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Daniel Silva is an American award winning, bestselling author of 21 thriller and espionage novels.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, he was awarded a BA from Fresno State and even began pursuing a master’s degree in international relations at San Francisco State University; a program which he left in 1984 after being offered a temporary job as a journalist at United Press International.

He began working on his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, in 1994; with the novel debuting on The New York Times best-seller list three years later.

Silva is married to Jamie Gangel, a CNN special correspondent who he met while the two were both correspondents in the Middle East.

Together they have twin children, Nicholas and Lily.

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Born: 1960

United States

Website: https://danielsilvabooks.com/

Non Series
  • The Unlikely Spy (1996)
Gabriel Allon Series
  1. The Kill Artist (2000)
  2. The English Assassin (2002)
  3. The Confessor (2003)
  4. A Death in Vienna (2004)
  5. Prince of Fire (2005)
  6. The Messenger (2006)
  7. The Secret Servant (2007)
  8. Moscow Rules (2008)
  9. The Defector (2009)
  10. The Rembrandt Affair (2010)
  11. Portrait of a Spy (2011)
  12. The Fallen Angel (2012)
  13. The English Girl (2013)
  14. The Heist (2014)
  15. The English Spy (2015)
  16. The Black Widow (2016)
  17. House of Spies (2017)
  18. The Other Woman (2018)
  19. The New Girl (2019)
Michael Osbourne Series
  1. The Mark of the Assassin (1998)
  2. The Marching Season (1999)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Unlikely Spy

Winston Churchill wrote, “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”

And for Britain’s counterintelligence operations, a history professor by the name Alfred Vicary was the perfect, unlikeliest agent they could think of.

Personally handpicked by Churchill, his mission is to search and reveal the identity of a highly dangerous traitor.

But the Nazis also have an unlikely agent of their own. Catherine Blake may be a hospital volunteer and the stunning widow of a war hero, but unbeknownst to many, she is a Nazi spy under direct orders from Hitler himself.

She is on a mission unearth the Allied plans for D-Day…

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 1996
ISBN: 978-0752826905
Publisher: Orion

Gabriel Allon Series

The Kill Artist

Gabriel Allon, who at one point served as a vital operative in secret Israeli-intelligence missions, is doing his best to forget his past; spending his days as a meticulous restorer of priceless works of art.

His peaceful life is however disrupted when he is recalled and paired with another former agent who works as a French fashion model.

Their target is Tariq—a cunning Palestinian zealot on one last killing spree and a man who played a dark part in Gabriel’s past.

A manhunt soon escalates into a globe-spanning duel powered by political intrigue and extreme personal interest.

Revenge is a luxury that no man can afford!

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2000
ISBN: 978-0752847856
Publisher: Orion
The English Assassin

Gabriel Allon, a diligent restorer of priceless works of art and occasional Israeli agent, is sent to Zurich, Switzerland, to restore the painting of a secluded millionaire banker.

Upon his arrival however, he is shocked to find the millionaire in a pool of blood at the foot of his Raphael.

Furthermore, a hidden collection of invaluable and illegally gained Impressionist masterpieces is missing.

When Gabriel is informed by his handlers that the collector had been silenced, he is quickly thrust back into a high-stakes spy game that will test his judgment and intelligence against those of a rogue killer he helped to train.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-0141038988
Publisher: Penguin Books
The Confessor

In Munich, a Jewish scholar by the name Benjamin Stern is shot dead while entering his flat. The gunman mutters some Latin words then gathers the writer’s papers before leaving.

In Venice, art restorer and Israeli agent Gabriel Allon receives news of the death of Stern as he cautiously applies a dab of paint on the Bellini. He immediately gets up and leaves.

In the Vatican, a priest named Pietro restlessly thinks about the journey before him; the things he has discovered, and the enemies he will make.

The journeys of all three men will come together in the weeks that follow.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0451211484
Publisher: Berkley
A Death in Vienna

Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy, is in Vienna on a mission to uncover the truth behind the bombing of an old friend. What he however encounters there turns his world on its head.

It’s a familiar face that sends him on a desperate search for more; a search to discover a name, a history, and a connection.

Each fact is followed by more unanswered questions. But when a picture begins to form, it turns out to be more terrible than his worst nightmares.

A painting of evil spanning across sixty years and thousands of lives, the search for a single monster becomes the search for many.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-0451213181
Publisher: Berkley
Prince of Fire
Returning to Venice after unmasking Erich Radek in A Death in Vienna, Gabriel Allon is hurriedly thrown back to into another mission when a deadly explosion rocks the Italian capital.

The bomb, which destroys the Israeli embassy, enables terrorists to lay their hands on Gabriel’s dossier; one containing his secrets and entire history.

Recalled back to the very service he turned his back on, the former Mossad agent finds himself chasing an evasive terrorist across a landscape soaked in generations of blood.

