Spy novel may help beat ‘dog days of summer’

Literary Junction
Ray Dale / Public Services Librarian
Thursday, July 19, 2018
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If you’re looking for a way to beat the dog days of summer, may I suggest air conditioning and a good book? I can’t do much to help with the air conditioning, but I can recommend a good read, especially if you like spy thrillers.

Daniel Silva has long been one of my favorite authors and his latest novel, House of Spies, does not disappoint. This is the most recent of his Gabriel Allon series. It is set in locations across the globe from Tel Aviv to Paris.

Silva’s main character, Gabriel Allon, is an operative of the Israeli secret service. He was first brought in to the world of spies and terrorists when he was the head of the team to avenge the Black September attacks during the Munich Olympics. Since that time, he has been the point of the spear for Israel in its fight to exist in the middle of its most staunch enemies. He is now the head of the Israeli secret service, but has a hard time being behind a desk and still finds himself drawn the forefront of the fight.

Four months after the deadliest attack on American soil since 9/11, a terrorist attack takes place in Britain that is masterfully planned and carried out. There is, however, one loose thread which leads Gabriel to the glamorous south of France.

In this world of highpriced homes, parties and powerful people is one of the wealthiest men in the country, Jean-Luc Martel, and his companion Olivia Watson. Watson, a beautiful former British fashion model, pretends not to know the true source of Martel’s enormous wealth while Martel turns a blind eye to the fact that he is doing business with a man whose goal is the complete destruction of the west. With Allon’s skilled hand guiding them, however, they become a pair of unlikely heroes in the global war on terrorism.

This book, like all of Silva’s, is hard to put down. He draws you in quickly and you find yourself wanting to know what’s going to happen next.

If you like spy thrillers, this is definitely one for you. It’s available on the top floor of the Big Horn County Library in the “New Book” section. Stay cool and happy reading.