Another hit for Silva! The narrator was pretty good this time. He made Gabriell sound older than his age and the ending was a bit rushed but none the less I found it more enjoyable than listening to my favorite talk radio heads or late night Leno. I had to download the next book Secret Servant. I know you will love listening to this book and it will leave you thrusting to download the next book. I am hooked!
This was one of the best books I have downloaded to date. Good plot, great characterization, fantastic narration - well worth the time.
Unlike other Daniel Silva novels, "The Messenger" crawls. The protagonists are uninteresting and the action and dialog predictable and preposterous. When a reader can't identify with the characters or plot, the novel fails.
Christopher Lee reads well, but he doesn't develop the characters as well as John Lee. And, his accents are undeveloped, Italian, Israeli, Saudi all sounding nearly identical.
Is this end of the Gabriel Allon character?
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
The terrorists of 9-11 were from Saudi Arabia.
The House of Saud has stuck a bargain with the radicalized mullahs to finance their Sharia Law schools emphasizing strict interpretation of the Koran. Islam mandates that only followers of its teachings are to be tolerated. All others are to be subjugated, enslaved, or annihilated.
Read Mr Joel Rosenberg's series of books related to The 13th Imam for interest and for parallel enlightenment. Mr Rosenberg has a deep compassion for all peoples of the Middle East but serious apocalyptic concerns about the Western world's complete misunderstanding of the teachings of Islam and the belief that Saudi Arabia is our best friend in the Arab world when in fact the House of Saud is the chief financier of World Terror, Inc.
2004 Audible listener
a bit slow to start but after the first chapter you stay engaged to the end
I enjoy this series for two reasons: the implausible luck reminds me of fantasy and the accurate reference to reality is an interesting blend. The voices and accents were particularly good in the one. The authors comments at the end about reference to true events was very interesting
I've only listen to four of Daniels audiobooks and enjoyed all of them – guess it's time for me to finish the series!
I've read a number of the Daniel Silva books and at time I've found them somewhat formulaic (same elements etc.) but this one had more - and really held my attention. Perhaps it was the inclusion of a recruited American highly educated woman into the Israeli service, her training, and her level headedness, the "newly discovered" Van Gogh and it's owner's (also a woman) eventually decision to loan it to Gabriel - anyway - a good story, well constructed, well narrated, with characters I really cared about, and bits of jewish history (art stolen or hidden during WWII from or by Jewish families in Germany) that added a drama and a context.