After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning, he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.
The Vatican police suspect suicide, though Gabriel believes otherwise. So, it seems, does Donati. But the monsignor is fearful that a public inquiry might inflict another scandal on the Church, and so he calls upon Gabriel to quietly pursue the truth - with one caveat.
"Rule number one at the Vatican," Donati said. "Don't ask too many questions."
Gabriel learns that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret - a secret that threatens a global criminal enterprise that is looting timeless treasures of antiquity and selling them to the highest bidder. But there is more to this network than just greed. A mysterious operative is plotting an act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions....
©2012 Daniel Silva (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
All good writing in this genre read by Guidall is worth hearing. Silva is one of the best. Intrigue, life's struggles, examining the middle east struggles...all there!
Of course, quintessential Silva!
Allon, of course!
As always, having read all of Silva's book, I can't wait for the next one!
No one can narrate Silva's books better than Phil Gigante.
Every thing Silva writes is perfection.
Not suited to Silva's books.
Daniel Silva is one of my favorite authors, however sometimes I feel there is a little too much repition of Gabriel's background and personality. Other than that the story was good as usuual. I did like it and as with all Mr. Silva's books will listen to it many times.
Yes. Gabriel is a hero.
Gabriel. He is a hero
Guidall's voice is weak.
Hollywood would make a mess of this story.
Get Grover Gardner to perform all new books. He is the best.
Yes, I would recommend this book, but I would first encourage my friends to go back and read some of the more outstanding books in this series, such as "The Secret Servant".
I would rate this book as 'average' for the Gabriel Allon series. Overall, I do agree with some of the other reviewers on this website that the Allon series is starting to feel a bit old and tired. That said, even an 'average' book by Daniel Silva is better than most authors' best works.
Yes, I felt that Guidall performed well for these characters. However, my favorite reader for the Allon series is Phil Gigante.
Retired CPA, Denver native. Like to listen to books. Visually impaired.
It was a good listen but not his best. The story was pretty predicctable. Silva usually writes with greater intrigue. Still enjoyable.
I thought he was hard to understand at times. There are better performers than him.
All Silva fans will enjoy it.
Silva's stories always seem believable given the history of what has happened in the Middle East. His gift for details that mirror those in real life accounts always seem to put you in the scene. To top it off, the reader is so good at what he does, you become either the characters themselves or you end up siding with them and supporting their every move. You begin to anticipate their next actions, knowing their will be a setback and twist in the story but you know not when it will come.
Allon is always my favorite character because he is so calculating and cool. I find myself cheering for a known assassin and justify it because he is up against terrorists that reflect those in the world today that threaten our own security.
I have listened to many of his performances and they are all excellent. He and Scott Brick and the readers in David Hewson's, James Lee Burke's and some of WEB Griffin's books are my favorites. I really cannot say that this performance is better then previous ones, he is so consistent from book to book, he enhances Silva's writing and story telling each time. I have been listening to Audio Books since 1990 and I find that the reader of the book is equally as important as the quality of the story being read. That said, I search on this site by reader many times and purchase books that way.
It always makes me angry and hopeless about the situation in the Middle East. I am not a Jew, I am a Catholic who very much understands the biblical history of the Jewish people and I find myself sympathizing and siding with them both in the book and in real life. Although I do not know Silva's intentions, I feel his motivation for writing these books is to make people aware of the political realities in the region and Israel's tenuous position among the arab/muslim states.
Perhaps I have read to many of the authors books, I found this one only mildly entertaining. I suggest the main character is getting on (age related) to be doing the things he does, indeed I feel the author is getting a little tired of him. Perhaps my last Silva book
Another Gabrial Allon book with the same type cast of characters & same plot lines. For me it never gets boring!!! A very typical good read
Its time for Gabriel Allon to retire and for Daniel Silva to create some new characters.
I have been a long time fan of the series, but the last couple of books have been below par.
One man can only save the world and Israel so many times. Gabriel's continued angst
is becoming boring and frankly excruciating.
Nothing< I have just become tired of the series.
Refer to my rreview
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