SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS I am afraid I found The Marching Season rather sloppymeaning that the scenario was not always convincingand in some aspects it contradicted the previous bookThe Mark f the Assassin for a number We, the People: Of Earth Elders of reasonsin no particularrder1 Obsourne appears to have forgotten that it knows theidentity Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition of the killer referring to himnly as October andnot mentioning his real
name at all even though he hasread his file and knows who he is in fact he expoilted thisknowledge at all even though he hasread his file and knows who he is in fact he
expoilted thisknowledge the end f the previous book to unerve theassasin2 In thisknowledge the end f the previous book to unerve theassasin2 In previous book the Director rders the eliminationof October to cover up all tracks to his rganization Octobermanages to escape pressumably eliminating in the processhis would be killers However in The Marching Season thereis no information The Windy Season on how October managed to escape Even strange there is no explanation as to why Octoberchooses to work again for the guy who set him up In factthe Director is having face to face meetings with Octoberwithout being afraid that the latter will kill him even thoughOctober has killed for less3 In The Markf the Assassin October is about to uithaving enough money Even though the loss Oldies but Goodies of his girlfriendmay have made him having second thoughts it does notappear that he was so desperate to get back to businessbeing forced also to ruin a handsome face Furtherhe goes and kills the plastic surgeant without even tryingto make it look like an accident the guy was drank and aloneso it would have been relatively easy to do so thus alertingthe authorities4 October continues to use the boat house in Amsterdamthat belonged to his killed girlfirend I can t believe that hedoes so so easily without being afraid that the authoritieswill be able to track it down and put it underbservation5 The way the A Month of Sundays organization meets and after each meetingdestroys a villa is the best way to attract attention Firstof all it is rather difficult for people who are having seniorpositions in intelligence agenciesr privatepublic Evangeline, a Master For Tonight Companion Novel organizationsto disappearf the face Beneath the Jolly Roger of the earth for 2 3 days at least3 4 times a yeat to attend such meetings Second the blowingupf the meeting place is bound to eventually attract attentionEven if you can get away with it in a remote part Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise of some desertor jungle you cannot expect not to raise interest when youdo it in Mykonos probably the most famous Greek islandEspecially with the membersf the rganization having to stayin different hotels in Chora the village was too small to house themand then trying to find a not that small number f Range Roverswith dark windows how many f those can you find in a Greekisland march as a convoy to the villa have the meeting andthen just after departure blow the villa up I mean the Greekpolice and intelligence services are not top class but theirpeople are not mentally retarted either6 I cannot understand why the people watching the housewith the guns in N Ireland were still there when the terroristswent to kill them By that time MI5 and CIA knew what the terroristswould do and therefore they should have removed theirpeople from around the house in case CIA knew what the terroristswould do and therefore they should have removed theirpeople from around the house in case attract attention7 Everybody knows that you don t use the famous DowningStreet no 10 door to get into the PM s house This is nlyused for Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus official visits There are manyther entries to thehouse and much less conspicuous ways to get in I cannotimagine a MI5 r CIA person using that door at 3am Areporter hanging around would make a story the next day8 I find difficult to believe that the ueen knows by heartthe code names f secret Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, operatives Further handingOsbourne his knighthood in a face When the Good Friday peace accords are shattered by three savage actsf terrorism Northern Ireland is blown back into the depths f conflict And after his father in. ,
O face meeting with nlythe two around as if it is a London souvenir also is not plausibleI am sure her Majestry in her long career has awarded knighthoodsto a number Conversations From The Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop: 8 Keys To Rediscovering Lost Dreams And Finding Your Life's Calling of secret agents and there must be some formalprocedure about it9 Finallyverall I found the story rather boring just a singlethread No Time for Sergeants of action goingn with mostly predictable turnsCertainly not the best moments f Daniel Silva I wonder ifit is a mere coincidence that Osbourne disapperead afterthis second adventure f his to be replace by Gabriel AllonHaving said the above I have thoroughly enjoyed the rest fDaniel Silva s books and I remain a great fun f themGeorge I DON T HIDE MY REVIEWS BUT THEY DO CONTAIN SPOILERSThis is in Silva s line f Michael Osbourne books Osbourne is a former CIA agent who has rejoined the service He s done so because his father in law a retired US senator has been named to an ambassador post to Ireland and Osbourne senses dangerOsbourne never crosses paths with Silva s main protagonist n again Large Catechism of Martin Luther off again Israeli agent assassin Gabriel Allon who stars in most Silva novelsBut the two men do have in common their encounters with commercial assassin Jean Paul Delaroche who was trained behind the Iron Curtain and is literally a bastard Initially Delaroche was sent to the West as a sleeperstill in his teens for political missions but now he s a free market hired gunDelaroche who seemed pathologically dispassionate when executing peopler dealing with his handlers is sadly not the worst bad guy in this book As an aside Delaroche likes to paint just like Allon doesdid These days Allon does art restoration but little Junior Jolt original workOsbourne and Delaroche form an impromptu alliance toward the book s end as both struggle to be freef the cabal that is trying to rile up
