The Defector


With a dollop of Simon Templar, a dash of Jack Bauer, the urbanity of Graham Greene and the humanity of John LeCarré, Daniel Silva has hit on the perfect formula to keep espionage-friendly fans’ fingers glued to his books, turning pages in nearly breathless expectation.”, Thane Tierney

Timely and at times almost unbearably tense, The Defector proves that of those writing spy novels today, Daniel Silva is quite simply the best.”
Kansas City Star, Leslie McGill

Gabriel Allon, Israeli superagent and government-sanctioned assassin comes out of retirement in Italy to repay a debt of honor. A Russian defector who twice saved Allon’s life has been kidnapped and returned to Russia by former KGB thug and illegal arms dealer, Ivan Kharkov. (we have edited out spoiler line here)…. A gripping tale of bloody vengeance, spycraft, international finance, and politics ensues. Using the ensemble cast from previous novels, Silva (Moscow Rules) takes the reader on a hair-raising ride through London, Italy, and Moscow.

Verdict Once again, Silva has written a suspenseful novel of espionage, violence, and corruption. His aging Allon is an assassin with a soul. He is tiring of violence; could this be the last Allon novel? One hopes not.”
Library Journal, Robert Conroy, Warren, MI

Silva’s thrillers bring readers the best of all spy worlds. The action roars along, touching down in both glamorous settings and godforsaken outposts…Silva juxtaposes scenes of great beauty, as when he details the Umbrian villa in which Allon does his restoration work, with shuddering scenes of violence. For readers who crave both deft characterization and old-fashioned, spy-novel action.”

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.” The ninth book in Daniel Silva’s smart, fast-paced series about enigmatic assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon begins with an epigraph courtesy of Machiavelli. A fitting start to a twisty spy thriller chock full of clandestine meetings, tenuous alliances, and ruthless men. The beauty of Silva’s series is that it is easy on acronyms and byzantine operations (so you don’t have to be a spy novel aficionado to enjoy it), and each book gives you a discreet rundown on familiar characters and back-stories (so you don’t have to start at the beginning). In The Defector, the disappearance of Russian defector and dissident Grigori Bulganov draws Gabriel out of semi-retirement and into the path of Ivan Kharkov, the former KGB agent and Russian oligarch from Moscow Rules. Exotic locales, intriguing characters, and a breakneck pace make for a riveting summer read.
Amazon, Daphne Durham

Gabriel Allon has been and continues to be one of the most fascinating espionage agents for years in perhaps the best thriller series on the market in the past decade… The follow up to the super MOSCOW RULES is excellent… but as always Daniel Silva provides another great entry that will elate fans who will also wonder how the author can top THE DEFECTOR.”
—Harriet Klausner


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