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
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.
Yes - dull. He sounded like an 80 year old trying to be 40.
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.
No, but I am turned off by the series now.
The main character. He must disappear for the good of all concerned.
Not anytime soon
2nd half was definitely the stronger portion of the book.
Overall, there are many better examples of this genera available.
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.
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.
This book started off well but got worse. It was tedious.
No. I didn't find it interesting and I didn't want to keep listening to it.
George Guidall is excellent, as always, but even he couldn't make this interesting.
I am surprised by all the good reviews. Just goes to show you, you can't judge a book by its reviews.
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.
Silva's stories and characters are excellent.
Not if they have read previous work by Daniel Silva.
Nope. At least not in this series.
He was fine.
Too many books in this series follow the same pattern. Daniel Silva needs to change it up.
IT WENT TO MANY PLACES FOR SUCH A SHORT TIME, THEN IN THE LAST PAGE YOU FINALLY GOT WHAT WAS GOING ON.
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.
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