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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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Great book!

Maybe the best of the series... I also enjoyed The Heist a lot! Can't wait for the latest one!

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great book!

this was a fascinating story, as well as its ability to impart a lot of history.

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GREAT STORY - SUSPENSE ALL THE WAY

What made the experience of listening to The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12 the most enjoyable?

George Guidall does a masterful job of narrating the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12?

When Gabriel, the cold assassin, refused to leave his friend's bedside although others had given up hope.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

George Guidall brings the story to life. He's a super narrator.

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

Yes, and I came close to doing so.

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great thriller

I really enjoyed listening to this story. the main character was portrayed as a very interesting person with a fascinating life. there are only a few places where it seemed like the plot was unclear. But the entertainment value of listening outweigh those spots. the narration really kept things moving.

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History lessons ...

I'm loving these books. I've learned so much and cannot thank the author enough. The narrator doubles the enjoyment of these books.
The writing and building of characters gets better with every book.

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best of series

The most complex plot encorporating actual happenings. And culminating with punishing th he trsnsgre$ors.

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One of my favorite Silva/Gallon novels

After reading the first 11 books in this series I was becoming disheartened with the cookie cutter story lines, even though the history and thought- provoking information kept me coming back. This 12th book has a story line that is unique and gripping, while keeping the history of Israel at the forefront.

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Addicted to this story!

I can't believe how great these books are! I have learned so much about everything from the world of fine art, the Vatican, and the trauma in the Middle East-equally educational and entertaining!

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  • Stacey
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  • 12-03-15

Another great Gabrielle Allon thriller

I've listened to this book several times. George Guidall does a fabulous job, as usual and Daniel Silva doesn't disappoint on the story. Definitely worth the read!

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Exceptional

I enjoy this book as much as ever. Could not put it down for a minute!