I fully agree with other reviewers about sub-standard narration for this and several other Gabriel Alon books. The faulty pronunciation of French, Russian, Hebrew, and British English detracts from Silva's lovely settings. Makes the whole thing seem kind of mundane. From here on out I'll skip this narrator's renditions.
Against advice from just about everyone in his personal and professional life, Gabriel travels back to Russia and struggles to get back out out again alive. Great story line! Incredible plot.
We listened to a couple of hours of this story when we were on a long car trip. It was my first Daniel Silva book. The author unnecessarily embellishes and repeats as if he is trying to fill pages. I was so disappointed!
The first half of this book is great as expected from Daniel Silva. After that the plot starts to meander all over the place. There's way too many details for so little plot in the second half.
i did not read the print. the audio book was much more dramatic
moscow rules keeps pace with mr silvas other books. this one however, Gabrial falls into russian politics and bites off more then he can chew.. great story
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
The beauty of Silva is that he takes a character who is superior in his job but has obvious human flaws as we all do & requires his team the save him on more then several occasions... which is more realistic then Flynn BUT I still don't think any espionage character shines a light brighter then Mitch, but that's because we like to think America has all its ducks in a row & can take care of its affairs with someone as capable & almost infallible. Allon on the other hand is a puzzle that when slowly put together creates a masterpiece of writing... They always find they're mark in the end but its a team job & there is a reason why Israel is the counter-terrorism experts they are
I love the small details of the book, which obviously makes all books enjoyable... the small nuances that make a spy a spy... its not always kill everybody & interrogate the bad guy, its about finesse. I guess thru this review the end result is that Allon has the Finesse of a great spy & uses the true spy work that is believable in 21st century war while with some other series there needs a greater degree of suspension of disbelief.... I wouldn't be able to rate how good this Allon book is compared to most of his others although the last 2 out of 4 were a little long in the tooth, but let Silva weave the web & see the parasites all end up stuck in it & they go back to the mud as a result... Everyone has a specialty & they are all surgeons in a bloody battlefield, love the cat & mouse, just enough... some spy books have too much tradecraft that slows the story down, I don't think Silva has a problem balancing the two... occasionally it can be but the payout is always worth it, can't wait for the next one!
A weak beach read if you have nothing better to do, I would say. Tensionless plot, two dimensional characters, average narration. I kept going solely because I'd bought it (as did my wife) but this is the first and last Daniel Silva for this reader. A two star effort.
Just as good as Silva is with his other Gabriel Allon books. Great ending & loved Phil Gigante as the narrator of this audio!! Excellent! Since not commuting to & from work, I've gotten out of the habit of listening to audiobooks & have just been reading. I had forgotten what a true pleasure it is to listen to a well narrated, good book. This was the perfect one to get me going again.
I always like Gabriel Allon. He is such a good combination of artist and undercover agent.
As far as I'm concerned, Silva is the best in fiction. Lucky for him, current events keep serving him new plots--perhaps too many plots for him to write about, sadly. I found the bad guy to be excessively bad, but maybe I am naive about the New Russians/nouveau riche. Having read all previous books and being familiar with the characters, I was a bit irked by his insertion of a list of characters and how Gabriel came to know them. The most interesting character in the book is a Russian policeman (with rank) who acted as a counter-agent, helping Gabriel to escape twice, the second time leaving Russia with him to avoid repercussions from Moscow. Oft repeated in the book,