At An Exclusive Private School In Switzerland, Mystery Surrounds The Identity Of The Beautiful Girl Who Arrives Each Morning And Leaves Each Afternoon In A Heavily Protected Motorcade Fit For A Head Of State She Is Said To Be The Daughter Of A Wealthy International Businessman She Is Not And When She Is Brutally Kidnapped Across The Border In The Haute Savoie Region Of France, Gabriel Allon, The Legendary Chief Of Israeli Intelligence, Is Thrust Into A Deadly Secret War With An Old Enemy That Will Determine The Future Of The Middle East And Perhaps The World. This is somewhere between a 4 and 5 star book for me, but since Silva has proven that, for the 19th time, he s my favorite author, I m going with 5.The New Girl is vintage Silva rapid fire pacing, shifting locations, international intrigue, clearly defined characters, and crisp dialogue I love everything about his writing and construction, and think Gabriel Allon is one of the best if not THE best protagonists out there I relate to Allon in a way that I don t a Jack Reacher Lee Chid or a Cotton Malone Steve Berry , probably because of Allon s affiliation with the Middle East and Silva s willingness to tackle tough questions that touch on religion and religious differences And the author manages to describe settings in a way that makes me feel as if I m there, enhancing the story while not distracting from it.My only negative comment about The New Girl is that Allon is a little wooden Although his inner thoughts and motivations are alluded to at times, I didn t see him develop as a character in this book I realize that after 19 books it s hard to tease out new facets of a protagonist, and I m confident that Silva will find a way to do this Addition to this review after thinking about it Allon s stiffness may be a result of his now being head of Mossad, instead of a spy assassin In The Other Woman, the previous book and first with Allon as Mossad head, I commented on the same thing Perhaps Silva is having a hard time depicting Allon as a passive figure, instead of a very active one Just thinking Even with my take on Allon being stilted, The New Girl is well worth the read In my opinion Silva is the best thing going in thriller, and he s a master of international stories I can t wait to order the book that should release next summer.Very highly recommended. Why can t I read slower Whenever I m about to start reading the newest Gabriel Allon book from Daniel Silva, I always tell myself to read it slowly Let the enjoyment that will overcome me when reading it last a little longer Yep, I tell myself that every time And every time I am able to go slowly at first but the I read, the involved I become with Gabriel and Ciara and Keller and Mikhail and Eli and Ari and Seymour with his wife s earnest yet horrendous cooking So the faster I read I can t help myself I don t have the words to describe how stupendously good this book is and how stupendously great a writer Daniel Silva is So again, I read it too fast So again I must wait another 51 1 2 weeks till the next Gabriel Allon book is released. Daniel Silva s Gideon Allon series is addictive As usual, THE NEW GIRL is loosely based on recent events and moves into what could happen later on.While Allon is now older than 65 and heads Mossad, he still finds himself in the center of action In THE NEW GIRL, he gets pulled in by the future king of Saudi Arabia, Prince Khalid, when Khalid s twelve year old daughter, his only child, is kidnaped in Switzerland Allon had great expectations for Khalid to modernize Saudi Arabia For example, women gained rights But then Khalid began getting rid of his opponents, sometimes by imprisonment, sometimes by murder, and appropriating their money and property When a Saudi ex pat journalist and dissident was lured to the Istanbul Saudi consulate and brutally murdered, Allon gave up on the Khalid But he found he could not refuse to help him try to locate his daughter and save her life.Allon forms a team of agents with whom he has previously worked and also has to work with intelligence agencies of other countries It s no surprise that they are able to locate her after a lot of work After that, the story continues to expand Changes in the Saudi government and society continue, some going forward, some backward Russia becomes a prime player as it tries to gain influence in the Middle East and assume America s position as world leader.Daniel Silva explains how Wahhabism became the dominate religion in a new country, Saudi Arabia, in the 1700s when Mohamed Abdul Wahhab believed that Moslems had lost their traditional beliefs and practices and adopted the ways of other nations By the second decade in the twenty first century, the descendants of the founders of Saudi Arabia had become very wealthy They continued to reap millions of dollars based on their relationship and splurged on their own over the top desires Khalid realized that with the declining use of oil, the country would revert to its days as a desert occupied by warring nomads.The future king knew that this country s wealth was largely a mirage the family had squandered a mountain of money on palaces and trinkets that in 20 years, when the transformation from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy was complete, the oil beneath Saudi Arabia would be as worthless as the sand that covered it Extremists felt that the US was losing its influence and the future lie in Russia and Eurasia, especially since Russia was sowing discord where ever it could.Tidbit While like the Jews, the Palestinians