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Publication Order of Michael Osbourne Books

The Mark of the Assassin (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Marching Season (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Gabriel Allon Books

The Kill Artist (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The English Assassin (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Confessor (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Death in Vienna (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prince of Fire (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Messenger (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Servant (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moscow Rules (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Defector (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rembrandt Affair (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portrait of a Spy (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fallen Angel (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The English Girl (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Heist (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The English Spy (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Widow (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
House of Spies (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Other Woman (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Girl (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Order (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cellist (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portrait of an Unknown Woman (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Collector (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Unlikely Spy (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Daniel Silva Biography:

At the very beginning of the sixties, a time when social revolution swept across America, Daniel Silva was born. Although it was in Michigan that he entered the world, Silva spent his childhood in sunny California. Child of a catholic family, he converted to Judaism as an adult. Something inside Silva always told him that he was destined to be a writer; clearly his intuitions were well founded. Nevertheless, it pleased Silva to pursue international relations as his major in graduate school.

While in route to his degree, he was offered and accepted a job with United Press International. There he assisted in covering the Democratic National Convention which took place in San Francisco in 1984. The success he experienced in this position inspired Silva to completely abandon his educational goals and accept a full-time job with UPI, eventually serving in Washington on the foreign desk and later heading to the Middle East, where his role was that of a correspondent in the Persian Gulf and Cairo.

While serving in this position, Silva met his soon-to-be wife, Jamie Gangel, who happened to be the national correspondent for NBC Today. The couple was married during the latter end of 1987 and returned to Washington together, where they resided. Silva’s wife Jamie found work with CNN, becoming an executive producer for several of the network’s popular talk shows, including Reliable Sources and Crossfire.

It was not until the couple had been married for about eight years, in 1995, that Silva revealed to his wife the fact that being a novelist had been his lifelong desire. At the time, he was also serving for CNN. She granted her husband her full support and he secretly started working on his first manuscript. Silva instantly became a bestselling author when his first attempt at a novel, The Unlikely Spy, hit store shelves in 1996, only a year after his work on the writing project had begun.

Having met with a great measure of success on his first try, Silva gladly left CNN a year after his book had been published to focus full time on his writing career. From that moment on, each and every book that Silva wrote became international bestsellers and featured on the list of best-selling books at the New York Times. He has authored sixteen titles, about one book per year of his writing career, and his works have been translated to over 30 languages.

As a writer, Daniel Silva’s work all fall within the thriller genre, being packed with tales of intriguing espionage and detailed specifics on the topic of history, music, and art, which is the result of his devotion to research and experience gain during his travels abroad. The author confesses that these subjects have been of great personal interest to him, although his favorite reading material has been spy and espionage thrillers since he was a young child.

He states the reason for his great interest in books with such exciting themes is the level of boredom from which he suffered in the small Californian town where he grew up. Such novels were an escape to the adventurous life, something he is now responsible for bringing to millions of others around the world.

A Look Inside the Books of Daniel Silva:

In 2007, Silva was honored with the Barry Award for his work, The Messenger, which was published in 2006. It is the sixth book in the author’s Gabriel Allon Series, which started off in 2000 with a book titled, The Kill Artist. In this fantastic spy novel, a man named Ari Shamron is reinstated to the position of director by the Prime Minister of Israel.

Not long afterwards, the nation’s ambassador gets killed in Paris. The crime is considered signature of terrorist mastermind, Tariq al-Hourani. There was a man named Gabriel Allon, for whom the series is named. This man serves as leader to a team that takes out the operatives during the Munich Massacre. Those operatives happened to be family of Tariq. Subsequently, Tariq takes vengeance on Gabriel killing his family with a car bomb.

Gabriel was a witness to the horrific event. His son instantly died and his wife, Leah, was left with a broken body and traumatized mind. Fast forward years after this very sad event and Ari Shamron appears at Gabriel’s door. Shamron requests Gabriel’s assistance in assassinating their shared enemy, Tariq, an offer which Gabriel accepts and starts off with a surveillance operation focused on Yusef, one of the members of Tariq’s organization.

However, the task proves not to be a simple one. Gabriel solicits the assistance of French supermodel, Jacqueline Delacroix, who has worked on other such operations, even having an affair with Gabriel at one point, the very event that caused his wife to insist on accompanying him on his trip to Vienna, which lead to her tragic and untimely death. Jacqueline works to seduce Yusef and is successful, but gets caught imprinting his keys, blowing her cover.

