The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva; page count 416
I do love the writing of Daniel Silva. This is the latest installment of a series he created surrounding an Israeli spy named Gabriel Allon. They are excellent, and I highly recommend any of them to a reader who wants a good espionage thrill.
This particular book is a little different from others in the Allon series. Allon, art restorer by day and occasional spy by night, is restoring a work of art within the Vatican itself. He is pulled away one night because there has been a death in St. Paul’s cathedral. Allon is then asked by the highest echelons of the Catholic Church to quietly investigate.
Really, this was much better than a couple of the last books Silva put out. They were getting a bit too formulaic, and I was tired of feeling as if I had read the same book before. This one was definitely different.
That being said, I do wish Silva would try something new again. My favorite book of his is about counter-intelligence during WWII, and he wrote a couple of great books about a CIA man pitting himself against the IRA. Silva is a good writer, but this Allon business is getting old. And I do mean that literally, the major character is getting far too old for the stunts he pulls on a seemingly regular basis. It’s not that I don’t like Allon. He’s a great character, and I can see why Silva wants to continue writing about him. However, the writing has got to move forward. I’m pretty sure he’s used the same exact descriptions for the reoccurring characters in the books for the last half dozen books.
So here’s a personal plea from me to Mr. Silva: Please, write something new. I promise, I’ll buy a copy because I trust that you are a good writer. It’ll probably be better for your career in the long run anyway. Thanks!