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Daniel Silva Books In Order Of Publication
The Chronological Order For Daniel Silva Books
If you're a Daniel Silva fan, then you will probably want to read all Daniel Silva books in order. Why? Because except for one stand-alone novel, the rest of the books is a series following Gabriel Allon, the main character (and loved hero) of his books. In fact there are two main characters across Daniel Silva's novels, which might make it all the more confusing if you picked one of the books at random.
There is Gabriel Allon, and there is Michael Osbourne. And then there is a stand-alone spy thriller that has nothing to do with the rest of his books. Confusing, isn't it?
So here you will find the correct list of Daniel Silva books in chronological order, so that you know which book to read next, no matter where you are in the series. Also I'll give you a brief overview and review of the books (no major spoilers, I promise!) in case you do want to get a general idea on what the fuss is all about.
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Newsflash: The Heist, the 15th Gabriel Allon book is out, published this year! Will you get it?
All Daniel Silva Books In Order
Gabriel Allon Series
- The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon #1) - The first in the popular Gabriel Allon series. First published in 2000. This was the very first Daniel Silva book which hooked me up on all his previous and further novels.
- The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon #2) - The second in the now famous Gabriel Allon series. Was published in 2002. Loved it!
- The Confessor (Gabriel Allon #3) - The third in the Gabriel Allon series. Published in 2003. The series just keeps getting better and better.
- A Death In Vienna (Gabriel Allon #4) - Here is the 4th in the series. This one was really good! Book published in 2004. Did you know that reading level for this book is recommended as age 18+
- Prince of Fire (Gabriel Allon #5) - Number 5 in the Gabriel Allon series. Published 2005
- The Messenger (Gabriel Allon #6) - Here is number 6. Another awesome read by Daniel Silva. Published in 2006.
- The Secret Servant (Gabriel Allon #7) - #7 in the Gabriel Allon series. A real page turner and ... scary as well. Nuff said. Published in 2007.
- Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon #8) - Daniel Silva's 8th spy thriller in the Gabriel Allon series. Published 2008.
- The Defector (Gabriel Allon #9) - Here is one of the more recent books, #9 in the Gabriel Allon series. This book was published in 2009.
- The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon #10) - Number 10, this book was published in 2010.
- Portrait Of A Spy (Gabriel Allon #11) - Published in 2011 in the Gabriel Allon series.
- The Fallen Angel (Gabriel Allon #12) - Recently published (in July 2012)
- The English Girl (Gabriel Allon #13) - Published July 2013
- The Heist (Gabriel Allon #14) - Latest book so far, published in 2014
Gabriel Allon Series Reviews Of Books
The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon #1)
This is the first book in the Gabriel Allon series, and it's the very book that hooked me up on the rest.
Gabriel Allon is a former assassin for Israel's MOSAD, and here he is retired after his wife and son have been mercilessly killed.
Of course, as it is expected, his retired life doesn't last long since he is asked to hunt down Tariq, who was in fact the very one responsible for killing his family. And of course, Gabriel can't say no to such a request...
The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon #2)
After his previous adventure came to a conclusion, Gabriel Allon goes back to his new pastime as an art restorer. However this relatively peaceful time doesn't last long when he's now requested to enter yet again the active life of his former 'past time'.
This book is about Nazis, about Swiss covers-ups, Israelis, all which make the perfect ingredients for another great adventure spy thriller.
The Confessor (Gabriel Allon #3)
The book starts a big slowly, but it soon picks up its pace. Well worth keeping at it. Here the story continues a couple of years after what happened in The English Assassin.
His new job now? To investigate the death of Benjamin Stern, his former colleague (spy) and friend. Another roller coaster that you won't be able to put down any time soon.
Reading the books in order
You don't have to read the books in order, but it's definitely helpful, especially with the Gabriel Allon series. While each book has its own plot, there are references to past happenings and events which make it easier to understand what's going on.
A Death in Vienna (Gabriel Allon #4)
The fourth book in the Gabriel Allon series, this was published a year after the previous one (it seems each year Daniel Silva published one book - I wish he published more often!).
Gabriel Allon is once again pulled out from his peaceful life of an art restorer, this time to investigate a bombing of the Vienna Office of Wartime Claims and Inquiries.
This story takes us from Vienna to Israel, Italy, Argentina, the US, and back to Vienna. If reading about the Holocaust, Nazis and the hunt for them is to your liking, you'll greatly enjoy this book!
Prince of Fire (Gabriel Allon #5)
Things are looking up for the ex-spy Gabriel Allon. Now we find him settled down in Venice with his beautiful partner Chiara whom he intends to marry soon. Some time has passed since his previous family was killed, and now he is ready to take the leap again.
Of course Daniel is pulled back into the world of spying, intrigue and terrorism in order to find those responsible for the bombings of the Israeli Embassy in Rome.
Fast paced book, great for all Daniel Silva fans!
The Messenger (Gabriel Allon #6)
The Messenger is the 6th book in the popular Gabriel Allon spy series. It takes us on a trail of Al-Qaeda members and it's a really fast pace one.
I enjoyed reading this one in the series. It's very contemporary and we can identify with many social, political, economical and military issues our society is facing today.
