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Daniel Silva began his writing career as a journalist and was UPI’s Middle East correspondent for a while. Upon his return to the United States he worked for CNN in Washington and also began to write spy/thriller fiction. He wrote three novels in the late nineties before he began the Gabriel Allon series with The Kill Artist in 2000.
Following a ten year absence from Mossad, Gabriel is called back into service as an Israeli spy by Mossad’s director, Ari Shamron. After the loss of his family, Gabriel had assumed a new identity and become one of the world’s foremost art restorers. The terrorist responsible for destroying his family, Tariq al-Hourani, has now killed the Israeli ambassador to France and four other people. Essentially, vengeance is the impetus for Gabriel’s return. Gabriel learns that a man named Yusef al-Tafiki is an associate of al-Hourani and begins to surveil him. He uses a CIA operative, Sarah Halevy, by employing false identities and names, to learn about al-Tafiki. Who dies and who kills them? So as not to reveal too much, I won’t go any further. There are a lot of surprises and secrets about Sarah, al-Hourani, al-Tafiki, Shamron, and even a plot involving Yasir Arafat. Gabriel has been manipulated and has rejoined the Israelis, leading to a very enjoyable series of spy novels.
The twenty first in the series is The Cellist, which has just been released. It is probably best, though not absolutely necessary, to read them in order to follow Gabriel’s changes and the kinds of crises he faces. Some reflect current events, and I think you’ll find it fun to read them.
Review by Gaye G.
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Do you have a gorgeous Grandma, or someone special in your life who fills that Grandma role? Read a book with her! Danville Public Library has books about a wide variety of Grandmas.
Celebrates grandmothers who are cake bakers, jungle gym climbers, dragon defeaters, and more, and the special bonds they have with their grandchildren.
How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma: Grab a suitcase: Prepacked from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED. Fasten Your Seatbelt: G’ma’s never conventional, so this trip won’t be either. Use the Green Book: G’ma’s most treasured possession. It holds history, memories, and most important, the way home. What Not to Bring: A cell phone: Avoid contact with Dad at all costs. Even when G’ma starts acting stranger than usual. Set against the backdrop of the segregation history of the American South, take a trip with an eleven-year-old boy who is about to discover that the world hasn’t always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren’t always what they seem–his G’ma included.
While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her world is her grandmother. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Mina Javaherbin’s words make up a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader. Soft, colorful, and full of intricate patterns, Lindsey Yankey’s illustrations feel like a personal invitation into the coziest home, and the adoration between Mina and her grandma is evident on every page.
When Grandma gives you a lemon tree, definitely don’t make a face! Care for the tree, and you might be surprised at how new things, and new ideas, bloom. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. In this imaginative take on that popular saying, a child is surprised (and disappointed) to receive a lemon tree from Grandma for her birthday. After all, she DID ask for a new gadget! But when she follows the narrator’s careful–and funny–instructions, she discovers that the tree might be exactly what she wanted after all. This clever story, complete with a recipe for lemonade, celebrates the pleasures of patience, hard work, nature, community … and putting down the electronic devices just for a while.
May and her grandmother are a team, especially in anything related to science and flight, but when May becomes the first child astronaut, Grama fears she will leave Earth without a goodbye hug.
This action/spy comedy starts out with a probationary secret service agent, Lee Unwin, sacrificing his life to save Harry Hart (Colin Firth) from certain death. Hart blames himself for the death and gives the widow and his young son a medal with a phone number on the back for assistance if needed.
Years later “Eggsy,” Lee’s son, finds himself and his mom in a poor state. Eggsy’s mom has re-married a bully who abuses her and Eggsy. Eggsy is tired of the treatment that his stepfather is dishing out. We find him and his friends rough housing around in and eventually joy riding with his stepdad’s goons’ car. Once in protective custody, Eggsy calls the number on the back of the medal. Harry Hart comes to the rescue to get Eggsy out of jail.
Eggsy and Harry find themselves talking to each other in a bar and are approached by his stepdad’s goons. They proceed to pick a fight with Harry. Harry needs no help in defending himself against the young men. After watching Harry take on these men in a seamless fashion, Eggsy finds himself intrigued with finding out more about Harry’s profession. Harry is a “Kingsman”, a spy agency that was created by the British elite after having lost heirs during WW1. A spot in the agency becomes available when agent “Lancelot” was killed trying to rescue a professor. Eggsy now becomes Harry’s student and candidate for Kingsman training.
Kingsman candidates are also wealthier candidates and Eggsy gets teased a lot due to his financial status. Once at the training facility, candidates are put through vigorous psychological and physical tests. For example, their sleeping quarters are flooded, and the young candidates must figure out how to get out before they are drowned. They have to perform other tests to prove their worthiness and loyalty. Though no one is killed or seriously hurt during the exercises, they are led to believe the opposite.
After weeding out of several candidates, Eggsy finds himself in the position of Kingsman, although initially he was not chosen. He, Harry, Roxy (a female colleague) and Merlin need to take down evildoer Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) who is trying to “clean up the planet” by eradicating human beings he decides are that unworthy of surviving his new world order. He implants devices into free cell phones that make people violent and kill each other. He befriends and protects dignitaries, prominent citizens, and politicians etc. from around the world from the violent deaths that he is subjecting others with. However, he places an implant device in them that causes them to explode if they cross him.
Can Eggsy and the others save the planet in time?
While this movie has disturbing violent graphics, they are cheesy and almost comical for most adults. I wouldn’t suggest this movie to a younger audience. It was a fun movie and it was cool to see how Eggsy matures throughout the movie from a thug-type character into a gentleman under the tutelage and friendship of his mentor Harry Hart. Samuel L. Jackson is also entertaining as the psychotic main antagonist.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Samuel L. Jackson
Review by Julie C.
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