We’ve already established I wasn’t wild about my first outing with Gabriel Allon. However, given the reviews for The Heist (another novel in the same series by author Daniel Silva), and writing a manuscript where an art heist is the central activity, I thought, “Okay, why not?”
Wow, past Courtney, great job. /s
Unfortunately, this ‘adventure’ with everyone’s favorite Israeli/painter/spy/assassin/man who knows everyone everywhere, while the first 15% of the novel does actually have to do with a stolen Caravaggio, the book then veers sharply into politics. The book wasn’t a page turner, in fact, I tried valiantly on three separate occasions to finish the book. In the end, I skipped SWATHES of novel after Gabriel goes back to Israel (for reasons I don’t remember and really don’t care about). Although part of a series, which I realize that fans of said series would have some investment in Gabriel, his wife (who is STILL nothing but meaningless arm candy/mother to be/vessel for carrying twins), and Gabriel’s career path, however, as a casual reader, the only thing I cared about was the plot, which was convoluted and certainly not the heist or recovery I expected it to be.
Reading the reviews on Goodreads, it appears I am not alone, and is perhaps my thoughts are best summed up by this account: “And before I knew it, my fun art heist caper was gone, and had been replaced by a dreary political thriller.”
For $9.99, I wildly overpaid for this novel, and it will be my last purchase supporting this author. Perhaps if I had access to a library, I could check out books and skim through them, however, I’m not about to pay for another.
Did I pick up a few things for my novel? Yes. Could I have found these details elsewhere? Also, yes.
I’m also befuddled how this book has a 4.1 on Goodreads and a 4.5 on Amazon. Perhaps Mr. Silva has his audience and people are willing to show up for the previous 13 BOOKS in this series. No, thank you.
Send any good heist novel recommendations my way…