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Daniel Silva was born in Michigan in 1960 and raised in California where he received his BA from Fresno State. Silva began his writing career as a journalist for United Press International (UPI), traveling in the Middle East and covering the Iran-Iraq war, terrorism and political conflicts. From UPI he moved to CNN, where he eventually became executive producer of its Washington-based public policy programming. In 1994 he began work on his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, a surprise best seller that won critical acclaim. He turned to writing full time in 1997 and all of his books have been New York Times/national best sellers, translated into 25 languages and published across Europe and the world. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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 . . .
Karolina: 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.
Jane Bedford: The New Girl book is just more than what I anticipated since this master writer Daniel Silva last book. Very well written as I am having a difficult time stopping my reading to do daily tasks. Gabriel Allon heads Israeli Intelligence is using all his past vast experiences to help solve this situation of missing only daughter of a crown prince of Saudi Arabia/internationally known businessman. Daniel Silva books builds on each other as each book releases more about the talents of each character. This book, if read first, I feel will make the reader want to know more about Gabriel Allon as his insights to life are very deep with many life challenges. I am wanting to keep reading as the twists of this unfolds this mystery with very real dangers. I do very high recommend this book as I also recommend the earlier written books about Gabriel Allon life adventures/art restorer who now heads respected Intelligence. If you or others you know enjoy well written spy books, you will be caught up in another version of life as you read each page. You will understand the “whys” many people around our world anticipates each Daniel Silva book releases for sale in the summer. This one will sit proudly with the rest of my collection of Gabriel Allon & friends breathtaking adventures. Thank you so very much for reading this review. Thank you, Daniel Silva for each and every book you have written as you are truly a master in the art of espionage details!! Sincerely Jane Bedford-Crooks-Paredes