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
Tell us about yourself! I keep purchasing books on Kindle unlimited that are supposed to have audio, but can't ever get them to download.
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.
The narration is a bit odd ... the Israelis come across a bit like Transylvanians, like Count Dracula, especially Shamron and Allon.
But a great story!
Silva does a good job of engaging the reader- and keeping them engaged
settings a bit familiar to other books of his.
It ranks right up there with the best
The history that comes with it and the enterplay between the characters.
I am afraid I am not very good at remembering who the performers are. I did enjoy his performance!
History comes alive
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