When push finally comes to shove, it will not only be his history that will be laid bare.
Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-0451215734
Publisher: Berkley
The Messenger

Art restorer and spy Gabriel Allona is on the verge of facing the greatest challenge of his entire life.

When a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist is killed in London, the Israeli intelligence team has every reason to believe that a terrible attack is targeting the heart of the Vatican—thanks to photographs retrieved from the computer of the slain terrorist.

A deadly manhunt for one of the most dangerous men in the world soon begins; one that sends Allon and his colleagues across Europe to the Caribbean and back.

But they neither have enough time, nor enough facts, and enough luck to catch the men.

It’s then that Allon decides to set his trap…

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0451221728
Publisher: Berkley
The Secret Servant

Gabriel Allon, while in Amsterdam, learns of a sinister plot about the kidnapping of the daughter of the American ambassador; with the abduction set to take place right at the heart of London.

The Israeli intelligence officer and astute art restorer however doesn’t arrive early enough to save her. This comes at a cost as he ends up exposing his face to the masterminds of the abduction.

Suddenly, Gabriel is caught up in a race against time to save the woman, as the clock draws nearer to her hour of execution.

Could a mission to save another life cost him his own?

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0451224507
Publisher: Berkley
Moscow Rules

Moscow is crawling with oil wealth individuals and choking with armored Bentleys, far from what it was during the Soviet days.

Power is once again found behind the walls of the Kremlin, and detractors of the ruling class are mercilessly silenced.

But this has in turn given rise to a new generation of Stalinists who are not only determined to take back the empire, but also confront the United States.

One such individual is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB dealing in arms.

He is on the verge of delivering Russia’s most advanced weapons to quite rightly the biggest enemy the United States has, unless Israeli foreign intelligence agent Gabriel Allon thwart his plans.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0451227386
Publisher: Berkley
The Defector

Gabriel is in Umbria enjoying his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, and working on restoring a seventeenth-century altarpiece for the Vatican when he receives some terrible news from London.

Grigori Bulganov, the defector and former Russian intelligence officer, has mysteriously disappeared.

Whereas British intelligence rules him out as a double agent, Gabriel assembles his team of operatives to chase after those responsible.

Caught in a running battle across the globe however, it doesn’t take long before Allon learns that his enemy holds the vital key to victory.

But Gabriel knows he must outwit the sadisitc Ivan Kharkov, just like he did in Moscow Rules.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0451230669
Publisher: Berkley
The Rembrandt Affair

“Two families, one terrible secret, and a painting worth killing for…”

Gabriel Allon's idyllic life with his stunning wife Chiara at the windy cliffs of Cornwall is suddenly interrupted by a strange and mysterious art dealer from London who desperately needs his help.

A portrait by Rembrandt has been stolen in an act that left one art restorer savagely murdered. Given his experience and sharp witted nature, Gabriel is the only person who can help retrieve the Rembrandt.

As he tracks it across the globe, Gabriel comes to learn of the terrible secrets linked to the painting, and the dangerous men who will stop at nothing to keep it.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0451233998
Publisher: Berkley
Portrait of a Spy

Gabriel Allon’s delightful autumn weekend with his wife in London is cut short by a devastating pair of bombings in Paris and Copenhagen.

But as he looks to stop a man he suspects could trigger a third attack in Covent Garden, the spy and master art restorer is knocked to the pavement where he powerlessly watches as the disaster unravels.

Still greatly disturbed by the fresh memory of his inability to prevent the killing of several innocent people, Gabriel is summoned to D.C where he is cast into a lethal confrontation with the new face of global terror.

An evasive American-born cleric in Yemen was once an asset on the CIA payroll is at the heart of the massacre.

Even worse is that this is just but the beginning…

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0062287328
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Fallen Angel

Having survived his previous operation by the skin of my teeth, Israeli foreign intelligence agent Gabriel Allon is restoring one of Caravaggio’s finest works at the Vatican.

One morning, the body of an attractive woman, who was a curator from the antiquities department, is discovered beneath the dome of Monsignor Luigi Donati—the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII.
Although the Vatican police believe it was suicide, Gabriel and Donati believe otherwise.

Avoiding another scandal on the Church, the monsignor enlists for the services of Gabriel who soon unveils a dangerous secret discovered by the woman.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0062253835
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The English Girl

A living embodiment of beauty and brains and fueled to succeed by an impoverished childhood, Madeline Hart is a rising star in British government.

Madeline however holds a dark secret; she is the secret lover of Prime Minister Jonathan Lancaster. So when she mysteriously disappears in Corsica, it’s immediately clear that her abductors know of the affair and want to make the most out of it.

Desperate not to ruin his own career, Lancaster handles the matter privately be enlisting for the services of Gabriel Allon—the Israeli spy, art restorer and assassin.

