[Reading] ➹ The Marching Season By Daniel Silva – Dolove.info
When The Good Friday Peace Accords Are Shattered By Three Savage Acts Of Terrorism, Northern Ireland Is Blown Back Into The Depths Of Conflict And After His Father In Law Is Nominated To Become The New American Ambassador To London, Retired CIA Agent Michael Osbourne Is Drawn Back Into The Game He Soon Discovers That His Father In Law Is Marked For Execution And That He Himself Is Once Again In The Crosshairs Of A Killer Known As October, One Of The Most Merciless Assassins The World Has Ever Known I DON T HIDE MY REVIEWS, BUT THEY DO CONTAIN SPOILERS.This is in Silva s line of Michael Osbourne books Osbourne is a former CIA agent who has rejoined the service He s done so because his father in law, a retired U.S senator, has been named to an ambassador post to Ireland, and Osbourne senses danger.Osbourne never crosses paths with Silva s main protagonist on again, off again Israeli agent assassin Gabriel Allon, who stars in most Silva novels.But the two men do have in common their encounters with commercial assassin, Jean Paul Delaroche, who was trained behind the Iron Curtain, and is literally a bastard Initially Delaroche was sent to the West as a sleeper still in his teens for political missions, but now he s a free market hired gun.Delaroche who seemed pathologically dispassionate when executing people or dealing with his handlers is, sadly, not the worst bad guy in this book As an aside, Delaroche likes to paint, just like Allon does did These days Allon does art restoration, but little original work Osbourne and Delaroche form an impromptu alliance toward the book s end, as both struggle to be free of the cabal that is trying to rile up Irishmen again to violence Prods vs the papists, as usual.The cabal, it turns out, is a shadowy working group of national intelligence services and major criminal and terrorist interests, etc These seemingly odd bedfellows use the shadow group to outsource killings that would be too politically sensitive for any government agency to take on, and to instigate negative events that somehow advance a nation s secret agenda In Marching Season, for example, the group decides to kill a new peace movement in Ireland that would be bad for the illegal weapons industry Near book s end, back in the States, Delaroche attempts to assassinate Osbourne s father in law, but Osbourne surprisingly lets the killer escape That s because Osbourne has figured out who hired Delaroche Osbourne instead reserves his ire and energy, working behind the scenes to dislodge from American intelligence services the career official a woman who was part of the same shadow group, which had commissioned the father in law s death She s the U.S delegate to the cabal, and Allon s revered Israeli boss, Ari Shamron It kills me to think that Shamron, who appears in all the Allon books, consorts with such dreck Delaroche eventually repays Osbourne s kindness by unilaterally without pay taking out the woman, after she suddenly retires and moves to Europe.I was touched by the moment in the book when Osbourne muses that he and Delaroche are quite similar after all It was only chance that assigned Osbourne the role of patriot and Delaroche the role of criminal killer They use the same skill set for different ends.The book s close suggests that Delaroche is able to retire from his career as a killer, and even form a meaningful relationship with an Irish woman terrorist who seems to want out from all the death and violence Knowing Silva, however who s expert at re purposing his characters I wonder if the woman, named Rebecca, will go the distance in her relationship with Delaroche. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS I am afraid I found The Marching Season rather sloppy,meaning that the scenario was not always convincingand in some aspects it contradicted the previous book The Mark of the Assassin , for a number of reasons in no particular order 1 Obsourne appears to have forgotten that it knows theidentity of the killer, referring to him only as October, andnot mentioning his real name at all, even though he hasread his file and knows who he is in fact, he expoilted thisknowledge at the end of the previous book to unerve theassasin.2 In the previous book, the Director orders the eliminationof October, to cover up all tracks to his organization Octobermanages to escape, pressumably eliminating in the processhis would be killers However, in The Marching Season thereis no information on how October managed to escape Even strange, there is no explanation as to why Octoberchooses to work again for the guy who set him up In fact,the Director is having face to face meetings with October,without being afraid that the latter will kill him, even thoughOctober has killed for less.3 In The Mark of the Assassin , October is about to quit,having enough money Even though the loss of his girlfriendmay have made him having second thoughts, it does notappear that he was so desperate to get back to business,being forced also to ruin a handsome face Further,he goes and kills the plastic surgeant without even tryingto make it look like an accident the guy was drank and aloneso it would have been relatively easy to do so , thus alertingthe authorities.4 October continues to use the boat house in Amsterdamthat belonged to his killed girlfirend I can t believe that hedoes so so easily, without being afraid that the authoritieswill be able to track it down and put it under observation.5 The way the organization meets and after each meetingdestroys a villa, is the best way to attract attention Firstof all, it is rather difficult for people who are having seniorpositions in intelligence agencies or private public organizationsto disappear of the face of the earth for 2 3 days, at least3 4 times a yeat to attend such meetings Second, the blowingup of the meeting place is bound to eventually attract attention.Even if you can get away with it in a remote part of some desertor jungle, you cannot expect not to raise interest when youdo it in Mykonos, probably the most famous Greek island.Especially, with the members of the organization having to stayin different hotels in Chora the village was too small to house them ,and then trying to find a not that small number of Range Roverswith dark windows how many of those can you find in a Greekisland , march as a convoy to the villa, have the meeting andthen just after departure blow the villa up I mean, the Greekpolice and intelligence services are not top class but theirpeople are not mentally retarted either.6 I cannot understand why the people watching the housewith the guns in N Ireland were still there when the terroristswent to kill them By that time, MI5 and CIA knew what the terroristswould do and therefore they should have removed theirpeople from around the house, in case they attract attention.7 Everybody knows that you don t use the famous