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  • Hardcover
  • 433 pages
  • Moscow Rules
  • Daniel Silva
  • English
  • 24 October 2019
  • 0399155015

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Moscow RulesNow the death of a journalist leads Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spycraft, even he has something to learn He s playing by Moscow rules nowIt is not the grim, gray Moscow of Soviet times but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and choked with bulletproof Bentleys A Moscow where power resides once behind the walls of the Kremlin and where critics of the ruling class are ruthlessly silenced A Moscow where a new generation of Stalinists is plotting to reclaim an empire lost and to challenge the global dominance of its old enemy, the United StatesOne such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel who built a global investment empire on the rubble of the Soviet Union Hidden within that empire, however, is a lucrative and deadly business Kharkov is an arms dealer and he is about to deliver Russia s most sophisticated weapons to al Qaeda Unless Allon can learn the time and place of the delivery, the world will see the deadliest terror attacks since and the clock is ticking fast Fully satisfactory indeed, darn close to perfect airport, airplane, and hotel readingI definitely wouldn t start with this one In comparison to the others I ve read, I found this installment was on the high end of the scale in terms of momentum and sustained page turning, but not necessarily one of my favorites in terms of character development including the now familiar protagonist, the newly introduced antagonist, and or the supporting casts for both or my interest in the underly Fully satisfactory indeed, darn close to perfect airport, airplane, and hotel readingI definitely wouldn t start with this one In comparison to the others I ve read, I found this installment was on the high end of the scale in terms of momentum and sustained page turning, but not necessarily one of my favorites in terms of character development including the now familiar protagonist, the newly introduced antagonist, and or the supporting casts for both or my interest in the underlying scenario, situation, or plot I fear or sense or, at very least, guess that the reason the installment was weighted this way seemed like it flew by even if the story arc wasn t fully developed is that it s part of a series within the series or, in other words, the sub plot hasn t played itself out yet.Silva increasingly has claimed the preeminent spot among authors I turn to when I know I m going to be trapped in a long steel tube yup, an airplane for a long time So I plan to keep working my way through the series Without a viable opposition, there can be no democracy For 8 in the Gabriel Allon series, Mr Silva takes a shift in focus and this book finds Gabriel dealing with a Russian arms dealer This 2008 novel addresses issues that 11 years later are still relevant in Russia Moscow Rules takes not so subtle jabs at the faux democracy that is the Russia of Vladimir Putin And they are dead on.Although Moscow Rules was fine for what it is, it feltlike a conventional thriller to me than som Without a viable opposition, there can be no democracy For 8 in the Gabriel Allon series, Mr Silva takes a shift in focus and this book finds Gabriel dealing with a Russian arms dealer This 2008 novel addresses issues that 11 years later are still relevant in Russia Moscow Rules takes not so subtle jabs at the faux democracy that is the Russia of Vladimir Putin And they are dead on.Although Moscow Rules was fine for what it is, it feltlike a conventional thriller to me than some of the earlier books in the series I also did not read it as quickly as I have read others in the series I enjoyed it, but just enough The formula that Dan Silva employs in these novels has been essentially the same in numbers 6, 7 8 and in this one it annoyed me, which had not happened before.I like the Gabriel Allon series, I will keep reading them However, this novel is one of the weakest of the first eight Nevertheless, Silva can write and plot a novel well, so I have yet to be disappointed or really irritated at any, thus far Apparently, this is book eight in a series about Gabriel Allon, a part time art restorer and Israeli secret agent I have read a few Daniel Silva books off and on over the years but have not read any in this series Silva primarily writes espionage stories.The book is well written and fairly fast paced I think this isof a mystery story with some espionage tossed in Silva is a good storyteller, so I found the story held my attention My mistake was starting a series at book eight But to Apparently, this is book eight in a series about Gabriel Allon, a part time art restorer and Israeli secret agent I have read a few Daniel Silva books off and on over the years but have not read any in this series Silva primarily writes espionage stories.The book is well written and fairly fast paced I think this isof a mystery story with some espionage tossed in Silva is a good storyteller, so I found the story held my attention My mistake was starting a series at book eight But to be honest, I doubt I will read any in this series It just did not grab my interest Daniel Silva began his career as a journalist Some of that writing style comes through in his writing.I read this as a paperback published in 2008 by Signet Publishing Company The book is 519 pages I ve mentioned before my general slam on long running series at some point, the author starts repeating him herself Characters that were once vibrant and fresh start doing and saying the same things Often, they don t seem to learn anything from their previous adventures or do much changing So it also goes for the recurring supporting characters It s one reason why I ve only recently begun thinking albeit reluctantly about writing a series.Unfortunately, it appears that Gabriel Allon, Dani I