I am seriously loving Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series and book 5, the Prince of Fire, comes through a winner, as well. Smoothly done how Silva is shifting Gabriel's character from spy in the field to something else all together: Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in the hands of terrorists that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history. Hastily recalled home to Israel, drawn once more into the heart of a service he had once forsaken, Gabriel Allon finds himself stalking an elusive master terrorist across a landscape drenched in generations of blood, along a trail that keeps turning in upon itself, until, finally, he can no longer be certain who is stalking whom. And when at last the inevitable showdown comes, it's not Gabriel alone who is threatened with destruction - for it is not his history alone that has been laid bare (Amazon).
I think Silva handles the delicate balance between truth and fiction and confronts the Middle Eastern upheaval, politics, hatred, and war-wrought countries with skill and aplomb without sounding overly preachy towards Israel. But, as a Christian who firmly believes God's chosen people - the Israelite's - have a rightful place in the future order of things, I am overjoyed at Silva's stance and protection of Israel.
A bit morose and melancholy at times I'm still giving Prince of Fire,