House of Spies
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House of Spies (A Gabriel Allon Novel)
Daniel Silva
528 pages
February 2018
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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In House of Spies, Gabriel Allon hunts down Saladin, one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world. As an art restorer, assassin and now head of Israel’s secret intelligence service, Allon works with British, French and American intelligence agencies to prevent ISIS attacks led by the ruthless Saladin.

In this sequel to The Black Widow, Gabriel deals with repercussions of a violent attack on London, following the most deadly attack on the United States since 9/11. Further attacks are planned, and it is up to Gabriel to stop them. He is even injured in an ISIS attack in Paris. His information on the terrorist leader leads him to the ultra-rich French entrepreneur Jean-Luc Martel, a famous hotelier and restauranteur who is also an influential drug dealer. After infiltrating his drug supply network, Gabriel uses Martel’s beautiful girlfriend, Olivia Watson, as a way to expose the drug empire run by Martel.

This novel combines superb characterization with non-stop action to give readers a look at the links between the ISIS terrorist network and European drug empires. Saladin uses the profits from the drug trade to fund his attacks on Western countries. Drugs flowing from Morocco into Western Europe are the source of money for terrorism:

"And almost since its inception, ISIS has been an active player in the drug world… (And now) the Islamic State has taken over much of the European trade in illicit narcotics.”
Martel, a member of the French elite, runs the network by exploiting his connections to the highest levels of French politics and society. Christopher Keller, a new agent working with Allon, is a former Corsican Mafia assassin who has joined the British secret service. Dr. Natalie Mizrahi, one of the very few people to have seen Saladin, is once again recruited by Allon to destroy the ISIS leader.

Daniel Silva is the American author of the very successful Gabriel Allon novels, which have been translated into more than 30 languages and are slated to become an MGM Television series. He started his career in 1984 working as a journalist after studying international relations. He worked at NBC and CNN until, in 1995, he decided that he wanted to write fiction. With the successful publication of The Unlikely Spy, he left CNN in 1997 to write novels full-time. Silva lives in Florida with his wife, Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas. He introduced Gabriel Allon in his novel The Kill Artist (2000) as an art restorer who doubled as an Israeli spy. Now Allon runs the Israeli secret intelligence service and leads the fight against ISIS. Readers will definitely look forward to the next installment of the Gabriel Allon spy series!

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Myra Junyk, 2019

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