New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva is the author of the Gabriel Allon series. With twenty-three books currently in the series, we cannot get enough of the art restorer/spy. People ask us all the time if they need to read the Daniel Silva books in order and our answer is yes, but no.
You will need to read the Gabriel Allon books in order to appreciate the character development and growth in each book fully. But, if you miss a few books or read them out of order, you will still be able to understand the story and plot. You just may give yourself some spoilers.
The growth of our beloved green-eyed, grey-templed spy from the first book to the last makes it feel like you know him personally and the relevance of the narratives to real-world events will make you question whether Silva is psychic. You won’t want to miss a single page.
My husband and I started reading these books YEARS ago and have always looked forward to the newest books. My husband has read each of these books a few times and he was the expert that I turned to when I have questions about the plot! Thank you so much for your help with this! I decided to create this post of all of the Daniel Silva books to help fans of the Gabriel Allon series. After all, we hope the series does not end any time soon.
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Who is Daniel Silva?
Daniel Silva is an award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author. Silva wrote three spy novels that were New York Times bestsellers before he wrote The Kill Artist, the first book in the Gabriel Allon Series.
Silva’s first career was as a successful journalist. He worked for United Press International where he covered the 1984 Democratic convention and eventually became a Middle East correspondent. He eventually moved back to Washington where he started working for CNN.
In 1995, he decided to pursue his passion for writing as a novelist and left CNN to write full-time in 1997 after his first novel was a hit. We have to say how happy we are that Silva uses his writing and expertise to give life to Gabriel Allon!
Daniel Silva Books in Order
- The Unlikely Spy (1996) WWII Standalone
- The Mark of the Assassin (1998) Michael Osbourne Novel
- The Marching Season (1999) Michael Osbourne Novlel
- The Kill Artist (2000) Gabriel Allon #1*
- The English Assassin (2002)
- The Confessor (2003)
- A Death in Vienna (2004)
- Prince of Fire (2005)
- The Messenger (2006)
- The Secret Servant (2007)
- Moscow Rules (2008)
- The Defector (2009)
- The Rembrandt Affair (2010)
- Portrait of a Spy (2011)
- The Fallen Angel (2012)
- The English Girl (2013)
- The Heist (2014)
- The English Spy (2015)
- The Black Widow (2016)
- House of Spies (2017)
- The Other Woman (2018)
- The New Girl (2019)
- The Order (2020)
- The Cellist (2021)
- Portrait of an Unknown Woman (2022)
- The Collector (2023)
*All books written since the Kill Artist are part of the Gabriel Allon series.
New Book in Gabriel Allon Series: 2023
Gabriel’s life in retirement from the Office has been blissful. He is living with his family in Venice and restoring priceless works of art for both his wife’s newly acquired restoration company and for private contracts.
Book twenty-three of the Gabriel Allon series returns to the underworld of stolen art where General Ferrari, the chief of Italy’s Art Squad, asks for Gabriel’s help in locating a piece recently stolen from a villa on the Amalfi coast. The stolen item happens to be the world’s most valuable missing painting.
This adventure has Gabriel teaming up with a very unlikely ally, a master thief and computer hacker, as they follow clues to recover the artwork. Yet, their investigation leads them to a much more distressing scenario, one that could usher in the next world war.
Reviews of the Gabriel Allon Books in Order
This is the first book in the Gabriel Allon series and if you are reading Daniel Silva books in order, you will want to start with this book to get to know the characters from the very beginning.
Gabriel Allon is living his life in Cornwall as an art restorer after retiring from The Office, the Israeli intelligence. When a terrorist who has a history with Allon (his nemesis) goes on a killing spree, Allon is dragged back into service by his old master, the venerable Ari Shamron who is now the head of The Office.
Allon is now part of a manhunt that spans the globe in a race against time. Will the terrorist cause more destruction and death before they can catch him?
Daniel Silva is a New York Times bestselling author for a reason! In this second book in the Gabriel Allon series, Allon is sent to Zurich by his English patron to restore a classic work of art. Unbeknownst to him, he encounters a murder scene and he is subsequently accused of the murder before him.
The English Assassin takes the reader through the world of classical music as well as stolen Nazi loot. Gabriel is faced with his most challenging opponent yet.
In the third book of the Gabriel Allon series, Gabriel is once again thrust into action for the office. When his friend, Benjamin Stern, a world-renowned Holocaust historical writer is murdered in Munich, Gabriel decides to hold his current restoration of a Bellini masterpiece in Venice to track down Stern’s killer.
Gabriel’s investigation takes the reader from Munich to Venice to the Vatican, where he must face unthinkable secrets and new enemies within the heart of the Catholic church.
Now that Gabriel is working as an art restorer in Venice, the fourth book centers around the bombing of a holocaust research office in Vienna run by one of his oldest friends, Eli Lavon.
Charged by Ari Shamron to investigate the bombing, Gabriel is thrust into a game of cat and mouse with a former Nazi commander that brings Gabriel to confront not only the Nazi’s past but also his family’s.
