Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva

Gabriel Allon is an art restorer with a photographic memory and extensive language skills. He's also an assassin for Israeli intelligence with the combat skills and the extraordinary tolerance for physical pain as might be expected of any super spy in the 21st century. Starring a repeat performance by Greg Allon, The Secret Servant is a well-constructed thriller about a kidnapping in northern Europe.

As might be expected, the body count is high, the plot twisty and turney, and suspense enough to keep the reader up all night rushing to the end.

A well-written thriller. A fast read.

But wait, there is something else. Two scoops of something else. One scoop of European politics (Muslims are taking over Europe, especially England) and one scoop justification for torture.

"Did it feel good to shoot him like that?"

"It didn't feel good. But then it didn't feel bad either."

"Look at those people over there. Many of them would soon be dead if I hadn't acted the way I did."

If can take your thrillers with a double serving of politics, this is the book for you. However, if the need to save Europe from Muslims extremists and the use of torture to accomplish goals might disturb your reading enjoyment, you might look for something else.

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