I borrowed this book from the local library.
“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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