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The Heist | [Daniel Silva]

The Heist

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.
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Publisher's Summary

Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in number-one New York Times best-selling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high-stakes international intrigue.

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one....

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

Following the success of his smash hit The English Girl, Daniel Silva returns with another powerhouse of a novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must-listen for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

©2014 Daniel Silva (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Brian Cypress, TX, United States 07-20-14
    Brian Cypress, TX, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2002
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    "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."

    Nothing was really wrong with the book. I have listened to every Allon book, and they are starting to sound the same with the plots playing out in similar ways. If this is your first in the series, you'll love it. If you are a big Allon fan, you've probably heard this one before.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 07-21-14
    Howie Calgary, AB, Canada 07-21-14 Member Since 2007

    History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.

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    "Too much rehash from previous books...but good."

    If this is your first Allon book you'll enjoy it. If you have read the whole series, I'm tiring of the same stuff coming up book after book. Its good, exciting but getting to formulaic for me, think Silva is riding his coattails so to speak.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stone San Diego 07-25-14
    Andrew Stone San Diego 07-25-14
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    "More of the Same"
    Any additional comments?

    Author is just not breaking new ground.
    Perhaps it is just me after reading all prior books of the series,
    The book is now just average read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Terry S. Naples, Florida 07-29-14
    Terry S. Naples, Florida 07-29-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a private investor with an affinity for a good spy story, mystery, or thriller. WWII Biography or History also appeals greatly.

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    "Good Story Larded with Verbatim Repetition"
    What made the experience of listening to The Heist the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy George Guidall every time. He is easy to listen to. It is a good story that does not insult the listener by being overly predictable or tidy.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I have read or listened to every Gabriel Allon novel but it only became really apparent to me when listening to the audio books (at least the two most recent) just how much filler Silva lards them up with. He must have his computer filled with dozens of paragraphs that he reuses verbatim. These paragraphs are descriptions of characters, events, and places from previous books or times in Allon's life that I suppose he would argue are useful to a new reader as backstory. However, it seems that the least he could do is change the wording even slightly.

    It is insulting to loyal readers when an author abuses his success in this way. Perhaps I am just envious that he can get away with it! The book seems half done before he writes an original word. A comparison of The English Girl and The Heist shows this laziness at it's worst. So here is the formula..... come up with an interesting plot line (grade A) , insert multiple paragraphs from previous books, add a few new paragraphs, sort appropriately, send to publisher, cash check. Overall grade... C minus, mostly for laziness and insulting loyal readers.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 07-29-14
    Dana Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 07-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you like best about The Heist? What did you like least?

    I love Silva's writing style and the characters in this series


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

    More suspense


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

    George is amazing. He tells a great story and I look forward to hearing more from him.


    Could you see The Heist being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy Daniel Silva books. This one was a bit ho hum. I was so anxious for it to come out because his last 3 books have been wonderful. This one left me.... flat. I didn't feel the normal suspense and intrigue. There was no sense of "how is Gabriel gonna get himself outta this one?" It was more of an interlude.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Loveland, CO, United States 07-28-14
    Brian Loveland, CO, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't Finish"

    The beginning of the book held my attention and I was excited to have found a good book. About 4 hours in the story just stalled and stalled and stalled. I'm about half way through and I'm not sure if I can push through anymore, it is just not going anywhere and I find myself in and out of paying attention, a problem I rarely have with audio books. I may try to push through it because I like the premise of the story, but overall very disappointing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    KAREN LOVINGTON, NM, United States 07-16-14
    KAREN LOVINGTON, NM, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE - DANIEL SILVA & GABRIEL ALLON!!!"

    I just couldn't put it down, it had me and kept me until the bittersweet end...............The book is fantastic, the writer beyond fantastic. I have been waiting for his next book and it only took me 1 full day to hear it. I hated that it was done and I will have to wait for another, but the ending was bittersweet knowing that I will have to wait for another. The book is just as wonderful as his others. He is a wonderful writer and his characters are so real that you just can't help yourself once you get started you just can't stop.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Mitchell Big Island, HI 08-17-14
    Tom Mitchell Big Island, HI 08-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Same Tired Story"

    Come on Daniel. I have bought most of your books, but the last three seem to be a rehash over and over and over .... of the same story, same tired characters. The reader is fine, but I am struggling to finish this.

    Please, I honor you for writing at all, but maybe try a new protagonist or invent new possibilities for Gabriel. Again, I honor you for writing, but we have seen how well you can do and in my opinion, this isn't it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Knapp 07-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "If only we had more Gabriel's!"
    If you could sum up The Heist in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, heart-stopper, smart


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I always love Daniel Silva's books. He writes smart characters, and very involved plots, weaving in actual events with story.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    His voice IS the voice I expect for this series. He simply brings the book alive.


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

    Hold my breath, cry when they mentioned pregnant with twins--finally.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Hillsborough, CA, United States 07-21-14
    Chris Hillsborough, CA, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One of Silva's best"

    Riveting story, great narration. Seems a bit faster-paced for a Gabriel novel, which makes it that much more thrilling. Many of the same characters from The English Girl appear here, and play more involved roles. Really love this series, and this one is top-notch.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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