have been scattered, they have never been the target of an organized campaign of physical annihilation like the Shoah That s why the Jewish people must have a state of their own since they can not depend on anyone else to protect them THE NEW GIRL keeps moving When one problem is resolved, another pops up There are a lot of killings, which are not detailed There are also too many unnecessarily short chapters References are made to previous books in the series but it is not necessary to have read them first The book is well written and edited As always, I m looking forward to next year s story. Once again Daniel Silva has proven my point that you don t actually need 8 hours of sleep and you are still able to go to work next morning after staying up all night with one of his book That said, damn Where do I start oh yes by saying book 19 of the series is absolutely freaking fucking fantastic amazing.A jaw drop perfect combination of well known characters by now, a fantastic trip around amazing places around the world, an unexpected plot twist and a scary dose of fiction mixed with the occasional did I just hear that happen on the news the other day wondering while you read.By know I am devoted fan of this author and it would be hell waiting for his next book release till 2020I might just have to re read some of my favorites just to get my daily dose of spy thrilling adventures and keep my secret board in pinterest up to date with my choices for when they finally decide to make a freaking movie franchise out of this. It s always interesting to see how Gabriel gets pulled into the cases he works on With this one starting out with a little girl you knew that Gabriel would help despite who her father was I hated that they all didn t see who was behind things at first, mostly because I hoped with the knowledge the outcome could have been better.Once everyone realized what was going on Gabriel played hard and fast with the truth I feel like I should be bothered by that, but I wasn t I thought a few people got what they deserved I really hated how this one ended, I wanted to know what happened, were they successful or not and honestly, I don t know if I wanted them to succeed or not. The Summer is here, July is upon us and that can only mean that the time has come for another Gabriel Allon adventure from the 1 New York Times Best selling and award winning thriller author Daniel Silva This year s book is the 19th in this amazing series of thrillers and it s called The New Girl.I listened to The New Girl in one session, ignoring work, phone calls and I can t remember what I ate while listening My immersion was complete from the introductory chapter to the last word and I am left wanting for , as always The famous Gabriel Allon and the supporting cast of much loved characters are back for another heart pounding adventure in the treacherous world of espionage, terrorists, kidnappers and assassins I always appreciated the level of humanity the author brings up in his vivid characters and this is one of the main reasons I return to this series every year.Gabriel is now head of the secret and feared Israeli organization known as The Office and, at the request of an old friend, he must work with old enemies to find a missing girl, but as one thing leads to another in his world, Gabriel and the team will be pulled into a very dangerous situation very fast The action moves swiftly from Geneva to New York, from historical Israel and the United Arab Emirates to France, to Spain and continues at breakneck speed for the entire adventure We meet trained spies, deadly special operators, unwilling accomplices, hateful individuals, innocent victims and a very scary plot seemingly ripped out of today s news The audiobook version of The New Girl is brought to life as a great narrative experience by one of the best actors, voice over artists and narrators in the Audiobooks Industry His name is George Guidall and if you are familiar with the Audies Awards you ll probably remember that he won one Audie a few years ago as Best Male Narrator of the Year for his performance of The English Spy Gabriel Allon, book 15, also by Daniel Silva.The amazing George Guidall delivers The New Girl in a calm, soothing and familiar cadence He uses many different voices and always appropriate accents for all the characters and by doing so it keeps everyone clearly differentiated in the listener s mind You will just know who is speaking by the French, Israeli, Spanish, American, Russian, British or Arabic accents employed in his excellent performance.He is one of my favorite narrators of all times and in my mind he is Gabriel Allon, Sheriff Walt Longmire, Mitch Rapp and The Gunslinger from the Dark Tower series.It feels like I listened to George Guidall my entire life, although there are probably just 14 or 15 years since I listen to audiobooks, I love his reading style and I consider him part of my beloved family of narrators with whom I spend long and satisfying hours every day Daniel Silva is one of my favorite thriller and espionage authors and he continues to deliver great entertainment with his latest novel, The New Girl, which I highly recommend to everyone familiar with his works and to those who want a good thriller in the likes of Mark Greaney, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn.Please Vote Helpful below if you Like this review and find of them here and on theAudiobookBlog dot com.Sometimes I post reviews at the author narrator publisher s request.Thank you,Victor Gabriel Allon thrillers are