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BOOK REVIEW: MOSCOW RULES
BY DANIEL SILVA

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I am not usually a big fan of spy thrillers - but I always make an exception with Daniel Silva. For some reason, everytime I pick up one of his books - I instantly get involved in the story. I am thrilled to say that Moscow Rules is no exception.

We find Gabriel Allon trying to live a peaceful life under the name Alessio Vianelli. He has just gotten married and is in Italy on his honeymoon. He meets with his friend Uzi who informs him that a Russian arms dealer is selling arms to al-Qaeda, but that is all anybody seems to know. This piece of news scares Allon and he immediately sets out to investigate getting sucked back into that life. Along the way, he gets a surprise ally in the form of the wife of the Russian arms dealer and Allon does all that is needed to make sure she stays on the side of the West - what she knows is invaluable information.

This spy thriller is an absolute wild ride. Everytime I thought I had it all figured out, Silva made sure to add an extra twist or a surprise to keep me guessing. The inclusion of the betraying wife was a very nice touch and certainly moved the story along very nicely. I also love the title of this book - Moscow Rules which is a code of ethics of sorts for Russian spies - the old fashioned ones that is.

I liked this novel for many reasons, chiefly that it does a great job of showing us the "new" Moscow and that not everyone appreciates the newer version. There is an interesting play of "new" v. "old" attitudes which clearly shows us that not everything is cozy and pretty in Russia.

As always, Silva delivers a "thrilling" spy thriller - loaded with wonderful descriptions of sites and richly drawn characters.

A delight.

REVIEWED BY TINA AVON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, TINA AVON


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