The New Girl

The New Girl

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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2019
ISBN: 9780062834836
0062834835
Branch Call Number: F SILVA
Characteristics: 479 pages : map ; 24 cm.

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silyrabbt
Aug 29, 2020

Unfortunately I'm writing this comment having just finished reading his newest book, so that is dancing in my mind and complicating the isues of "The New Girl."

As with all Silva books, it was educational and entertaining throughout, but at times, this one felt labored.

I felt as though the writer and characters were in a marathon with them pulling away with every step, and leaving via on a hi-tech jet to leap ahead of all. But Silva got his characters under control again (he typed out harsh words to each of them lol) & reached the satisfying conclusion of the book.

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Grandma007
Aug 11, 2020

have read all of Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon books except the newest. This book does not feel like his other books. The language Allon uses is different. More casual, joking. There is a lot of action, and parts are very exciting . Silva spends a lot of time telling Allon's back story. The book is very tongue in cheek.
Like all of Silva's Gabriel Allon books, you can't read just one.

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AnarS
Jul 18, 2020

An unusual story that commences with a school scenario, its prime focus being on the new affluent student, Jihan Tantavi; and Beatrice Kenton’s interest in her. Why had the character been obsessed to search for the student’s background?. Lucien Villard’s reaction to Beatrice’s inquiry had been relevant considering his involvement with the national police unit. Yet, his concern had created ambiguity. Was he just doing his job or did he have an ulterior motive.

Essentially though, the mother-daughter relationship had been astounding particular in the absence of affection from the maternal parent. An affluent parent would be more protective and affectionate towards her daughter. Yet there was no indication of that fondness. Was that the sole reason why Jihan Tantavi turned out to be an isolated person?
With the story transpiring into a political enterprise; and the involvement of Khalid Bin Mohammed, the future king, the reader loses interest in the story. It makes the reader wonder about his reason for the after hour museum tour.

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Eil_1
Jul 10, 2020

This is the second book of Silva that I've read. The story-line was excellent and will read more of his books.

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Bookworm1136
May 07, 2020

4 1/2 star read. This book was the 19th in Silva's excellent Gabriel Allon thriller series and was a great read. Allon is called in by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia after his young daughter was kidnapped. Gabriel is the only one who he can trust to try to find his daughter and bring her home. But the conspiracy behind the kidnapping is complex and reaches far beyond what either expects. They are both dangerous men and have dangerous enemies, but the betrayal and intent behind the kidnapping leads to the man at the top of a malignant and lawless state who is acting like a chessmaster moving pieces around a board to suit his own ends. A compelling read that had me finishing the book in a day as I couldn't stop reading it. Another great read.

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Tdruid
May 07, 2020

Interesting, but I wish I had known it is the 21st book in the series! There were sooo many references to past missions, etc, about which I knew nothing. I always like to start at the beginning of a story & see how the characters & relationships build - I’ve never been a person who reads the end of a book 1st.
Enjoyed it enough that I’m waiting for book 1 now - The Kill Artist.

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marykorman
Jan 29, 2020

I have followed this series from the beginning. This book was one of the best.

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jvpastoor
Jan 07, 2020

Read this after The Other Woman

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mtipping
Dec 18, 2019

Good spy novel, should read more of him.

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Keogh
Nov 13, 2019

A compelling, character driven story of an unlikely alliance between Gabriel Allon and a Saudi prince (more sympathetic than his real-world counterpart), when the daughter of the latter is abducted and not all is as it seems. The Israeli spy remains an engaging, tenacious character, and Silva paces the plotline well throughout.

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