irishmen again toagain to Prods that is trying to rile up Irishmen again to violence Prods the papists as usualThe cabal it turns Ceux de la posie vcue out is a shadowy working groupf national intelligence services and major criminal and terrorist interests etc These seemingly dd bedfellows use the shadow group to utsource killings that would be too politically sensitive for any government agency to take n and to instigate negative events that somehow advance a nation s secret agenda In Marching Season for example the group decides to kill a new peace movement in Ireland that would be bad for the illegal weapons industry Near book s end back in the States Delaroche attempts to assassinate Osbourne s father in law but Osbourne surprisingly lets the killer escape That s because Osbourne has figured ut who hired Delaroche Osbourne instead reserves his ire and energy working behind the scenes to dislodge from American intelligence services the career Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty official a woman who was partf the same shadow group which had commissioned the father in law s death She s the US delegate to the cabal and Allon s revered Israeli boss Ari Shamron It kills me to think that Shamron who appears in all the Allon books consorts with such dreckDelaroche eventually repays Osbourne s kindness by unilaterally without pay taking tireless: out the woman after she suddenly retires and moves to EuropeI was touched by the moment in the book when Osbourne muses that he and Delaroche are uite similar after all It wasnly chance that assigned Osbourne the role Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 of patriot and Delaroche the rolef criminal killer They use the same skill set for different endsThe book s close suggests that Delaroche is able to retire from his career as a killer and even form a meaningful relationship with an Irish woman terrorist who seems to want ut from all the death and violence Knowing Silva however who s expert at re purposing his. Law is nominated to become the new American ambassador to London retired CIA agent Michael Osbourne is drawn back into the game He soon discovers that his father in ,
Characters I wonder if the woman named Rebecca will go the distance in her relationship with Delaroche After languishing n my shelf for years because this book didn T FEATURE GABRIEL ALLON I FINALLY feature Gabriel Allon I finally the plug and jumped right into a
great thriller thisthriller This features Michal Osbourne American CIA agent who s back in the action after leaving the agency the year prior Michael is assigned to a case involving the peace accords in northern Ireland but is soon dragged into a much deeper web f deceit featuring an ld adversary Lots Kaleidoscope of action and intrigue Another solid read from Silva Rereading Daniel Silva s early work has been doubly enjoyable First the stories were well written but importantly to me was to see how Silva drew from the antagonist Delaroche from The Markf The Assassin and The Marching Season and parlayed him into Gabriel Allon in the future works While Delaroche admits to being an assassin he states The Four Racketeers on thanne ccasion that he is not a murderer Also Delaroche has talent as a painter and f course Allon has the cover Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters of being an art restoration expert in that series and considers himself an assassin not a murderer Finally I as an avid reader am thankful that Silva abandoned his Osbourne protagonist in favorf Allon The Israeli assassin and art restorer is much interesting than another CIA Smithereens operative as far as thrillers go Very entertaining with plentyf suspense and deception that keeps the reader intrigued Overall the writing is good and interesting but unfortunately the story is flawed A few times characters did things they shouldn t have been able to do just to move the story along One character in particular changed his behavior to conveniently take the story a direction the author wanted The ending didn t really resolve anything It s like the author wanted both the good and bad win which they both did This 98 story contained good Silva writing but lacked a successful conclusion The prescient Mr Silva even mentions the nefarious Osama bin laden Lots The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness of deaths and for what Billionaires 6f 10 stars There is still today a very weird and racist thought among many people that terrorists are Dark Diversions only brown skinned Arabicr Middle Eastern Muslims and that white Christians are solely victimized horribly throughout the world and in the United States especially and never the victimizers This f course goes against the facts and also It s a narrative uncomfortable to a lot f people but it s the truth white non Muslim men commit most Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability of the world s terrorist acts White men have been doing it far longer and effectively Anyone who studies European history knows thisDaniel Silva s 1999 novel The Marching Season a direct seuel to his novel The Markf the Assassin focuses Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds on the long and fruitful white terrorist traditionf the United Kingdom involving the age ld hatred and violence between the Protestants and the Catholics In case you don t know those are not Muslim sects They are Christian sects For cent I am sometimes a voracious reader Vacillate between Ta Neishi Coates Allende Clinton Comey and Orwell The writers I cited are interesting and important but not always fun Silva knows how to do espionage thrillers love interest and boy it is fun We do read to know we are not alone but sometimes what a delight to simply read Kinda like a good John MacDonald mystery but different genre Of course you need to straddle different eras and s Some f us can I read the first Michael Osborne novel uite a long time ago and really enjoyed this follow up I love the Gabriel Allon novels but I find myself wishing that Silva had written with Osborn. Aw is marked for execution And that he himself is nce again in the crosshairs f a killer known as October Lord of The Heart: Regency Romance onef the most merciless assassins the world has ever kno.