The New Girl

The New Girl

A Novel

Large Print - 2019
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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 . . .
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
ISBN: 9780062835130
Call Number: SILVA
Characteristics: 578 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm.
large print
Subjects: Allon, Gabriel (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Intelligence officers -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- France -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)


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Jan 29, 2020

I have followed this series from the beginning. This book was one of the best.

Jan 07, 2020

Read this after The Other Woman

Dec 18, 2019

Good spy novel, should read more of him.

Nov 13, 2019

A compelling, character driven story of an unlikely alliance between Gabriel Allon and a Saudi prince (more sympathetic than his real-world counterpart), when the daughter of the latter is abducted and not all is as it seems. The Israeli spy remains an engaging, tenacious character, and Silva paces the plotline well throughout.

Edmonton reader ( Aug 24 2019) has said it best:
"The real time politics & thinly veiled versions of actual world figures make this a gripping & timely read. But at the bottom of it all is a poignant & personal story line that reminds us innocent people end up being collateral damage as presidents, kings & prime ministers play their games."
Sylva writes for an informed audience. As a writer he falls short when he does not assume his readers are familiar with historical reference and sites. Or, did his editors make him explain the "meddlesome priest" reference (amongst other patronizing explanations) which distract us from an otherwise good read.

Oct 12, 2019

I've read every D.S. book he's written. This one was slow and not that exciting except in certain parts. Disappointing.

Oct 11, 2019

This is not one of Silva's best. Good but not great. I have read all of his books, some more than once, so I can claim to know his style very closely. Gabriel has changed a little in this, he is not normally a wise crack type of man, his business not being anything amusing at all. Could it be that Silva has used a ghostwriter here ? After all , it must be difficult to turn out good work, year after year, undoubtedly under pressure of a publisher's deadline. Lets hope this is a one-time aberration, and not the start of a pattern. I don't think Silva can continue to keep having Gabriel as the Chief of the Israeli Mossad, and also be the main operative agent , doing the "wet work" as they call it. He has to be one or the other. A politician he is not. A great ( and ruthless ) field agent he is. I missed reading of his other career in this one, although he did do an art work of the new girl. I also missed some of his friends in the art world, my favourite being Julian Isherwood.

Oct 02, 2019

My first Silva thriller. Not sure if I'll read any more. It is indeed a page turner, well written, with some of the characters engaging, others not so much. Silva knows his stuff, including current events in the Middle East. But make no mistake, this is a very violent book. Are they all like this? This one runs the gamut from replays of the recent murder of a Saudi journalist for the Washington Post (somewhat disguised) in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, to a lovely family dinner in Jerusalem between the head of the Israeli Intelligence and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. This is the first time the Crown Prince has been in Israel, and he's being given the grand tour by the man who's trying to him find the perpetrator of the kidnapping and mistreatment of his only child, a beautiful 12 year old who's attending an elite school in Geneva. Interesting premise.

Sep 16, 2019

Five explosive, off-the-chart stars for this latest Gabriel Allon thriller. Silva clearly has his finger on the pulse of world affairs and the reader is dropped right into the middle of true-to-life scenarios. You almost expect to turn on the news and see these fictional figures appear in world news. In my opinion this series just keeps getting better. I was very glad to see Sarah Bancroft return to aid the team. Gabriel and Chiara's twins continue to grow. Will they join in the family craft when they get older? As is often the case, this installment does its share of globetrotting even travelling to my mother country, the Netherlands. Allon's compassion and drive to avoid collateral damage is well represented. The ending sets us up for more intrigue involving the Americans, Russians and Saudi Arabia. Can't wait for Gabriel Allon, #20!

Sep 10, 2019

I limped through the first 100 pages of the book (a book club choice) and desperately wanted to enjoy it. Instead I found it to be little more than a round the globe blow by blow account of a plethora of unengaging characters, none of which I felt any connection to or frankly even cared what happened to them. Half way through I still had no interest in the plot and cut my losses. This is my first Silva book and I fear my last.

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