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The Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 9.32.14 AMThe pantheon* of Jewish heroes in genre fiction is short but sweet—and Gabriel Allon is the reigning king. Author Daniel Silva kicked-off the series with The Kill Artist, published a few days before the beginning of the new millennium. Now, fifteen years later, lo and behold, there are fifteen books in the series. The latest, The English Spy, will be released at the end of the month. More on that later.

Gabriel Allon is the Israeli superman. Before the series begins, he’d tracked down Palestinian terrorists and exacted retribution in cold blood. Sick of the slaughter, he tries to get out…but events keep pulling him back for more. That’s because there’s no one like him. He’s a lover and a fighter, a multi-lingual master of disguise, who is friends with world leaders ranging from the Israeli prime minister to the Pope. He’s also a superb artist who makes his living as a restorer of priceless masterpieces.

It’s all good fun and Silva can really draw you in when his characters are in peril.That’s why the Gabriel Allon books are reliable bestsellers.

*In addition to Allon, my pantheon of Jewish genre fiction heroes includes Rabbi David Small, Israel Bond (Oy-Oy-7), and Moses Wine. Of course I’m hoping Bruno X will make the cut. Have I left someone out? Write and let me know if you have a favorite that should be added to this list.
Categories: Pulp Monday

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