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Publisher's Summary

When last we encountered Gabriel Allon, the master art restorer and sometime officer of Israeli intelligence, he had just prevailed in his blood-soaked duel with Saudi terrorist financier Zizi al-Bakari. Now Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence.

But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground, a plot that is about to explode on the other side of the English Channel, in the middle of London.

The target of this plot is Elizabeth Halton, the daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James', who is to be brutally kidnapped. Gabriel arrives seconds too late to save her. And by revealing his face to the plot's masterminds, his fate is sealed as well.

Drawn once more into the service of American intelligence, Gabriel hurls himself into a desperate search for the missing woman as the clock ticks steadily toward the hour of her execution. It will take him from Amsterdam to Germany to the very end of Denmark. It will thrust him into an unlikely alliance with a man who has lost everything because of his devotion to Islam. It will cause him to question the morality of the tactics of his trade. And it might very well cost him his life.

Spy guy: listen to more of Gabriel Allon's exploits.
©2007 Daniel Silva; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Bestseller Silva's superlative seventh novel to feature Gabriel Allon, the legendary but wayward son of Israeli Intelligence, puts Silva squarely atop the spy thriller heap." (Publishers Weekly)
"Phil Gigante does a fine job with an international cast of characters....He also reads the narrative with clarity and verve." (AudioFile)

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  • Gail
  • San Deigo, CA USA
  • 01-13-09

Another Great Book from Silva!

Another exciting adventure for Mr. Allon and his team. I didn't mind the narrator this time because the story was so engaging. It's a little violent but so are most espionage's. I am such a fan and I hope Silva writes several more thrilling adventures involving these characters. Enjoy!

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One long propaganda piece

The action part of this spy thriller is fast-paced while relying on unbelievable feats of physical prowess. The protagonists are cold-hearted egoists who cavalierly break all laws of humanity and decency while justifying their actions on the basis of expediency and threats not understood by the simple-minded rest of us. The book is weighed down by pompous pronouncements illustrating these beliefs. This was my first and will be my last book by this author.

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Nonsense

I have now read four of Silvas novels, I enjoyed the first two (English Spy and Portrait of a English girl) gripping and satisfying. I read Black widow and found it formulaic , predictable and toward the conclusion, just plain stupid. I had hoped Secret Servant would be a return to greatness, but it is not. The story starts well enough but ends with so many unbelievably stupid moves and plot flops that I found myself rooting for the bad guys. Put us out of our misery please and just shoot Alon rather than allow him another ‘tied to the tracks’ bad Batman escape. Kapowwwwww.

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Skip this book but not he series

I am sure Mr Silva worked very hard on this book and it is probably very discouraging to see it RUINED by a poor narrator. Mr. Gigante just does not have the voice range to pull this book off. He does an ok sounding Scandinavian accent but the rest have no differentiation.
To the publisher: QUIT WASTING MR. SILVA'S TIME AND TALENT, just PLEASE get decent narrators to do his books.....PLEASE!!!!!
To the listener: Skip this series to the books narrated by George Guidall.

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This is one of the best of the Allon series

This is one of the best of the Allon series. The premonitions of the Arab Spring in the story are very impressive indeed.

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Another Awesome book by Mr. Silva

I loved this book because it was different from the other ones. NARRATOR WONDERFUL(voices) were kept with each character

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One of Silva's Best!

It was a great story with Silva's usual plot twists and suspenseful moments. I listened to it in 2 days! Though George Guidall is THE BEST narrator, this narrator was pretty good. Gabriel Allon is a winner!

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  • Susan
  • Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 05-07-17

One of his best.

What did you love best about The Secret Servant?

The plot is continually surprising, and the scenes in Denmark and Amsterdam are particularly interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Servant?

The kidnapping in Hyde Park was nail biting.

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

The readers slight accents for different characters is perfect.

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Excellent story fit to our present time

Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Daniel Silva researched the details of the story in a most professional manner to achieve credibility and representation of our time.

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Another absorbing story

I cheer for Allon. I love the whole cast of characters
I'm waiting for the next adventure. Silva makes my car trips fly by