A bombing of the Israeli embassy in Rome uncovers that Gabriel’s “Office” personnel file is now in the hands of terrorists.
The fifth book of the series introduces Gabriel’s elite team of intelligence officers as they track down a terrorist mastermind who has deep connections to Gabriel’s past and the Palestinian movement throughout Europe.
If you are reading the Daniel Silva books in order, the sixth book of the series brings us back to the Vatican where the Pope is in the crosshairs of a vast and powerful terrorist network. Gabriel is charged with protecting the Pope from harm as suicide bombers create death and destruction in the heart of Christendom. To locate the perpetrators, and specifically the head of the murderous organization, Gabriel must concoct an elaborate and unbelievable plan to lure the culprits to justice.
Gabriel Allon, a veteran officer of Israeli intelligence, is once again thrust into action in the seventh book of the series.
This time, Gabriel provides his talents to American intelligence in the search for the kidnapped Ambassador’s daughter. Gabriel frantically hunts while counting down the seconds until her planned execution.
Silva once again writes a thrilling book that you will not be able to put down. If you are reading the series, this is one of the books that does not necessarily have to be read in order to keep up with the subplots of Gabriel and his career.
Book eight opens with Gabriel Allon on his honeymoon with his beautiful younger Italian wife. The honeymoon is cut short by the assassination of a well-respected independent Russian journalist.
Gabriel now must toil with an unscrupulous Russian oligarch, possibly his most cunning adversary yet. This explosive chapter in the series brings the world to the brink of the deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11.
This is one of my favorite books in the Gabriel Allon series. It is fast moving and we get to see some of the other side of Gabriel with his new wife. If you are reading the Daniel Silva books in order, this one will not disappoint.
In this direct sequel to “Moscow Rules”, book nine of the Gabriel Allon series has Ivan Kharkov, the Russian arms dealer, and oligarch, seeking revenge.
Gabriel’s wife, Chiara, is kidnapped and transported to Russia to possibly meet her untimely demise. Gabriel, with the help of his elite team, as well as American and British intelligence, will stop at nothing to rescue his beloved wife.
Of all of Daniel Silva books, you must read this after Moscow Rules!
In book ten Daniel Silva brings the Gabriel Allon series back to the subject of looted holocaust art. Gabriel’s good friend and patron, Julian Isherwood, implores the now-retired secret agent to track down a previously unknown stolen Rembrandt to keep his business from financial ruin.
From South America to Europe, Gabriel discovers the provenance of the mysterious painting that leads him to one of the greatest threats facing the world. I loved this book, especially because of the art aspect. It is a perfect book for those who love spy novels and art novels!
The Gabriel Allon series continues in book eleven where we find Gabriel in the midst of multiple terrorist attacks in Europe, one directly in front of him and his new wife.
These horrific attacks drag Gabriel back into the high-stakes game of life and death while joining with the CIA and MI-6 to stop further innocent bloodshed by the new face of global terrorism.
If you are reading the Daniel Silva books in order, you do not want to miss this one.
After his last brush with death, Gabriel is holed up inside the Vatican to restore one of its most famous and important pieces. His work is interrupted by the suspicious death of an antiquities curator within the walls of St. Peter’s Basilica.
At the behest of his friend, Monsignor Luigi Donati, Gabriel is charged with investigating the real reason for her death. Book twelve in the Gabriel Allon series brings the reader into the secret world of looted treasures and those organizations that traffic in them.
The Gabriel Allon series continues in book thirteen with the kidnapping of a young English woman on the Island of Corsica. But this English woman carries a secret. She is the mistress of the British Prime Minister.
Not wanting an international scandal, The Prime Minister charges the English secret service to privately rescue the girl from her captors. The deputy director of MI-5 turns to his friend and sometimes colleague, legendary Israeli spy Gabriel Allon, to track her down.
Gabriel enlists the help of a one-time adversary, a master assassin once tasked with killing him. Together their hunt takes them from mainland Europe to the halls of UK power and climaxes in the cruel cold of Moscow.
Book fourteen of the Gabriel Allon series brings us back to the secret world of stolen art. This time, the plot surrounds one of the world’s most famous missing pieces, “Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence” by Italian baroque master Caravaggio.
In order to keep his good friend and patron, Julien Isherwood, out of legal trouble in Italy, Gabriel agrees to track down a killer which will hopefully lead to the priceless lost work.
Gabriel, now awaiting the birth of his twins, sets out on an adventure that leads him through the notorious underworld of art thievery and directly to the finances of one of the world’s most repressive regimes.
When the former wife of the Prince of England, a member of the British Royal Family, is killed in an explosion aboard a yacht while vacationing in St. Barthelemy, shockwaves reverberate globally at the death of the beloved princess.
Uzi Navot, the chief of the Office travels secretly to London to provide intelligence to MI-6 that implicates a former Real IRA master bomb-maker in the killing. In turn, Graham Seymour, the newly minted chief of MI-6, once again compels the legendary Israeli spy Gabriel Allon to track down the mysterious agent of death.
