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The Heist Audiobook

The Heist

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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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    Dubi New York, NY 09-23-15
    Dubi New York, NY 09-23-15

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Worst. Spy. Ever."

    Being a big fan of Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series and Alex Berenson's John Wells, it was only natural to give Daniel Silva a try, his Gabriel Allon falling somewhere between Malone and Wells on the espionage spectrum. The first half of The Heist had me well hooked (though I had a serious credibility issue with how easily Allon is recruited and could easily see how obviously red this herring was). But then the remainder, the non-red-herring part of the story, completely foundered in a sea of unlikely actions.

    In short, Gabriel Allon has got to be the worst spy ever. He fails to accomplish either of his two main objectives in The Heist, until the very end when he does in fact succeed in one of the two endeavors, but only by going back to pursue the very first clue he uncovered, which he had, for no discernible reason, ignored the first time around, and which has no relation to anything else in the story (i.e. deus ex machina, one of the most widely discredited literary cliches).

    He not only misses this obvious clue, he also achieves intermediate objectives with the help of a clairvoyant (who only foresees some plot points but not others, quite conveniently for the author, although not for Allon) as well as a tell-all letter that is conveniently left for him to find by someone he never met. Later, he manages to recruit an asset who conveniently spills her most closely half secrets at the drop of a hat, after carefully hiding those secrets from some of the scariest bad guys imaginable (and later in the story conceals the truth while being tortured). So convenient.

    Robert McKee, the great writing instructor, nailed it when he said that a plot is built on the premise that people will do only as much they feel they have to do to accomplish something, never anything more than that. Why on earth would anyone ever do more than they think they have to? When have you ever done anything more? A plot is built when that effort falls short and people then have to ratchet their efforts to the next level.

    Silva's plot completely falls apart when this basic principle is wildly transgressed. If the goal is to get an electronic tracker on someone, why on earth would your method of doing that be: steal Sunflowers from the Van Gogh museum and create a perfect forgery and sell it on the open black market. Surely you'd try something less ambitious first, even it is just pretending to have stolen the painting as a pretext to slip a tracker onto the guy. Even so, the ploy fails, as the tracker proves to be a dead end. What exactly is the point of this entire effort? Nada.

    And why oh why, in a story that uses the heist as its fulcrum to pivot from art theft to Middle East politics, would you painstakingly detail, at length, trivialities like the technique of determining that a painting is hidden under another painting, but have something as central to the story as the Van Gogh heist happen completely off screen (i.e., not described at all, it just happens, the story jumping forward from the first stages of planning the heist to the theft being a fait accompli).

    This is Silva's second most recent effort. It has gotten mixed reviews from readers who have read him extensively, most of the negatives being that it is stale and rehashed. This being my first Silva-Allon, I have to conclude that the staleness is simply the result of laziness. The many plot holes (there are many more beside the instances I've touched on), could have easily been worked out. This effort seems to have been rushed, mailed in.

    Veteran Silva readers have also complained about the repetition of character background stories, lifted from previous novels. First time readers like me are left completely confused about these too frequent allusions to prior events. Again, lazy writing -- make it stand on its own, don't rely so heavily on past novels to the point where you're annoying longtime readers and newbies alike.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 04-19-15
    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 04-19-15 Member Since 2009
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-26-14
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 07-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tarango Pearland, TX, United States 08-11-14
    Tarango Pearland, TX, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Daniel Silva Does It Again"
    If you could sum up The Heist in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Entertaining, Suspendfull !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As always, Gabriel !!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending. Kept wanting more


    Any additional comments?

    As reviews mentioned same old story, same ending. Couldn't be so wrong. George was great. Great Book. I hope Daniel doesn't wait too long for the next one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sarah wesley 11-04-16
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    "Best Silva Yet."

    The singular conversation between Gabriel and his first wife is without question the most emotional, best written, and best performed section of any book he's yet written. Someone should get George to redo the books narrated by other performers.

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    Keisha Glenn Detroit, MI United States 09-11-16
    Keisha Glenn Detroit, MI United States 09-11-16
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    "Great narration to go with a great story!!"

    Gabriel Allon is such a bad ass. This series makes me want to never stop listening/reading!

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    Izzy Hirson Newport Beach, California, US 08-05-16
    Izzy Hirson Newport Beach, California, US 08-05-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Daniel Silva"
    If you could sum up The Heist in three words, what would they be?

    Daniel Silva has to be one of the most brilliant writers today. I love the way he integrates true events into fiction involving the most lovable Gabriel Alon


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful narration


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

    Absolutely yes!


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    Amazon Customer 07-27-16
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    "great book , better than the new one, black widow"

    after twice rereading this after i finished The Black Widow, i disagree with all the negative reviews for The Heist this story, and The English Spy are better.

    Did not really care much for the newest heroine in The Black Widow, Natalie.....she is the least welll drawn female character in all the Allon novels, i think. i would like to see follow up of Jihan Nawas from The Heist, i liked her very much .

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    spazg8r Michigan 07-20-16
    spazg8r Michigan 07-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Well Written and Well Told!"

    I hope Audible has other Silva novels. I found this story to be gripping and always looked forward to the next time I could listen.

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    daisyd 05-01-16
    daisyd 05-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Somewhat similiar but still good read"

    Yes. The plot is familiar if you have read the series, but the overall story is still intriguing and key things are beginning to align for Gabriel. Enjoyed the twist at the end.

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