Everything about this character engages. Amazingly, the history represented is pretty much an unknown to me. I am glad I discovered this series in order to more fully appreciate this particular past and ongoing series of events.
Have known about Silva's books for a while but never got round to reading any. Started the Allon series recently and I cant pit them down. Now i know what all the fuss is about!! Also love the historical accuracy!!
I'm totally hooked. It's great to find a series that I haven't read or heard. I enjoy the stories and the narration - even when John Lee's voice of American characters sounds just like Gus Dewer from Ken Follet's The Century Trilogy.
BTW if you have heard or read those - don't miss out.
Although it seemed to drag in a few places, the cultural and historical perspectives make it worth the read by themselves. I am enjoying getting to know the characters in this series and like the fact that they are developing as the series continues.
The Art world which featured so prominently in previously was absent in this novel.
Added more suspense. The end was very predictable
the war criminal was not very believable.
Listen nearly every day to an audiobook.
I think it could only be enjoyed by someone who hasn't read the preceding Gabriel Allon novels. The first hour or so rehashes the character's history, and events that took place earlier in the series. At points, I wondered whether I had read this book already. After having listened to three long Allon novels, Death in Vienna comes across as formulaic. The author needs some new espionage themes, beyond discovering war criminals, conspiracies to cover up their crimes, and dishonesty within the Catholic church.
I would be careful about listening to a novel for which Mr. Lee is pressed to perform foreign accents. He an excellent reader in British English. However, his Israeli accent sounds like a speech impediment. He substitutes a "w" for an "r."
I would like to encourage the publisher/producer to hire more than one reader. Most readers can not carry off multiple accents, and/or play both female and male roles.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
The event of the holocaust effects everyone somehow attached to it in a deep way & it even has a dramatic effect on those who have nothing to do with the event except ensure something like that never happens again. In this book Silva does such an excellent job of inter-weaving an unlikely story into a race to ensure a monster does not get away with the atrocities he's done & rationalized himself into everyday society.
One of the most interesting parts is that each character who actually was a holocaust survivor remembers & deals with the trauma in different ways. For a main character in the book a simple painting brings back happy childhood memories that no amount of money could every replace, while Allon's mom never spoke to him about what she went thru during her holocaust experience. The difference between a writer like Silva & Flynn who I both love, is that Silva is much more discreet 'spy-craft' versus a character like Rapp that just busts heads. This subtle yet much more realistic version of espionage can be slow at times but Silva keeps u interested by making sure there are other underlying stories that are taking place.
As I've also mentioned before, Allon is no 'Lone-Ranger', he is part of a larger system of networking agents with their specific strengths, but Allon is the 'glue that holds the team together.' This book created a historical fiction about an event that changed a whole nation/culture/religion while at the same time was able to add a cat & mouse chase between a relentless hunter chasing after a prey that has been on the run since the end of World War II
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book for anyone who likes the Gabriel Allon series but also as a stand alone novel of spy-craft, espionage, & how all the different cogs of a war machine work to run an unstoppable force. This was one of the top 3 Allon books for me personally.
Rich characters. Well researched. Excellent writing. Less violence and more character nuances.