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Publisher's Summary

After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning, he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

The Vatican police suspect suicide, though Gabriel believes otherwise. So, it seems, does Donati. But the monsignor is fearful that a public inquiry might inflict another scandal on the Church, and so he calls upon Gabriel to quietly pursue the truth - with one caveat.

"Rule number one at the Vatican," Donati said. "Don't ask too many questions."

Gabriel learns that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret - a secret that threatens a global criminal enterprise that is looting timeless treasures of antiquity and selling them to the highest bidder. But there is more to this network than just greed. A mysterious operative is plotting an act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions....

©2012 Daniel Silva (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Amy
  • Durham, NC, United States
  • 08-20-12

Good but miss the old narrator

If you could sum up The Fallen Angel in three words, what would they be?

Always great suspense but the story this time didn't grip me as much.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Not sure

Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

Yes

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not sure

Any additional comments?

No

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Silva at his best

What made the experience of listening to The Fallen Angel the most enjoyable?

All good writing in this genre read by Guidall is worth hearing. Silva is one of the best. Intrigue, life's struggles, examining the middle east struggles...all there!

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

Of course, quintessential Silva!

Which character ??? as performed by George Guidall ??? was your favorite?

Allon, of course!

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

As always, having read all of Silva's book, I can't wait for the next one!

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I miss Phil Gigante

Would you listen to The Fallen Angel again? Why?

No one can narrate Silva's books better than Phil Gigante.

What did you like best about this story?

Every thing Silva writes is perfection.

What three words best describe George Guidall’s performance?

Not suited to Silva's books.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • Salem, OR, United States
  • 08-14-12

Good as usual

Would you listen to The Fallen Angel again? Why?

Daniel Silva is one of my favorite authors, however sometimes I feel there is a little too much repition of Gabriel's background and personality. Other than that the story was good as usuual. I did like it and as with all Mr. Silva's books will listen to it many times.



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  • William C.
  • Tampa, Florida United States
  • 08-13-12

Daniel Does It Again

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Gabriel is a hero.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gabriel. He is a hero

What three words best describe George Guidall’s voice?

Guidall's voice is weak.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Hollywood would make a mess of this story.

Any additional comments?

Get Grover Gardner to perform all new books. He is the best.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Worthy Entry for the Series

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, I would recommend this book, but I would first encourage my friends to go back and read some of the more outstanding books in this series, such as "The Secret Servant".

If you’ve listened to books by Daniel Silva before, how does this one compare?

I would rate this book as 'average' for the Gabriel Allon series. Overall, I do agree with some of the other reviewers on this website that the Allon series is starting to feel a bit old and tired. That said, even an 'average' book by Daniel Silva is better than most authors' best works.

Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

Yes, I felt that Guidall performed well for these characters. However, my favorite reader for the Allon series is Phil Gigante.

Did The Fallen Angel inspire you to do anything?

Not especially.

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Not his best

What made the experience of listening to The Fallen Angel the most enjoyable?

It was a good listen but not his best. The story was pretty predicctable. Silva usually writes with greater intrigue. Still enjoyable.

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

Not really

Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I thought he was hard to understand at times. There are better performers than him.

Any additional comments?

All Silva fans will enjoy it.

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  • Joe
  • Midlothian, Virginia, United States
  • 08-13-12

Yet another winner for Silva

What made the experience of listening to The Fallen Angel the most enjoyable?

Silva's stories always seem believable given the history of what has happened in the Middle East. His gift for details that mirror those in real life accounts always seem to put you in the scene. To top it off, the reader is so good at what he does, you become either the characters themselves or you end up siding with them and supporting their every move. You begin to anticipate their next actions, knowing their will be a setback and twist in the story but you know not when it will come.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Allon is always my favorite character because he is so calculating and cool. I find myself cheering for a known assassin and justify it because he is up against terrorists that reflect those in the world today that threaten our own security.

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

I have listened to many of his performances and they are all excellent. He and Scott Brick and the readers in David Hewson's, James Lee Burke's and some of WEB Griffin's books are my favorites. I really cannot say that this performance is better then previous ones, he is so consistent from book to book, he enhances Silva's writing and story telling each time. I have been listening to Audio Books since 1990 and I find that the reader of the book is equally as important as the quality of the story being read. That said, I search on this site by reader many times and purchase books that way.

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

It always makes me angry and hopeless about the situation in the Middle East. I am not a Jew, I am a Catholic who very much understands the biblical history of the Jewish people and I find myself sympathizing and siding with them both in the book and in real life. Although I do not know Silva's intentions, I feel his motivation for writing these books is to make people aware of the political realities in the region and Israel's tenuous position among the arab/muslim states.

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  • lloyd
  • mollymook, Australia
  • 08-11-12

Alonzo

Perhaps I have read to many of the authors books, I found this one only mildly entertaining. I suggest the main character is getting on (age related) to be doing the things he does, indeed I feel the author is getting a little tired of him. Perhaps my last Silva book

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conisstant

Where does The Fallen Angel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Another Gabrial Allon book with the same type cast of characters & same plot lines. For me it never gets boring!!! A very typical good read