I love books!
Washington DC, London, Dubai, Riyadh and pionts in between. The Moassad, MI5, CIA, Islamic militants, international intergue, the lastest current events, a good description of how technology is ued in the spy world. What's not to like !
Silva is a great author. This book is good, but the story doesn't impress me as one of his best.
The performance is by an accomplished professional whom I've enjoyed before. This may have been too difficult a book for him to do anything good with - I don't know. However, it was sub-standard.
The book simply didn't work for me. It was a chore for me to get through. It's the first book in a long, long time I regret purchasing.
As with all Daniel Silva novels a picture is told to us stroke by stroke on the canvas. We as readers have to wait to the end to visualize the finished portrait. We are so wraped up in the production that we keep wanting more when the story is over. Portrait of a Spy is no different. I was hooked with the first novel and still with this one.
I really like the Gabriel Allon character that Daniel Silva uses in many of his books. The character is interesting and brings suspense and thrill to the reading. Unfortunately, this character is in the back seat through the first half of the book. Many of the usual characters Silva uses are there but the book grinds through details about bureaucratic minutae of the CIA and dialog between uninteresting characters. This is my least favorite book I have read by Daniel Silva.
THE STORY KEPT YOU INTERESTED AND INVOLVED. THE CHARACTERS WERE REALISTIC AND WELL CHARACTERIZED. WOULD RECOMMEND OTHER STORIES BY THIS AUTHOR.
I had not read any of Daniel Silva's work before, but I simply loved this book. The combination of Silva's writing and Vance's performance had me enthralled and absorbed from start to finish. I listen to audio books driving to and from work - several times I found myself unwilling to get out at the end of the commute, reluctant to break the spell! My thanks to both the author and the performer.
- Daniel Silva is absolutely one of my favorite authors. This may be his best yet. If you're a fan and are familiar with the excellent cast of characters in his Gabriel Allon series you'll feel right at home. If not, welcome onboard. You'll love them. Since I had listened to all the previous in the series I felt like I was settling down with the team in a new deadly adventure. No politics, no theatrics, well some theatrics, just great story telling.
- The plot is excellent. Intriguing, explosive, and great listening.
- Simon Vance, the narrator does an good job. The different characters have different voices and inflections. You know when each is talking, no complaints.
- Start with "A Death in Venice" and work your way up. You'll get hooked.
- Daniel, start writing. Gabriel is waiting, me too.
As with any author, over time, books generally seem to live off tangents and sound more concocted. I like the narrator, and Silva's books are good. However, its a step down, and is consistent with a decline from the first in this series.
I recommend it, but its no stellar.