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 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.
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
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.
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
No, not that I recall
Not till I finish book.
Best-the subject matter.
Worst-poor character and story development. Plot was unconvincing.
Be more selective next time.
Looking at our Middle East problem & getting a better understanding of the problem from the point of Israel.
I enjoyed all of them. Great narration.
Yes, but if necessary, it's easy to get your heart back in it.
All of Daniel Silva's books are good.
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.
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.
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.
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