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The New Girl

A Novel
Written by: Daniel Silva
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
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Number One New York Times Best Seller • 

Number One USA Today Best Seller • 

Number One Wall Street Journal Best Seller •

From number one New York Times best-selling 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, pause-resisting 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. 

©2019 Daniel Silva (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Wayne
  • 2019-07-17

Typical Daniel Silva (marvelous story)!!

The editor's summary does not do this espionage thriller justice. But since this is the latest novel in Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series maybe the publisher believed that selling was unnecessary.

Certainly Silva is a master on the espionage thriller genre, but possibly more important he is a master of humanizing his characters. As I listened to THE NEW GIRL the humanity of his characters, strengths and imperfections of both the good guys and the bad, struck me again and again.

The story itself is ripped from the headlines, but changed and fictionalized in important ways. Allon has been head of Israeli intelligence for some time but he is not just placed behind a desk. He is still an agent who goes into the field and gets his hands dirty. He has a freedom of decision making that he never had before becoming the chief. In this novel he develops a close friendship with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Allon remains a tragic character who lost his son and the companionship of his wife (who is still alive but beyond repair) to a terrorist attack. He now has two young children with his much younger current wife Chiara.

As is typical of the Gabriel Allon series there is a lot of movement from country to country. There are always new characters as well as a bevy of repeating characters. I was pleased that Sarah Bancroft appears once again as a major character in an Allon novel.

THE NEW GIRL is fast moving. The writing is polished and the details are consistent. My complaint about early audio novels in the series was inconsistent narration caused by narrator changes. Since George Guidall to over series narration in 2012 that issue vanished. Guidall performed this novel flawlessly.

THE NEW GIRL is an excellent addition to the Gabriel Allon series.

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  • tb
  • 2019-08-07

Disappointed..

I have all Daniel silver - Gabriel alone books , couldn’t wait for this one to come out - preordered it - and what a disappointment, 1/2 the book is talking about history from other books and the other 1/2 just wasn’t captivating like the other books ...

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  • Isabelle
  • 2019-08-11

Hmmm...

I was so ready to love this book with all of the wonderful reviews but was a bit disappointed for a couple of reasons: 1) it was hard for me to understand the reader, which muffled the information being absorbed. 2) The author spent much of the time trying to catch the reader up on the other books from the series. I much prefer a book that stands on its own without having to weave other stories from the past to make sense of it. This is a good reminder to start at the beginning of a series instead of jumping in...

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  • Cindy S
  • 2019-07-23

Well crafted twists but disappointing

As with many long running series, there are diminishing returns - despite Silva’s technical skill at storyweaving and Guidall’s excellent narration, this one was curiously uninvolving, not my favorite. As another reviewer said, the title is misleading. ‘Game of Princes’ might have been more apt -

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  • Jeffrey B. Livingston
  • 2019-07-20

Apologia for MBS

Silva's novels are all 3 parts fun and adventure to one part political screed. (A few of them get the ratio wrong.) To use the screed part of this one to try to rehabilitate the murderous dictator of Saudi Arabia is to make this the Alon novel most will wish had not existed.

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  • Renita Allen
  • 2019-08-08

Confusing

This book was one of my least favorite in the series. It seems that it was all over the place. Seems to have given a nod to the real life villain. Made him out to be a good guy. I actually have walked away from this book feeling as though I need to listen to it again because I've missed something. Same tired characters, just boring.

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  • didijens
  • 2019-07-28

Rapid-fire pacing

I enjoyed this story! it was a little bit difficult to listen to because it moves so fast. I often found myself rewinding to figure out what was going on and who is who. I felt like the narrator was just firing off the text with little emotion sometimes, like reading a travel log. But overall, it was a good book!

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  • JOHN DAVIS
  • 2019-07-27

Another outstanding offering

Silva is an excellent wordsmith with an ironic sense of humor. His research is extensive and without equal allowing him to write novels which have a greater degree of reality than his contemporaries. As we have lost Vince Flynn and Tom Clancy he has no peer. I am concerned that we not lose to old age Gabriel as we have Uzi Navot and Shamron.

George Guidall remains the premiere narrator this side of the Atlantic.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-23

Great book, terrible reader

This is a suspenseful up-to-date book full of intrigue and clever twists utilizing my drone characters. Unfortunately the reader is very poor and sometimes difficult to understand

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  • dilanidiva
  • 2019-08-09

Great upto a point - then boring

I used to enjoy Silva in his early stages. This book has the beginnings of a great story and then the last 5 or so chapters just becomes his old boring third-person narration. Which has been his undoing for me.
I liked the well-told take and I love Guidall so that is what made me buy this book. But he just starts a third person narration like a newsletter which I know is total fiction and I lose my interest in the story.
The ending was just abrupt. To go through all that to have such a drastic ending just did not serve this book well. If not for Guidall I would return this book. as I doubt me listening to it again as it sits in my library.

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