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
"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)
I had my mind wander with this book all the time, and finally quit backing up to re-listen, just let it go. Not a great endorsement. Story was ok, but the book is not great.
Highly recommend. I am planning on reading many more books from Silva, this being my first.
Daniel Silva has grown to be my favorite author with his wonderful novels of Gabriel Allon, and this one was no exception. Terrific action, wonderful plot, lots of realistic information about Saudi oil money and the terrorism it supports, and the precarious position of modern day Israel in international politics. I highly recommend all the Gabriel Allon books, and look forward to this one which is supposed to be the first made into a motion picture.
Non Fiction Reader
The story starts off ok. With the seating of the new Pope (Francis), I thought the story would be topical. But it's all fluff. The story unwinds fairly straight forward and quickly loses steam. It seems to me the writer wanted to visit Rome, Isreal and some islands and needed to show something (tax write-off?) for it. He would have better served the reader if he had the decency to get over the jet-lag first. The plot, dialogue and characters are tired and we've seen them all before.
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