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The Kill Artist Audiobook

The Kill Artist

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Tightly written thrillers like The Marching Season have made best-selling novelist Daniel Silva a favorite of readers everywhere. In The Kill Artist, he paints an absorbing portrait of a reluctant hero’s attempt to thwart an old enemy to preserve a precarious peace.

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

Filled with vivid action and a fascinating cast of supporting characters, The Kill Artist delivers pulse-pounding suspense, carried to a startling climax by the tension-packed narration of George Guidall.

©2000 Daniel Silva (P)2001 Recorded Books

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    Marianna 03-12-13
    Marianna 03-12-13
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    "Perhaps it's just not my taste"

    The Daniel Silva series was recommended to me by a good friend and I guess I expected more. Maybe it was the narrator - not one of my favorites although I realize he has been doing this a long time and has many avid followers. Most everything I've listened to narrated by him falls a bit flat. I really don't like the way he does women at all. Makes them all sound weak and pouty, no matter who the author is.
    The plot of the book felt forced in some places, like the author had to figure out how to write himself out of a hole and did it the most expedient way. And perhaps I just don't love this genre enough, although there are some writers in this genre I enjoy very much. Yet, I will listen to the others in this series that I already purchased, because, well I own them now and maybe they will grow on me, or not.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Adam F. Shirley 09-28-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "I've had dental work that was less painful ...."

    Ever have a friend start telling you a story and say "hey, let me give you a little background" ... and 30 minutes later they're still going in circles giving you background that really has nothing to do with nothing? If so, you can relate with my reaction to this book. At any number of points, I wanted to scream "JUST GET TO THE POINT!"

    I'm a pretty sophisticated reader, but this book is painful. The author will spend ten minutes discussing every little detail in scenes that are effectively 20 or 30 seconds of action. I expect this in the first half of any book as the plot is being setup ... but I swear that this author (at least in this book) actually gets MORE detailed as the book unfolds. The plot is great ... the characters are interesting ... the author clearly has talent ... but I'm just not spending any more credits on this author/series.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Penrose, CO, United States 09-16-12
    Justin Penrose, CO, United States 09-16-12
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    "Very good but to dark for me"
    Any additional comments?

    I know most people who love Vince Flynn/Alex Berenson books love Daniel Silva. I've read and listened to a few and while I do appreciate the realism in his books I also am a bit turned off by the darkness that tends to be in them. Also a lot of sex scenes tend to be described in his books. I leave 4 stars as I did mostly enjoy the book and I love George Guidall. 4 stars because I think he is a very talented writer but he's just not for me.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 05-11-13
    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This series is wonderful on so many levels."

    First, George Guidall is one of my favorite readers.
    Second, Daniel Silva has created a believable character, believable dialogue, and relatively believable adventures. I mean, they are spy stories, they aren't supposed to be totally believable.
    Third, Daniel Silva presents a small bit of information about classical painters, their styles, and their histories. One book features a painting by Mary Cassatt. Of course that painting is a figment of Silva's imagination. But, as described, it could be a Cassatt.
    Lastly, Gabriel is a wonderful character. He is not a young man, he has years of experience. He has a history that reflects in everything he does. I want to know this man, and his friends. I want to spend time with them.

    Because I listen at work, while I do my graphic illustrations (not creative), one book takes about a day to listen to. I can't wait to get to the next one. I have listened to all the Silva books available on Audible, and am eagerly awaiting more.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    KD Hollins 09-22-16
    KD Hollins 09-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed!"

    It seemed a typical spy story, however, it didn't have enough twist. The narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel I Long Island City, NY United States 09-21-16
    Rachel I Long Island City, NY United States 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it"

    fast enough pace to not be boring. cool characters. Interesting subject. the narrator of the audio book was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-15-16
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-15-16 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Fascinating Look Inside Palestinian Israeli Hatred"

    Art restorer, Gabriel Allon has left the fight against terrorists out to destroy Israel and is trying to live a peaceful life . . . until the man responsible for killing his family returns on the scene, and Gabriel is called back into action . . . the history of the Israeli Palestinian conflict is described in detail, and is very interesting to listen to . . . some reviewers find it to be skewed, I did not . . . the language and sex involved in the undercover work are not appealing, but to be expected . . . nobody comes out "clean" in the end . . . although Gabriel comes out on top, the resolution is nothing anyone would have expected . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary L. Richardson 09-07-16 Member Since 2013

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    "A book seeking its path"

    I enjoyed the story however the main character is a contrast in development. You are expecting this strong, can see through anything type. What you get is something less than that. I felt he as under developed. Given this is the first entry in a long running series, I am left to think there is s lot more development coming down the line. Still, entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W. D. Lurie Canada 09-04-16
    W. D. Lurie Canada 09-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!
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    Was not sure I would enjoy it. had never heard of the author until I read a review in the book section of the Sunday paper.

    Now I will be listening to all his books in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Plundered treasure 09-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Again great historical fiction"

    But it's the narrator...
    I actually returned another Silva book. Could not get into it due to narrator. Guidal is that good. Again I've learn even more about the struggle between the Jews & Arabs; the Palestine struggles while enjoying a great story. This is why I prefer a book I learn more about history and other views of the world struggles

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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