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The Kill Artist | [Daniel Silva]

The Kill Artist

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-14
    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "meh, interesting, i finished it"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

    i looked at the reviews for the other Silva books, maybe later.
    George? I like him a lot.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Daniel Silva? Why or why not?

    Meh, maybe. I really gotta look at the reviews. Audible reviews are usually spot on.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    don't really remember any of them, that was the problem with the book.
    nothing jumps out at me.


    Did The Kill Artist inspire you to do anything?

    buy another book?


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    Larry Alabama 03-04-14
    Larry Alabama 03-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Howdy.

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    "Acceptble zombie story by a promising author"
    What made the experience of listening to The Kill Artist the most enjoyable?

    It is a good story if you like zombie stories and do not expect anything particularly different from other zombie tales


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending is either an attempt to be artistically intriguing, or it is a poor attempt to hook readers into a sequel. The fact that it was for me to tell which of these options was likely suggests it wasn't a particularly skilled ending. Not necessarily disappointing, but nothing special.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Generally clear and well done.


    Any additional comments?

    The first half of the story proceeds at, well, a zombie's pace, but the story picks up and proceeds at a more engaging pace after that point. I thought the story was pretty good for the most part, but nothing special. There were a couple of twists, though nothing sufficient to distinguish this zombie story from most others. I thought that the relatively rare instance a strong female main character in a zombie story might add something special, yet except for a few brief references and one aspect of the story (dealing with rape and basic male chauvinistic behavior), that aspect of the novel never really went far. With few exceptions, the main character could have been male with very little difference--not necessarily a problem except that perhaps the author missed a chance to create a zombie narrative that was truly different. Still, a good story if you are fan of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-25-13
    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    I had not read or listened to Silva's work before. My brother put me on to him. I'm glad he did. I like the way Silva works his story. Nice job. I will listen to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 11-21-13
    Lonnie C. Pogue San Diego, CA USA 11-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Dreary"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

    The first part of the book was interesting. Soon got tired of all of the terrorists and nazi back stories of atrocities.


    Has The Kill Artist turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    2 stars


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 11-20-13
    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.

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    "Good stuff for book 1"
    What did you love best about The Kill Artist?

    Great story, great build of characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabrielle. Listen, you'll understand.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The turn about of the informant. Didn't see that coming.


    Any additional comments?

    George Guidall makes this book more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 11-05-13
    Gary 11-05-13
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    "good entertainment"

    I did enjoy the story, it was great for my long flight to london. The first half of the story was good then it got a little slow and picked up at the end. As with other Daniel Silva books, you'll enjoy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Seth St. Charles, MO, United States 06-29-13
    Seth St. Charles, MO, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Schmaltz"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Had the story been less than completely predictable with tired characters trotted out for the millionth time, this book would have been stunning!!


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He reads English like a champ.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is, for the most-part, grammatically correct.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    majkia Niceville, FL USA 06-07-13
    majkia Niceville, FL USA 06-07-13 Member Since 2004

    majkia

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    "Spies and Lies"

    A former spy is talked into returning to the field to kill the man who bombed his wife and child. But in the spy business, as well as in life, things are not always what they seem and Gabriel Allon is about to be taught that lesson. Again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Arthur Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good characters and writing. Story up and down."

    Parts of this book are really engaging, and others drag along. It is the first in the series. I downloaded the next and will review it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Juan San Francisco, CA, US, Canada 02-17-13
    Juan San Francisco, CA, US, Canada 02-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I could not stop listening!"
    If you could sum up The Kill Artist in three words, what would they be?

    Gabriel is awesome!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of loyalty and the need to see something to the end no matter the cost.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely fabulous! Can't imagine listening without him reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it coming!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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