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Publisher's Summary

Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in number-one New York Times best-selling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high-stakes international intrigue.

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one....

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

Following the success of his smash hit The English Girl, Daniel Silva returns with another powerhouse of a novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must-listen for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

©2014 Daniel Silva (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise...

Nothing was really wrong with the book. I have listened to every Allon book, and they are starting to sound the same with the plots playing out in similar ways. If this is your first in the series, you'll love it. If you are a big Allon fan, you've probably heard this one before.

36 of 38 people found this review helpful

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  • Howie
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 07-21-14

Too much rehash from previous books...but good.

If this is your first Allon book you'll enjoy it. If you have read the whole series, I'm tiring of the same stuff coming up book after book. Its good, exciting but getting to formulaic for me, think Silva is riding his coattails so to speak.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Good Story Larded with Verbatim Repetition

What made the experience of listening to The Heist the most enjoyable?

I enjoy George Guidall every time. He is easy to listen to. It is a good story that does not insult the listener by being overly predictable or tidy.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I have read or listened to every Gabriel Allon novel but it only became really apparent to me when listening to the audio books (at least the two most recent) just how much filler Silva lards them up with. He must have his computer filled with dozens of paragraphs that he reuses verbatim. These paragraphs are descriptions of characters, events, and places from previous books or times in Allon's life that I suppose he would argue are useful to a new reader as backstory. However, it seems that the least he could do is change the wording even slightly.

It is insulting to loyal readers when an author abuses his success in this way. Perhaps I am just envious that he can get away with it! The book seems half done before he writes an original word. A comparison of The English Girl and The Heist shows this laziness at it's worst. So here is the formula..... come up with an interesting plot line (grade A) , insert multiple paragraphs from previous books, add a few new paragraphs, sort appropriately, send to publisher, cash check. Overall grade... C minus, mostly for laziness and insulting loyal readers.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Dana
  • Buffalo Grove, IL, United States
  • 07-29-14

Sigh

What did you like best about The Heist? What did you like least?

I love Silva's writing style and the characters in this series

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

More suspense

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

George is amazing. He tells a great story and I look forward to hearing more from him.

Could you see The Heist being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoy Daniel Silva books. This one was a bit ho hum. I was so anxious for it to come out because his last 3 books have been wonderful. This one left me.... flat. I didn't feel the normal suspense and intrigue. There was no sense of "how is Gabriel gonna get himself outta this one?" It was more of an interlude.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • 09-11-14

Gabriel Alon delivers again

In his latest book, Daniel Silva brings together nearly all of his previous characters in an operation involving the President of Syria. Corsica is back in play, and so are the members of Gabriel's team in Israel. Gabriel is soon to become the chief of Israeli security, and the changing relationships are part of the story as well. Gabriels recruits a new member of their team, another strong and interesting woman who plays a critical role in the operation. With a plot that could be taken from the newspaper headlines, and the pleasure of greeting again all the characters, this is a gripping story and a very satisfying listen. George Guidall is excellent, giving each character a unique voice, with a gentle pacing, that perfectly emhasizes the repetitions Silva uses throughout the book. I can't imagine Gabriel Alon with a different voice!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Same Tired Story

Come on Daniel. I have bought most of your books, but the last three seem to be a rehash over and over and over .... of the same story, same tired characters. The reader is fine, but I am struggling to finish this.

Please, I honor you for writing at all, but maybe try a new protagonist or invent new possibilities for Gabriel. Again, I honor you for writing, but we have seen how well you can do and in my opinion, this isn't it.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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More of the Same

Any additional comments?

Author is just not breaking new ground.
Perhaps it is just me after reading all prior books of the series,
The book is now just average read.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Katherine
  • Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
  • 07-26-14

First rate

Great writing, topical, fleshes out one's understanding of the Middle East through the story and the characters, impressive narration. For me, there is just enough violence to make it plausible, but not too much to make it unbearable for me. I can't say I find the character of Chiara appealing or even understandable, but maybe one can never see what someone loves in another.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Sounding a Lot like the last one

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really, because I felt like I was listening to his prior books

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

No surprises

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

He's the best - and the only reason I finished it

Could you see The Heist being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes

Any additional comments?

If you are new to Silva, you will undoubtedly find this an unusual and interesting read. However, if, like me, you have read them all, this is just an amalgam of everything that came before it, with some new rogue countries currently in the news that allows the settings to be different.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • Loveland, CO, United States
  • 07-28-14

Couldn't Finish

The beginning of the book held my attention and I was excited to have found a good book. About 4 hours in the story just stalled and stalled and stalled. I'm about half way through and I'm not sure if I can push through anymore, it is just not going anywhere and I find myself in and out of paying attention, a problem I rarely have with audio books. I may try to push through it because I like the premise of the story, but overall very disappointing.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Leonard Ryan
  • 12-05-17

Very clever and Entertaining

Very clever and Entertaining story with good twists.
The narration was very good, the narrators voice was very strong and suited the story well