ve mentioned before my general slam on long running series at some point, the author starts repeating him herself Characters that were once vibrant and fresh start doing and saying the same things Often, they don t seem to learn anything from their previous adventures or do much changing So it also goes for the recurring supporting characters It s one reason why I ve only recently begun thinking albeit reluctantly about writing a series.Unfortunately, it appears that Gabriel Allon, Daniel Silva s favorite Israeli secret agent, has fallen into this same trap.In this, his eighth outing, Our Hero is sent after Ivan Kharkov, a Russian oligarch who has grown rich selling arms to the combatants in various Third World wars and is about to pass on to al Qaeda some serious weaponry Allon shuttles from Rome to Moscow to London to St Tropez, trying to figure out what Kharkov s selling and how to stop him.First, the good news Silva s grasp of tradecraft and the ins and outs of espionage is still intact and strong As I and others have pointed out, Silva s known to get it right when portraying covert operatives at work While Allon isn t strictly a spy he s basically an assassin with ancillary skills the setups for his various elaborate operations at least seem authentic and rely very little on magic or coincidence unlike in some other spy thrillers out there He has a steady if light hand with settings His voice is cool and often distant not a lot of passion leaps out at the reader from these pages It s a fast read, both because of the prose and because there s not a lot of weight to the proceedings.Preface I haven t been reading these in order I previously read and reviewed the eleventh Allon installment,Portrait of a SpyHad I read that one after this one, I d be saying the same things about it.With this, my fourth Allon book, I m picking up some patterns that I find increasingly disturbing To wit For long stretches of this novel, I couldn t shake the feeling I d read it before At a certain level of abstraction, I have it s essentially the same outline asPortrait of a Spyand, it appears, other books in the series Using the timeline references Silva includes in the plot, when this book was written 2008 , Allon was in his late fifties, and Ari Shamron his long time mentor was in his seventies Yet they re still going into the field, and Allon is still taking on men half his age They re both ridiculously old for this kind of thing, and Allon s way too old to get the tar kicked out of him as appears to happen at least once per story and be able to recover In Portrait, everyone s three years older, which makes the action in that story evenunlikely Really Isn t it time for Allon to go run The Office Silva s thinly disguised Mossad and let the younger guys get captured and tortured Not only is Allon way too old to be the kind of field operative that he is, but his identity has been so thoroughly blown through his previous exploits that every major intelligence agency in the world knows who he is and what he looks like Somehow, he s still able to slip across borders and work undercover in hostile environments In this regard he s become much like the movie James Bond, whom the bad guys always recognized but always let in the front door anyway Why does anyone in The Office think it s a good plan to send the man on covert missions This may have been the case before, but I really noticed it this time all the principal female characters are beautiful and are attracted in one way or another to Allon, who s significantly older and has a lot of miles on him Is it just me, or does this seem lazy Just as all the women are beautiful in Allon s world, all the villains are brutal, corrupt, venal, murderous thugs who are bad because they can be It s nice to have things made so easy, right I d like to run across an Allon opponent who has good reasons for what s he does, or at least has some nuance Having jumped from the first to the eleventh, then back to the eighth part of this saga, I can see that Allon has hardly changed Even though he s now married to a beautiful, much younger woman, of course , he does the same things with the same motives He hardly hesitates in dropping his honeymoon with said beautiful younger woman and running off to do Shamron s bidding once again, even though he knows exactly how it s going to turn out Not once does he seem to really miss his new wife not once does he wonder why he s still doing this.Is Moscow Rules worth the time to read It depends If you re a rabid fan of the series, then of course If you ve never read any part of the Allon saga, I d point you to one of the early installmentsThe Kill Artist , perhaps , back when the character and stories were fresh and new But if you ve read a couple of the other parts and are hoping for something different, you won t find it here I have oneof these in my to read pileThe Rembrandt Affairthat I ll get to someday unless Silva s taken off running with the art crime angle he s supposedly been exploring lately, it will probably be my last Sorry, Gabriel it s time to retire Moscow Rules, rules I liked this book due to two reasons The first is the presence of everybody s second favourite villain the FSB KGB And the second is how pragmatic the story is as well as its ending.The FSB ends up being a pretty menacing villain but Daniel Silva does a hatchet job on the organisation, Russia and everyone associated with the country which seems to be par for the course for Western writers these days But still, the book is great, the action excellent, the story grippi Moscow Rules, rules I liked this book due to two reasons The first is the presence of everybody s second favourite villain the FSB KGB And the second is how pragmatic the story is as well as its ending.The FSB ends up being a pretty menacing villain but Daniel Silva does a hatchet job on the organisation, Russia and everyone associated with the country which seems to be par for the course for Western writers these days