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Portrait of a Spy Audiobook

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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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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    Carol Groton, CT, United States 12-06-11
    Carol Groton, CT, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellant"
    If you could sum up Portrait of a Spy in three words, what would they be?

    The quality of writing is even more superb. The descriptive of the scenes, time of year, and time of year is outstanding. The conversations and dialogue are so real and strong--no fillers, no fluff, just strong material. As you listen to the book, you get lost between fact and fiction - the topic is appropriate for the 21th century and the world on terror. I found this book a real page turner, suspenseful, and thrill-a-minute. This is my first book writing by Daniel Silva, I am already engrossed in his talented writing, and I can't wait to read more.


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    Florence Harvey Massapequa Park, NY, United States 11-27-11
    Florence Harvey Massapequa Park, NY, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    First Silva novel for me. Well done. Simon Vance is excellent ! Highly recommeded !

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 11-25-11
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "enjoyed it"

    Washington DC, London, Dubai, Riyadh and pionts in between. The Moassad, MI5, CIA, Islamic militants, international intergue, the lastest current events, a good description of how technology is ued in the spy world. What's not to like !

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    Jeff L 11-04-11
    Jeff L 11-04-11
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    "A Disappointment"

    Silva is a great author. This book is good, but the story doesn't impress me as one of his best.

    The performance is by an accomplished professional whom I've enjoyed before. This may have been too difficult a book for him to do anything good with - I don't know. However, it was sub-standard.

    The book simply didn't work for me. It was a chore for me to get through. It's the first book in a long, long time I regret purchasing.

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    Bruce Washougal, WA, United States 10-16-11
    Bruce Washougal, WA, United States 10-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Great Restoration"

    As with all Daniel Silva novels a picture is told to us stroke by stroke on the canvas. We as readers have to wait to the end to visualize the finished portrait. We are so wraped up in the production that we keep wanting more when the story is over. Portrait of a Spy is no different. I was hooked with the first novel and still with this one.

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    guy 10-09-11
    guy 10-09-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but too slow in parts"

    I really like the Gabriel Allon character that Daniel Silva uses in many of his books. The character is interesting and brings suspense and thrill to the reading. Unfortunately, this character is in the back seat through the first half of the book. Many of the usual characters Silva uses are there but the book grinds through details about bureaucratic minutae of the CIA and dialog between uninteresting characters. This is my least favorite book I have read by Daniel Silva.

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    David Westlake, OH, United States 10-07-11
    David Westlake, OH, United States 10-07-11
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    "EXCITING READ"

    THE STORY KEPT YOU INTERESTED AND INVOLVED. THE CHARACTERS WERE REALISTIC AND WELL CHARACTERIZED. WOULD RECOMMEND OTHER STORIES BY THIS AUTHOR.

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    Kim 10-07-11
    Kim 10-07-11
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    Intriguing story, makes me wonder - what did this author used to do to come up with these details??

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    jonathan littlehampton, Australia 09-30-11
    jonathan littlehampton, Australia 09-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Silva and Vance - what a combination!"

    I had not read any of Daniel Silva's work before, but I simply loved this book. The combination of Silva's writing and Vance's performance had me enthralled and absorbed from start to finish. I listen to audio books driving to and from work - several times I found myself unwilling to get out at the end of the commute, reluctant to break the spell! My thanks to both the author and the performer.

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    John Sandy Springs, GA, United States 09-27-11
    John Sandy Springs, GA, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Probably his best yet!"

    - Daniel Silva is absolutely one of my favorite authors. This may be his best yet. If you're a fan and are familiar with the excellent cast of characters in his Gabriel Allon series you'll feel right at home. If not, welcome onboard. You'll love them. Since I had listened to all the previous in the series I felt like I was settling down with the team in a new deadly adventure. No politics, no theatrics, well some theatrics, just great story telling.
    - The plot is excellent. Intriguing, explosive, and great listening.
    - Simon Vance, the narrator does an good job. The different characters have different voices and inflections. You know when each is talking, no complaints.
    - Start with "A Death in Venice" and work your way up. You'll get hooked.
    - Daniel, start writing. Gabriel is waiting, me too.

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