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The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12 | [Daniel Silva]

The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Fletcher Pendleton, SC, United States 05-06-13
    Fletcher Pendleton, SC, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring and slow"
    What disappointed you about The Fallen Angel?

    I remember the first Allon book and enjoyed many in the series. The story had promises, but it was just slow for me. Maybe I'm loosing interest I these types of books, but the action was almost non existent and I couldn't even make it to the end.


    Has The Fallen Angel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes - dull. He sounded like an 80 year old trying to be 40.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Norwell, MA, United States 04-09-13
    Joseph Norwell, MA, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Subpar Silva and Bad Match for Narrator"
    What disappointed you about The Fallen Angel?

    Is it required that there must be a lengthy recap of every character in every book. I know it may be the first rodeo for some readers, but for those of us who have read all of the Gabriel Allon books it can be exasperating. As someone who has enjoyed Mr. Silva's books for many years I have finally reached the point where I feel that it is time for the main character to really retire and never be heard from again. I never thought I would get to this place but alas I am there.

    The narrator was the final nail in the coffin. Has audible signed an exclsuive deal with George Guidall to narrate every book that involves spies? The prior narrators were all excellent but Mr. Guidall feels so omnipresent in the books I read I can no longer distinguish the varied characters that I have come to know and love. This is no offense to Mr. Guidall, but market saturation would hurt anyone.


    Has The Fallen Angel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I am turned off by the series now.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    No.


    What character would you cut from The Fallen Angel?

    The main character. He must disappear for the good of all concerned.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. M. Kilgore Mountain Home, Arkansas United States 01-07-13
    K. M. Kilgore Mountain Home, Arkansas United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A bit tedious, but I made it through...."
    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

    Not anytime soon


    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel Silva before, how does this one compare?

    1st


    Any additional comments?

    2nd half was definitely the stronger portion of the book.
    Overall, there are many better examples of this genera available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 01-07-13
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 01-07-13
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    "Couldn't hold my total attention"

    I kept drifting and had to back up to the point of losing interest. No distractions, might try again since this did follow an action packed book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 12-13-12
    Susan 12-13-12
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    "Another excellent narration"
    What did you love best about The Fallen Angel?

    The story was excellent and the narration by George Guidall made it even better. I don't have a lot of time for reading these days and so I have been using audio books as a way to keep abreast of different subject and also works of fiction. This particular book was hugely enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel Alon


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CB 12-07-12
    CB 12-07-12
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    "Didn't hold my interest"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book started off well but got worse. It was tedious.


    Would you recommend The Fallen Angel to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I didn't find it interesting and I didn't want to keep listening to it.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    George Guidall is excellent, as always, but even he couldn't make this interesting.


    Did The Fallen Angel inspire you to do anything?

    Stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I am surprised by all the good reviews. Just goes to show you, you can't judge a book by its reviews.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Tallahassee, FL, United States 10-11-12
    Lisa Tallahassee, FL, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Muslim strawmen"
    What would have made The Fallen Angel better?

    If Silva had provided a more balanced and realistic vision of his Muslim enemies, the story would have been vastly improved. I cringed with every stereotype of Palestinians and winced at what seemed like mere Israeli propaganda justifying attacks on Iran.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Silva's stories and characters are excellent.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 09-19-12
    Steven 09-19-12

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    "Retread"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not if they have read previous work by Daniel Silva.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Silva again?

    Nope. At least not in this series.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He was fine.


    Do you think The Fallen Angel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Too many books in this series follow the same pattern. Daniel Silva needs to change it up.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    irene Miami, FL, United States 09-12-12
    irene Miami, FL, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "JUMPED AROUND TOO MUCH"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

    NO


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    YES


    What three words best describe George Guidall’s performance?

    OK


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    IT WENT TO MANY PLACES FOR SUCH A SHORT TIME, THEN IN THE LAST PAGE YOU FINALLY GOT WHAT WAS GOING ON.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    emjayef Highland Park, Illinois, United States 08-27-12
    emjayef Highland Park, Illinois, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Too derivative"

    I've loved all of the Gabriel Allon books, including this one, primarily because of the characters and the accuracy of the surrounding facts. My only problem with Fallen Angel is I knew what was coming all the time. Previous references to Allon's history were throughout the book (if you haven't read the previous books, too bad for you, but it gets tedious for loyal readers). It almost feels like Fallen Angel was written by formula, brilliant in earlier books, but repetitive here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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