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Gabriel Allon foi em tempos um importante agente dos serviços secretos israelitas, mas agora só pensa em fugir do seu passado para viver uma vida tranquila como restaurador de arte. É no entanto chamado de regresso às perigosas missões. A agente com quem trabalhará esconde-se por detrás da sua própria máscara de modelo francesa. O seu alvo: um astuto terrorista numa derradeira matança desenfreada, um palestiniano fanático de nome Tariq, que desempenhou um negro papel no passado de Gabriel. Aquilo que começa como uma caça ao homem torna-se um duelo que atravessa o globo e é alimentado pela intriga política e por intensas paixões pessoais. Num mundo onde o sigilo e a duplicidade são absolutas, a vingança é um luxo sem preço e a maior das obras de arte.
De nacionalidade americana, Daniel Silva é filho de pais açorianos imigrados em Massachussets e passou a infância no seio de uma comunidade de pescadores, com quem diz ter aprendido o valor do trabalho, da solidariedade e da fé em Deus. Escreveu oito bestsellers que alcançaram o top do New York Times.
Daniel Silva foi produtor executivo da programação da CNN em Washington e em 1987 foi nomeado correspondente no Médio Oriente, no Cairo. Viajou muito por toda a região, cobriu a guerra Irão–Iraque, o terrorismo e os conflitos políticos.
É casado com Jamie Gangel, correspondente nacional da NBC News “Today”.
He has been placed in the same category as John le Carré and Graham Greene. He has been called his generation’s finest writer of international intrigue and one of the greatest American spy novelists ever. Compelling, passionate, haunting, brilliant: these are the words that have been used to describe the work of Daniel Silva.
Silva burst onto the scene in 1997 with his electrifying bestselling debut, The Unlikely Spy, a novel of love and deception set around the Allied invasion of France in World War II. His second and third novels, The Mark of the Assassin and The Marching Season, were also instant New York Times bestsellers and starred two of Silva’s most memorable characters: CIA officer Michael Osbourne and international hit man Jean-Paul Delaroche. But it was Silva’s fourth novel, The Kill Artist, that would alter the course of his career. The novel featured a character described as one of the most memorable and compelling in contemporary fiction, the art restorer and sometime Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon, and though Silva did not realize it at the time, Gabriel’s adventures had only just begun. Gabriel Allon appears in Silva’s next nine novels, each one more successful than the last: The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, and Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, and Moscow Rules which was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller and hailed as Silva's most exciting book yet. The latest Gabriel Allon adventure and sequel to Moscow Rules, The Defector, will be published July 21, 2009.
Silva knew from a very early age that he wanted to become a writer, but his first profession would be journalism. Born in Michigan, raised and educated in California, he was pursuing a master’s degree in international relations when he received a temporary job offer from United Press International to help cover the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Later that year Silva abandoned his studies and joined UPI fulltime, working first in San Francisco, then on the foreign desk in Washington, and finally as Middle East correspondent in Cairo and the Persian Gulf. In 1987, while covering the Iran-Iraq war, he met NBC Today National Correspondent Jamie Gangel and they were married later that year. Silva returned to Washington and went to work for CNN and became Executive Producer of its talk show unit including shows like Crossfire, Capital Gang and Reliable Sources.
In 1995 he confessed to Jamie that his true ambition was to be a novelist. With her support and encouragement he secretly began work on the manuscript that would eventually become the instant bestseller The Unlikely Spy. He left CNN in 1997 after the book’s successful publication and began writing full time. Since then all of Silva's books have been New York Times and international bestsellers. His books have been translated in to more than 25 languages and are published around the world. Silva continues to reside in Washington with his wife and teenage twins Lily and Nicholas. When not writing he can usually be found roaming the stacks of the Georgetown University library, where he does much of the research for his books. He is currently at work on a new Gabriel Allon novel and warmly thanks all those friends and loyal readers who have helped to make the series such an amazing success.