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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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    The Fan Los Angeles, CA USA 02-14-15
    The Fan Los Angeles, CA USA 02-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not The Best Book In The Gabriel Alon Series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The plot has too many holes and departs too far from any realistic view of the world. Little about the book is believable.


    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

    Mature, weak on females


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie Williamson Boise, ID United States 12-11-14
    Maggie Williamson Boise, ID United States 12-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Maggie in Boise

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    "Like the whole series!"
    Would you listen to Portrait of a Spy again? Why?

    Probably not. It would be more productive to move on to another in the series, which I reslly enjoy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    How can I not choose Gabriel.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenna 06-07-14
    Brenna 06-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor Narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    Only after listening to a sample.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Whitesage 08-13-13
    Whitesage 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 08-01-13
    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 08-01-13 Member Since 2014
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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 03-27-13
    Gary 03-27-13
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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 02-05-13
    Kristie 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 01-24-13
    Warren 01-24-13
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-23-13
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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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