The Kill Artist

Book Review



The Kill Artist


Daniel Silva


Random House, New York, NY



Reviewed By:

Frank Fogg

Review Date:

June, 2001



In this latest fictional novel by Daniel Silva, we are introduced to a world of terror, intrigue, and deception involving the powers of the Middle East. The main players in this spy thriller are the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad, and splinter Palestinian terrorist groups. This is a hardcover  book, and is also available in several digital and audio formats.

Get more information about The Kill Artist at Amazon.comThe  story mixes real people and places with fictional characters, providing an authentic  feel for the storyline. The main theme is that a retired Israeli deep cover agent is brought out of retirement to face an old terrorist enemy, the murderer  of his child. Together with a female agent masquerading as a model, they attempt  to destroy the network of terror he has created.

More and more people are drawn into the action as  time goes on including the American CIA and international businessmen. The terrorist  Tariq always seems to be one step ahead of his opponents as they are bested time and time again. The scene changes from country to country as the two groups  battle in an international arena, and we finally discover the true purpose of  Tariq's mission as the story arrives at its conclusion.

Although I liked the flow of action in this novel, a large number of superfluous characters are introduced in the first part of the book that never get fully fleshed out. Some of the characters more integral to the  story also seemed a little shallow in their presentation. I found this distracting  my enjoyment of the story itself. A number of early clues about events that happen late in the story reduce the number of surprises as the story twists and turns. Like many other novels of the genre, we discover that international spies really do have better love lives than the rest of us.

The most important thing that I liked about this book is that it did not seem to be judgmental in its presentation of the political  positions of either side, but simply shows their political beliefs in the context  of the personality of the characters. It also allows both sides to have their victories instead of the outcome being a foregone conclusion.

Fans of Daniel Silva will undoubtedly find the book  enjoyable and entertaining, although perhaps not quite on par with his other  works. He weaves a variety of characters into an entertaining tapestry of international  terrorism and intrigue. The Kill Artist is a good book for readers that like  spy thrillers, having both a plausible plot and believable characters.


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