The fifteenth book of the Gabriel Allon series brings back the Corsican assassin and former British SAS veteran Christopher Keller to aid Gabriel in his manhunt. But this time the mission is very personal to Keller, as he and the bomb-maker have a bloody history that spans from the back alleys of Belfast to the streets of London.
The English Spy is a sequel to the thirteenth book of the series (The English Girl) where an old nemesis reemerges to once and for all remove Gabriel from the land of the living. If you are wondering about the order of the Daniel Siva books, you must read this one after you have read #13!
The Gabriel Allon series is a very successful series about an assassin/ Israeli spy who is also an art restorer. This installment actually takes place in 2017 with a foreword by the author explaining that he wrote the book before the recent terror attacks but actually stopped writing the book for a while because the events of the current day were hitting too close to home.
Silva also happened to write a book about a global pandemic BEFORE 2020.
Always thrilling and exciting, you must read this book! Of course, if you haven’t read any books in the series, The Kill Artist (book #1) is a great place to start! Silva is one of our favorite Jewish writers who brings excitement to every single page.
Book seventeen of the Gabriel Allon series takes place after the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11. Gabriel, now the new chief of the Office, continues his search for Saladin, the ISIS leader and terror mastermind when London becomes the next victim of ISIS barbarism.
Gabriel’s hunt takes him from London to the south of France to the sands of Morocco while teaming up with an unlikely ally that eventually brings him face to face with the very man who is dead set on destroying Western civilization.
An old and powerful nemesis rears its head again in book eighteen of the Gabriel Allon series. Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR (successor to the Soviet Union’s KGB), and Gabriel have had many violent confrontations throughout the series, but this one may top them all.
This book delves into the complicated history of the secret intelligence battles between Russia and the West. One of the most infamous cases was the brazen acts of espionage committed by Kim Philby, a one-time MI-6 officer and double agent for the Soviet Union. Once again, there is a betrayer in the midst of British intelligence, and Gabriel is called upon to aid his partners in the secret world to discover this traitor and help prevent an even larger calamity. This assistance, however, might cost Gabriel his very life.
At an exclusive Swiss private school, a new student with a heavily armed security detail arrives on campus. Many within the school suspect her to be the daughter of a wealthy Middle Eastern businessman. Her father, however, happens to be the next ruler of Saudi Arabia, the Crown Prince.
The nineteenth book in the Gabriel Allon series begins with the brutal abduction of the Crown Prince’s daughter. Despite decades of hostility between Saudi Arabia and Israel, the Crown Prince turns to Gabriel to get her back.
This book brings together the most unlikely of allies to save an innocent young girl, change the course of Middle East politics, and keep the throne of Saudi Arabia from being used as a geopolitical puppet. If you read the Daniel Silva books in order, you will not want to miss this one.
Shifting gears from international terrorism book twenty of the Gabriel Allon series revolves around the inner political workings of the Vatican. Gabriel, the chief of Israel’s vaunted foreign intelligence service, is on vacation in Venice with his family when he is abruptly summoned to Rome by his good friend Archbishop Luigi Donati.
The Pope has died suddenly from an apparent heart attack, yet the Archbishop suspects that he was murdered. Gabriel is tasked by Donati to secretly investigate the circumstances surrounding the Pontiff’s suspicious death.
This book looks at the inner workings of choosing the next leader of global Catholicism, the rise of the far right in Europe, and a secret society within the upper levels of the Catholic church that is working to seize control of the Vatican. Gabriel’s quest takes him from Rome, to Florence, to the Vatican archives where he discovers a hidden manuscript that could change world history.
I had not read all of the books in the Gabriel Allon series when I read this book, but I had no problem understanding what was going on. If you are reading the Daniel Silva books in order, you may get some spoilers but will understand the story.
When Viktor Orlov is poisoned inside his heavily guarded home, the search for his killer begins.
Like every book that Silva writes, this book is a perfect mixture of true historical events mixed with fiction to keep you turning the pages. This book has character development as Gabriel Allon prepares to retire. The story is complex and this is the perfect page-turning thriller.
Gabriel Allon goes on a hunt across Europe to find out the secret behind a master forgery. The 17th-century masterpiece has exchanged hands for millions and fooled all the experts. Now it is up to Allon.
Each of the books in the Gabriel Allon series has a bit of a formula that often involves Allon with a near-death experience. However, even after reading all of the Daniel Silva books in this series, it does not get repetitive. We highly recommend reading the Daniel Silva books in order, but even if you don’t, you can still enjoy them.
What is the Order of Daniel Silva Books?
We suggest reading the Daniel books in the order of publication to avoid spoilers. There is a lot of character development in each story. Gabriel Allon has changes to his job, relationships, etc. After all, the character has been around for 23 years!
How Many Gabriel Allon Books Are There in the Series?
There are currently 23 Gabriel Allon books. The newest book is called The Collector and was published in 2023
Is the Gabriel Allon Series Over?
No! The series is not over and we hope it continues for a long time!
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