Daniel Silva Books

An author of widely acclaimed novels of International intrigue, Daniel Silva is considered to be one of the finest American spy novelists.

After the unprecedented success of his debut novel – The Unlikely Spy, Silva decided to dedicate his life to writing, eventually creating his most famous series about an art restorer, and occasional spy Gabriel Allon. The series, spanning across 16 novels, would prove to be Silva’s most enduring legacy.

Order of Daniel Silva Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published
1 The Unlikely Spy 1995

Order of Gabriel Allon Series

Order of Michael Osbourne Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Mark of the Assassin 1998
2 The Marching Season 1999
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Chronological Order Of Daniel Silva’s Books

The Chronological Order of the Michael Osbourne and Gabriel Allon series are the same as the publication order. Note that I would recommend reading the entire Silva list of books in publication order. For example – start with the Unlikely Spy, move onto the Osbourne series then onto the Gabriel Allon series of books. While there are no ties between them the Osbourne series is tremendous and it’s good to read Silvas earlier work.

Daniel Silva Awards

Recognized to be among the finest espionage novelists of his generation, Silva is the winner of 2 Barry Awards for Best Thriller, the first of which came in 2007 for ‘The Messenger’ – the sixth novel in his most celebrated series. The second Barry Award came some time later, in 2013, and he received it for the book 12 in Gabriel Allon series, ‘The Fallen Angel’.

Daniel Silva Books Into Movies

Unfortunately, no book by Silva is rendered to the big screen, but there were big time talks about filming the award-winning ‘The Messenger’ in 2011. Everything seemed to be set, even the producer was announced (Jeff Zucker), but it never happened. When asked, Silva stated that he waited for the perfect creative team for his Gabriel Allon.

Best Daniel Silva Books

Silva’s best books belong to his Gabriel Allon series; all except one, his first ever.

The Unlikely Spy: Daniel’s debut novel, tells the story of Alfred Vicary, a history professor who got head over heels into the espionage intrigues. Set against the backdrop of World War II, Alfred’s friend, inconspicuously named Winston Churchill, chooses him for a very dangerous mission – to protect the D-day plans and uncover the Nazi agent who try to steal it. The plot then twists, and the name of the twist is Catherina Blake, or rather Anna Steiner, as she is known in Germany. Much like Alfred, she is another unlikely spy, whose path will cross with his as they both try to win the war for their countries. Although the war is raging on, the focus of the novel rarely leaves the spy intrigues, and we’re thrown into the world largely unknown, but that would eventually decide the outcome of the war.

The Messenger: The sixth and, as many readers would have it, the best novel in Gabriel Allon series, is the follow-up on the previous novel in the series, ‘Prince of Fire’. The novels begins with a huge discovery; a laptop of an Al-Qaeda mastermind. Observing this unlikely evidence, Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and the Israeli secret service agent, comes to a conclusion that proved to be right: there is plot to kill the Pope! In vain did Gabriel warned the Pope of the imminent attack; the terrorists sent their suicide bombers to the large Catholic outdoor ceremony in Vatican and killed some 700 people. But not the Pope. Gabriel managed to rescue him just in time. But the question remains: why did Al-Qaeda go through the trouble of killing the Pope? To solve this puzzle, Gabriel will have win the battle of wits against his most formidable opponent yet. ‘The Messenger’ won the Barry Award in 2006.

The Fallen Angel: Another novel that, besides winning the Barry Award for Best Thriller, vividly captured the readers’ imagination. It is the 12th book in Gabriel Allon series, and it opens with Gabriel safely returning to Vatican, after narrowly cheating death. While there restoring a painting by Caravaggio, his friend and advisor to Pope, Luigi Donati, comes hurryingly to him, notifying Gabriel of a dead body of a beautiful woman inside the Vatican premises. He wants Gabriel to find out the truth about the body in secret, for the Church cannot let its reputation suffer any more blows. It all seems like a suicide, but Gabriel’s keen eye suspects otherwise. Still, he has to be very careful, because the old walls at Vatican are certain to have both eyes and ears. What eventually follows is a breathtaking spy adventure that would take Gabriel all over the globe. Blending art and murder, history and intrigue, Silva paints the world that is full of dangerous viciousness, yet beautiful in its splendor.