The Secret Servant

The Secret Servant

Book - 2007
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Intense, provocative, and filled with breathtaking double and triple plot twists, The Secret Servant is not only a fast-paced international thriller but an exploration of some of the most daunting questions of our time.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2007.
ISBN: 9780399154225
Characteristics: 385 p. ;,24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Apr 14, 2019


Jan 25, 2018

Again, this is one of Silva's best books that will keep the reader on a thrill ride from beginning to end. Gabriel Allon is a great fictional hero and this tale will keep the reader enthralled.

Aug 05, 2017

Gabriel Allon and the Israelis become involved in a terrorist plot targeting the Americans and British when one of their civilian informants is murdered in Amsterdam. All through this story, the question to Allon keeps popping up: why are you doing this? The reader doesn't find out until almost the end just how personal an operation it becomes for Allon, and then it's heart-breaking. I've come to expect only the best in plotting, pacing, and story ideas from Daniel Silva and he doesn't disappoint with The Secret Servant.

Ari Shamron wants his protege, Gabriel Allon, to take over top leadership of The Office (the Mossad) on King Saul Boulevard. Allon has no interest in it. This job offer hangs over the story in this book like a dark storm cloud. Failure also hangs over this story since Allon fails time and time again to do what he intends to do. This is really the first time I've felt, as a reader, that maybe Allon will bite the dust -- he's definitely met his match with these particular terrorists. That's how intense this story is. Unfortunately, like most thrillers, it's difficult to write about the story or plot without giving away too much and ruining the enjoyment of other readers.

One thing I always find interesting in Silva's books: he doesn't paint the American characters in beautiful colors. In fact, he's a master of showing how people are never all good or all bad, but capable of just about anything. This contributes effectively to the suspense in his stories. His hero isn't an American but an Israeli who doesn't officially exist, and who's starting to feel his age. His temples are graying. This is the seventh Gabriel Allon book and when I think back at how much he's been beaten up, shot, drugged, and abused in other ways, it amazes me that he's still able to walk. The Secret Servant really does a number on him physically. I wonder if Silva will ever give the guy a break?!

I highly recommend this novel, and indeed, the first seven of the Allon series for anyone who loves to read espionage thrillers, action and political intrigue, or thrillers with depth.

Aug 18, 2016

The story takes you throughout England, Europe and the Middle East. On the way you learn about the birth and growth of extreme Islamism.

classic Silva writing. Excellent plot, social commentary and tongue in cheek humour. I liked the denouement back in Israel, nice bridge to Gabriel's next adventure.

May 15, 2016

Allon makes several mistakes that our good super spy shouldn't, wouldn't, couldn't previously. Allon best become an administrator afore he makes one mistake too many. I hope Silva is ready to move on to another hero and theme, events in the war wracked Middle-East have overcome the Cold War environment. Arab Spring has come and gone and Gabriel has to move on as well.

Mar 20, 2015

Excellent read.
Typo: page 342, referring to Shamron as Shannon.

trigo_04 May 15, 2014

Enjoyed reading the book and more power to Daniel Silva.

Sep 22, 2013

The Secret Servant --- by --- Daniel Silva
There’s a common thread to be found in much contemporary action writing. There are the good guys (in this case the filthy rich mega-billionaire captain of industry cum ambassador to the Court of Saint George. And then there are the dastardly, good for nothing, despicable, bent on destroying the rest of world in the name of Allah, hate-mongering Islamist terrorists. So there’s your basic leitmotif for this novel. Add one Gabriel Allon, agent for a secret intelligence organization, and you’ve got the ingredients for a story you can’t put down until you finish it. A good way to spend some down time.

Apr 18, 2012

Fast paced and one like the others not to be put down.Exhilarating!

View All Comments


Add a Summary
FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Art restorer and secret intelligence agent Gabriel Alton, searches for the kidnapped daughter of an American ambassador and attempts to derail a terrorism plot.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings

Library owns a similar edition of this title.

View originally-listed edition

Report edition-matching error

To Top