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
I must admit I quit listening a few hours into the book ... it was that or go to sleep, and it was too early for that .... !!!
I usually enjoy the Daniel Silva books, but this one, not so much. The story is some what convoluted with an ending that just makes little sense. The saving grace here is George Guidall's narration which kept me listening. He is one of the best narrators out there. He makes nonsense sound wonderful!!!!
Daniel Silva has created a terrific, conflicted spy in Gabriel Allon. This will definitely be a character I will continue to read.
Gabriel Alon is the great spy you would like to see succeed! Daniel Silva 's story is plain yet fascinating. I am a fan of the genre and have been reading a many of the great writers. Definitely will follow Silva from now on.
George Guidall id doing a great job. Though character voices do not change much, you can still match the emotivons to the characters.
Even though this is the first book in the series, my daughter and I had encountered the series mid-stream. We both absolutely loved the later book, the Rembrandt Affair. But this book was much more difficult to listen to. While I still enjoyed the clandestine work meets art restorer portions of this book, the seemingly endless sexual sections really ruined it for me. If I wanted to read or listen to a book that had trouble getting away from the bedroom, I would have gone looking for one of those. But that wasn't what I wanted nor what I expected with this.
Since we have already enjoyed a later book in this series, I am going to give the series one more chance. But had I started here, I would have also ended here.
I really enjoy reading mystery novels and love art history. This book did not satisfy either one.
60 yr old retired
It was the story not the performance that I downgraded it. Occasionally I found my mind drifting. I had to go back and hear it again.
Pretty conventional suspense spy thriller stuff, here. I am told by loyal readers of Silva's series that the later books get really good, and that reading the series from the beginning is a must, so I am glad to have put in the time on this first installment. The stage is set for the main character's exploits and motivations.
The narrator does a good job of switching between voices, and generally proceeds at a good brisk pace that you would expect in a suspense thriller. I can't say I am hooked yet but I definitely look forward to the next installment in the series.
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