A reluctant Gabriel Allon accepts the call from retirement one more time. This time the first third of the book steps outside of the prior books in the series, and has Allon working without the support of an Office team, and in a different environment, making the book a bit different and more interesting. But soon enough the Office team is back, with all the same 'old' characters, and Allon in a really unbelievable bit of negotiation convinces the Office and the government of Israel to indulge his desire to punish the evildoers at incredible risk to his country and his team. The history of the government of Israel's realpolitik machinations is completely at variance with this quixotic endeavor, but it makes for some fun in a purely wishful thinking sort of way.
This series remains entertaining, if completely formulaic.
Silva's stories could be greatly enriched if he would include some slight appreciation for the other ethnicities that inhabit Palestine.