Recent Reads

January 21st, 2008 • Kate

Up at the family homestead this weekend, while watching the football championship games (Go Giants!), I finished the latest Gabriel Allon thriller, The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva. Allon is an Israeli assassin and master spy, as well as a renowned art restorer. In previous books, he saved the President’s life, foiled an attempt on the life of the Pope, and killed countless terrorists. In this latest go-around, Allon’s attempt to warn the British about a possible attack on their soil leaves his name and picture all over the press again, and he must gather his trusted team to save the girl, and himself.
I always enjoy Silva’s books, although this latest one seemed to start off rather slowly. The spycraft always feels incredibly authentic, although I must admit (and this is probably also a statement on our own world, from which Silva draws his fiction) that the last few books which find Allon pitted against Islamist jihadists have started to feel similar.
Still, I’ll look forward to the next one. What are some of your favorite spy novels? And Matt Damon aside, which was better, The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum, or the Doug Liman movie?

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3 Responses to “Recent Reads”

  1. Trish Says:

    I think Matt Damon's Jason Bourne played a large part in his being named People's Sexiest Man Alive. The Bourne Identity is one of my favorite movies and I can't think of another actor I'd rather see in that role. That said, I still prefer the book.
    My favorite spy novels are Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko books, particularly Havana Bay. I also like Ludlum's Matarese Circle and Matarese Countdown.

  2. Anon #1 Says:

    Hmmm…I have not seen the movie, but I really liked the book.
    My favorite spy novel is The Charm School by Nelson DeMille. Its setting is dated (Russia during glasnost) – but it is by far one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read. Also loved Hunt for Red October, the book, not the movie; which was ruined for me, because I read the book a week before seeing it.

  3. Ellen Booraem Says:

    I believe that would be "go Patriots."
    Ellen, sounding like she actually watched Sunday's play-off game instead of going to a Sweeney Todd matinee.