Now Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history. Hastily recalled home to Israel, drawn once more into the heart of a service he had once forsaken, Allon finds himself stalking an elusive master terrorist across a landscape drenched with generations of blood, the trail turning on itself until, finally, he can no longer be certain who is stalking whom.
And when at last the showdown comes, it will not be Gabriel alone who is threatened with destruction - for it is not his history alone that has been laid bare.
A knife-edged thriller of astonishing intricacy and feeling, filled with exhilarating prose, this is Daniel Silva's finest novel yet.
Take another thrill ride with Gabriel Allon.
©2005 Daniel Silva; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
"In a story that seems ripped from the headlines, Silva delivers both chilling suspense and a thoughtful if grim history lesson." (Booklist)
"[A] a passionate, intelligently crafted entry that cements the series' place among today's top spy fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"Guerin Barry skillfully juggles the many accents, even personifying the late Yassir Arafat with wit and energy." (AudioFile)
The book is great, but the audio quality and narration is really substandard. Sounds like telephone quality audio, the first time I've seen this after some 20 downloads. Worse, the narrator mispronounces almost every Arabic and Hebrew word, both personal and geographic. My favorite stumble was when he called MI-5 M-fifteen. Aside from the audio reproduction and mispronounciations, he did a good job.
As a big fan of Daniel Silva and the Gabriel Allon series, I was excited about purchasing this audible title. I was busy, knew I didn't have a lot of time to read, so despite the negative reviews on the narrator I purchased and downloaded Prince of Fire. I should have skipped this title until I had time to read it. Normally I've been able to "get used to " poor narrators and still get engaged in the story. This Silva book had such long passages of history and political background information that it was hard to stay focused. The information was vital to understanding the motives, actions and reactions of countries and ethnic groups involved, but the narrator made it feel at times like I was listening to a second rate college lecture. Normally I love this type of back ground information, and this would have been enjoyable in book form, or with a decent narrator, but Guerin Barry is a very difficult narrator to listen to. He is actually PAINFUL to listen to. His female voices are HORRIBLE, and NONE of the accents he gives his characters, male OR female fit the personality of the character. If this is the first Gabriel Allon book for you, you will end up disliking the characters because the voice and attitude the narrator gives each character overshadows what the author was trying to portray. There are times the narrator doesn't give enough change between characters for you to know who is speaking.
So, save your credit, save your money, this title has been ruined by the narrator!
Gripping, as usual.
The narration was the weakest part of the audiobook. The main character, Gabriel, was voiced slightly hoarse and almost monotonal. It seemed such a bad characterization that getting immersed in the book was very difficult. The characters were switched in some dialogue and the pronunciation of Hebrew names was amazingly bad.
give me action
I am a huge fan of Daniel Silva's books. So, I would definitely recommend the book.
I might suggest reading this one instead of listening. The sound quality and performance were a hindrance.
First better sound equipment! Second have John Lee perform the reading.
Yes and definitely NOT Tom Cruise! Matt Damion, Hugh Jackman,
I found the audio quality excellent and the quality of the narration excellent. I am not qualified to notice poorly pronounced Arabic or Hebrew. I did catch the "m fifteen" instead of "MI-5" though. The narrator does an excellent job of rendering different voices for each character.
The action is much slower in this book than in some of the other Allon novels. Lots and lots and lots of Palestinian history. Lots of background information, more than usual.
Still, expertly written.
This sounds like it was recorded from a speaker phone and the reader is not "professional quality"
Don't skimp on quality or settle for a sub par reader
As an active / outdoor guy, I love listening to audiobooks while trail running, hiking, etc.
Yes - if you like Silva and want to read the entire Gabriel Allon Series. No - if this is his only book you plan to read by him.
This guy is TERRIBLE. But, I've been listening to some great readers lately (I'll listen to anything read by George Guidall - who incidently, read Daniel Silva's most recent book). The audio quality is terrible and the reader sounds like a robot. He isn't the worst reader I've ever heard, but he's pretty close. I would expect the author to force the publisher to have this book re-read / re-published.
Learn more about Israeli history / Palestine
I enjoyed this book. It started a little slow for me, but picked up speed quickly. I've read a few history books on the Israel/Palestine struggle, and it was nicely blended into the story. My only criticism is that I didn't appreciate the use of the F word multiple times. I wish authors would at least keep it pg-13!
John Lee gave the characters and their voices life. After being mesmerized by the first 5 books in the series...listening night and day, I can't listen to any more. I tried one and had to stop. It's not that the narration is bad, it's just that everyone died and was reincarnated as someone else. I think in a series the wonderful that I've never been as disappointed. Did you do something to make John mad?!?!?!?!
It is hard to go wrong with a Silva novel. His intensity, correlation with history, and continuing story line make most listens compelling. I didn't realize that I had missed this one in the lineage of his books, and found it wanting. Not because of the story line, but because of the annoying narration.
I have come to know the characters as familiar, as Silva does such an excellent job in fleshing them out. However, when this narrator pronounces their names entirely differently, it is unsettling. It is hard for me to grasp how such an accomplished writer as Silva could momentarily forget the correct past tenses of most verbs ("spring, sprang, sprung", etc.), so I have to believe it was the narrator who furnished the tense most comfortable, even if incorrect, to him. He also put the emphasis on wrong words in the story, completely changing the meaning of many sentences. Somehow, Gabriel wasn't Gabriel when voiced by this narrator.
But, for everyone who loves Silva books, it is still a necessary listen, even though occasionally a grating one. Good story, bad narration and characterization.
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