The Defector

The Defector

Six months after the dramatic conclusion of Moscow Rules, Gabriel has returned to the tan hills of Umbria to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, and restore a seventeenth-century altarpiece for the Vatican. But his idyllic world is once again thrown into turmoil with shocking news from London. The defector and former Russian intelligence officer Grigori Bulganov, who saved Gabriel’s life in Moscow, has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, but Gabriel knows better. He also knows he made a promise.

Do you know what we do with traitors, Gabriel? Many things have changed in Russia since the fall of Communism. But the punishment for betrayal remains the same. Promise me one thing, Gabriel. Promise me I won't end up in an unmarked grave.

In the days to come, Gabriel and his team of operatives will find themselves in a deadly duel of nerve and wits with one of the world's most ruthless men: the murderous Russian oligarch and arms dealer Ivan Kharkov. It will take him from a quiet mews in London, to the shores of Lake Como, to the glittering streets of Geneva and Zurich, and, finally, to a heart-stopping climax in the snowbound birch forests of Russia. Faced with the prospect of losing the one thing he holds most dear, Gabriel will be tested in ways he never imagined possible. And his life will never be the same.

Title:The Defector
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780399155680
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    The Defector Reviews

  • Karl Marberger

    Very entertaining. In this one, the stakes were higher and Gabriel was more ruthless....

  • Matt

    Daniel Silva is very good writer, and Gabriel Allon is a captivating character with a complex mind. However, the author seems to have run out of ideas because Gabriel is doing the exact same things th...

  • Brian

    “History can be a dangerous thing.”“The Defector” is book number 9 in Mr. Silva’s Gabriel Allon series and it follows right on the heels of its predecessor, “Moscow Rules”, so really thi...

  • Dana Moison

    As much as I LOVE thrillers, I was never really into espionage novels. Once I read on the back-cover words such as “Russian intelligence” or “Terrorism”, I’d lose interest.And then I stumble...

  • Jeanette (Again)

    I generally reserve my highest ratings for more literary works, but I had to give this the full five stars to set it apart from other popular suspense/thriller books. This is the best one yet in the G...

  • kartik narayanan

    This is another by the numbers Gabriel Allon book but I am not complaining. It has the same formula as the previous 3-4 books but the action as well as the espionage make it palatable.I am now curious...

  • Elizabeth

    The Defector by Daniel Silva (pp. 480)The latest installment of Daniel Silva’s thriller series starring Gabriel Allon, a conflicted Isreali spy is a near sequel to last year’s Moscow Rules. After ...

  • Karen

    First off, this is five stars based on it being part of a series, and based on the fact I just finished it and am still feeling the adrenaline. If you haven't read the others it won't make sense, but ...

  • Steve

    A solid installment in a reliable, entertaining series, but ... and, of course, none of this is really relevant to the book, but ... it was particularly gratifying (for me) reading the book while flyi...

  • Ivana Books Are Magic

    I can't believe this novel has had so many five star reviews on goodreads. I find it worrying to be frank. If Daniel Silva is a good writer, please tell me what is a bad writer? Because to me this is ...