It’s one girl, seven days and no second chances.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0062287311
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Heist

Gabriel Allon is summoned by the Italian police while repairing an altarpiece in Venice.

Julian Isherwood, an art dealer, has come across a murder scene in Lake Como, and he is being held in custody as the primary suspect.

The deceased, who happened to be a spy, held a dark secret: he was trafficking in stolen artworks and selling them to an unknown collector. And the iconic Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence by Caravaggio is among those paintings.

In order to prove the innocence of his good friend, Gabriel must find the most famous missing painting in the world.

But sometimes, the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0062320087
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The English Spy

She is an iconic member of the British Royal Family. Although she is begrudged by her ex husband and his mother, the Queen of England, she is admired for her beauty and charitable works.

When a bomb explodes aboard her holiday yacht, killing her, British intelligence seeks for the help of Gabriel Allon, the legendary spy and assassin.

Eamon Quinn, the evasive and skillful bomb maker who sells his services to the highest bidder, is the man on Gabriel’s sights.

But in order to catch the mercenary of death, he will need the help of Christopher Keller—a British commando turned professional killer who knows Quinn’s works like the palm of his hands.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0062320162
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Black Widow

Gabriel Allon, the legendary spy and art restorer, is on the verge of becoming the next chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service.

He is however thrown back into the field on the eve of his promotion when a huge ISIS bomb explodes in the Marais district of Paris.

Desperate to catch the deadly killer before he strikes again, the French government hires Gabriel to kill the man responsible.

The man in question is Saladin; a mastermind terrorist who is like a ghost.

In his final operation, Gabriel has no option but to pose a brave and stunning agent as an ISIS recruit in waiting.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0062320254
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
House of Spies

Barely four months after the 9/11 terrorist attack in America, another attack takes place; this time round across the Atlantic where it leaves a trail of destruction across London’s glimmering West End.

Although the attack was meticulously planned, it leaves one important trace behind.

The clue leads Gabriel Allon and his colleagues all the way to the southern part of France, and to the doorstep of Jean-Luc Martel, one of the richest men on the land.

Olivia Watson, Martel’s beautiful companion and former British fashion model, however forms an improbable partnership with Gabriel in a union that will go a long way in the global war against terror.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0062354372
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Other Woman

The KGB once inserted a mole into the heart of the West, and the mole stands on the edge of absolute power.

Gabriel Allon, our beloved art restorer, feared killer and current chief of the Israeli secret intelligence service, is the only one capable of uncovering the conspiracy.

When his most trusted asset inside Russian intelligence is viciously murdered while attempting to escape to Vienna, Gabriel engages in a desperate hunt for the traitor.

Given his previous history with the Russians, Gabriel will step up against them in a final showdown; one that could seal the destiny of the postwar global order.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0062834942
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The New Girl

A mystery raven-haired girl is dropped at an exclusive private school in Switzerland every morning in a motorcade likened to that of a head of state.

Many believe that she is the daughter of a wealthy international businessman, when in truth, she is the daughter of Khalid bin Mohammed—the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

At one time loved for his bold social and religious reforms, he is now condemned for his role in the killing of a nonconformist journalist.

So when his beloved daughter—who is also his only child—is abducted, there is only one man that the crown prince can turn to for help before it’s too late.

But what’s already done cannot be undone…

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062834959
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

Michael Osbourne Series

The Mark of the Assassin

Panic and confusion takes over the CIA when a commercial airliner, Flight 002, is blown out of the sky off the East coast by a terrorist bomb.

Only a single clue is discovered near the crash site. It bears three bullets to the face—the disturbing calling card of an elusive, deadly assassin.

CIA officer Michael Osbourne personally knows the markings. Driven by a craze that threatens to destroy his career, his family, and his life, Osbourne is determined to catch the killer now more than ever.

But in a land of shadows, lies and cover-ups, the CIA officer makes himself and his loved ones targets of the most merciless and fiendish assassin on earth.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-0451209313
Publisher: Berkley
The Marching Season

Northern Ireland, a land devastated for centuries by religious and political conflict, is disrupted one night by three barbaric acts of terrorism.

The actions are committed by a renegade group of Protestant extremists whose goal is to sabotage the peace, and ensure that Ulster forever remains part of the United Kingdom.

Michael Osbourne, now a retired CIA officer, returns to the Agency after Douglas Cannon, his father-in-law and former U.S. Senator, is nominated as the new U.S ambassador to London.

When Michael finds out that the Protestant gunmen want to assassinate the new American ambassador, he launches a deadly contest of wits and deception; one that will not only determine whether the peace in Northern Ireland will survive, but also seal the fate of his father-in-law.

Author: Daniel Silva
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0451209320
Publisher: Berkley