The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon Series #18)

The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon Series #18)

by Daniel Silva

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Overview

From Daniel Silva, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal

She was his best-kept secret …

In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West—a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power.

Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel’s vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance.

Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated while trying to defect in Vienna. His quest for the truth will lead him backward in time, to the twentieth century’s greatest act of treason, and, finally, to a spellbinding climax along the banks of the Potomac River outside Washington that will leave readers breathless.

Fast as a bullet, hauntingly beautiful, and filled with stunning double-crosses and twists of plot, The Other Woman is a tour de force that proves once again that “of all those writing spy novels today, Daniel Silva is quite simply the best” (Kansas City Star).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062835123
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Series: Gabriel Allon Series , #18
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 206,828
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Unlikely Spy, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, The Messenger, Moscow Rules, The Rembrandt Affair, The English Girl and The Black Widow. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are best sellers around the world. He lives in Florida with his wife, CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

Date of Birth:

1960

Place of Birth:

Michigan

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The Other Woman: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to imagine this is #18, but here we are and this latest installment is as good as the first. Daniel Silva has not taken his readership for granted like many famed authors. He doesn’t create unnecessary side plots or fill the pages recounting stories of the past. Each novel stands independently while tying together the ongoing journey of our hero. The fictional ties to current events makes it relevant. Well researched and meticulously written. I give it a 15 on a scale of 1-10!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva consistently delivers great novels whose backgrounds are often based on historical events and facts as well as current events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Mr. Silva's books. I was lost from the first chapter. Could not figure out the point of this story. I wait for every July for his new book. What happened with this one? Very disappointed. I hope next year the story will be on par with previous books prior to this year's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! Reminded me of the third book in the George Smiley/Karla Trilogy by John Le Carre: "Smiley's People".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read
librogattoRE More than 1 year ago
Spies, Traitors and Moles Well blended and Deftly Seasoned With a Dash of History The Other Woman is Daniel Silva’s 2018 offering to his multitude of fans, and any lucky new readers who have started with the 18th book in the Gabriel Allon series. Some of us, myself included, were lucky enough to get a copy a few days in advance – the treat of all treats. Compared to his last few books, The Other Woman is, in a way, a quieter book; there is less bling, fewer bombs, and if so inclined, one could actually track the body count, but don’t let that fool you. There are innumerable twists and turns, blown operations, dangerous gambits and missing puzzle pieces all of which strain several long time friendships and alliances. The Other Woman reminded me in some ways of, “An Unlikely Spy,” the very first Silva book written before Gabriel Allon had been created. This is because it deals more with the line by line, hour by hour painstaking work of spy craft rather than the more glitzy glamorous rock’em sock’em aspects, but this book is anything but slow moving or bogged down in details. The author’s humor is allowed to shine through the tension, and his repetition of certain phrases reminds me of a composer’s leitmotif. Mr. Silva brilliantly weaves the lives and perfidies of some comparatively recent, real life spies with his fictional figures, and the reader is drawn into this spider’s web smoothly and silkily. Prescient as always, Daniel Silva has turned away from the morass of the Middle East and dropped us into the arms of Mother Russia. We spend a lot of time in Vienna, a city that is a series of painful memories for Gabriel, who is now Head of the Office. A standard scooping up of a Russian defector goes very wrong in a way that points to a mole. From there we are on our journey that brings us to several countries including brief visits to Israel where we catch a glimpse of favorites such as Shamron and Chiara, and those adorable twins, and longer visits to the UK and the US. Some of the regulars are more front and center than others, but just about all our old friends are there. The historical characters are a superb touch, and those who are in my age bracket will no doubt remember much about them. The Other Woman is riveting right up to and including the Author’s Note at the end. Big bomb are not the only scary things in this world. The Other Woman may not end with a bang, but the whimper, if heard, was just mine at finishing the best book I will read until next July.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this novel difficult to read. Too many characters, some with more than one name! Would not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grabs ahold of you and doesn’t let go. Couldn’t put it down until its conclusion. A must read for Gabriel Allon fans.
