The Other Woman

The Other Woman

Book - 2018
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Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.
Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780062834829
Characteristics: 476 pages ;,24 cm.


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There is something dragging down the story line now that Gabriel is head of Israeli security. The shadow of Kim Philby on the world of spies in the 21st century was a brilliant story line. I do like that Gabriel can hob knob with the heads of security in other countries, he has more power in the spy-world scene. His wife has become a caricature in the background. I agree with some comments that maybe it is time to develop a mentee for Gabriel. A symphony conductor or an opera singer?

Feb 13, 2019

This has all the hallmarks of an old-style noir thriller - an almost unbelievable premise leads to an entertaining yarn. Silva has it stately-paced with his well known characters and this novel is free from the usual sermonizing from the former good ole Catholic boy. Well worth reading.

Jan 12, 2019

Unputdownable...highly recommended.

Jan 10, 2019

I liked the plot line but the story developed very slowly for a "thriller". The head of Mossad does not run around by himself shooting people, sorry that part does not fly, time for Silva to develop a new character. Give me a call when one appears, he seems to have already put a suitable antagonist in Russia, Philby redux, don't you just love the total ineptness of MI anything, even Bond can't save them and they manage to make the suits at the CIA look somewhat competent.

Dec 16, 2018

Great read.

Oct 05, 2018

I found this book way too long and unexciting. It could have been condensed and wrapped up a lot faster with more action. I only finished it because I did not have another book to read. Not his best work.

dustbunny53 Sep 28, 2018

This was not one of my favorite Gabriel Allon books, but I enjoyed it none the less.

Sep 10, 2018

I think this is the only book I have read of his that I have not enjoyed. I found it slow and plodding and the end was anti climatic. Even this good author has a bad outing once in a while I guess.

Sep 09, 2018

This book had all the ingredients of a thriller but somehow the mix didn't work; at least it didn't do it for me. Gabriel Allon, the chief of Israel's secret intelligent services is a larger than life leading man; however, the other characters were not upto par. Allon hunts for his most important asset inside Russian intelligence and his quest in time leads him and us, his readers backward in time. I thought it was a waste of almost 500 pages.

Aug 22, 2018

Ohhhhh, this is good. Speculating a living relative of turncoat British spy, Kim Philby, author Silva imagines this relative as a high placed mole in the Westetn intelligence structure. It's a thought-provoking scenario and gives Gabriel Allon, his recurring character, something to sink his teeth into.

The writing is so good - spare, elegant, and suspenseful. My hope is that new espionage writer Jason Matthews, with his extensive insider knowledge of spycraft, will rise to this level of writing excellence as his career continues. Fingers crossed.

As always, I can't wait for the next Silva offering.

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