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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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    BARB ROZANSKI 05-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book!"

    I love audio books, the reader makes all the difference in the book. This reader was ok.

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    Colleen 02-10-15
    Colleen 02-10-15
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    "Love Silva, but formula getting too repetitive"

    The familiarity getting to be more worn out instead of comfy. Time to freshen things up a bit. Love Guidall.

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    Claudia 08-11-14
    Claudia 08-11-14
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    "another excellent novel by Silva"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrative about the world of art restoration is interesting and informative, set inside a well managed story. It is an education for the reader, who like myself knows little about that world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellis Taylors, SC USA 04-07-14
    Ellis Taylors, SC USA 04-07-14
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    "Outstanding!"

    Both the story and the narration were excellent. I enjoyed the details about art, the insight into the workings of the Vatican, and the Israeli and Hezbollah political information. The story was fascinating, and I like the author's explanations at the end of what was true and what he'd imagined.

    The narrator was terrific. I hope to hear more of his work, and I'll listen to this again sometime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Booklover 03-03-14
    Booklover 03-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "George Guidall lets Silva down"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    Simon Vance and John Lee are terrific. George Guidall's range is very narrow (for example, Allon's wife sounds like a male), his accents terrible (Allon sounds American, the other characters barely recognizable), and his cadence is just the same as in all the other books he reads (by authors other than Silva). I don't object to Guidall in American murder mysteries that don't call for accents, but in the Allon series he's pitifully inadequate. Please, please drop Guidall for the Silva books -- he's significantly detracting from my enjoyment of a series I've greatly enjoyed to date.


    Any additional comments?

    Drop George Guidall as narrator. He can't do the Daniel Silva characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dilanidiva Lafayette, OR, United States 02-25-14
    dilanidiva Lafayette, OR, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2013

    dilanidiva

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    "Could be better"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

    Yes i would


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Silva again?

    Of course


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    WONDERFUL... Love his narration ,


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment !!!


    Any additional comments?

    I like Daniels work when he does not dwell so much in the past or go into history lessons.. The whole plot DRAGGED.. did not like it at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    fuzzyamigo SYDNEY, NSW Australia 01-24-14
    fuzzyamigo SYDNEY, NSW Australia 01-24-14 Member Since 2011

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    "A great listen"
    If you could sum up The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12 in three words, what would they be?

    buy this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gabriel is like a less violent Mitch Rapp who has more empathy the story pulls you in little by little and makes you want to visit all the places that the book is set in. I was set to book my ticket to rome after listening to this book.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Gabriel and the Pope.....


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

    I listened to it while driving to work and listened to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a good story with some dry humour and excellent narration then you cannot go wrong. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dragonmac52 Woodlands, Singapore 01-07-14
    Dragonmac52 Woodlands, Singapore 01-07-14
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    "Gotta read the whole Garriel Allon series!"
    What other book might you compare The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12 to and why?

    I'm currently reading David Baldacci's 'The Hit'. The suspense, the plot and character development, the primary 'fight-for-right' at the risk of losing their own lives (Gabriel Allon) and Will Robie), the commitment to find the truth and find justice... are similar.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    'This fallen angel uncovers the devil's plots... thank God!'


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first intro to Gabriel Allon. Since I've read one of his later 'adventures', I'm interested in going back to Day1 to see how his character develops, how he pursues rightness and justice, and copes with his frailties...

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    G. M. Griffin 10-09-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved It"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fallen Angel to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, I think it would be the same.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting and kept me wondering what would come next.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    The main character, was interesting and had a normal sort of life outside of the assassinations, black ops, etc.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 08-17-13
    Ray Glendale, AZ, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Ready to Retire"

    I don't know where else to find a clever Mossad agent taking on the bad guys, but Allon's story line has become too predictable.

    Also, I've read and enjoyed every one of these books except the newest one, and do enjoy them overall, but the hero really is a little too super-duper. It reached silly proportions when he was required to shoot a pistol at a firing range to obtain some kind of official permit. No big deal there, but he refused eye and ear protection with some gritty, Clint Eastwood-esque kind of comment. Great, now his ears are immune to the damaging effects of gunfire. Really, the guy should have on blue tights and a red cape or something. That was just silly.

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  • John
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    8/22/12
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    "WORST READE EVER!"

    I am only giving this a one star rating because I want to bring to Audible 'readers' attention the appalling reading of Daniel Silva's latest opus. 1 x star ratings usually get attention. George Guidall must NEVER be allowed to narrate another novel. His delivery is so dull that he renders the book to be as interesting as a telephone directory. I hope the Audible/Amazon people take note. 'Nuff said.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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