The New Girl

The New Girl

A Novel

Book - 2019
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#1 New York Times Bestseller * #1 USA Today Bestseller * #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva, this summer's hottest thriller.

Now you see her. Now you don't. THE NEW GIRL. A new thriller of deception, betrayal, and vengeance.

She was covered from head to toe in expensive wool and plaid, the sort of stuff one saw at the Burberry boutique in Harrods. She carried a leather bookbag rather than a nylon backpack. Her patent leather ballet slippers were glossy and bright. She was proper, the new girl, modest. But there was something else about her ...

At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful raven-haired girl who arrives each morning in a motorcade fit for a head of state. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman. In truth, her father is Khalid bin Mohammed, the much-maligned crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Once celebrated for his daring social and religious reforms, he is now reviled for his role in the murder of a dissident journalist. And when his only child is brutally kidnapped, he turns to the one man he can trust to find her before it is too late.

What's done cannot be undone ...

Gabriel Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, has spent most of his life fighting terrorists, including the murderous jihadists financed by Saudi Arabia. Prince Khalid--or KBM, as he is known--has pledged to finally break the bond between the Kingdom and radical Islam. For that reason alone, Gabriel regards him as a valuable if flawed partner. Together they will become 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. Both men have made their share of enemies. And both have everything to lose.

Filled with dark humor, breathtaking twists of plot, and an unforgettable cast of characters, The New Girl is both a thrilling, page-turning tale of entertainment and a sophisticated study of political alliances and great-power rivalries in a dangerous world. And it is once again proof that Gabriel Allon is "one of fiction's greatest spies" (Kirkus) and Daniel Silva is "quite simply the best" (Kansas City Star) writer of foreign intrigue and suspense at work today.

Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062835406
9780062834836
Characteristics: 479 pages :,map ;,23 cm.

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darladoodles
Sep 16, 2019

Five explosive, off-the-chart stars for this latest Gabriel Allon thriller. Silva clearly has his finger on the pulse of world affairs and the reader is dropped right into the middle of true-to-life scenarios. You almost expect to turn on the news and see these fictional figures appear in world news. In my opinion this series just keeps getting better. I was very glad to see Sarah Bancroft return to aid the team. Gabriel and Chiara's twins continue to grow. Will they join in the family craft when they get older? As is often the case, this installment does its share of globetrotting even travelling to my mother country, the Netherlands. Allon's compassion and drive to avoid collateral damage is well represented. The ending sets us up for more intrigue involving the Americans, Russians and Saudi Arabia. Can't wait for Gabriel Allon, #20!

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Sep 10, 2019

I limped through the first 100 pages of the book (a book club choice) and desperately wanted to enjoy it. Instead I found it to be little more than a round the globe blow by blow account of a plethora of unengaging characters, none of which I felt any connection to or frankly even cared what happened to them. Half way through I still had no interest in the plot and cut my losses. This is my first Silva book and I fear my last.

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gloryb
Sep 06, 2019

Silva's book immediately grabbed my attention with the focus of a kidnapping of a young girl attending a Swiss school. She is the daughter of a Saudi crown prince and is used by Russian agents as a ploy to get him to give up his position as the next king of Arabia in order for them to install a Russian puppet in the Arabian throne. The recent event of the dismemberment of a journalist in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul plays a prime role in this story but, of course, with names changed. Silva uses that event to plot his story giving Silva the opportunity to expand this incident into one involving the spy agencies of major countries and, of course, a return of his spy characters. At times Silva's fictional story gets the back seat as Silva explains to his readers the powerplay in the Middle East. This novel continues Silva's trademark of having his characters visit many places in Europe which becomes an interesting sidelight for me as I read his novels.

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Dub
Aug 26, 2019

I have read them all and this novel made me think, been there, done that. There is so much of the same story lines...the word boilerplate comes to mind. If you have not read all the series up to this, the newest, then, by all means have a go. You'll probably like it. But if you've read the previous 18 books then they just start to run together.

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emerge
Aug 24, 2019

As with all series, you'll enjoy some instalments more than others. But I don't think Silva is capable of writing a bad book & for me, his novels are an annual must-read. He's a master story teller & this was one of the best of recent years.

The real time politics & thinly veiled versions of actual world figures make this a gripping & timely read. But at the bottom of it all is a poignant & personal story line that reminds us innocent people end up being collateral damage as presidents, kings & prime ministers play their games.

All the old gang is back as the plot unfolds across multiple countries. The author's extensive knowledge of the Middle East & spycraft is general provides the backdrop for a perfectly paced & absorbing read that not only entertains but shines a light on the state of current events.

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maucarden
Aug 22, 2019

Silva, whitewashes a terrible crime that MbS, crown prince of Saudi Arabia okayed, that of the murder and dismemberment of the Washington Post journalist who went into the Saudi Embassy in Turkey and came out in pieces. It's not even worth talking about the rest of the book.

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pterry25
Aug 17, 2019

Loads of fun. Some scenes were drawn from actual events. Silva pulls in characters from earlier novels. A lot of fun to read. It moves quickly. Can't wait for the next one.

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deborahmyers1
Aug 15, 2019

Good Silva...have read all except Mark of the Assassin.

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Noskates
Aug 15, 2019

I Gabriel Allon series, yet this one seems to be ghostwritten. The prose is more open, not the taut, terse Silva style to which I am accustomed. When did Allon ever wisecrack? Even so, thoroughly enjoyed.

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katroh
Aug 07, 2019

Another good story! I think one of his best. Daniel Silva has really kept the quality of the Gabriel Allon series up to par or more.

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