Well, it’s that time again, Savvy Readers… The universally dreaded day of the week known as Monday. Don’t weekends go by way too fast? Let’s make a petition to bump weekends up to 7 days so that we can do some more reading. What do you say? Hopefully this week’s 50 Book Pledge Featured Read will make your Monday a little less dreadful!
Want to hear something amazing? This week’s 50 Book Pledge Featured Read, The New Girl by Daniel Silva, is the 19th book in his Gabriel Allon series. NINETEEN! That’s incredible, seeing as I can’t even think of enough of a plot to cover one story… The best part? You don’t even have to read them in order! Each book, though featuring some of the same characters, can function entirely as a standalone, as well as a part of a long-running series. Now that’s talent!
This time around, we find Gabriel Allon – the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence – on the hunt for a young girl in a race against time to stop a global terrorist threat. At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, a mysterious, beautiful young girl arrives each morning in a full-on motorcade (I was lucky if I got to take the bus to school, what the heck…). The catch? No one actually knows who she is, though her classmates and colleagues just assume she’s the daughter of a wealthy businessman because that’s the logical explanation, right?
Wrong. Turns out, this mysterious young woman is actually the daughter of Khalid bin Mohammed, the much-maligned crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Once renowned for his daring social and religious reforms, he is now reviled for his role in the murder of a dissident journalist. But when his daughter is brutally kidnapped, he turns to the one man he knows he can trust before it’s too late…
In comes the man himself, Gabriel Allon, who has spent the majority of his professional career fighting terrorism around the globe. It turns out that Prince Khalid, the same man whose daughter was just kidnapped in that paragraph up there, has vowed to break the bond between his Kingdom and radical Islam once and for all. Together, they will team up to become rather unlikely allies in a deadly secret war for control of the Middle East. The life of a child, and the throne of Saudi Arabia, hang in the balance, after all.
The New Girl by Daniel Silva is an excellent geo-political thriller, perfect for fans of movies like Mission: Impossible and James Bond, or authors like Dan Brown and James Rollins. Filled with breathtaking plot twists, an unforgettable cast of character, and Silva’s trademark dark humour, The New Girl is a thrilling, page-turning, unforgettable tale of pure entertainment. If you love spy books, this is definitely the book for you.