While there are distinct differences between a vacation and a paternity leave–I’ve been on the latter for the past four weeks–my time off did afford me the chance to enjoy reading some fiction. My Dad was kind enough to lend me his hardback copy of The Messenger by Daniel Silva, his latest book in the Gabriel Allon series.
This tale made more cursory references to preview tales than in past books. I believe that one could read Silva for the first time in the form of The Messenger without confusion; however, reading each of the previous tales in their own right is recommended. Without giving anything away, this is especially true where this tale is concerned since there is a bit of a changing of the guard underway.