Funk Rating: 10 out 10
I somehow missed this one back in '07 when it came out. And it is as good now as it was then. Silva writes some of the very best NYT bestseller fiction available today. Unlike some other authors that have gone fluffy to pump up the pages, every page of a Gabriel Allon story is fabulous.
I was reading a little of the history of Silva's character development, and I loved this definition of why he named him Gabriel Allon: I wanted it to be biblical, like my own, and to be heavy with symbolism. I finally decided to name him after the archangel Gabriel. As for his family name, I chose something short and simple: Allon, which means "oak tree" in Hebrew. I liked the image it conveyed. Gabriel Allon: God's angel of vengeance, solid as an oak.
Jack Reacher and Gabriel Allon are the 1-2 punch in today's world of avenging angels. Reacher is full tilt forward vengeance anchored in loyalty and a sense of right and wrong; Allon is a reluctant angel who pulls it off time after time with a combination of guts, humility, and loyalty. So, so good... I can't wait for more! Note to readers: the latest Silva just arrived today - know that you'll be seeing it here soon...
In the meantime, if you missed this one, everything about it rocks. And now it's used paperback priced :)