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Inglenook Book Club October News

Posted 10/15/19

Twenty members of The Inglenook Book Club met in October at Lakeside Senior Living Community with Jean McKinnie and Elaine Williams serving as hostesses. After refreshments, Zia Locke called the …

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Inglenook Book Club October News


Twenty members of The Inglenook Book Club met in October at Lakeside Senior Living Community with Jean McKinnie and Elaine Williams serving as hostesses.

After refreshments, Zia Locke called the meeting to order and thanked the hostesses. Zia presided in the absence of President Donna Ward and Vice President Sally Sutton. Members recited the Club Aim and Motto.

The Nominating Committee will soon prepare a slate of officers for 2020. Members of the committee are Victoria Ard, Carolyn Potts, and Marilynn Putman.

After the business meeting, Pedie Pedersen gave the program on American author, Daniel Silva. Silva’s novels all fall within the “thriller” genre, or what Pedie calls “mystery, murder, and mayhem,” and are filled with complex plots and multi-dimensional characters. They also contain detailed specifics about history, music, and art—subjects one would not expect to find in books about cloak & dagger stuff. These are subjects that have always interested him, and his novels reflect this interest as well as his enjoyment of research and the knowledge he has gained through his travels abroad.

Daniel Silva was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1960. When he was seven, his family moved to a small town in California where both of his parents were teachers. He received his Bachelor’s degree, then began graduate school to study international relations with a focus on Russia and the Soviet Union.

However, Silva did not finish his Master’s because in 1984 United Press International (UPI) offered him a position covering the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Although it was a temporary assignment, a short time later UPI offered him a full-time position which he accepted, and that was the end of his formal education. For two years he was on the Washington, D.C. desk, then went to the Middle East to be a correspondent in Cairo and the Persian Gulf. There Silva met Jamie Gangel, national correspondent for NBC television’s “Today Show.” They fell in love and married in1987.

Upon returning to the US, Silva was hired by CNN and became executive producer of several shows including “Crossfire” and “Capital Gang.” Near the end of 1995, when Daniel and Jamie were both at CNN, he decided to fulfill a lifelong desire to be a novelist. With Jamie’s backing, he began working on his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, a novel of love and deception set around the Allied Invasion of France in WWII and published in 1997. The book became a great success, a New York Times best-seller, and Silva left CNN to focus full-time on writing.

Despite Silva’s interest in the arts and history, he says that since he was a young child his favorite reading material has always been spy and espionage thrillers. He also prefers to write in longhand, in a room as cool and dark as possible, while he stretches out on the floor and just lets the story flow. With a yellow legal pad and #2 pencil, he simply writes. He likes the quiet, and the pace of writing longhand means he seldom has to make a revision. When he starts a book, Silva writes every day, and nearing a deadline, he may write 12 to 14 hours a day. He does type the pages for the publisher, and his wife is his editor.

In his fourth book, The Kill Artist, we are introduced to Gabriel Allon, an artist and art restorer. Gabriel’s German parents survived Auschwitz in the holocaust and migrated to Israel after WWII. Gabriel’s father was killed in Israel’s Six-Day War and his mother still resides in Israel. Both his mother and grandfather are both well-known artists. Gabriel Allon is recruited by Ari Shamron, head of Mussad, Israel’s intelligence agency, to join other operatives in avenging the deaths of Israeli athletes occurring at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics attack by the PLO terrorist group called “Black September.” In the actual event, the PLO terrorists were killed in Munich, but in the book they escaped, and it’s the operative’s job to find them.

What was meant to be a stand-alone novel has turned into a series of 20 books, all on the New York Times Best-Seller list, all international best-sellers, and translated into over 30 languages. In all Silva has authored 23 books, about one book per year during his writing career. Daniel Silva and wife, Jamie, live in Florida and are the parents of twins, Lily and Nicholas.

Our November meeting will be Lakeside with Linda Edge and Debbie Riley as hostesses. Suzanne Howell has the program.

After the book passing, members recited the club benediction and the meeting adjourned.

Members present were: Victoria Ard, Peggy Chappell, Juanita Finley, Carolyn Goodwin, Geneva Johnson, Zia Locke, Shirley Martin, Jean McKinnie, Sandi McMahen, Carolyn Moore, Mary Newman, Pedie Pedersen, Carolyn Potts, Marilynn Putman, Debbie Riley, Shelia Rogers, Gaye Rowan, Suzanne Russell, Genia Sherwood, and Elaine Williams.


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