a great spy & uses the true spy work that is believable in 21st century war while with some other series there needs a greater degree of suspension of disbelief.... I wouldn't be able to rate how good this Allon book is compared to most of his others although the last 2 out of 4 were a little long in the tooth, but let Silva weave the web & see the parasites all end up stuck in it & they go back to the mud as a result... Everyone has a specialty & they are all surgeons in a bloody battlefield, love the cat & mouse, just enough... some spy books have too much tradecraft that slows the story down, I don't think Silva has a problem balancing the two... occasionally it can be but the payout is always worth it, can't wait for the next one!

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Pedestrian .........

A weak beach read if you have nothing better to do, I would say. Tensionless plot, two dimensional characters, average narration. I kept going solely because I'd bought it (as did my wife) but this is the first and last Daniel Silva for this reader. A two star effort.

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I always enjoy Daniel Silva's books

If you could sum up Moscow Rules in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, intriguing,

Who was your favorite character and why?

I always like Gabriel Allon. He is such a good combination of artist and undercover agent.

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  • despinne
  • Edgewater, MD, United States
  • 12-17-11

Silva Does it Again

Where does Moscow Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As far as I'm concerned, Silva is the best in fiction. Lucky for him, current events keep serving him new plots--perhaps too many plots for him to write about, sadly. I found the bad guy to be excessively bad, but maybe I am naive about the New Russians/nouveau riche. Having read all previous books and being familiar with the characters, I was a bit irked by his insertion of a list of characters and how Gabriel came to know them. The most interesting character in the book is a Russian policeman (with rank) who acted as a counter-agent, helping Gabriel to escape twice, the second time leaving Russia with him to avoid repercussions from Moscow. Oft repeated in the book,

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  • Summerville, SC, United States
  • 06-09-11

Another great listen

Quality of audio, narration, and writing all excellent. A good story throughout. Kept me rivited. It seemed less violent than some of the other stories, but plenty of action and intrigue.

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Intriguing Story

This is a well-written book - a twisting, turning plot full of tension, crosses several borders and takes the reader on a wild-ride. This was a quick read that really kept me interested.