DowningStreet no 10 door to get into the PM s house This is onlyused for official visits There are many other entries to thehouse, and much less conspicuous ways to get in I cannotimagine a MI5 or CIA person using that door at 3am Areporter hanging around would make a story the next day.8 I find difficult to believe that the Queen knows by heartthe code names of secret operatives Further, handingOsbourne his knighthood in a face to face meeting with onlythe two around, as if it is a London souvenir, also is not plausible.I am sure her Majestry in her long career has awarded knighthoodsto a number of secret agents and there must be some formalprocedure about it.9 Finally, overall I found the story rather boring, just a singlethread of action going on, with mostly predictable turns.Certainly, not the best moments of Daniel Silva I wonder ifit is a mere coincidence that Osbourne disapperead afterthis second adventure of his to be replace by Gabriel Allon.Having said the above, I have thoroughly enjoyed the rest ofDaniel Silva s books and I remain a great fun of them.George Very entertaining with plenty of suspense and deception that keeps the reader intrigued. There is still today a very weird and racist thought among many people that terrorists are only brown skinned Arabic or Middle Eastern Muslims, and that white Christians are solely victimized horribly throughout the world and in the United States especially and never the victimizers This, of course, goes against the facts and also It s a narrative uncomfortable to a lot of people, but it s the truth white non Muslim men commit most of the world s terrorist acts White men have been doing it far longer and effectively Anyone who studies European history knows this.Daniel Silva s 1999 novel The Marching Season a direct sequel to his novel The Mark of the Assassin , focuses on the long and fruitful white terrorist tradition of the United Kingdom involving the age old hatred and violence between the Protestants and the Catholics In case you don t know, those are not Muslim sects They are Christian sects For centuries, the Republicans Catholics who want nothing to do with England and the Loyalists Protestants who want Ireland to unite with England have been battling it out in Parliament as well as in the streets, oftentimes with bloody consequences Tens of thousands have died since the 17th century the century many scholars argue is the official start of what is called The Troubles.Perhaps the most familiar terrorist organization after the PLO and Al Qaeda, the IRA Irish Republican Army has been plotting and committing bombings and assassinations since the late 60s But they aren t the only terrorist groups at work in the UK.In 1998, The Good Friday Agreement was reached that essentially cemented the relationships and sovereign rights of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the UK While many argue that it s not perfect, it has managed to bring about a semblance of peace between all parties.Of course, this is a problem for those who profited and capitalized on The Troubles, namely companies and weapons dealers who are funded by war and strife In Silva s novel, a fictional group known as the Society works to undermine the Good Friday peace accords by funding an Irish terrorist organization who is against the peace accords.CIA analyst Michael Osborne, who barely made it out of The Mark of the Assassin alive, has been called out of retirement to head a CIA unit in the UK in the hopes of quelling and ending the new terrorist group Reluctantly, Osborne agrees, but only because his father in law has been chosen by the President to be the new Irish Ambassador.Meanwhile, the assassin known as Delaroche, is still alive and active Thought to be killed at the end of the last novel, Osborne has had his suspicions Recent assassinations have had a familiar Delaroche aroma about them, but few people at Langley believe that Delaroche is even alive The Society, of course, is working to keep Osborne, and his father in law, out of the way Permanently.Once again, Silva has written a taut, edge of the seat suspense thriller in the Tom Clancy mold In truth, The Marching Season has than a few major similarities with Clancy s classic novel Patriot Games , but at least Silva is copying from the best Patriot Games is one of my favorite Clancy novels The action and suspense never lets up in this one, and the end almost guarantees a follow up novel in the Osborne series. I am sometimes a voracious reader Vacillate between Ta Neishi Coates, Allende, Clinton, Comey and Orwell The writers I cited are interesting and important but not always fun Silva knows how to do espionage, thrillers, love interest and boy it is fun We do read to know we are not alone, but sometimes what a delight to simply read Kinda like a good John MacDonald mystery but different genre Of course you need to straddle different eras and s Some of us can Overall the writing is good and interesting, but unfortunately the story is flawed A few times characters did things they shouldn t have been able to do, just to move the story along One character in particular changed his behavior to conveniently take the story a direction the author wanted The ending didn t really resolve anything It s like the author wanted both the good and bad win, which they both did. After languishing on my shelf for years because this book didn t feature Gabriel Allon , I finally pulled the plug and jumped right into a great thriller This series features Michal Osbourne, American CIA agent who s back in the action after leaving the agency the year prior Michael is assigned to a case involving the peace accords in northern Ireland, but is soon dragged into a much deeper web of deceit, featuring an old adversary Lots of action and intrigue Another solid read from Silva. Rereading Daniel Silva s early work has been doubly enjoyable First, the stories were well written, but importantly to me was to see how Silva drew from the antagonist, Delaroche, from The Mark of The Assassin and The Marching Season, and parlayed him into Gabriel Allon in the future works While Delaroche admits to being an assassin, he states on than one occasion that he is not a murderer Also, Delaroche has talent as a painter and, of course Allon has the cover of being an art restoration expert in that series and considers himself an assassin, not a murderer Finally I, as an avid reader, am thankful that Silva abandoned his Osbourne protagonist in favor of Allon The Israeli assassin and art restorer is much interesting than another CIA operative as far as thrillers go. Found this one a little predictableMaybe too soon after finishing the first Michael Osborn book It felt like just of the samesame antagonists, just of the same I do enjoy Mr Silva s writing, and he certainly pulls out all the bells and whistles when the main characters clash It was just too similar to the first book to hold my attention.