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The Heist Audiobook

The Heist

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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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    Brian Loveland, CO, United States 07-28-14
    Brian Loveland, CO, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "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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    Amazon Customer 07-27-16
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    "great book , better than the new one, black widow"

    after twice rereading this after i finished The Black Widow, i disagree with all the negative reviews for The Heist this story, and The English Spy are better.

    Did not really care much for the newest heroine in The Black Widow, Natalie.....she is the least welll drawn female character in all the Allon novels, i think. i would like to see follow up of Jihan Nawas from The Heist, i liked her very much .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    daisyd 05-01-16
    daisyd 05-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Somewhat similiar but still good read"

    Yes. The plot is familiar if you have read the series, but the overall story is still intriguing and key things are beginning to align for Gabriel. Enjoyed the twist at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raul Oropeza 03-10-16
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    "Magnificient"

    A great book for anyone to read. A surprising book. A must read. A great book that will make any reader or listener get surprised by the plot and solution that is found within the book. A great way to kill time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric J. Toll 02-20-16

    Desert Aries

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    "Steals your time and leaves you wanting the next"

    "You ought to read the Daniel Silva books," my ex wife said in our semi-annual, 'How's life?' email exchange. "You'll be hooked."
    She was right. This is the 14th book in the series and if these were print versions, I'd need a new shelf.
    Silva has a formula. Plot A seems simple enough, but leads to Plot B, that becomes quite complex. Assemble the team, suborn an unwilling civilian, civilian is compromised, and Gabriel Allon surrenders gains to rescue or lose the civilian, the end.
    Except that each book seduces the reader into the back alleys and luxury life of countries around the world. "The Heist" is no exception.
    Even knowing the plot, the protagonists, and the setting, Silva weaves twists and turns, a taste of history and current events, and keeps ears glued.
    George Guidall can take the worst story and make it a compelling performance, and with a good story, makes it extraordinary.
    This one is the formula plot, nicely written, expertly twisted, and as good as the movie with Guidall's performance. Oh wait, there was no movie it was just Guidall's performance...and it is that good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Berkley Washington, DC 10-07-15
    Berkley Washington, DC 10-07-15 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader. Even more avid listener. I enjoy thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction .... just about everything.

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    "Rekindled My Interest in the Series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Heist the most enjoyable?

    The fresh story. Some of the more recent Silva novels (the three or four before "The English Girl") had really gotten old. Same story, same debates, yawn. But this one was just enough different and didn't resort to the same boring tropes that much of the series does.<br/><br/>


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heist?

    It's not really a deep twist, but the novel wraps up much differently than most of the Allon books do.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He's always great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say "moved", but I really enjoyed this book.


    Any additional comments?

    A common complaint many reviewers have of Daniel Silva is that he "cuts and pastes" descriptions of characters and of scenes from previous books to pad the length of his novels. While this may be the case, it can actually be helpful if you aren't binge-reading one right after another. If you wait 6 to 12 months between each book, then the re-hashing is actually helpful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 08-25-15
    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2017

    Retired Reader

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    "Guidall does"

    Gabriel way better than anyone. I have enjoyed everyone of the books in this series - but Mr. Guidall really nails this character and those around him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brandie Spencer 06-04-15

    Lotus Flower Muse

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    "Edge of Your Seat Entertainment"

    Daniel Silva is one of my favorites, he never disappoints and his character Gabriel always leaves me in awe. I highly recommend this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-03-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-03-14 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A hunt for a Caravaggio"

    I decided to read this book when I saw the name of the artist as Caravaggio. I had read a biography of him last year and have kept my eyes open for more information about him. I have made a point of looking for his paintings whenever I go into an art museum. I saw one of his paintings in the Art Museum in St. Louis, Mo and another in the De Young Museum in San Francisco, Ca. Apparently this is a series about Gabriel Allon who is an art restorer, investigator and Israeli intelligence operative. There was some information about various techniques to restore art which I found most interesting and a discussion of various famous paintings and art heist. The book also covered a bit about the famous paintings taken from the Jews during WWII and the hunt for them.

    The plot has Allon helping a friend by trying to recover a Caravaggio painting. While on his search he discovers multiple murders, and a tie to a brutal Arab dictator who is paying for stolen art work. Silva has created Allon as a complex personality, which makes him more believable. The book is not just a spy thriller but also an art history novel. There is lots of intrigue, insight and suspense. The only down side is the commentary about current situation in the Middle East but it was well done and worked easily into the story. The author provided us with a nice travelogue as the story moved from London to Lake Como to Venice on to Vienna and then to Jerusalem.

    I enjoyed the book it was an easy read and kept my attention. The book was narrated by the Audie Award winner George Guidall. The Audie Award is the audio book industries equivalent to the Oscar.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Tarango Pearland, TX, United States 08-11-14
    Tarango Pearland, TX, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Daniel Silva Does It Again"
    If you could sum up The Heist in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Entertaining, Suspendfull !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As always, Gabriel !!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending. Kept wanting more


    Any additional comments?

    As reviews mentioned same old story, same ending. Couldn't be so wrong. George was great. Great Book. I hope Daniel doesn't wait too long for the next one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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