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Publisher's Summary

Gabriel Allon, art restorer and spy, is about to face the greatest challenge of his life.

Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer - photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever, straight at the heart of the Vatican.

Allon warns his old friend, Monsignor Luigi Donati, the pope's private secretary, and rushes to Rome to assist in security. But what neither he nor Donati knows is that the Vatican has been thoroughly penetrated. An extraordinary enemy walks among them...and he's just getting started.

In the days and weeks to come, Allon and his colleagues will find themselves in a deadly duel of wits against one of the most dangerous men in the world - and a hunt that will take them across Europe to the Caribbean and back.

But for them, there may simply not be enough of anything: enough time, enough facts, enough luck. All Allon can do is set his trap - and hope that he is not the one caught in it.

Take another thrill ride with Gabriel Allon.
©2006 Daniel Silva; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Gabriel Allon remains one of the most intriguing heroes of any thriller series." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"The way Silva resolves his plot will keep readers right where he wants them: on the edges of their seats." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Dan
  • Fayetteville, AR, United States
  • 07-29-08

Well worth the time

I confess that I am a real fan of Daniel Silva and his main character Gabriel Allon and his mentor Ari Sharon. I have read several in the series and think this one is the best yet. While I thought the Messenger started a little slowly, Silva made up for it soon and the plot thickened quickly. The characters blended together into a real mosiac of excitement and suspense. The plot turns came fast and furious and I hated to put it down. You can't go wrong with The Messenger.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Alan
  • Fellsmere, FL, USA
  • 02-01-10

Couldn't Turn It Off

Great action and detail. Some situations were predictable, but I had to sit in my car and finish before I could get out. I've been a big fan of Vince Flynn's action/spy novels and his lead character Mitch Rapp. Now I've found another great source for this genre and another great lead character, Gabriel Allon. I'm downloading my next Daniel Silva now. The narrater did a very good job also.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • Dublin, CA, United States
  • 12-14-09

The Messenger

I have read through all of Daniel Silva's books. Love Gabrial. The Messenger is the best one of the lot, I think. I listened to it twice!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great Listen

The entire experience with this audio book was great. The novel itself is great, with good plot, action and emotion. The reading was superb. The reader was able to bring the novel to life. Absolutely a professional presentation.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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terrific

good from cover to cover. Fiction kept me spellboound while honestly writing about our good "friends" the Saudis. Only knock would be slightly annoying voices of some of the women characters.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Just okay.

I got this book based on the other reviews and I must say I don't get it. It was decent, but not at all up to par with other authors in the same genre nor as good as I expected based on the other reviews. At one point I almost stopped listening.

Part of the blame goes to the narrator for sure, but in general the story was just not that interesting and not told very well. There was this big buildup in the plot that fizzled out at the end. Then in the last 30 minutes, what was supposedly such a complex mission to pull of in the first place, got wrapped up like it was no big deal.

At times I had a hard time following what was going on and even when I went back to listen again the assumptions that were made did not make sense. A lot of lose ends.

To the folks who like this book I say try some Vince Flynn.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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The Saudis are Terrorist Financers

The book's theme is that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports international terrorists and while the plot is fictional, the documented truth of the matter is there for the reader. This novel is a very well written and well plotted thriller. For me, the best one of the series. The plot is intricate and winds around unpredictably...oh, so fun. The characters run around on a yacht the size of a Navy destroyer, but with more perqs--makes you wonder if that lifestyle could be fun, except for the security concerns. You want to root for the newly minted secret agent, an American art lover. What do do about those Saudi financiers?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • CBDC
  • Washington, DC USA
  • 03-16-14

The best I've read so far by Daniel Silva

I've read a number of the Daniel Silva books and at time I've found them somewhat formulaic (same elements etc.) but this one had more - and really held my attention. Perhaps it was the inclusion of a recruited American highly educated woman into the Israeli service, her training, and her level headedness, the "newly discovered" Van Gogh and it's owner's (also a woman) eventually decision to loan it to Gabriel - anyway - a good story, well constructed, well narrated, with characters I really cared about, and bits of jewish history (art stolen or hidden during WWII from or by Jewish families in Germany) that added a drama and a context.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • LAGRANGE, KY, United States
  • 02-16-14

Always satisfying

Would you consider the audio edition of The Messenger to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but I enjoy this performer so much I wouldn't even try the print version.

What other book might you compare The Messenger to and why?

I have read/listened to all of the Silva books. I enjoy his plots and characters. His books are timely and relevant.

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

His accents and nuances are masterful.

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

Yes, however I saved it for long trips so I could savor the story and performance

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful story, subpar narrator

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

Another great story.

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

As always with Daniel Silva's books, the characters are complicated, troubled souls, doing the best they can in a confusing and violent world. And yet, at times their darker sides get the best of them. As in life, sometimes there are no simple answers.

How could the performance have been better?

The auditor sounded like a newscaster with breaking headlines or a preacher at the pulpit. The story needs to be told with much more subtlety.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful