The Other Woman

The Other Woman

by Daniel Silva

Overview: he was his best-kept secret … In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West—a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power.

Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel’s vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance.

Gabriel is lured into the hunt for the traitor after his most important asset inside Russian intelligence is brutally assassinated while trying to defect in Vienna. His quest for the truth will lead him backward in time, to the twentieth century’s greatest act of treason, and, finally, to a spellbinding climax along the banks of the Potomac River outside Washington that will leave readers breathless.

Deanna Boe (09/07/18): How does Daniel Silva continue to do it? Write a novel that is apropos to all that is happening around us today in our political world? His writing is outstanding! Not only is it challenging in terms of the plot, but thought provoking in terms of our leaders throughout the world. Silva is able to confront all who read his words to think beyond his plotline and what is really happening not only here in the United States but everywhere, especially Russia.

Silva quotes Lenin: “Probe with bayonets, if you encounter mush, proceed; if you encounter steel, withdraw.” Silva goes on to indicate, unfortunately, at this time Putin has only found mush. He points out how in the 1930’s authoritarian and dictatorial regimes came into power with horrendous results. Silva worries that the world today is flirting with the same powers as then. He tells how Putin wants to create political turmoil in the Western world, for instance, by interrupting our political elections. He has reached back into the KGB’s book of tricks to employ measures to disrupt our government and our lives. Putin goes so far as to use murder as recently seen in England. Silva writes how “Western-style democracy and the global institutions that created an unprecedented period of peace in Europe are suddenly out of vogue.” Just look all around the Middle East and you will see how Putin has not met “steel” from the West, and unfortunately has joined forces with Assad and Iran.

Naturally the book has Gabriel as its main character. This is Silva’s 21rst novel, and I think all of these have used Gabriel. The first books have Gabriel as a young man; this book has him much older and in charge of Israel’s secret intelligent service. The later books usually refer back to things that happened in the earlier novels, but that doesn’t take away from reading the last book if you have not read any of the previous ones.

THE OTHER WOMAN is just that, a story about a woman that the Russians took and trained from a very early age to infiltrate the highest office of England in terms of security. It is intriguing to read. Who is this mysterious lady? Just how were the Russians able to do such a clever undertaking and be successful? As usual, Silva manipulates the storyline enough to keep you guessing what will be the outcome, even though you know ultimately Gabriel will succeed. After all, doesn’t he always? Silva lives in the United States but you find yourself wondering how he has been able to become such an outstanding “spy master” using the unlikely Israeli secret service as his main connection throughout all of his writings. Silva is one of my favorite authors.

One final thought. One of Silva’s characters points out how America’s culture and politics is failing. It states how we seem to “lurch from one crisis to crisis, seemingly unaware of the fact its power is fading.” What we so “painstakingly built was crumbling.” This is depressing to think it might be true.
Rating: *****

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