the greatest I am looking forward to the new book. In the interest of full disclosure, this series specifically, art restorer and accomplished Israeli spy Gabriel Allon has held the No 1 spot on my Top 10 heroes list for quite a few years now This is his 19th book and I assure you he s in no danger of losing that lofty perch The story is intricately woven with enough suspense to make me hold my breath here and there and the writing is, as always, exemplary Add in the appearance of several familiar characters from previous books and the result is, well, another winner in my book.Despite the singular title, there are two characters here who are bestowed with that moniker the first is a young lady who has been enrolled in a fancy private school in Switzerland you ll have to read the book to learn the identity of the other one It is this young lady, though, who kicks off the story with an unhappy event She s been kidnapped Conventional wisdom says it s by enemies of her father Khalid bin Mohammed, the soon to be king of Saudi Arabia When he takes the throne, it s believed he will lead dramatic reforms that would bring his country and its residents into the 21st Century not a place many of those residents want to be Other outsiders are less inclined to believe his motives are genuine after all, he s thought to be behind the recent murder of a dissident journalist hmmm, now where have we heard something like that before Gabriel s reputation for fighting terrorists and killing than a few are legendary, and Khalid wants him to find his daughter To bring Gabriel into the fold, he turns to common acquaintance, art expert and former CIA agent Sarah Bancroft, with whom Khalid has a professional relationship Gabriel isn t exactly a fan, but for the sake of the argument, he s willing to believe Khalid s claim that he ll turn his country away from radical Islam Only one thing is certain Both Gabriel and Khalid have a lot to lose should something go wrong not the least of which is their lives.And go wrong it does, fairly early on with an unexpected and devastating event that changes the playing field and course of the story now focused on a Middle East power struggle Along the way, Gabriel enlists help from colleagues old and new to work every angle he can to bring down political enemies old and new The text is sprinkled with the author s political perspectives I m very interested with what s happening in that part of the world so that s fine with me, BTW But I will carp a bit because Gabriel s beautiful wife Ciara and their young twins don t get enough mention to suit me.Everything comes to a head at the end with a cliff hanger that may well be the impetus for the next book For that, I m ready already Bring it on Daniel Silva draws inspiration from a variety of sources in his latest espionage thriller, The New Girl Silva focuses on Khalid bin Mohammed, a stand in for thirty three year old Mohammad bin Salman, the crown prince and likely future king of Saudi Arabia Many believe that bin Salman ordered the brutal murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi MBS, as he is widely known, initially gave the impression that he would reform his repressive country Instead, he continued to spend lavishly on luxurious homes and yachts, enraged his rivals, and made it clear that he would not tolerate dissent Silva depicts Khalid as an immature and spoiled autocrat who cannot see the forest for the trees When a cherished member of his family is threatened, the prince seeks help from an unlikely source Gabriel Allon, the Director General of the Israeli Secret Intelligence Service This is a tangled tale of geopolitics run amok, with the leaders of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, and Israel jockeying to improve their international standing while chipping away at the status and influence of their adversaries Assisted by Sarah Bancroft, Mikhail Abramov, Christopher Keller, Eli Lavon, and other familiar faces, Allon devises a fiendishly clever plan to alter the balance of power in the Middle East As usual, the author bases his plot on events in the news This is a lively and fast paced work of fiction that is set, among other places, in Germany, the Netherlands, France, England, Switzerland, and Israel The New Girl has its flaws, including too many stock characters, with little or no shading to distinguish one from the other The killers are cookie cutter villains, while Allon is a brilliant tactician and master manipulator To his credit, Silva shows that Gabriel is a fallible human being whose schemes sometimes backfire spectacularly Adding to the mix is a discussion of the peril posed by Iran s nuclear program, and a blueprint of Putin s efforts not only to destabilize Western democracies but also to forge alliances with his fellow tyrants Although The New Girl has a number of formulaic elements, it entertains us with non stop action, dizzying twists and turns, and relevance to our turbulent times. Several twists make this a very good read Silva brings back Sarah Bancroft, the former CIA operative, from a couple of previous novels Other members of Allon s merry band are also present as usual There is a lot of reference to the storyline and characters from The Other Woman, book 18 in the series Probably reference than Silva has used in past thrillers, other than Allon s basic backstory A necessary read for any followers of the adventures of Gabriel Allon And, while fans of Silva s Allon character really don t need any incentive to read his work, the ending on this one is WOW.