Now Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history. Hastily recalled home to Israel, drawn once more into the heart of a service he had once forsaken, Allon finds himself stalking an elusive master terrorist across a landscape drenched with generations of blood, the trail turning on itself until, finally, he can no longer be certain who is stalking whom.
And when at last the showdown comes, it will not be Gabriel alone who is threatened with destruction - for it is not his history alone that has been laid bare.
A knife-edged thriller of astonishing intricacy and feeling, filled with exhilarating prose, this is Daniel Silva's finest novel yet.
Take another thrill ride with Gabriel Allon.
©2005 Daniel Silva; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
"In a story that seems ripped from the headlines, Silva delivers both chilling suspense and a thoughtful if grim history lesson." (Booklist)
"[A] a passionate, intelligently crafted entry that cements the series' place among today's top spy fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"Guerin Barry skillfully juggles the many accents, even personifying the late Yassir Arafat with wit and energy." (AudioFile)
The book is great, but the audio quality and narration is really substandard. Sounds like telephone quality audio, the first time I've seen this after some 20 downloads. Worse, the narrator mispronounces almost every Arabic and Hebrew word, both personal and geographic. My favorite stumble was when he called MI-5 M-fifteen. Aside from the audio reproduction and mispronounciations, he did a good job.
give me action
I am a huge fan of Daniel Silva's books. So, I would definitely recommend the book.
I might suggest reading this one instead of listening. The sound quality and performance were a hindrance.
First better sound equipment! Second have John Lee perform the reading.
Yes and definitely NOT Tom Cruise! Matt Damion, Hugh Jackman,
I found the audio quality excellent and the quality of the narration excellent. I am not qualified to notice poorly pronounced Arabic or Hebrew. I did catch the "m fifteen" instead of "MI-5" though. The narrator does an excellent job of rendering different voices for each character.
The action is much slower in this book than in some of the other Allon novels. Lots and lots and lots of Palestinian history. Lots of background information, more than usual.
Still, expertly written.
I enjoyed this book. It started a little slow for me, but picked up speed quickly. I've read a few history books on the Israel/Palestine struggle, and it was nicely blended into the story. My only criticism is that I didn't appreciate the use of the F word multiple times. I wish authors would at least keep it pg-13!
Gripping, as usual.
The narration was the weakest part of the audiobook. The main character, Gabriel, was voiced slightly hoarse and almost monotonal. It seemed such a bad characterization that getting immersed in the book was very difficult. The characters were switched in some dialogue and the pronunciation of Hebrew names was amazingly bad.
If you can get past the narrator sounding like he's speaking from the bottom of a barrow, the story is thrilling and hard to press pause because you just wanted to hear more. As soon as I was done listening to this book, I downloaded The Messenger next in the series.
Yes - if you like Silva and want to read the entire Gabriel Allon Series. No - if this is his only book you plan to read by him.
This guy is TERRIBLE. But, I've been listening to some great readers lately (I'll listen to anything read by George Guidall - who incidently, read Daniel Silva's most recent book). The audio quality is terrible and the reader sounds like a robot. He isn't the worst reader I've ever heard, but he's pretty close. I would expect the author to force the publisher to have this book re-read / re-published.
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This is the fifth book I have read in the series. It is a lot of fun. Reminds me of Mitch Rapp series but I like the historical aspect with Israel and Europe on center stage.
I would not say edge of my seat but very enjoyable and well developed.
I'm conflicted about how I feel about this book. It is my first Silva novel, I almost called it quits in the beginning. I found the characters mundane and the plot moving to slowly, I think in an attempt to be cerebral... I hung in there to then came to the thought that this novel is nothing more than an author making a political statement in support of the Zionists... The last third of the book the pace picked up and became a novel of suspense, action, and intrigue. The final chapter was anti-climatic and did nothing for me. I really don't know whether I thought this was a novel that was as good as other reviews said it to be. I rated it good, not great will try another Silva novel, "the messenger" to give him a fair shake but say if you are a fan of John Corey,r John Wells, or Mitch Rapp this may be a little to slow and political for your taste...
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