Book Review: The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

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I bor­rowed this book from the local library.

Book Review: The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

"The Kill Artist" tells the fic­tional story of Gabriel Alon, a for­mer Israeli agent who has retired to a life of an art restorer, his for­mer cover which became his occu­pa­tion. Alon is called back for duty one last time to stop an old enemy who is on a mur­der­ous spree before he leaves this world. The story takes place in Europe, US, Canada and Israel and has many twists and turns where no char­ac­ter is left unharmed.

The book if an easy read, fast and a page turner even though some­what pre­dictable, yet it does have its sur­prises. The Daniel Silva does try to present sev­eral sides of the mid-East issues but doesn't delve into any issues of take sides (almost a bul­let point pre­sen­ta­tion summed up in a few para­graphs). There are no "good" or "bad" guys in this book, which is one rea­son I liked it, the Israelis fight with the same immoral con­vic­tion as their Pales­tin­ian coun­ter­parts — and both believe they are right an stand on a higher moral ground than their opponent.

The char­ac­ters in the book are some­what cliché, a super­model spy who is used to entice ene­mies, a tor­tured reluc­tant hero, an enemy who feels jus­ti­fied, SOB direc­tors and more.

"The Kill Artist" is a well writ­ten spy novel, filled with details in all the right places as well as sev­eral char­ac­ters from Silva's pre­vi­ous nov­els and won­der­ful polit­i­cal pop­corn for those of us that care. I am look­ing for­ward to read­ing the rest of the series.

My rat­ing for The Kill Artist - 4

Zohar — Man of La Book

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