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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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When narration missed the mark

Silva is an excellent writer in this genre, and although it's essentially the same plot book after book, the changes and interplay make it all the more enjoyable.
John Lee is an extraordinary narrator, especially in the five major Follett books. Phil Gigante is above average, but that's a disadvantage following extraordinary storytellers Guidel and Lee.
I still recommend the book, but the narration takes getting used to. I'm reading the series in order, and see Gigante has several books ahead on the list, I think I'll grow to accept his performance.

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Excellent

Yet another Daniel Silva thriller of excellence and very well performed and well produced again.

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Fabulous!

I never wrote a review the first time I read this. This is my second time going through the entire series and the books are just as good.

I love the way Silva brings back characters. Allon's "team" are quite interesting characters. The storyline is compelling, as usual.

I don't know how an author can continually improve with each book but Daniel Silva does it again with THE SECRET SERVANT.

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The best of Silva...so far

The Secret Servant rates 5 stars for story line, intrigue, and current world situation. Silva's breadth of information re many subjects makes the story so palpable...a little romance helps too.
carole

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  • 04-06-15

up and down

narrator seemed occasion ly awk
ward g ood story but not up to usual standard.
.seemef a bit forced

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WAKE UP! Mr. Silva's Writing Just Gets Better!

I am a fan of the Alon series and have been reading the in order. I see a significant improvement in the author's craft in this book--though none have left me incredulous or wanting.
This fictional series echoes the pervasive evil that is radical Islam that is warned of -- fictionally and in non-fiction -- by Joel Rosenberg in a series entitled "The Twelfth Iman".

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  • Paula
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  • 08-22-14

Good Good Good!

This is an engaging international thriller featuring the uncommon secrecy and bravery of the Israeli secret service and its star agent, Albion. Silva writes a good if not great thriller, but I felt Gigante's performance less than stellar. . . with pomposity in his voice for a good bit of the time.

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WOW!!!!!

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

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Secret Servant. This is my 3rd Gabriel Allon series. The narrator (Phil Gigante) has a wonderful voice and is just perfect for Gabriel Allon. I could not put this book down. I just kept reading until it was done. Now I am looking for the next book and hope it will be narrated by Phil Gigante. He gives life to his characters. Its almost like you are actually there.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator really made the story for me.

What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

As stated in my review above, he is just PERFECT for this series. He has such a commanding voice and he does the character justice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have to admit that sometimes I was cringing when I was listening to when some of the characters were being tortured. But I also smiled and laughed out loud at some of the things that the character Ariel Sharone (?) said and cried as well.

Any additional comments?

I just loved the book.

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Great Writing, Characters

My second D. Silva novel, but am now hooked on this author and pleasantly surprised at the narration of this one. Excellent spy/james bond type novel overall with good character depth, plot twists that are highly believable and realistic. If you prefer novels with a little intellectual punch to them then this has that as well. The main reason this is a very good read is because you will like the main character, at least I did. This seems to make a break a good writer for me. I am now trying to read these in sequence. On to the next one...

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One of my favorite series

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

Exciting, suspenseful, with a healthy dose of sadness in regards to Gabriels life struggles and the ongoing struggle for peace in the Middle East

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gabriel, as always. He's a fascinating, complex character who walks a fine line between righteousness and ruthlessness, inherent in the work he does

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

Yes, as always with Daniel Silva"s books

Any additional comments?

I've read half the series so far and look forward with great anticipation to each adventure. I do, however, get frustrated at times with how the readers mangles Hebrew words!