I enjoyed it, good story & narration. Very entertaining, made my journey much more enjoyable.
I thought that this was a very good book! However, I am not one to be impressed by the crude language, sex and other garbage that is thrown in. It would be a much better story without.
I have had this book on my shelf for some time now and decided to see for myself if Daniel Silva's Israeli assassin, Gabriel Allon, was as good as I have heard. I can honestly say that Gabriel did not fit into my image of an assassin.
As the story begins, a mysterious stranger moves into a old cottage in an isolated English village, Port Navas Cornwall. The first chapter is told from the viewpoint of Peel, a boy of around 10, who had also recently moved to the village with his mother. Therefore, it takes several chapters to find out the stranger is Gabriel Allon.
Gabriel was a world renowned art restorer, the cover job he had in order to hide the fact that he worked for the Israeli intelligence service. However, he "retired" from the clandestine service nearly 10 years previously when a terrorist he was contracted to take out placed a bomb under his car, killing his son and turning his wife into an empty shell. After that, Gabriel went into a self imposed exile and immersed himself into restoring paintings in the hope of forgetting the past.
Then the Israeli ambassador and his wife are killed by terrorists in Paris, and Ari Shamron, head of the intelligence service, discovers the assassin was none other than Tariq, the Palestinian who destroyed Gabriel's family. Shamron trusts no one, and secretly goes to England to bring Gabriel back for one more mission. Gabriel can not refuse, even though he knows killing Tariq will not bring his family back.
In other novels featuring assassins, they tend to be cold and calculating, justifying their actions by believing the target deserved to die for their transgressions. Gabriel, however, has flashbacks and feels guilty for what he has done. Benjamin Stone, a wealthy backer of the Israeli operation, describes Gabriel as "an assassin with a conscience."
Given all the baggage Gabriel is carrying around, I had my doubts as to whether he would be an effective assassin. Add in the fact that he has been inactive for nearly 10 years and he was at a distinct disadvantage.
I thought the book started out slowly, but it gradually picked up its pace before finally reaching its climax. But even after the climax, there were more plot twists which tied the story into a neat little ball. Gabriel seemed to enjoy restoring paintings much more than his other line of work. Therefor, this is not the typical testosterone filled prose that one would associate with a story about an assassin, but rather paints a softer, more human side of the occupation.
There are several more books in the series, so I am anxious to find out what would bring him out of retirement again
I have listened to all of the Mitch Rapp series most is narrated by George Guidall he is perfect for this type of book. The story sets up the characters very well. This is a book that ends in a twist that I didn't see coming. If you like the mystery espionage type of books this is a must read. I am looking forward to reading "listening " to the next book in this series.
A complex story full of twists and turns. There is a rivalry of expertise and tricks between the good guys in the bad guys.
I'm in the middle of the book and characters are still being introduced.
Not this author
Good story line
2004 Audible listener
Glad I read this book out of sequence. I really like this series but if I had heard this book first ,I wouldn't have liked some of the characters.
Reading has always been my #1 hobby, even as a child. But becoming an adult meant I didn't have time to read. Then I discovered Audible!
I didn't feel that I got to know the characters. When I listened to it at night it put me right to sleep.
another great story in this series expertly read by George Guidall. I know that a book is great when I sit in the car so I can listen to the end of a chapter