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MOSCOW RULES

DANIEL SILVA

Contemporary Thriller/Mystery

G. P. Putnam Sons

July 2008

ISBN: # 9780399155017

Meet Ivan Kharkov the banker, builder, real estate mogul, international investor, arms runner, dealer in blood money beyond counting.

But Ivan is about to meet Gabriel Allon whose honeymoon has been interrupted by the death of several Russian journalists, all of whom are trying to get to this famous Israeli spy/agent to give him a message affecting millions of people around the world.  Gabriel Allon, the key protagonist in Daniel Silva's spy thrillers, again admirably pumps the reader's adrenalin through page after page of a well-plotted, all too real story.

Beginning in a quiet, hidden villa in Italy, Gabriel is both recovering from a devastating job in the past and enjoying some rest with his new wife, a fellow Israeli agent.  On his honeymoon, he's restoring an "Old Master" painting for the Vatican.  He's promised them he will do only this work and no other capers that could politically embarrass the Italian government.  It's not that he means to cause trouble; he just falls into these messy situations in his passion to "get the job done" - perfectly.

Traveling through Italy, Russia, France and back to Russia, Gabriel Allon practices his finest art and detective skills in order to get the true message from Ivan Kharkov's wife, Elena.  This fellow art-lover and sensitive soul now realizes that the luxury she enjoys is the fruit not only of legal and illegal money, a fact she has accepted for years, but also a deal involving unimaginable death and destruction with consequent global chaos. 

Will she turn on her husband?  Will she back out at the last minute?  What's to be the cost if she carries out this ultimate betrayal of her powerful husband whose control extends to almost every city and town throughout the world? And just what are the Moscow Rules that Gabriel Allon, his sophisticated and talented team and foreign services working with Gabriel on this mission must follow ?in order to succeed with as few casualties as possible?

Daniel Silva knows how to create a complex, multi-level story line that never allows the reader's attention to lag, even though one senses that Gabriel Allon will "win the day."  The other primary riveting factor about Silva's stories is the realistic possibilities of his scenarios that could be happening even as the reader reads this review or this timely novel.

Daniel Silva is a writer of the finest order!  Enjoy Moscow Rules .  It's superb writer is truly an "Old Master" of the writing craft, one whose culture and class shine above the rest, "surrendering one's self body and soul to the canvas..." of this terrific thriller novel.


Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on June 28, 2008

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