Clearly Gabriel Allon survives the sticky situations suffered in The Kill Artist, as the series continues on through several other books. The novel for which Silva won an award, The Messenger, starts off when information recovered from a laptop once belonging to a terrorist mastermind makes Gabriel suspect an upcoming assassination attempt on the Pope. Gabriel calls up, Luigi Donati, one of his friends who also happens to serve as personal secretary of the Pope.

Although Gabriel warns that security around the Pope should be tightened, his message goes unheeded. During an outdoor ceremony that Gabriel has suggested should be moved to an indoor location, the deaths of over 700 worshipers occurs thanks to three suicide bombers. Terrorists attempt to kill the Pope by shooting missiles at his location, but Gabriel manages to rescue him in time.

Research by the Vatican following the deadly event reveals that the very council which was established with the goal of improving relations between Catholics and Muslims was actually serving as an operation for insider terrorism. Blame of the disastrous happenings at the worship ceremony is placed on a powerful network of terrorists. Their response is to bomb Ari Shamron’s car, a character that has served as Gabriel’s friend since the beginning of the series.

Shamron gets severely injured by the bomb, but is not killed. Instead, he is left to fight for his life. This inspires Gabriel to join forces with a CIA member in an effort to infiltrate a terrorist financier who has ties to both the murder attempt on the Pope and Shamron.

Daniel Silva Stories on the Silver Screen:

In 2011, Universal Pictures purchased rights to transform Silva’s Gabriel Allon saga into a film. However, no further action has been taken towards the goal.

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30 Responses to “Daniel Silva”

  1. L walters: 7 months ago

    Love all your books,just read Isobella,choice feel it needs a sequel.
    So much to write about?

  2. Joyce P Stanley: 9 months ago

    I have read ALL of your books and found each one to be terrific. I still have them. I can’t say this about any other author whose books I have read.
    I cannot wait for your next book to come out.

  3. monty douglas bissett: 1 year ago

    Mr Silva. Love your books. I have to admit if I knew you and your wife were joined at the hip with CNN. I might have passed. When I was a young boy as a Canadian I remember the killing of RFK. I dug in and found out why the hate for RFK. Words were the culprit and a sick mind. He gave it to us straight and died for that. On his trip to M.E. to find out why so much hate. He found the Jews went to school to learn. The opposite side were learning to hate.

  4. Cynthia Fuller: 2 years ago

    Mr. Silva,
    Never read a suspense novel in my life before a good friend shared The Order with me. I wasn’t sure I’d read another, don’t get me wrong, It was well written and intriguing, just not my cup of tea. I read historical fiction or something with irony and/or humor most often. I felt in all fairness I should give the series another try by reading the first book you wrote The Kill Artist. Frankly, I didn’t want to like it, it seemed too violent. I came to the conclusion, I’m going to have to read the entire series before truly understand how much I don’t want to like them. Thanks for the good reads.

  5. Janet Hendry Silva: 2 years ago

    I want to thank you, Daniel Silva, for writing all your wonderful and entertaining novels. I have read most (I believe up to The Other Woman). I have not read The Cellist but reading the mostly negative reviews, I can only believe they all watch Fox News and are Republicans. As a Canadian, I have followed “The Donald’s” career over the years and cannot believe he was able to become the 45th President of the USA. He is an insult to most of the world and hopefully will not be re-elected in 2024. I will now read The Cellist and try to understand why the Republican party is so disturbed. Keep on writing and I will not stop reading.

    • brenda lepore: 8 months ago

      it’s a darn shame people put down other parties! It’s a terrible thing, and very ignorant. Keep your views to yourself! The world would be a better place if we had respect for others.

      • Wendy Elam: 2 months ago

        Your fearful leader is famous for putting down dems. Regardless, yours and Brenda’s comments are misplaced. This is a place to comment about Daniel Silva’s wonderful series of books featuring the always interesting Gabriel Alon.
        Have a lovely day. 🤗

  6. Joseph Cannon: 2 years ago

    Having read all your previous novels I am eagerly awaiting your next and all those to follow. Pay no attention to those negative reviews. Glad to see you ruffle their feathers.

