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I have so come to love ALL of the regular characters in Daniel Silvia's novels. One of the marks of a great author (think john Grisham jack Higgins Jamie ford ) is the ability to keep the reader so interested without sexual scenes and profanity especially using the Lords name in vain I can't say this book was his best only because everyone is the best one I don't see how he can improve. The action is so thrilling I stay up late at nite listening. Note to Daniel Silvia: please don't let any of the main characters die as I have so much invested in them
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Yes, very well written and interesting story.
Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
George is a master! All his performances are awesome!
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It’s July again and that means the time has come for another Gabriel Allon adventure from the #1 New York Times Best-selling and award-winning thriller author Daniel Silva. This year’s book is the 17th in this amazing series of thrillers and it’s called House of Spies.
House of Spies comes on the heels of the highly successful The Black Widow and picks up four months after the events portrayed in that unputdownable work of fiction. Gabriel Allon and the supporting cast of much loved of characters are back for another heart pounding adventure in the treacherous world of espionage, terrorists, drug dealers and assassin’s.
Gabriel is now head of the secret organization called The Office and he has to put an end to a series of terrorist attacks orchestrated all over the world by the elusive ISIS mastermind, Saladin. We’ve made Saladin’s acquaintance in The Black Widow and after some unresolved dealings between him and The Office the chase continues with even more intensity in House of Spies. The plot moves swiftly from old London to celebrities filled Paris, from historical Israel to the powerful United States, from a peaceful village in Corsica to Morocco‘s dangerous Casablanca. We have trained spies, deadly special operators, unwilling accomplices, hateful terrorists, innocent victims and a very scary plot seemingly out of today’s news…
Once you start reading, or listening, you won’t want to stop! I finished Gabriel‘s latest adventure in just two listening sessions and and at the end I was left wanting for more!
House of Spies is brought to life as a great audiobook by one of the best actors, voice over artists and narrators in the Audiobooks Industry. His name is George Guidall and if you are familiar with the Audies Awards you’ll probably remember that he won one Audie two years ago as Best Male Narrator of the Year for his performance of The English Spy: Gabriel Allon, book 15, also by Daniel Silva.
George Guidall delivers House of Spies in a calm, soothing and familiar cadence. He uses many different voices and always appropriate accents for all the characters and by doing so it keeps everyone clearly differentiated in the listener’s mind. You will just know who is speaking by the French, Israeli, British or Arabic accents employed in his excellent performance. He is one of my favourites narrators of all times and in my mind he is Gabriel Allon, Sheriff Walt Longmire, Mitch Rapp and The Gunslinger from the Dark Tower series. It feels like I listened to George Guidall my entire life, although there are probably just 12 or 13 years, I love his reading style and I consider him part of my beloved family of narrators with whom I spend long and satisfying hours every day!
Daniel Silva is one of my favorite thriller and espionage authors and he continues to deliver great entertainment with his latest novel, House of Spies, which I highly recommend to everyone familiar with his works and to those who want a good thriller in the likes of Mark Greaney, Robert Ludlum Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn.
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