Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.
Gabriel and his team devise a daring plan to destroy the network of death - from the inside - a gambit fraught with risk, both personal and professional. To succeed, Gabriel must reach into his violent past. A woman waits there, a reclusive heiress and art collector who can traverse the murky divide between Islam and the West. She is the daughter of an old enemy, and together they form an unlikely and dangerous bond.
Set against the disparate worlds of art and intelligence, Portrait of a Spy moves swiftly from the corridors of power in Washington to the glamorous auction houses of New York and London to the unforgiving landscape of the Saudi desert. Featuring a climax that will leave listeners haunted long after the final words, this deeply entertaining story is also a breathtaking portrait of courage in the face of unspeakable evil - and Daniel Silva's most extraordinary novel to date.
©2011 Daniel Silva (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
This is another excellent work by Daniel Silva. The stories are intoxicating. This is my second time through the series (and therefore no waiting for the next book) and they are still wonderful. There's not as much action in this book but that doesn't lessen the enjoyment.
I liked the way Simon Vance read most of the voices in this book but there are still some pronunciation errors that are distracting. If I had one complaint about the series it's that there is no consistency in narrators. I wish there was one narrator for all the books. I still love them though.
This novel added to my depth of understanding of the current conflicts in the Middle East. The books are so well written! Gabriel continues to get better, as well as Sharon.
Of current writers in this genre, Silva is the best at keeping the plot threads moving along with great clarity--his writing is like great counterpoint!
The plot has too many holes and departs too far from any realistic view of the world. Little about the book is believable.
Mature, weak on females
Simon Vance is an excellent reader, except his portrayal of Chiarra was misguided. He made her sound like she was an immature, innocent fool, something she is not.
Maggie in Boise
Probably not. It would be more productive to move on to another in the series, which I reslly enjoy
How can I not choose Gabriel.
I started this series with The Heist, which is the most recent. I worked back from there and have listened to 4 or 5 of them. I enjoy them all. I've also learned quite a bit about politics in the middle Eadt- and the Israeli intelligence.
The book, YES! The narrator, NO...not for this series. There was very little distinction between the various characters or even by gender. After the first chapter you should know which character is speaking, not so with Mr. Vance.
Only after listening to a sample.
I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.
Yes. Once you get this far. You have to finish. Since I started at book 1, and am now here, I must move forward even though this was my least favorite.
Simon Vance is awful.
I have no comparison. It is the least favorite of mine so far in the series.
Worst narration I have heard so far. That is unless you like a narrator whose characters ALL sound like a terrible James Bond/Sean Connery imitation that went horribly awry. All of the characters were way too overplayed. It's as if the only voice he could use for every character was a play off of James Bond. This was a brutal book to get through. You should buy it and read it. Pass on the audio. Pick it back up in audio version when this narrator is not reading.
Commuting and writing from Northern California.
If you like "Homeland" from HBO/Showtime, you will like this book. It's complicated and the reader has excellent dialect.
Don't bother. Try a different book. Nothing else to say, but I can't publish until I get to 15 words.
"Portrait of a Spy"
Vintage Daniel Silva, very exciting. Gabriel Allon continues to be a fascinating character and very well narrated by Simon Vance.
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