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
How did I love thee? When I counted the ways, I ended up with way more than 5 reasons. But since 5 stars is as high as most ratings go, that number will have to suffice - but it certainly isn't enough to do this book justice. In the interests of full disclosure, Israeli intelligence chief Gabriel Allon ranks No. 1 on my top 10 list of all-time favorite book "heroes" - a place he's held for quite a few years now. This is his 18th appearance, and I'll say with no hesitation that he's in no danger of being knocked off that lofty perch any time soon. Of course, he didn't get there all by himself; he had considerable help from the author, who created not only him, but a cast of other interesting characters and put them in the middle of intriguing stories that make me, at least, reluctant to put them down. This one is no exception; in fact, I'd call it the best of the series I've read in recent years. Maybe that's because the story mirrors, at least to a certain extent, what's going on in the real world. Readers get more than a passing glimpse at the tenuous relationships among the intelligence communities of Israel, Great Britain and the United States as they all try to get the drop on the Russians and save their own reputations without stepping too hard on each other's toes. The book begins with Gabriel in Vienna, where he and his cohorts are directing the defection of a known spy. Just as they're about to reel him in, he's unceremoniously murdered - and initial evidence points to Gabriel as the killer. While the tabloids keep the incident in the news, Gabriel and his team realize there must be a leak within their own ranks (in which agency remains for them to determine). So it is that they set out to "out" the mole, prove Gabriel's innocence and restore order to what's become an embarrassing situation that threatens to ruin already shaky alliances. From that point on, the story gets more complex with even more far-reaching implications (all the way back to the 1950s and 1960s). Admittedly, therein may be one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much; I'm old enough to remember the events that are such an integral part of this story. There's not much more I can reveal without giving too much away, though, except to say that the details are so intricately woven that as a whole it's totally mesmerizing. Oh, and one other thing: If you have but one book to read for the rest of this year, you won't go wrong if you make it this one.
djz More than 1 year ago
Wow! Another super thriller from Silva! It kept me on edge until Its compelling finish. the story is gripping, fast moving with complex plots and twists, yet it is well developed and richly constructed. It is like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: several 'melodies' played simultaneously, yet still maintain its harmony; both thrilling and spiritually profound. I am especially impressed by Silva's masterful, paint-like description of the action scenes: one would feel his/her own slow motion walking along with the characters in all landscapes. When I read the book, I can feel Gabriel’s own paint brush touch on the story: full of tender emotion, well tempered by intellectual control! It is definitely one of the best Allon series. Mr. Silva definitely has created the most unforgettable highly cultured hero with high moral standard in the contemporary world! Just love our hero and love the book!
anna_amato More than 1 year ago
AMAZING - ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC which I ensured I would review truthfully. There will be no spoilers I promise. I read a review I posted two years ago and I'm not sure how I can surpass but I'll try. Firstly, MAGNIFICENT comes to mind. The author always claims that his books are fiction but his knowledge of the subject and the area and the Tsar and Russia's intereference in world politics makes you wonder as you're reading which characters are real and which the author has just 'tweaked'. It's like a master weaver pulling threads from four different areas to weave a tapestry which students of history will be studying one day. He takes pieces of spycraft history and weaves them masterfully with today's events. His mastery of language and repeated use of certain phrases are something I always enjoy as I do the 'regular cast of characters'. Another thing I appreciate about Daniel Silva is that you could pick up this book without ever having read the others and 'know' the cast of characters and their stories. There are always physical descriptions and how they came to be in Gabriel Allon's life. The book begins with such a rush by the end of page 39 I couldn't breathe and was wondering how I'd make it through the book. Fortunately the pace slows down and we can breathe again while we read the different backstories which contribute to the fabric of the tapestry he's creating. But the pace picks up and this book cannot be laid aside to read in small pieces. You will NEED to know what happens. You will know who but you HAVE to know why and how and where to make sense of it all. The tapestry has to be finished so you can see the big picture. The picture is that Russia has always played the 'long game' in spycraft. They are not like the US in that they know they have a long history, their goals for world dominance don't change and they're prepared to wait and train their successors in the event that the results are not seen in their own lifetime. Their treachery knows no timetable.
