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The Messenger | [Daniel Silva]

The Messenger

Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer - photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever, straight at the heart of the Vatican.
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Publisher's Summary

Gabriel Allon, art restorer and spy, is about to face the greatest challenge of his life.

Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer - photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever, straight at the heart of the Vatican.

Allon warns his old friend, Monsignor Luigi Donati, the pope's private secretary, and rushes to Rome to assist in security. But what neither he nor Donati knows is that the Vatican has been thoroughly penetrated. An extraordinary enemy walks among them...and he's just getting started.

In the days and weeks to come, Allon and his colleagues will find themselves in a deadly duel of wits against one of the most dangerous men in the world - and a hunt that will take them across Europe to the Caribbean and back.

But for them, there may simply not be enough of anything: enough time, enough facts, enough luck. All Allon can do is set his trap - and hope that he is not the one caught in it.

Take another thrill ride with Gabriel Allon.

©2006 Daniel Silva; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Gabriel Allon remains one of the most intriguing heroes of any thriller series." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"The way Silva resolves his plot will keep readers right where he wants them: on the edges of their seats." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 01-10-09
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 01-10-09 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved this book!"

    Another hit for Silva! The narrator was pretty good this time. He made Gabriell sound older than his age and the ending was a bit rushed but none the less I found it more enjoyable than listening to my favorite talk radio heads or late night Leno. I had to download the next book Secret Servant. I know you will love listening to this book and it will leave you thrusting to download the next book. I am hooked!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Mission Viejo, CA, USA 11-23-08
    Margaret Mission Viejo, CA, USA 11-23-08 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best..."

    This was one of the best books I have downloaded to date. Good plot, great characterization, fantastic narration - well worth the time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jay A. Cohen Santa Clara, CA USA 07-20-11
    Jay A. Cohen Santa Clara, CA USA 07-20-11 Member Since 2004

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    "Predictable"

    Unlike other Daniel Silva novels, "The Messenger" crawls. The protagonists are uninteresting and the action and dialog predictable and preposterous. When a reader can't identify with the characters or plot, the novel fails.

    Christopher Lee reads well, but he doesn't develop the characters as well as John Lee. And, his accents are undeveloped, Italian, Israeli, Saudi all sounding nearly identical.

    Is this end of the Gabriel Allon character?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David F. Romero 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I love this book."

    I love listen to this audio books while driving from CO, To TX and then TN.

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    Maria Rose Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 03-29-15
    Maria Rose Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 03-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic thriller!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Messenger to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoy listening to audiobooks of Daniel Silva's stories in general, they are always really well narrated and make the story come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Messenger?

    I can't pick one particular moment - the whole story flows really well and was very exciting.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    He does a great job with the nuances of male and female voices and building up the suspense.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great addition to the Gabriel Allon series and well worth every penny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DLW Gurnee, IL USA 02-23-15
    DLW Gurnee, IL USA 02-23-15 Member Since 2010

    DLW

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    "Cant get enough of Gabriel"
    Any additional comments?

    Will be down loading the next in the series as soon as I am in WiFi

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David D. Schneider 01-26-15 Member Since 2015

    Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.

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    "The House of Saud Has a Deal with the Devil 👹"

    The terrorists of 9-11 were from Saudi Arabia.
    The House of Saud has stuck a bargain with the radicalized mullahs to finance their Sharia Law schools emphasizing strict interpretation of the Koran. Islam mandates that only followers of its teachings are to be tolerated. All others are to be subjugated, enslaved, or annihilated.
    Read Mr Joel Rosenberg's series of books related to The 13th Imam for interest and for parallel enlightenment. Mr Rosenberg has a deep compassion for all peoples of the Middle East but serious apocalyptic concerns about the Western world's complete misunderstanding of the teachings of Islam and the belief that Saudi Arabia is our best friend in the Arab world when in fact the House of Saud is the chief financier of World Terror, Inc.

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    Ms Marple lawrence, KS 01-21-15
    Ms Marple lawrence, KS 01-21-15 Member Since 2009

    2004 Audible listener

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    "character development improves with each new book"

    a bit slow to start but after the first chapter you stay engaged to the end

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    peter 01-14-15
    peter 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good story, ok narration"

    I liked the story but as an Israeli I suffered from the narrator's attempts at Israeli and Arabic accents. They all sounded somehow Italian to me.

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    AJ Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 01-13-15
    AJ Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The saga continues"

    I enjoy this series for two reasons: the implausible luck reminds me of fantasy and the accurate reference to reality is an interesting blend. The voices and accents were particularly good in the one. The authors comments at the end about reference to true events was very interesting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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