The Other Woman, Daniel Silva, author; George Guidall, narrator
Gabriel Allon is the head of Israel’s Intelligence Service. While attempting to extricate a double agent from Europe, something goes wrong and the agent is murdered in cold blood. Although it was a clandestine effort, somehow a video surfaces which seems to show a blurry, identifiable image of Allon. Soon another murder of an agent in Europe, points a finger at him. The world, always ready to accuse Israel, once again jumps on the event to point fingers at the head of the Israelis for what they believe were planned murders, not attempts to save the lives of the Russian moles who had been turned to help them. As Gabriel Allon sets out to find out who set him up and why, the plot really thickens involving the British, the Americans and the Russians, as well.
Silva writes with a clear hand, creating tension and excitement on every page. The story is sometimes confusing as it jumps around a lot, and there are many characters from many countries popping up in various scenes. The story takes the reader back to the days of Kim Philby, the most notorious Russian agent planted deep in the British Intelligence service for decades, rising almost to its pinnacle. As the threads of his betrayal are revealed so are the betrayals of many others. Philby’s legacy lives on.
The reader is excellent. He never gets in the way of the novel and always accurately portrays each character with his accent and tone of voice. This is a great beach read or an entertaining accompaniment on a long drive.
So... I found the ending to be a little iffy; I don't see Juggernaut caving and quite frankly screaming like a little girl like that at the end, but maybe that's just me?
Overall, the power plays are very in characters, as is Pietro's need for adoration, and his inability to take responsibility for his own actions. Sad about how that ended for Synapse, but she should know better than to get that involved with Quicksilver!
Hoping this will end well for her, and going to peek at the next issue.
The Beast and Wonder Man fight crime, and decide what to do with their future, while Emily/Synapse, and Pietro/Quicksilver go on what he wants to be a date - until Rogue calls them to tell them all that Jericho/Doctor Voodoo and Wanda/the Scarlet Witch are planning on using magic to rebuild Avengers mansion.
A quiet episode that was more about building up the characters, but it was a nice, quiet moment in a whirlwind of fighting and the horror that is life as an Avenger.
I'm still loving this series. The Avengers save themselves from Graviton and a lawyer tracks down the Human Torch to see about the legacy of the Fantastic Four.
It's action packed, and funny, although, ugh, I see another forced romance for the Scarlet Witch. They're planting the seeds, and she belongs with Vision.