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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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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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    Pat La Mesa, CA, United States 12-19-12
    Pat La Mesa, CA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2003
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    I've read a couple of other books in the Gabriel Allon series and enjoyed them. This mystery started with a death at the Vatican, progressed to a hunt for the killer, and then, ultimately, a resolution to the mystery. But then there is a completely additional challenge for Allon regarding the Pope's visit to Israel. This last part seemed to be tacked on, and, from my perspective, slightly polemic. Just not my favorite book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Robstown, Texas, United States 12-19-12
    Amazon Customer Robstown, Texas, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. The story is fantastic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel of course, cool, calm, collected and caring.


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

    He did a fantastic job at bringing the characters to life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 08-26-12
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 08-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb!"

    I only discovered Daniel Silva several months ago and promptly listened to every Gabriel Allon book in succession. I'm not at all disappointed with the latest and, despite some familiar elements, the book is strong in every way. It continues to blend contemporary issues, interesting historical information, character and plot extremely effectively. Just when you think you know what it's about, it jumps to a higher level of intrigue. I enjoy George Guidall as a narrator as well and felt he made every character and accent believable. I find myself wanting to learn more about some of what's mentioned in the book and have already hunted for related audiobooks. Except for the fact I want Gabriel to finally take a break and leave the service for good, I would enjoy another book with him as the main character. That being said, whatever Daniel Silva puts his hand to will be terrific, I'm sure. I got the sense that the end of the book might be hinting about the next one and where it might take place...nuff said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 08-13-12
    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 08-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Quite a nice surprise"

    This was my first Silva book...and to be honest, I chose it from the New Releases because the best narrator in the genre (or almost anywhere), George Guidall, read it. I was very pleased with the story and will definitely be checking out more of his stuff over time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Fairfax Station, VA, United States 08-13-12
    James Fairfax Station, VA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great story from Daniel Silva"
    If you could sum up The Fallen Angel in three words, what would they be?

    Love how Silva can tie such different plots together in a single coherent story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Quick pace ... Linkages to older stories ... not the same old story line


    Any additional comments?

    George Guidall sets the standard for narrators.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Maddox 08-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Gabriel Allon and Oliver Stone (John Carr)"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fallen Angel the most enjoyable?

    Daniel Silva delivers another riveting story with Gabriel Allon who is one of my two favorite protagonists; the other being Oliver Stone of David Baldacci's Camel Club series.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't like the cadence in George Guidall's delivery. I much prefer John Lee and Simon Vance as narrators.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wish I had had the time to listen in one sitting, I didn't want to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Besides GOOD stories in all the Allon novels, Daniel Silva also provides exceptionally fine insights on the nature of global terrorism and Arab-Israeli issues.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 12-19-12
    drummin2life Chicagoland, USA 12-19-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Good story well read"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

    First, I always like to hear George Guidall read a book. This is no exception. As to the book itself, I was drawn to the storyline involving the Vatican and the story started out seeming to go there, but then changed quickly. I think it is a book that really centers on the Israeli / Arab conflict with a decidedly strong point of view that is anti-Arab. I don't disagree with the point of view, but I do think it was not the kind of book that I was expecting. Many would love the book, and although I enjoyed it, it just wasn't what I expected.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Toodyay, Australia 08-13-12
    Tim Toodyay, Australia 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well written and with excellent narration"
    Where does The Fallen Angel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audio book since purchasing my Kindle and looked forward to experiencing this form of "reading" a book. It certainly took a while to get used to this form of "reading" Although I enjoyed it very much I found it a bit slow, however if I was ever unfortunate enough to become incapacitated and couldn't read in the normal way I would highly reccommend audio books and in particular this narrator.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maine Knitter 07-31-15
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    "Perfection"

    This is my second time listening to this and what I've noticed is how awesome George Guidall is as the narrator. He is the best! It's been tough listening to the preceding books, knowing how good Guidall is and looking forward to his return to the series.

    Great story. All the regular cast members are there A typically great Gabriel Allon book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 07-30-15
    Ryan 07-30-15 Member Since 2015

    Doctor. Triathlete. Fairly new to the audiobook game, but have gone through 200 in past 18 months: addicted!

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    Guidall isn't the narrator for Gabriel Allon. It sounds like Mitch Rapp is now working for Israel

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