House Of Spies opening line: For something so unprecedented,so fraught with institutional risk, it was all handled with a minimum of fuss.
Gabriel Allon is the head of the Israeli secret service. He’s followed the trail of an Islamic radical hell bent on attacking the Infidels in both Europe and America. This path leads him to the south of France, to a man of considerable wealth. A man whose wealth has come from suspect transactions. Together with his French, American and British counterparts, Gabriel must create a ruse so believable that he can kill the terrorist and end his plots against the West.
Legendary spy, assassin, and art restorer Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge – determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin.
Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London’s West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread: the French-Moroccan street criminal and ISIS operative who supplied the combat assault rifles. The thread leads Gabriel Allon and his team to the south of France and to the doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel and Olivia Watson. A beautiful former fashion model, Olivia pretends not to know that the true source of Martel’s enormous wealth is drugs. And Martel, likewise, turns a blind eye to the fact he is doing business with a man whose objective is the very destruction of the West.
Together, under Gabriel’s skilled hand, they will become an unlikely pair of heroes in the global war on terror.
I found this book so believable and would not be surprised if it were based on more than just the author’s imagination. An easy read, made easier by having visited some of the countries and places involved. One can only hope that the radical Muslims never get their hands on a dirty bomb, or figure out how to get a bomb onto an aeroplane.