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
Beach, Palm Tree, Good Book
I usually just listen to my Audiobooks when I'm working out or taking a walk but not with this story. I was so eager to find out what came next that I spent hours just sitting down listening. Virtually all of the characters are colorful and fully realized. They were complicated people and I felt like I wanted to meet all of them - okay, maybe not the Palestinian assassin. The plot is intricate enough to be compelling. It's not Le Carre-intricate but good enough. I loved the protagonist, Gabriel and it was refreshing that there was a nice strong female as a major character. I look forward to reading more of Daniel Silva's books. This was my first since I had assumed his were merely Airplane Books. Well, perhaps they are, but they are darned good Airplane books and I never felt guilty listening to this one.
The reader, George Guidall is absolutely brilliant! I will look for more of his narrations as well.
The history behind Gabriel Alon strengthens the Interactions between the characters and keeps him close to his roots. The story is plausible, and involves the usual travel, for which Silva describes vividly. Regional characters are well developed with culture and settings.
The plot stayed ahead of me and offered some surprises. The outcome was not preordained and there were some close calls.
Mr. Guidall does well with the voice of Gabriel though I think that he portrays the old man best. The book was well written, and George Guidall is my favorite reader so his characters are distinctive and the cadence of the reading goes well with the pace of the story.
Keep your mind active.
I like spy novels and I enjoyed the intrigue and writing style of Daniel Silva. I thought the narration was excellent. The novel kept my interest even though I found the plot a bit predictable. I intend to listen to more books by the author.
i looked at the reviews for the other Silva books, maybe later.
George? I like him a lot.
Meh, maybe. I really gotta look at the reviews. Audible reviews are usually spot on.
don't really remember any of them, that was the problem with the book.
nothing jumps out at me.
buy another book?
It is a good story if you like zombie stories and do not expect anything particularly different from other zombie tales
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.
Generally clear and well done.
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.
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.
The first part of the book was interesting. Soon got tired of all of the terrorists and nazi back stories of atrocities.
I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.
Great story, great build of characters.
Gabrielle. Listen, you'll understand.
The turn about of the informant. Didn't see that coming.
George Guidall makes this book more enjoyable.
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!
Had the story been less than completely predictable with tired characters trotted out for the millionth time, this book would have been stunning!!
He reads English like a champ.
It is, for the most-part, grammatically correct.
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