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
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I decided to read this book when I saw the name of the artist as Caravaggio. I had read a biography of him last year and have kept my eyes open for more information about him. I have made a point of looking for his paintings whenever I go into an art museum. I saw one of his paintings in the Art Museum in St. Louis, Mo and another in the De Young Museum in San Francisco, Ca. Apparently this is a series about Gabriel Allon who is an art restorer, investigator and Israeli intelligence operative. There was some information about various techniques to restore art which I found most interesting and a discussion of various famous paintings and art heist. The book also covered a bit about the famous paintings taken from the Jews during WWII and the hunt for them.
The plot has Allon helping a friend by trying to recover a Caravaggio painting. While on his search he discovers multiple murders, and a tie to a brutal Arab dictator who is paying for stolen art work. Silva has created Allon as a complex personality, which makes him more believable. The book is not just a spy thriller but also an art history novel. There is lots of intrigue, insight and suspense. The only down side is the commentary about current situation in the Middle East but it was well done and worked easily into the story. The author provided us with a nice travelogue as the story moved from London to Lake Como to Venice on to Vienna and then to Jerusalem.
I enjoyed the book it was an easy read and kept my attention. The book was narrated by the Audie Award winner George Guidall. The Audie Award is the audio book industries equivalent to the Oscar.
In his latest book, Daniel Silva brings together nearly all of his previous characters in an operation involving the President of Syria. Corsica is back in play, and so are the members of Gabriel's team in Israel. Gabriel is soon to become the chief of Israeli security, and the changing relationships are part of the story as well. Gabriels recruits a new member of their team, another strong and interesting woman who plays a critical role in the operation. With a plot that could be taken from the newspaper headlines, and the pleasure of greeting again all the characters, this is a gripping story and a very satisfying listen. George Guidall is excellent, giving each character a unique voice, with a gentle pacing, that perfectly emhasizes the repetitions Silva uses throughout the book. I can't imagine Gabriel Alon with a different voice!
Great writing, topical, fleshes out one's understanding of the Middle East through the story and the characters, impressive narration. For me, there is just enough violence to make it plausible, but not too much to make it unbearable for me. I can't say I find the character of Chiara appealing or even understandable, but maybe one can never see what someone loves in another.
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.
Stock characters, ordinary plotting. I can't really remember this book, even though I just listened to it last week. Interesting references to current events and political figures, referencing the presidents of Russia and Syria without actually naming names.
Others reviewing this one have generally rated this book high. I was through 5-6 chapters and I just gave up. This is the worst book the author has produced.
Just what you would expect from Daniel Silva and Gabriel Allon, another captivating spy story set in today's turbulent geopolitical climate.
I enjoyed the story but it was hard getting started. I tried several times until I could stay with it. Silva as he frequently does has several story lines going at the same time which leads to confusion. At the center of the story is the idea that one life is worth a million even billions of dollars especially when she is the last of her line. A truly moral tale
Yes. I listened to all of the books in this series. However the last two books, this one is one of them, are a huge let down. To me it appeared as it was written very quickly. I think the earlier books are much richer and deeper.
I hope that future books will bring back the complex plot, rich descriptions of the scenery and characters.
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