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Portrait of a Spy: A Novel | [Daniel Silva]

Portrait of a Spy: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-28-14
    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.

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    "If you have come this far in the series..."
    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or Simon Vance?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Portrait of a Spy to and why?

    I have no comparison. It is the least favorite of mine so far in the series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    Do you think Portrait of a Spy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Whitesage Northern California 08-13-13
    Whitesage Northern California 08-13-13

    Commuting and writing from Northern California.

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    "Good long book for a road trip."
    Would you listen to Portrait of a Spy again? Why?

    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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    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 08-01-13
    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 08-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Stereotypical characters in a tired plot."

    Don't bother. Try a different book. Nothing else to say, but I can't publish until I get to 15 words.

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    Gary Chicago, IL, United States 03-27-13
    Gary Chicago, IL, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "as always great"

    as always this is a fun read and entertaining. The Aon series is always great read. You can't go wrong on this one either

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    Kristie Orem, Ut, United States 02-05-13
    Kristie Orem, Ut, United States 02-05-13
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    "Still listening. So far great."
    Would you listen to Portrait of a Spy again? Why?

    I listen to Daniel Silva any time I get a chance. I usually don't read them again very soon
    because I already know the story line and probably won't read it again for a few years.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    He is very detailed and I am not always familiar with the language parts. I have to pay attention to keep on track with what is going on and he names of the people involved


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, not that I recall


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not yet.


    Any additional comments?

    Not till I finish book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Warren BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, United States 01-24-13
    Warren BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring story, poorly developed, unconvincing plot"
    What did you like best about Portrait of a Spy? What did you like least?

    Best-the subject matter.
    Worst-poor character and story development. Plot was unconvincing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Silva again?

    Maybe.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Gabriel Alon


    Did Portrait of a Spy inspire you to do anything?

    Be more selective next time.


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    baboo Oklahoma 01-23-13
    baboo Oklahoma 01-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful book. Great Author"
    What made the experience of listening to Portrait of a Spy the most enjoyable?

    Looking at our Middle East problem & getting a better understanding of the problem from the point of Israel.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all of them. Great narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but if necessary, it's easy to get your heart back in it.


    Any additional comments?

    All of Daniel Silva's books are good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 01-05-13
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2004
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    "What is the Real Theme ???"

    While this is another Gabriel Allon novel, it seemed to illustrate a few real issues/peeves of the author: treatment (bad) of women in the islamic world, dedication of the radical jihad adherents against western morals and views and spy trade craft...to name a few. I couldn't help drawing those conclusions even though the story was fictitious. Well researched, I'd say.

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    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 12-31-12
    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 12-31-12 Member Since 2004

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    "I Wish I Could Be Gabriel Allon"

    Big fan of Simon Vance, and enjoyed earlier Gabriel Allon stories, so I had to give this one a listen. While it's somewhat formulaic in its plot, the characters in this story are well-drawn, the politics are sufficiently nuanced, and the geographic detail realistic enough to allow even a cynic like me to suspend belief and just get caught up in the adventure and intrigue.

    Highly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Leiboh Palm Springs, CA USA 09-26-12
    Ann Leiboh Palm Springs, CA USA 09-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Good listen"

    I have read all the books in this series, this is the first time I listened to one. I enjoyed it as well. Gabriell is such a great character you just have to want everything to go well for him. I'm always rooting for him to find some peace and time to just paint, however, that wouldn't make for a good story so im happy he is always brought back to work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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