James_Reid More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva's master spy, security specialist and assassin Gabriel Allon is a senior official in the Israeli government. He should be back home sending others into the field. But Gabriel has never been the kind of man who leads from the rear. That trait brings Gabriel to Vienna, a city of which he is not particularly fond for an agonizing reason Silva's fans will remember, to receive a defecting Russian intelligence officer. Things go badly. The defecting intelligence officer is killed and the perennially camera-shy Gabriel is photographed. The Office concludes that a mole is operating inside western intelligence. The mole is identified and killed before he can be interrogated. Maybe. Gabriel works to make sense out of a situation that is rapidly spinning out of control. Personal relationships are strained as memories of the Cold War are dredged up. People long believed to be friendly are found to be far less so. This is a tale that impacts on our contemporary state of the world. Daniel Silva has never written a bad book. Read. Savor. Repeat.
WntrPkgrl More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva’s books are always hard to put down, and this one was no exception. The book starts with a Russian intelligence officer being coerced into being an informant for Israel and the West, code name Heathcliff. When Heathcliff passes some intelligence that will make it apparent to the Russians that he’s passing secrets he needs to be extracted and given asylum. The Israelis will handle the exfiltration operation as they recruited him, and the British will give him asylum as they were a prime beneficiary of the information he passed on. It should be a simple operation, but a Russian assassin gets to the defector first and kills him. There is a mole somewhere in Israeli or British Intelligence giving information to the Russians – this is how they knew when and where the operation would take place. Not only have the Russians killed the asset, but they’ve cleverly found a way to cast suspicion on Gabriel Allon, the head of Israeli Intelligence, for the murder. This starts a series of events that links the present to a spy scandal from the 1950s. Gabriel Allon and his team set out to uncover the identity of the mole and the twists and turns getting to the solution are fascinating. In addition to being a great spy story, the interplay and relationships between the familiar players from all 18 books in the Gabriel Allon series is fascinating as always. In this book one of Gabriel’s best professional relationships falls victim to events. Because Daniel Silva books are always so tied to current events, they seem to be both fiction and non-fiction simultaneously. They always leave me feeling both very worried and yet somewhat hopeful. They’re also the only books where my first thought upon finishing is that I want to reread the book to catch anything I may have missed the first time. If you’re a newcomer to the series, this can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend starting from the first book of the series (The Kill Artist) and working forward. You’ll get to know and love the series regulars and see them evolve. This is another great book in a great series. This review is based on a complimentary pre-release copy, but that said, I liked the book so much that I purchased an ebook copy to keep in my library and reread – in fact I’m doing that right now! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A gripping book that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end! A must read.
Anonymous 5 days ago
...a fantastic read...could not put it down...maybe because I kept re-reading sections! Thoroughly enjoyable...
Anonymous 12 days ago
I love Daniel Silva's books unfortunately I never received my recent order from Barnes and Noble because they are cheap and use an incompetent shipper named Lasership. When I contacted Barnes and Noble to let them know I never got my books they could do nothing to help me because they could not replace the books anymore. Out of stock. So I am out of luck with no books by Daniel Silva and I am going to a book signing next week where Mr. Silva will be signing books and I won't have mine. Thanks for nothing Barnes and Noble.
Anonymous 13 days ago
It was ok. Certainly not great
Anonymous 25 days ago
Gabriel+Allon+keeps+you+turning+the+page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Until next time....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good+read%2C+one+of+his+better+books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve read almost all of Silva’s books and this one differs in that it focuses on Kim Philby and his defection and how his daughter became a spy clone. Since Gabriel became chief of Israeli Intelligence one would expect him to slow down in “wet work”, but still his natural ability as an operative had not diminished. I was disappointed in that his art restorer talent seemed to have been left behind. An interesting and challenging read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A+good+read+but+not+as+compelling+as+earlier+books+in+the+series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No disappoint. A constant flow with many twists. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once+again+Daniel+Silva+has+taken+us+to+places+that+only+he+can+literally.+Gabriel+is+still+clever+and+the+Office+is+in+capable+hands+of+the+chosen+one.