The Secret Servant

The Secret Servant

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Penguin Putnam
In Amsterdam, a terrorism analyst named Ephraim Rosner lies dead, brutally murdered by a Muslim immigrant. The Amsterdam police believe the killer is a deranged extremist, but others know better. Just twenty-four hours before, Rosner had requested an urgent meeting with Israeli intelligence. Now it is Gabriel Allon's job to find out what Rosner knew, and when he does, it confirms his worst fears: a major terrorist operation is in the works. But not even Allon could have predicted what it is.

In London, a young woman vanishes. She is the daughter of the American ambassador-and goddaughter of the president of the United States-and the kidnappers' demands are at once horrifically clear and clearly impossible to meet. With time running out, Allon has no choice but to plunge into a desperate search, both for the woman and for those responsible, but the truth, when he finds it, is not what he expects. In fact, it is one that will shake him-and many others-to the core.

Intense and provocative, filled with breathtaking double and triple turns of plot, The Secret Servant is not only a fast-paced international thriller but an exploration of some of the most daunting questions of our time.

Baker & Taylor
In the aftermath of an Amsterdam-based terrorism analyst's brutal murder by a Muslim immigrant, Gabriel Allon investigates sobering clues pertaining to the victim, in a case with ties to a secret terrorist organization and the abduction of an ambassador's daughter. 300,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
When last we encountered Gabriel Allon, the master art restorer and sometime officer of Israeli intelligence, he had just prevailed in his blood-soaked duel with Saudi terrorist financier Zizi al-Bakari. Now Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground, a plot that is about to explode on the other side of the English Channel, in the middle of London.
The target of this plot is Elizabeth Halton, daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James's, who is to be brutally kidnapped. Gabriel arrives seconds too late to save her. And when he reveals his face to the plot's masterminds, his fate is sealed as well. Drawn once more into the service of American intelligence, Gabriel hurls himself into a desperate search for the missing woman as the clock ticks steadily toward the hour of her execution. The search will take him from Amsterdam to Germany to the very end of Denmark. It will thrust him into an unlikely alliance with a man who has lost everything because of his devotion to Islam. It will cause him to question the morality of the tactics of his trade. And it might very well cost him his life.

Baker
& Taylor

In the aftermath of an Amsterdam-based terrorism analyst's murder by a Muslim immigrant, Gabriel Allon investigates clues pertaining to the victim, in a case with ties to a secret terrorist organization and the abduction of an ambassador's daughter.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2007
ISBN: 9780399154225
Branch Call Number: FIC Silva
Characteristics: 385 p.

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Cindasan_62
Aug 05, 2017

Gabriel Allon and the Israelis become involved in a terrorist plot targeting the Americans and British when one of their civilian informants is murdered in Amsterdam. All through this story, the question to Allon keeps popping up: why are you doing this? The reader doesn't find out until almost the end just how personal an operation it becomes for Allon, and then it's heart-breaking. I've come to expect only the best in plotting, pacing, and story ideas from Daniel Silva and he doesn't disappoint with The Secret Servant.

Ari Shamron wants his protege, Gabriel Allon, to take over top leadership of The Office (the Mossad) on King Saul Boulevard. Allon has no interest in it. This job offer hangs over the story in this book like a dark storm cloud. Failure also hangs over this story since Allon fails time and time again to do what he intends to do. This is really the first time I've felt, as a reader, that maybe Allon will bite the dust -- he's definitely met his match with these particular terrorists. That's how intense this story is. Unfortunately, like most thrillers, it's difficult to write about the story or plot without giving away too much and ruining the enjoyment of other readers.

One thing I always find interesting in Silva's books: he doesn't paint the American characters in beautiful colors. In fact, he's a master of showing how people are never all good or all bad, but capable of just about anything. This contributes effectively to the suspense in his stories. His hero isn't an American but an Israeli who doesn't officially exist, and who's starting to feel his age. His temples are graying. This is the seventh Gabriel Allon book and when I think back at how much he's been beaten up, shot, drugged, and abused in other ways, it amazes me that he's still able to walk. The Secret Servant really does a number on him physically. I wonder if Silva will ever give the guy a break?!

I highly recommend this novel, and indeed, the first seven of the Allon series for anyone who loves to read espionage thrillers, action and political intrigue, or thrillers with depth.

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Bookworm1562
Aug 18, 2016

The story takes you throughout England, Europe and the Middle East. On the way you learn about the birth and growth of extreme Islamism.

classic Silva writing. Excellent plot, social commentary and tongue in cheek humour. I liked the denouement back in Israel, nice bridge to Gabriel's next adventure.

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7626dee
May 15, 2016

Allon makes several mistakes that our good super spy shouldn't, wouldn't, couldn't previously. Allon best become an administrator afore he makes one mistake too many. I hope Silva is ready to move on to another hero and theme, events in the war wracked Middle-East have overcome the Cold War environment. Arab Spring has come and gone and Gabriel has to move on as well.

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gtct
Mar 20, 2015

Excellent read.
Typo: page 342, referring to Shamron as Shannon.

trigo_04 May 15, 2014

Enjoyed reading the book and more power to Daniel Silva.

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zipread
Sep 22, 2013

The Secret Servant --- by --- Daniel Silva
There’s a common thread to be found in much contemporary action writing. There are the good guys (in this case the filthy rich mega-billionaire captain of industry cum ambassador to the Court of Saint George. And then there are the dastardly, good for nothing, despicable, bent on destroying the rest of world in the name of Allah, hate-mongering Islamist terrorists. So there’s your basic leitmotif for this novel. Add one Gabriel Allon, agent for a secret intelligence organization, and you’ve got the ingredients for a story you can’t put down until you finish it. A good way to spend some down time.

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djbphoto
Apr 18, 2012

Fast paced and one like the others not to be put down.Exhilarating!

machinedog Apr 03, 2012

He's worn out and going through the motions. I think he was as bored writing it as I was reading it.

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rahmmie
Apr 24, 2011

I really enjoyed this book, good read

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Art restorer and secret intelligence agent Gabriel Alton, searches for the kidnapped daughter of an American ambassador and attempts to derail a terrorism plot.

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