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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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    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.

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    DLW Gurnee, IL USA 02-23-15
    DLW Gurnee, IL USA 02-23-15 Member Since 2015

    DLW

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    "Cant get enough of Gabriel"
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    Will be down loading the next in the series as soon as I am in WiFi

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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

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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
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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

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    Daniel Milford, DE, United States 01-06-15
    Daniel Milford, DE, United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, nice twists and great characters"

    I've only listen to four of Daniels audiobooks and enjoyed all of them – guess it's time for me to finish the series!

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    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 03-16-14
    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The best I've read so far by Daniel Silva"

    I've read a number of the Daniel Silva books and at time I've found them somewhat formulaic (same elements etc.) but this one had more - and really held my attention. Perhaps it was the inclusion of a recruited American highly educated woman into the Israeli service, her training, and her level headedness, the "newly discovered" Van Gogh and it's owner's (also a woman) eventually decision to loan it to Gabriel - anyway - a good story, well constructed, well narrated, with characters I really cared about, and bits of jewish history (art stolen or hidden during WWII from or by Jewish families in Germany) that added a drama and a context.

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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 02-16-14
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "Always satisfying"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Messenger to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but I enjoy this performer so much I wouldn't even try the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Messenger to and why?

    I have read/listened to all of the Silva books. I enjoy his plots and characters. His books are timely and relevant.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    His accents and nuances are masterful.


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

    Yes, however I saved it for long trips so I could savor the story and performance


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    Luvs to read 06-12-13
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    "Definitely a winner!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story was detailed with an intriguing plot. It kept my interest throughout. I found it exciting and loved the narrator. He was exemplary with his skill of accents. What a performance!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was about terrorism and counter terrorist agencies and the process of trying to foil their attempts as well as catch the bad guys. It was very detailed and well thought out with many twists and turns including suspense that kept you on the edge of your seat. Will they get there in time, will this one be saved , is that cover blown, etc..


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't. However, I will look for his name from now on. His performance was exceptional. There were so many nationalities and he was able to display an array of accents that made it seem as though several different people were narrating. His transition from one character to the next was flawless.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Loved, loved, loved the ending. Awesome way to finish the story, all loose ends tied up and some justice doled out besides.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth your time. This is a very good book. Now I want to read the whole series.

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