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
I look forward to Daniel Silva's novels. I love Gabriel and the crew. I thought the narration was terrific. I don't know what these people are talking about. I thought this was his best book ever.
I wanted to go again through the whole series in order. This book was NOT a waste of time, but it was somewhat choppier than the other stories (it was probably the involvement of the Americans).
There were places when the story seemed to make big leaps without transitioning, and times when the events seemed contrived. There were still interesting turns and intrigues, though.
This is my last Daniel Silva book. They are all the same now. Basically something about a painting, Gabriel puts someone in harm's way (usually a woman), she gets kidnapped, he trades himself for her, gets beaten, and he survives at the last instant. If you've read any of the others you've read this one. Goodbye Gabriel.
The reader. Simon Vance is one of my favorite readers, but he was definitely the wrong person to read Silva. Really poor performance, particularly after the great readers of Silva's books who came before him.
Silva's books are always fun to read.
By choosing another reader.
Absolutely not!!! I will skip any Gabriel Allon book this guy narrates.
Nadia. This story displayed the redemption of her fathers sins.
A brilliant woman's struggle to pay the sins of her father.
It is nice to read/listen to a story where good people die. This type of story actually reflects reality. Every once in awhile a bit of "darkness" reminds us of our own mortality.
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