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
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
The story was fine, The writing was tedious at times when weighed down with such superfluous detail. I felt that it was an endurance test, too much change, too many characters, too much history lesson. I stuck with it because of the narrator. I really enjoy George Guidall's reading. He pulled me through. I felt like I was listening to a high tension action thriller movie, but it did not translate to an audible experience. Any other reader and I would have bailed. I also feel like it is really a masculine "book". There is no depth or connection to relationships. There was nothing created that I cared about.It proved a huge knowledge base of political and historical facts, but again tedious. It perhaps counted on interest or involvement based on one's religious preferences or readers who love to hear about complicated spy intrigue and terrorists busting. There was no mystery from early on which will often give a listener staying power, it was just a long protracted story of how it would unfold, padded with long winded historical relevance, which did not overcome the need for a personal connection. I gave it rather higher ratings than I wanted, but I have also come across many really bad books. this is not bad, definitely not my cup of tea.
Dont think that I would try another book
Same genre, different authur
great plot idea
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