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.
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.
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.
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.
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