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The Secret Servant | [Daniel Silva]

The Secret Servant

Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground.
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Publisher's Summary

When last we encountered Gabriel Allon, the master art restorer and sometime officer of Israeli intelligence, he had just prevailed in his blood-soaked duel with Saudi terrorist financier Zizi al-Bakari. Now Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Aaron United States 12-14-13
    Aaron United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrorism Prevention Espionage"


    If you like this genre Daniel Silva a must read.

    It wasn't the best spy novel I ever read (imho), but it was well above average. I think what kept it from being among the very best was a slight lack of tension throughout. The plot was tight and well crafted, and the language was skillfully handled.

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    Blackmac Japan 06-07-13
    Blackmac Japan 06-07-13 Member Since 2004

    Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.

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    "Great Writing, Characters"

    My second D. Silva novel, but am now hooked on this author and pleasantly surprised at the narration of this one. Excellent spy/james bond type novel overall with good character depth, plot twists that are highly believable and realistic. If you prefer novels with a little intellectual punch to them then this has that as well. The main reason this is a very good read is because you will like the main character, at least I did. This seems to make a break a good writer for me. I am now trying to read these in sequence. On to the next one...

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    Terry Portland, OR, United States 04-21-13
    Terry Portland, OR, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite series"
    If you could sum up The Secret Servant in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, suspenseful, with a healthy dose of sadness in regards to Gabriels life struggles and the ongoing struggle for peace in the Middle East


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel, as always. He's a fascinating, complex character who walks a fine line between righteousness and ruthlessness, inherent in the work he does


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

    Yes, as always with Daniel Silva"s books


    Any additional comments?

    I've read half the series so far and look forward with great anticipation to each adventure. I do, however, get frustrated at times with how the readers mangles Hebrew words!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Hartwig iowa city, ia United States 03-31-13
    A. Hartwig iowa city, ia United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Yet another enjoyable Gabriel Allon adventure"
    Would you listen to The Secret Servant again? Why?

    I might. I'm sure there were portions I didn't fully absorb, and the plot & characters are complex, which would make a second listen likely to be enjoyable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante’s performances?

    He does a good job with the male characters & reading in general, but he is TERRIBLE at reading the female parts. His feeble falsetto is very painful to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PAR-TEE NEW JERSEY 03-15-13
    PAR-TEE NEW JERSEY 03-15-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Fact or Fiction????"

    This is my third Silva novel and I find I am enjoying and appreciating his novels more with each book. This is a great story with all the elements of a great espionage thriller. The line between fact and fiction is blurred as the author weaves a tale of terror that could be tomorrows headlines. The narration is great and I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy the genre...

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    Peter Boulder, Colorado, United States 01-23-13
    Peter Boulder, Colorado, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Bad"
    Where does The Secret Servant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    well above average


    What did you like best about this story?

    believable, timely, topical, and engaging


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    realistic voices, good expression and accents


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

    no, during a long commute


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    Jess East Meadow, NY, United States 09-23-12
    Jess East Meadow, NY, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great book by a great author; weak narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No offense to the narrator, but I've listened to many audiobooks and many better narrators are out there.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator lacks a range of vocal control that would make this far better. His accents are terrible, and the voices he fakes really are weak. They sound amateurish and some are too similar to others to make them feel comfortably like a distinct character.


    Do you think The Secret Servant needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm a fan of the Gabriel Allon series, and will keep on going.


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    A. Yates Acworth, GA, United States 08-24-12
    A. Yates Acworth, GA, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2009

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    "What a page turner!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Exciting thriller with plot twists and engaging themes.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Abrahim


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me engaged and excited and wondering what was next. It made me think of the state of our world today.


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    A User New York, NY, United States 08-19-12
    A User New York, NY, United States 08-19-12
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    "A master of the genre hits his stride"

    As with many spy/crime/detective series, Silva improves with each effort. This is the best of the Allon series so far, although even the books before it are strong and worth the time. This book is a league apart ... even the narration is superb.

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    michael EAST PEORIA, IL, United States 02-28-11
    michael EAST PEORIA, IL, United States 02-28-11 Member Since 2005

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    "PROPHECY, I shat you not!!!!"

    "For all it's problems Egypt is still the most important country in the Arab world. If Egypt goes Islamic it will have a disastrous ripple effect across the entire region. Disastrous for my country and yours (meaning Isreal)."

    Whether Egypt will go Islamic or not only time will tell. Fantastic forecast by this guy.

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