TODAY | July 16, 2013
>>> we're back now with today's sizzling summer reads and we have a new thriller from best selling arthur daniel silva . in this one, his hero has only seven days to find a kidnapped rising star from the british government . daniel always good to see you.
>> nice to see you.
>> amazon calls it one of the best books of the month. i believe they used the word master work. that's not bad.
>> i generally try not to pay attention.
>> i know you do.
>> i try. i was very proud of that review. they hit upon all the things that i liked about the novel and i have to admit i was flattered by it.
>> this starts with a beautiful island and beautiful girl . so far it sounds like a jackie collins novel but it's not. poof she disappeared.
>> she is a rising star within the british party. she works in the machinery of the party but she has got, you know, member of parliament written all over her. a cabinet minister one day but madeline has a dangerous secret. she is the mistress of the prime minister. when she disappeared the prime minister has a serious problem.
>> as the clock is ticking to find her, without, i don't believe giving anything away, we end up in russia and talk to me, from what i read and sometimes these things aren't always accurate but some of your ideas for this book came from the coverage of a real news event.
>> it was inspired to a large degree by the revelation two years ago, or three years ago now that we had this nest of russian spies living in the united states , here in new york city operating under illegal cover. living here under false identities. a lot of people were shocked by the fact that the russias were still living among us and spying on us. i was not. i knew it was taking place. i used that incident and it inspired me to write this novel.
>> some of those spies were not the highest talent level.
>> that was --
>> that was the anna chapman group, right?
>> it was. i think that was a lot of the spin that came out at the time. the administration wanted to get this out of the way so it wouldn't be a distraction.
>> do you think it was more serious.
>> i do. and so do people in the fbi and intelligence community .
>> you are big on social media . you have a very loyal following.
>> i do.
>> do you listen to what they say a lot or do you try, like reviews, to put that over in a different compartment.
>> i do listen to what they say actually. for years they had been asking me to bring back a character that i wrote in a book about ten years ago, a gentleman named christopher keller . he is a british comando or assassin. i brought him back.
>> give me books to read this summer.
>> anyone that had a heart. he wrote the sound track of our childhood, especially for people of your generation.
>> thank you.
>> i have been privileged to spend time with him. henry winkler hank zippster series. and vince flynn was a dear friend of mine. this is his last book. the last man. i didn't have time to change the dedication of the english girl. but the english girl is for him.
>> good recommendations from a guy that knows a thing or two about great books.
>> you can read an excerpt from this on our website.