But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground, a plot that is about to explode on the other side of the English Channel, in the middle of London.
The target of this plot is Elizabeth Halton, the daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James', who is to be brutally kidnapped. Gabriel arrives seconds too late to save her. And by revealing his face to the plot's masterminds, his fate is sealed as well.
Drawn once more into the service of American intelligence, Gabriel hurls himself into a desperate search for the missing woman as the clock ticks steadily toward the hour of her execution. It will take him from Amsterdam to Germany to the very end of Denmark. It will thrust him into an unlikely alliance with a man who has lost everything because of his devotion to Islam. It will cause him to question the morality of the tactics of his trade. And it might very well cost him his life.
Spy guy: listen to more of Gabriel Allon's exploits.
©2007 Daniel Silva; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"Bestseller Silva's superlative seventh novel to feature Gabriel Allon, the legendary but wayward son of Israeli Intelligence, puts Silva squarely atop the spy thriller heap." (Publishers Weekly)
"Phil Gigante does a fine job with an international cast of characters....He also reads the narrative with clarity and verve." (AudioFile)
How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
Perhaps I should listen again to this one, because I had trouble liking the hero and became uninterested in the ending. Sometimes this happens when I am not listening close enough to a book.
The action part of this spy thriller is fast-paced while relying on unbelievable feats of physical prowess. The protagonists are cold-hearted egoists who cavalierly break all laws of humanity and decency while justifying their actions on the basis of expediency and threats not understood by the simple-minded rest of us. The book is weighed down by pompous pronouncements illustrating these beliefs. This was my first and will be my last book by this author.
Another exciting adventure for Mr. Allon and his team. I didn't mind the narrator this time because the story was so engaging. It's a little violent but so are most espionage's. I am such a fan and I hope Silva writes several more thrilling adventures involving these characters. Enjoy!
There is so much fact interwoven with the authors fiction. I really do admire the amount of research and the excellent blend of story and fact.
Silva is an excellent writer in this genre, and although it's essentially the same plot book after book, the changes and interplay make it all the more enjoyable.
John Lee is an extraordinary narrator, especially in the five major Follett books. Phil Gigante is above average, but that's a disadvantage following extraordinary storytellers Guidel and Lee.
I still recommend the book, but the narration takes getting used to. I'm reading the series in order, and see Gigante has several books ahead on the list, I think I'll grow to accept his performance.
I never wrote a review the first time I read this. This is my second time going through the entire series and the books are just as good.
I love the way Silva brings back characters. Allon's "team" are quite interesting characters. The storyline is compelling, as usual.
I don't know how an author can continually improve with each book but Daniel Silva does it again with THE SECRET SERVANT.
The Secret Servant rates 5 stars for story line, intrigue, and current world situation. Silva's breadth of information re many subjects makes the story so palpable...a little romance helps too.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
I am a fan of the Alon series and have been reading the in order. I see a significant improvement in the author's craft in this book--though none have left me incredulous or wanting.
This fictional series echoes the pervasive evil that is radical Islam that is warned of -- fictionally and in non-fiction -- by Joel Rosenberg in a series entitled "The Twelfth Iman".
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