Book Review: The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

August 6, 2010

The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva tells the fictional story of Gabriel Allon, a former Israeli agent who has retired to a life of an art restorer, his former cover which became his occupation. Allon 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.

  • 448 pages
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375500901

My rating for The Kill Artist 4
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The book if an easy read, fast and a page turner even though somewhat predictable, yet it does have its surprises. The Kill Artist by 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.

Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer:I borrowed this book from the local library.
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  • DanielleAugust 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I noticed you like history, what is your favorite time period? Currently mine is the Tudor period, but I also love to read about WWII and the Holocaust as well. I am a new follower, have a great day! Danielle @ everylastpage.blogspot.comps- how do you get a "top commentators" widget? I want one too 🙂

  • Man of la BookAugust 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Danielle, Welcome.My favorite time period changes. For a while I read everything I can about the Civil War, then the Revolutionary War era, the Tudor era etc.WWII is always on top though.The widget is from

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