    • JoAnn Constantini: 5 months ago

      After reading 12 of your books -I admit that I do not tire of the stories, layout or backgrounds. Your books are refreshing, intense and fast moving.
      Keep them coming! God bless!

  7. Abner: 2 years ago

    I have read all the Alon books with fascination. The Cellist however is poorly written and intolerably prejudicial. It almost appears that it was written by Congressman Adam Schiff of California. The total acceptance and post- novel commentary of a now-debunked theory of Russian collusion was entirely non-Silva style. I hope you write your own Alon books again in the future.

    • JOHN: 2 years ago

      I agree with Abner, Jan and others. I tried sending this email to Daniel and it came back as undeliverable. Very disappointed.
      I want to start by saying you are my favorite author. I have all of your books and several of them are signed. I finished “The Cellist” last night and like you, I have to express myself. I have read all of your novels with a passion, but when I finished “The Cellist” and read your Author’s Note, I was disappointed in your one-sided view about our past and current presidents concerning Russia.

      I hope in your next novel, you will also write about the following issues you neglected to discuss in “The Cellist”.

      1. The Steele Dosier and the Clintons
      2. Mueller Report
      3. John Durham investigation
      4. Hunter Biden
      5. China being a bigger threat than Russia.

      • Hil: 2 years ago

        His books are not trying to give credence to your policy beliefs

      • Dog and cat mom: 9 months ago

        Love your comment. The Cellist was much too political. I was surprised at the venom unleashed by the author. Now that the truth has come out in the Durham report I wonder if he would write the same ending. Maybe blame Silvan’s state of mind on COVID? I will try the next book after The Cellist. If it is just as slanted then I am done. I need to catch up on his earlier books anywa.

  8. bridget guerra: 2 years ago

    have read most of your books just got the cellist love gabriel allon

  9. Albert Woodfield: 2 years ago

    I find in The Cellist the author’s amazing ability to weave current events into his novels. One reviewer stated he called “a spade a spade” It is regrettable to see our society torn as it is at the present time. But we have to see the horrible, unvarnished truth, and have to act on it to preserve our democracy.

    Thank you for your honesty.

  10. Mark Sellergren: 2 years ago

    Keep writing as you have, Mr. Silva. Thank you. All your books are delightful. Pay no attention to the negative comments. You are thorough and detailed, and describe interesting places with clarity…and call a spade a spade. I think your call on the dangers of beliefs in right wing fascism, as it was in the 1930s, is similar today. With comparable origin – fear of the other. Is it elitist to embrace other kinds of people? I think not.

  11. Mr. Jan Cooper: 3 years ago

    I’m done. Mr. Silva, I’ve read, and was a fan of every one of your novels, until now. Your not-so insidious insertion of your left wing politics and fallacious innuendo made reading The Cellist almost unbearable. I plugged through it, hoping for an admission from Gabriel, that he had been deceived by left wing propaganda; it never came. I wish you well in the future, but your novels will no longer be on my reading list.

    • J R Cole: 3 years ago

      I agree completely. I really enjoyed John Grisham’s writing in the beginning. However, his politics eventually got the better of me and I quit. Now, Daniel Silva is doing the same. Sorry to see it. Truly.

      • Graeme: 3 years ago

        I got a bit tired of Grisham too due to that but I recently went back to him and have enjoyed a couple of his latest books. Rogue Lawyer is a good one I would recommend.

    • Patricia Wellman: 2 years ago

      It is your loss if you stop reading Silva maybe you never noticed that all of his books are about politics. I have noticed that while I do feel better informed than a lot of my friends because I am not afraid to watch Fox as well as MSNBC and also networks which I totally disagree with. My friends absolutely refuse to watch Joe Scarborough or Rachel Maddow and the other great reporters and their very informed guests.Unless you are willing to watch both sides you are not well informed.

      • Patrick Barnhill: 1 year ago

        Yes all his books are about politics but not as blatantly specific about his personal views of a single individual and political party as in “The Cellist “! It’s bad enough that the 24/7 news media spread conspiracy crap and misinforms and Hollywood piles on mostly with left wing BS but now fiction writers?? When I look for entertainment movies, tv shows , and now books I don’t want to be made to feel than I’m being indoctrinated or brainwashed by someone’s political BS! I am conservative and not a fan of Trump but I’m getting sick of all the time wasted on trying to discredit him! If you have something on him then try him and let’s get it over with! We have wasted six years on this BS and in the meantime our country is spiraling out of control!

