We expected in this book that Gabriel Allon would stay home, now the Chief of Israeli security and father of twins.
Not so much.
… Daniel Silva’s runaway bestseller The Black Widow was one of 2016’s biggest novels. Now, in House of Spies, Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge—determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin.
Four months after the deadliest attack on the American homeland since 9/11, terrorists leave a trail of carnage through London’s glittering West End. The attack is a brilliant feat of planning and secrecy, but with one loose thread: the French-Moroccan street criminal and ISIS operative who supplied the combat assault rifles. …
Sadly I can’t recall my years as an Army brat in Canadian Armed Forces BaseHemer.
I can’t recall traveling to and from Europe by ship.
I don’t even recall the Mercedes my parents brought back to Canada on the ship.
I can’t recall speaking German well enough to have local ladies believe I was a local child. I was family translator. Dad would take me with him to the coal store to place his order.
I’d love to travel back in time to see what Hemer was like back in 1960.
In 1953 Canadian troops moved into newly built barracks in Deilinghofen (Forts Macleod and Prince of Wales) as well as two former German barrack complexes in Iserlohn (Forts QuèAppelle and Beausejour). Canadian soldiers and their families resided in two separate locations in Hemer.
We lived 17km from the base in a town Guest House. Three military families shared the upstairs of the small hotel. Parties and weddings were hosted downstairs.
One time I locked myself in the main hotel bathroom … then threw the keys out the window. They bounced into a street drain.
Rent was reasonable post-war. In fact my Dad’s monthly beer bill sometimes exceeded his rent.
The local German men had all fought on the Russian front. Astonishingly none had ever fought British, Canadian, Aussie or American troops.