Book review

House of Spies by Daniel Silva ,Book Review

I have been a fan of Daniel Silva  and his world of spies ever since I read  The Black Widow earlier this year. Slowly I am getting all the previous books which feature his main character – the master spy Gabriel Allon. Latest in the line of Gabriel books is the fascinating House of Spies. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one, hope you do too. Happy Reading. 


Title: House Of Spies

Author: Daniel Silva

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: August 2017

Rating: 5/5


From the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Black Widow comes the thrilling new summer blockbuster featuring legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Legendary spy, assassin and art restorer Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge –determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin. Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London’s West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread: the French-Moroccan street criminal and ISIS operative who supplied the combat assault rifles. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel and Olivia Watson. A beautiful former fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know that the true source of Martel’s enormous wealth is drugs. And Martel, likewise, turns a blind eye to the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West. Together, under Gabriel’s skilled hand, they will become an unlikely pair of heroes in the global war on terror.

My thoughts

The master spy Gabriel Allon is back in House of Spies with his most ambitious, personal and crucial assignment ever. He is out for the ISIS master mind Saladin. 

Saladin wants to conquer and see the whole world as a submissive part of Islamic Caliphate. 

He wants to eliminate and crumble his enemies aka Western world. 

Gabriel has only one mission on his mind.

To stop Saladin from winning and eliminating him with his own hands. 

The plot is definitely contemporary with whatever is going on around us in the world. Global terrorism carried out by a few is very much a reality we live in. So House of Spies is very much up to date with that aspect. The rest of the mission portrays the nerves, bumps and bruises of a highly motivated mission in a tight deadline. 

Daniel Silva vividly brings to life the terror attacks and counter attacks from the world security agencies. The story and it’s characters weave a spell binding tale and it’s hard to look away as the unfold their play in the world stage. I was hooked from the start to end. While the book ends a chapter of terror it really makes me look forward to seeing what and how the author whips up next chapter in this fascinating game of terror and counter terror. 


Daniel Silva is the award-winning, No. 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.

Reviewed by Bharti

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