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)
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.
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.
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...
well above average
believable, timely, topical, and engaging
realistic voices, good expression and accents
no, during a long commute
No offense to the narrator, but I've listened to many audiobooks and many better narrators are out there.
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.
I'm a fan of the Gabriel Allon series, and will keep on going.
Exciting thriller with plot twists and engaging themes.
It kept me engaged and excited and wondering what was next. It made me think of the state of our world today.
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.
"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.
I am new to the series and found it enjoyable. The characters' characteristics are narrow with flaws and foibles...that's what makes fiction fun. Though the reader does an admirable job of changing voice with character, they often come out like borscht-belt comedians.
This being my third Gabriel book in the series, I see a formula and predictability in the books coming forth. The new narrator was a step down, that did not help my opinion that this will probably be my last Silva book with Gabriel as the main character. Silva is a great writer in my opinion and I will keep my eye open for new books with new characters (and preferably a different narrator). Close to a waste of a credit.
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