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
the archaeological insights
he is the best Silva narrator to date.
I have read all of Daniel Silva's books and like them very much. He has set the bar very high. This one did not come as close to books like "The Defector" or "The Prince of Fire." It rambled and had an extremely implausible story. Too many underdevloped themes in one novel. Silva is still well worth reading.
Very much. Hr is wonderful.
Not really. Story line was weak ad not a page turner.
Of course, it is the return of my favorite character in fiction, Gabriel Allon. Getting caught up with all of the characters that we have known throughout the series is the most satisfying part.
Gabriel, as always, although I always appreciate an appearance by Luigi Donati
Mr. Guidall has a very expressive and engaging voice that really brings the characters to life.
No, but I listened to a little of the story every day and couldn't wait to get back to it each morning.
Always great suspense but the story this time didn't grip me as much.
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.
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