Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - By Daniel Silva Harper Collins Jacq Ellem

IT’S that time of year when I’ve read all the fl uffy sum­mer sto­ries and caught up to date with the lat­est crime block­busters. So where do you turn next? One way is his­tor­i­cal fi ction which, un­less you’ve got a good sto­ry­teller be­hind the scene, can be hit and miss; or you can try for some good down- toearth es­pi­onage “save the day” thrillers. This time I went with the thriller. And ap­par­ently cat­a­pulted my­self right in the mid­dle of another se­ries – but don’t let that put you off.

Like Lee Child, Daniel Silva writes each book as a stand- alone novel, and if he ref­er­ences some­thing in books past, he also ex­plains it.

The Fallen An­gel is the tale of Gabriel Allon, an ex- Is­raeli se­cret ser­vice agent now master­piece re­storer in the back rooms of the Vat­i­can when a mur­der takes place.

Con­sid­er­ing the im­pli­ca­tions and ram­ifi cations for the church and hav­ing such tal­ent in their store­rooms, Gabriel Allon is asked to in­ves­ti­gate.

As he does he dis­cov­ers a world­wide ter­ror­ist ring funded by the mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of an­tiq­ui­ties, about to em­bark on a task of apoc­a­lyp­tic pro­por­tions. How is he go­ing to save the day? Well, you’ll just have to read The Fallen An­gel to fi nd out. It’s fast- paced, po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious, slightly pon­tif­i­cat­ing but en­joy­able all the same.

Not one for the beach, more one for the speed boat. + Get your dis­counted copy of The Fallen An­gel us­ing the coupon be­low.

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