But still, the book is great, the action excellent, the story gripping and Gabriel ends up kicking ass Moscow Rules is the 8th book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva Gabriel and Chiara are on their honeymoon when Gabriel is summoned A Russian journalist has important information he wants to pass along about a threat to the West but he will only tell it to Gabriel He travels to Rome to meet the Russian journalist but the journalist is killed before he can tell Gabriel Allon then travels to Russia to try and find out what it was that the journalist wanted to tell him There he learns Moscow Rules is the 8th book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva Gabriel and Chiara are on their honeymoon when Gabriel is summoned A Russian journalist has important information he wants to pass along about a threat to the West but he will only tell it to Gabriel He travels to Rome to meet the Russian journalist but the journalist is killed before he can tell Gabriel Allon then travels to Russia to try and find out what it was that the journalist wanted to tell him There he learns of a Russian oligarch arms dealer named Ivan Kharkov His latest deal is a plan to sell missiles to al Qaeda This is the new Russia and not the old Soviet Union Kharkov has bullet proof limousines, a private plane, villas and his own army of former KGB henchmen At times the description of the Russian president and killing of dissident journalists sounds like it is something right out of today s headlines I believe this is the first book in the series where Russia is the prominent setting and Gabriel has to learn to play by the Moscow Rules This was not my favorite Gabriel Allon book but it was still a good read I have not read the series in order so this book did help to explain some things that are mentioned in later books in the series such as The Defector BOILERPLATEThis is the eighth book featuring Gabriel Allon, a part time art restorer and full time Israeli Secret Agent I find this author s books very reminiscent of Robert Ludlum s, i.e some literary spy craft, surveillance techniques are big in Moscow Rules , mixed with some globe trotting, usually around recognizable landmarks , and a world threatening plot that needs to be foiled all loosely tied to the current headlines Moscow Rules follows Silva s previous tried and true formula BOILERPLATEThis is the eighth book featuring Gabriel Allon, a part time art restorer and full time Israeli Secret Agent I find this author s books very reminiscent of Robert Ludlum s, i.e some literary spy craft, surveillance techniques are big in Moscow Rules , mixed with some globe trotting, usually around recognizable landmarks , and a world threatening plot that needs to be foiled all loosely tied to the current headlines Moscow Rules follows Silva s previous tried and true formula the book begins by introducing the bad guys committing a crime beyond the capabilities of local authorities to solve A reluctant Gabriel, busy in some remote but beautiful locale, in this book he is on his honeymoon in Italy , is then summoned He pulls together a team of now well known characters and sets up a sting operation to snare the bad guys usually Arab terrorists Inevitably the plan falls apart at some critical juncture forcing Gabriel to single handedly save the day and the world while providing the reader with a happy ending The twist in this book is that the bad guys are Russian black market arms dealers supplying Arab terrorists.I don t mean to sound condescending or as if I m intellectually thumbing my nose here, I m just as guilty as the next reader when it comes to enjoying mindless thrillers but the Allon books have become cookie cutter repetitive and hence stale if you ve read one, you ve read them all Exciting espionage with insightful narrative on the inner workings of the current Russian regime as well as international arms sales. Once again, I wish goodreads had half starsIthan 3 star liked this book but not quite 4 stars Maybe b c it s book 8 in the series, they re all merging in my memory, but this one didn t stand out better than any of the others It s still a great spy read, and thoroughly enjoyable Russia was new terrain for these characters, and interesting since I have very little knowledge about Russiaand this piqued my interest.Another issue related to this being book 8 of the series is the lite Once again, I wish goodreads had half starsIthan 3 star liked this book but not quite 4 stars Maybe b c it s book 8 in the series, they re all merging in my memory, but this one didn t stand out better than any of the others It s still a great spy read, and thoroughly enjoyable Russia was new terrain for these characters, and interesting since I have very little knowledge about Russiaand this piqued my interest.Another issue related to this being book 8 of the series is the literary device of reminding readers of the main characters back stories for those who might have forgetten or for new readers who start reading mid seriesFor me, while Silva keeps these sections brief, it still takes away from the main story line and progression of the plot


About the Author: Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva was born in Michigan in 1960 and raised in California where he received his BA from Fresno State Silva began his writing career as a journalist for United Press International UPI , traveling in the Middle East and covering the Iran Iraq war, terrorism and political conflicts From UPI he moved to CNN, where he eventually became executive producer of its Washington based public policy programming In 1994 he began work on his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, a surprise best seller that won critical acclaim He turned to writing full time in 1997 and all of his books have been New York Times national best sellers, translated into 25 languages and published across Europe and the world He lives in Washington, D.C.Series Michael Osbourne Gabriel Allon