    • Darleen Ard: 10 months ago

      I feel exactly the same way. I’ve read all his books and Allon is my favorite. The Cellist was written, I think, because of his frustration and it was hurried I believe. Very disappointed and sorry that I recommended his books. Why can’t celebrities keep their politics to themselves? I wonder what he’d say with what has happened the last few days. Nothing I’m sure because all of them say it’s a “nothing burger”.

  12. Aston Gardens: 3 years ago

    I just finished The Cellist and am so disappointed! I wish that you had not changed the ending. I do not appreciate the way you speak about Pres. Trump and the Republicans. Many feel the same way about the Democrats that you describe the Republicans. I always loved the adventure and locations and cultures that you describe in your books. However, I do not like you insetting political prejudices into your entertaining books. I will not be reading any future books of yours and will get rid of my large collection of your books on my shelves. I am so sorry that you made the decision to end your exciting book this way.

  13. mark d smith: 3 years ago

    I have faithfully read everyone of Silva’s books.
    Never again after reading the “Cellist.” Silva has shown his true DC cesspool character after attacking the former administration with his words. What a fool or probably in reality an elitist who wants nothing to change in D.C.

  14. Mike Mecke: 3 years ago

    Mr.Silva….I have really enjoyed most of your books. Raised and educated Catholic but a sympathetic supporter of Israel and Jews. I have two questions I don’t find answers for on the various sites discussing you. FIRST I see you were raised Catholic, which I had suspected, but in your (3?) novels based around the Vatican and popes, you seem to have extraordinary info and background on the Vatican itself and how it operates? How do/did you obtain that information…..or is it just made up to fit a good novel? SECOND – many little snide remarks are implanted in the Vatican novels – the Order, being the latest. Unflattering remarks about Popes, the Church, priests/cardinals, etc. Often they come across as attacks by you. Is this just the raw feelings of a Jewish convert from Catholicism or something deeper and more personal? I can understand that, as I have some myself as a result of my treatment following my divorce in ’68, but still love and respect the Church and most of its personnel and members, especially this new Pope Francis.

    Thank you for your time and great books. I greatly enjoy your main character Gabriel, even if his Church connections at the top are rather “extreme”.
    Best wishes and God bless. Mike Mecke, Texas

    • Viviane: 2 years ago

      Mr. Silva, I read all your books and just love them. They are all fascinating and one doesn’t get tired ever of Gabriel Allon and his team. The fact that you mix your knowledge of Christianity and Judaism is remarkable. I am Jewish and I love to read about Gabriel avenging the victims and pursuing the killers. I understand it is all fiction but all the same.
      Please keep up the great work.and Thank you for many hours of entertaining reading. Viviane wadiche in Texas

  15. Ella Amy Bennett: 3 years ago

    With a degree in anthropology, an educational interest in the history of my Jewish ancestors and a compulsive reading habit (started in High School, of one book a day, 7 a week, 365 a year) at the age of 82 I spend my days searching for Mr. Silva’s books. They give me the history of what might have happened to my ancestors before they came to the USA in the LATE 1800’s, and who they might have been before they died in 1905 and 1907 leaving 3 sons and 2 sons from my grand mother’s prior marriage. with a 2nd cousin living in Israel I have the reality of today’s dangers for them and the pride of 3rd cousins serving in the Israel Army – all written in a concise historical manner. My Thanks for Mr. Silva for entertainment, and enlightenment of the highest order.

  16. gary kaplan: 3 years ago

    Daniel Silva is one of my favorite authors. I eagerly look forward to the annual release of his new book each July. As an artist myself, I am fascinated by Gabriel Alon’s expertise in restoration, an element of many of Silva’s books which serve as an intriguing counter-balance to the main plot lines of espionage and action. The Jewish/Israeli element adds a further layer of interest. That Silva is a convert to Judaism make that particular subtext even more interesting. Keep ’em coming Daniel!

  17. Keyle Birnberg-Goldstein: 6 years ago


    • Ronald Trefts: 2 years ago

      Mr.SIlva I read your books and I stopped Fox MSNBC CNN about 6 months ago.You can write whatever you want as now my mind is not full of talking head stuff.Gabriel keep doing your thing.


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