Daniel Silva (novelist)

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Daniel Silva
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Silva at New York book signing, July 16, 2013
Born 1960 (age 54–55)
Michigan
Occupation Novelist, Journalist
Language English
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater California State University, Fresno[1]
Period 1996–present
Genre Spy fiction
Notable awards Barry Award
2007 The Messenger
Barry Award
2013 The Fallen Angel
Years active 1984–present
Spouse Jamie Gangel (1987–present)
Children
Nicholas, Lily
Website
www.danielsilvabooks.com

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Daniel Silva (born 1960) is a best-selling American author of 18 thriller and espionage novels.

Early life[edit]

Silva was born in Michigan. When he was seven years old, his family moved to California. He received his BA from Fresno State and began a graduate program in international relations at San Francisco State University, but left when offered employment as a journalist at UPI.[1] He was raised as a Catholic and converted to Judaism as an adult.[2]

Career[edit]

Journalist[edit]

Silva began his writing career as a journalist with a temporary position at United Press International in 1984.[2] His assignment was to cover the Democratic National Convention. United Press International made Silva's position permanent and, a year later, transferred him to the Washington, D.C., headquarters. After two more years, he was appointed as UPI's Middle East correspondent and moved to Cairo, Egypt.

Silva returned to Washington, D.C., for a position with Cable News Network's Washington Bureau. He worked as a producer and executive producer for several of CNN's television programs, including Crossfire and Capital Gang.

Novelist[edit]

In 1994 he began work on his first novel, The Unlikely Spy (1996). The novel debuted on the New York Times best-seller list on January 26, 1997; it remained on the list for five weeks, rising to number 13.[3] In 1997 Silva left CNN to pursue writing full-time.

Since then Silva has written 17 more spy novels, all best-sellers on the New York Times list. The main focus is Gabriel Allon, an Israeli art restorer, spy and assassin, who is a key figure in all but three of Silva's titles. The series has been a New York Times bestseller since its first installment in 2001.[4][5] Seven of the series' titles hit number one on the New York Times list of best sellers (Bibliography, below). Some of his novels are set against Islamic terrorism, some relate to villains set in Russia, and some are about historic events related to World War II and the Holocaust. Silva did not come into the Allon series with a significant understanding of the world of art restoration but was able to use a neighbor's expertise to help him turn a spy-assassin into an artist.[2]

In 2007, Universal Pictures made an offer to option the rights to Silva's Gabriel Allon series and it was believed[by whom?] they would begin with 2005's, The Messenger. In 2011, it was announced that Jeff Zucker would be the producer.[6] The deal was never signed. Silva has said that, unless he finds the right creative team, he thinks Gabriel Allon should remain solely in print.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He lives with his wife, the NBC Today show's national correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their children, Nicholas and Lily. Silva and Gangel met while they were both correspondents in the Middle East. He frequently takes his children on research trips for his books.[2]

Honors[edit]

  • 2007 Barry Award for Best Thriller for The Messenger, 2013 Barry Award for Best Thriller for The Fallen Angel.[8]
  • In January 2009, Silva was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's United States Holocaust Memorial Council.[9]

Bibliography[edit]

Series Nbr Title Year ISBN NYT Weeks[A] NYT Max[B] Note
None The Unlikely Spy 1996 0679455620 5[3] 13[3]
Michael Osbourne 1 The Mark of the Assassin 1998 0679455639 3[10] 12[11]
Michael Osbourne 2 The Marching Season 1999 0375500898 5[12] 17[13]
Gabriel Allon 1 The Kill Artist 2000 0375500901 1[4] 12[4]
Gabriel Allon 2 The English Assassin 2002 0399148515 4[14] 7[15]
Gabriel Allon 3 The Confessor 2003 0399149724 5[16] 5[17]
Gabriel Allon 4 A Death in Vienna 2004 0399151435 5[18] 5[19] Nominated for 2005 Barry Award for Best Thriller
Gabriel Allon 5 Prince of Fire 2005 0399152431 4[20] 5[21]
Gabriel Allon 6 The Messenger 2006 978-0399153358 6[22] 3[23] Winner of 2007 Barry Award for Best Thriller
Gabriel Allon 7 The Secret Servant 2007 978-0399154225 6[24] 2[25]
Gabriel Allon 8 Moscow Rules 2008 978-0399155017 6[26] 1[27]
Gabriel Allon 9 The Defector 2009 978-0399155680 4[28] 1[29]
Gabriel Allon 10 The Rembrandt Affair 2010 978-0399156588 6[30] 1[31] Nominated for 2011 Barry Award for Best Thriller
Gabriel Allon 11 Portrait of a Spy 2011 978-0062072184 6[32] 2[33]
Gabriel Allon 12 The Fallen Angel 2012 978-0062073129 6[34] 1[35] Winner of 2013 Barry Award for Best Thriller
Gabriel Allon 13 The English Girl 2013 978-0062073167 7[36] 1[37]
Gabriel Allon 14 The Heist 2014 978-0062320056 6[38] 1[39]
Gabriel Allon 15 The English Spy 2015 978-0062320056 1[40]

A Weeks on the New York Times best seller list B Highest level on the New York Times best seller list

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pash, Barbara (September 2014). "Book Talk: Daniel Silva". Hadassah Magazine. Retrieved 24 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Moscow Rules spy novelist Daniel Silva". Hugh Hewitt. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "BEST SELLERS: February 23, 1997". New York Times. 1997-02-23. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  4. ^ a b c "BEST SELLERS: January 28, 2001". New York Times. 2002-01-28. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  5. ^ "BEST SELLERS: April 7, 2002". New York Times. 2002-04-07. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  6. ^ Kilday, Gregg (2011-04-01). "Jeff Zucker to Produce Movie Based on Daniel Silva's Spy Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  7. ^ "FAQ". Daniel Silva. Daniel Silva. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Barry Awards". Deadly Pleasures. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
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