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
Listening allowed me to grasp the 'accent' and 'flavor' of this well told story that is alarmingly all too close to the truth.
I would highly recommend this audio book.
Carol Deming Casey
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.
I love books!
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 !
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.
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.
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.
THE STORY KEPT YOU INTERESTED AND INVOLVED. THE CHARACTERS WERE REALISTIC AND WELL CHARACTERIZED. WOULD RECOMMEND OTHER STORIES BY THIS AUTHOR.
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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