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The Messenger

Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Series: Gabriel Allon, Book 6
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,970 ratings)

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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.

9 of 10 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!

6 of 7 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.

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Good, but not the best in the series

Would you listen to The Messenger again? Why?

I really like the author and the performances of the series. I am learning a great deal and get entertained on my long commute as well. I never get bored or sleepy, but I do have to say that this one did not rivet me quite like the others. However, I am hooked and will continue with this very enlightening and very well written series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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good story, ok narration

I liked the story but as an Israeli I suffered from the narrator's attempts at Israeli and Arabic accents. They all sounded somehow Italian to me.

2 of 2 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.

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Great story, poor narrator

This is an amazing novel by Daniel Silva. The plot is arguably his best yet. Unfortunately, the narrator was not good. I've always felt like the main character or characters should be voiced very similarly to the narrators speaking voice, as the narrator will have to do the voices so often. However, in this story, Lane throws in a strong accent with both Allon and Shamron.

This would be a disaster if the novel wasn't so good. I'd buy it just for the story, but don't expect a Guidall or Brick.

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worthy sequel!

great performance too.

unfortunately, none of story's context got outdated after ten years.

if liked the previous books, you'll enjoy this one as well .

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Ending yet again too easy

An intriguing plot let down completely by the ending.

And Allon speaking continously in that monotone was annoying.

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  • Lilly2734
  • Mentone, AL, United States
  • 03-16-13

I just couldn't get into it.

The narration left me cold and the story was slow. This followed a really good book but it still seemed too slow. I invested 30 minutes of listening in hopes that it would take off but it was a gooney bird for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful