Daniel Silva

The Fallen Angel (Gabriel Allon #12)

Summary: 
While Gabriel is taking refuge restoring art in the Vatican, he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by the Pope's private secretary Donati; the body of a woman lies beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. The Vatican police suspect suicide, though Gabriel believes otherwise. Fearful that a public inquiry might inflict another scandal on the Church, Donati tasks Gabriel to quietly pursue the truth—with one caveat. "Don't ask too many questions." The dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret—a secret that threatens a global criminal enterprise looting and sellingtimeless treasures of antiquity. Gabriel's investigation becomes a chess match between Gabriel and the terrorists planning the third Intifada. The climax takes place in Jerusalem on Good Friday during a visit of the Pope, with a breathtaking race between the terrorists and Gabriel and Eli to defuse a bomb that seeks to destroy the Temple Mount and all the history with it. A great read. Daniel Silva clearly has a better understanding of Middle East dynamics than most of us.

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Portrait of a Spy

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Eleventh in the Gabriel Allon series finds Gabriel and his wife, Chiara, in London, visiting a gallery in St. James’s to authenticate a newly discovered painting by Titian,when a pair of deadly bombings in Paris and Copenhagen mar this autumn day. And while walking toward Covent Garden, Gabriel notices a man he believes is about to carry out a third attack. Before Gabriel can draw his weapon, he is knocked to the pavement and can only watch as the nightmare unfolds. Gabriel returns to his isolated cottage on the cliffs of Cornwall, until a summons brings him to Washington and he is drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror--an American-born cleric in Yemen to whom Allah has granted “a beautiful and seductive tongue.” Once a paid CIA asset, the mastermind is plotting a new wave of attacks. To destroy this network of death , Gabriel must reach into his violent past moving at a breathtaking pace from Washington to London to the climax in the Saudi desert. This is an extremely entertaining, but sobering book to read with an ending that defies description. Five Stars!!!

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The Rembrandt Affair

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In this 10th entry of the Allon saga, Gabriel has retreated with his wife Chiara to the seclusion of the rugged Cornwall coast, where he is interrupted by Julian Isherwood, an eccentric art dealer with a problem. An art restorer has been murdered and a portrait by Rembrandt stolen. Gabriel is persuaded to follow the trail of clues to find the painting and those responsible. From Amsterdam to Buenos Aires and finally to Lake Geneva, