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Book Review: The Messenger by Daniel Silva

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The Messenger by Daniel Silva is the sixth book in the Gabriel Allon series. Allon is an Israeli agent who is more interested in restoring works of art than the world of espionage.

When an al Qaeda operative is killed in London, some photographs are found on his computer and the Israeli intelligence suspects that the group is planning a big attack aimed directly at the Vatican.

Israeli agent Gabriel Allon finds himself in a battle of wits against dangerous men which takes him on a hunt across Europe.

The Messenger by Daniel Silva is more of a thriller than the previous five books. The book is quite violent and Allon’s ruthlessness comes out in several highly charged scenes.

While I didn’t think The Messenger was the best in the series, it did fill in some missing gaps in the relationships between the characters. As in many book series this one also is a standalone, but it’s always nice to read them in order.

I was glad to read about the return of Chiara, Allon’s love interest which we lost in the previous book. I also loved the way Silva wrote the Pope (“the” Pope, not some mobster or terrorist with a nickname); he was approachable and seemed like a good leader.

Silva incorporated current events into this book (and several others), such as the tensions between Christianity and Islam and the concerns of the Pope who is trying to build relationships, yet stands to lose his life because of them.

As much as I love current events in books, what I dislike is current events like plot devices which never actually happened. Mixing up current events with the destruction of St. Peter’s basilica simply didn’t ring true for me.

Over the past two years, I have been introduced to Daniel Silva and have read most of his books. If you follow my blog you know that I am a fan and think that Silva is one of the best espionage authors working today. However, in this book his writing seemed to lack a little–not much mind you, but I could tell the difference from previous books.

That being said, this book is certainly is still highly recommended. Once Allon enters the page, the strengths of Silva in plotting and writing come to full power and fruition. The story becomes a gripping page turner and I could not put it down.

Related Reads:
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon #1)
The English Assassin by Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon #2)
The Con­fes­sor by Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon #3)
A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon #4)
Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon #5)

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