Synopses & Reviews
The extraordinary new Gabriel Allon novel from the "gold standard" (The Dallas Morning News
) of thriller writers.
Over the course of ten previous novels, Daniel Silva has established himself as one of the world's finest writers of international intrigue and espionage "a worthy successor to such legends as Frederick Forsyth and John le Carre" (Chicago Sun-Times) and Gabriel Allon as "one of the most intriguing heroes of any thriller series" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
Now 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 now.
This 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 more 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 States.
One 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 more lucrative and deadly business: Kharkov is an arms dealerand 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 9/11and the clock is ticking fast.
Filled with rich prose and breathtaking turns of plot, Moscow Rules is at once superior entertainment and a searing cautionary tale about the new threats rising to the Eastand Silva's finest novel yet.
"Short on moral complexity, bestseller Silva's eighth thriller starring Israeli master-spy Gabriel Allon (after The Secret Servant) may remind some readers of an action-packed and suspenseful episode of TV's Mission Impossible. Allon's honeymoon with his second wife comes to an abrupt end on his learning that a Russian arms dealer, Ivan Kharkov, is involved in a weapons shipment to al-Qaeda for use in a major terrorist attack whose details are a mystery to the CIA as well as to British and Israeli intelligence. Since this tip originated with the death merchant's wife, Elena, Allon persuades his superiors and his American allies to authorize a complex plan to use Elena to gain access to Kharkov's secrets. Obvious good guys and bad guys, coupled with a straightforward plot in which Allon and Elena owe their lives to a lucky chance at the climax, make this one of the less satisfying entries in the series. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"One of the highlights of my reading year is any new novel by Daniel Silva....Silva's plot is wonderfully constructed, with plenty of action and suspense....Silva just gets better as the questions get harder." Chicago Sun-Times
"Some long-running series get tired; Silva's just improves with each new book. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"Standard spy fare, but spiked with truly exciting scenes and spiced with Allon's art expertise." Booklist
"Daniel Silva brings new life to the international thriller." Newsday
"This eighth installment in Daniel Silva's bestselling series is a superb and seamless follow-up to The Secret Servan, and the best yet....Silva scares the pants off you even as he entertains." BookReporter.com
"There is a reason that each successive book featuring Allon sells more than the last. Silva continues to provide some of the most exciting spy fiction since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond." Rocky Mountain News
"Moscow Rules matches previous Silva novels with its rapid pace, detailed research and a warning....The warning in this book: The Russian leadership will stop at nothing to regain the country's standing as a superpower." San Antonio Express-News
Filled with rich prose and breathtaking turns of plot, Moscow Rules is at once superior entertainment and a searing cautionary tale about the new threats rising to the East and Silva's finest novel yet.
Daniel silva has hit the top with his new gabriel allon novel...
A #1 New York Times bestseller!
The death of a journalist leads Israeli spy Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spycraft, even he has something to learn if he wants to prevent a former KGB colonel from delivering Russia's most sophisticated weapons to al-Qaeda.
About the Author
Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules and The Defector. He is married to NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel. They have two children, Lily and Nicholas. In 2009 Silva was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council.