Funk Rating: 10 out of 10
As I promised, I flew through the latest Gabriel Allon. Loved every page of it. Just such great writing, such great characters, and always a delight to see Allon take out the bad guy but barely survive. This book was perhaps one of the most melancholy and emotional one yet, without feeling tricked up too much. Oh, there are plenty of silly spots, and the "recruitment" on this one was a bit of a stretch. But, those are very minor quibbles in the world of Silva's fiction.
I think what I love most about Allon, and the series, is that there are always choices. Always roads left untaken. But Allon takes the right road every time. He's the kind of guy you want to be out there, a guy you want to thank. He's a guy that is always unselfish, yet always doing what HE needs to do and is therefore always selfish too. The fact he has a beautiful wife, loyal friends that drop anything when he calls, and the respect of every spy - friend of foe - on the planet, is pretty cool too.
Another top-notch read.