The Secret Servant (Gabriel Allon #7)
#7 in the Daniel Allon series, this book focuses on Islam terrorism once again. Sent to Amsterdam on a seemingly routine mission to clean up after an assassinated undercover agent, Allon unwittingly uncovers an Al Qaeda-like plot that sets in motion a series of events which involves him trying to eliminate the terrorists plans. It is a fast paced and suspenseful thriller that I think you will enjoy.
Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon #8)
In this 8th book of the Gabriel Allon series, the main hero is in fact on his honeymoon, which of course will have to be cancelled.
Why? Because of some serious threats to a much-oppressed Russian press guy who wants to give Gabriel sensitive information that he doesn't want to reveal to anyone else.
The problems start when the journalist is murdered and Gabriel is once again thrown deep in a very dangerous plot. A fast pacing book that you just can't miss!
The Defector (Gabriel Allon #9)
The reluctant hero, Gabriel Allon is once again pulled out of his easy life with his wife and his passion for restoring art objects. If you've read Moscow Rules, this book is in fact its sequel, so in this case it's really worth reading them in chronological order to make sense of it all.
Personally I did like better Moscow Rules, however overall it was an enjoyable novel in Daniel Silva's already popular fast paced style.
The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon #10)
The 10the book in the series is all about art (one of my favorite mystery subgenres is related to art theft and its recovery).
In The Rembrandt Affair Gabriel Allon is hunting for a lost Rembrandt piece, and for once the plot is a bit less urgent than in the previous novels.
This can be a good thing if you're getting tired of action, action and only action. Daniel Silva's meditation on the economics of art in a time of financial distress is refreshing and makes for an interesting read.
Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon #11)
This is the 11th published novel by Daniel Silva in his extremely popular Gabriel Allon series. Published in 2011, I've seen a new paperback edition released in February 2012, so you might want to get that version if you find it cheaper.
In this book you will recognize some of the favorite characters, such as Chia, his new wife with whom Gabriel "tries" to retire in England to spend his time restoring art (like that's gonna happen any time soon!), his former boss who keeps dragging him back to action, Ari Shamron, and his team of course. Here he is now fighting against the Yemeni based terrorist cell, which makes for a very engaging and suspenseful read.
The Fallen Angel (Gabriel Allon #12)
The Fallen Angel is the latest book published by Daniel Silva. It deals again with Gabriel Allon, and here you can find him in Vatican enjoying his retirement. But all the hell breaks loose one morning when the body of a young woman is discovered on the premises.
Of course he has to investigate the murder and find out who has killed the beautiful lady - without asking too many questions. Afterall, he is in Vatican! From Vatican he will get to France, Germany and Israel in hot pursuit of various leads.
I liked the book especially since I am interested in reading novels about the Vatican (yes, I've loved the various books by Dan Brown!), and The Fallen Angel doesn't disappoint. You get to find out more about the inner workings of the Vatican, about the politics and stuff that goes 'behind the scene'. A really awesome novel, one that is up to par with his previous ones!
The English Girl (Gabriel Allon #13)
The English Girl is 13th book in this awesome series, published this August last year. Here we have Gabriel follow the trails of a British woman who disappeared somewhere in Corsica.
By Now Gabriel is semi-retired and is busier with his art restorer career, so he has to go back at least for a little while in action to save the day and solve the crime.
I liked this book as well, but maybe just a bit less than the previous novels in the series. Maybe it's time to retire Gabriel Allon soon?
The Heist (Gabriel Allon #14)
The Heist, published in 2014 is currently the latest Gabriel Allon book. Considering how the 13th book went over with the Gabriel Allon fans (i.e. well, but not extremely well), I have this feeling that the spy should be finally retired and allowed to fully focus on his art restoration business - and passion.
In this particular installment everything seems a bit slower, including Allon. Did he lose his passion? The writing is still excellent, just as we expect with Daniel Siva's writing, but I feel there is something missing...a spark that hasn't been there the 2-3 books...
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The Michael Osbourne Series
There are currently 2 books in the Michael Osbourne series.
Personally I like the Daniel Silva Gabriel Allon series, however if you like overall his writing style, chance are you'll enjoy his other series as well. Michael Osbourne, is a senior CIA spy who has to solve the case of a body found when a commercial jetliner is blown out of the skies over Long Island.
The books have has the usual fast paced action, suspense and engaging read. My gripe is that somehow Michael has less depth of characters than Gabriel, but that could also be because we've read many more books with Gabriel, so we got to know him quite well. I can imagine this book to be easily turned into a Hollywood movie (if it hasn't been already done).
- The Mark of an Assassin (Daniel Osbourne #1), 1998
- The Marching Season (Daniel Osbourne #2), 1999
Daniel Silva Standalone Novel
When you read the Daniel Silva books in order, you can read this one at any time, because the plot is focused on other people that have nothing to do with Gabriel Allon or Michael Osbourne.
If you like Ken Follett, you will love this book. The plot of the book is very detailed, and there are interesting puzzles within puzzles, and plots within plots.
I really wish Daniel Silva had written a few more standalone novels, as he's extremely good at it.
- The Unlikely Spy - published in 1996.