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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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    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 Chicago, IL, United States 11-05-13
    Gary Chicago, IL, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2007
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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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    Greg Wylie, TX, United States 01-28-13
    Greg Wylie, TX, United States 01-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring book makes you glad when its done."
    What disappointed you about The Kill Artist?

    This book didn't keep my attention at all. I like to listen to books while driving back and forth to work, doing chores, painting, etc. With most books I find myself stopping and listening to the book rather than doing what I really intended to do.

    This book was just background talk that never caught my attention enough to even learn who the characters are. The first half was too boring. I'm hoping the second half is better.

    To help you understand what type of books I've liked: I've listened to the entire Mitch Rap series by Vince Flynn, half of a series by Brad Thor, Dominion by C. S. Friedman, The Reapers by John Connolly, The Gray Man series by Mark Greaney, some by Andrew Peterson, a few by Tom Clancy, The Company by Robert Littell, and my all time favorite The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks.

    All of those kept my attention and were better than The Kill Artist.


    What could Daniel Silva have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Put more action into it and have a better story line. He spends more time describing things that do not matter to the story than he does building a great story.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bohdan St. Laurent, QC, Canada 11-05-12
    Bohdan St. Laurent, QC, Canada 11-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "B Movie"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did not enjoy this book although I am a huge fan of this genre,. I kept wishing that it was over. The narration, the dialogue reminded me of a B movie and not a good one, at that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KAREN LOVINGTON, NM, United States 10-22-12
    KAREN LOVINGTON, NM, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great!"

    The beginning of the Gabriel Allon series is wonderful I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys a series!

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    Brandi Forney, TX, United States 09-11-12
    Brandi Forney, TX, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Spy Novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this book. Enough twists and turns to keep you interested. I like the whole series so far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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