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The Kill Artist | [Daniel Silva]

The Kill Artist

From worldwide best selling author Daniel Silva, praised by Newsday for "bringing new life to the international thriller," The Kill Artist is a taut and elegantly structured novel about a reluctant hero and his mission to destroy an old enemy and preserve international peace.
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Publisher's Summary

Gabriel Allon had a simple but brutal job: he tracked down and eliminated Israel's terrorist enemies. But when his wife and son fell victim to the danger that accompanied him everywhere, Gabriel quit and devoted himself to the world of art restoration, an occupation that had previously been a cover for his secret assignments. Now Ari Shamron, the head of Israeli intelligence, needs Gabriel's particular kind of experience to thwart a Palestinian plot to destroy the peace negotiations in the Middle East. The architect of this plot, a Palestinian zealot named Tariq, is a lethal part of Gabriel's past, so as the two being an intercontinental game of hide-and-seek, with life and death as the prizes, the motives are as personal as they are political.

©2000 Daniel Silva; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.

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    Stuart MIAMI, FL, USA 11-25-04
    Stuart MIAMI, FL, USA 11-25-04
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    "the kill artist"

    The book is well written and the narrator uses enough voices to make the listener interested... the book keeps ones interest all thru the book.
    I recommend this book

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Sergio West Miami, FL, USA 08-12-09
    Sergio West Miami, FL, USA 08-12-09
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    "Birth of a great character. Congratulations!"

    When you read the first character created by Mr. Silva, Michael Osborne, I expected a series, but alas, after the second volume, Mr. Silva pulled an ace from his sleeve and has created Gabriel Allon. Great reading, sophisticated prose, meticulous research of locations and events. He created a master restorer, planner and executioner. This is a one nighter, as you can't put this book down. Mr. Silva, please keep them coming.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Waltrip Dallas, Texas 11-29-11
    William Waltrip Dallas, Texas 11-29-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Always entertaining"

    This is an older story, and shorter. The reader does the voices well. Silva's stories are easy to follow while driving, unlike most spy stories, that are so complex and with so many foreign names that they are probably better enjoyed in book form. Daniel Silva is a master of the craft, and I have listened to all of his books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nonny Mouse 01-31-12
    Nonny Mouse 01-31-12
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    "a dated story"
    What did you like best about The Kill Artist? What did you like least?

    I thought the main character was fascinating, but the story itself didn't keep my attention and devolved into a misanthropic blah.


    Would you recommend The Kill Artist to your friends? Why or why not?

    just not fresh enough to recommend.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    if it were updated to reflect more current trends in movie heroines, probably.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    diane 09-17-14
    diane 09-17-14

    graphic & fine artist

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    "hmmm… a lot like his other book"

    well, can't say I enjoyed this as much as the english assassin. some redundancy in the descriptive writing and a bit predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine Woodbury, MN, United States 08-06-13
    Kristine Woodbury, MN, United States 08-06-13
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    "Boooooooring"

    I dont' know how this book got such great ratings. I had trouble paying attention to it as I thought the story line stagnant and uninteresting. The narrator was OK, nothing to write home about. I kept listening in the hopes something great would come of this but nothing ever did and I'm sorry I ever got this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E Azevedo WALNUT CREEK, CA, United States 07-01-15
    E Azevedo WALNUT CREEK, CA, United States 07-01-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Full of intrigue as usual"

    I read this out of sequence, but it didn't matter. It was exciting, and full of twists and turns. I've enjoyed all of his books about Israeli intelligence and the people in particular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 09-17-12
    Wendy Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very enjoyable"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I ha


    Any additional comments?

    I have continued to buy books of Daniel Silva and have enjoyed every one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SDF NY, NY 06-05-12
    SDF NY, NY 06-05-12 Member Since 2011

    Shelley

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    "Great spy thriller fun"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kill Artist to be better than the print version?

    I do think the audio version would be better than print because of the voices and their different accents.


    What other book might you compare The Kill Artist to and why?

    All the other Silva Gabriel Allon books and also in a way, the Lee Child Jack Reacher series; both series are just enormous mindless fun to listen to.


    Which character ??? as performed by Jason Culp ??? was your favorite?

    Probably Shamron, I could honestly see him


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

    The master assassin returns


    Any additional comments?

    I only recently read my first Allon book - and I have read four in the last month. They are a compelling if not very heavy read. Great for long car trips, the treadmill, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael KILGORE, TX, United States 04-05-12
    Michael KILGORE, TX, United States 04-05-12
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    "1st rate listen."
    Where does The Kill Artist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Daniel Silva is great & story is one of his best. You might be able to guess what happens @ the end, but a great ride while it lasted. Story line is easy to follow & in the end, evil dies & the good prevail. Almost all of Silva''s books are good & can't go wrong to add to the lists of must read/listen for avid readers. A great spy story & interactions are easy to follow..


    What did you like best about this story?

    The evil die, the good prevail.


    What three words best describe Jason Culp’s voice?

    clear, flexible & suspensefull.


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

    If possible


    Any additional comments?

    One of many Silva's best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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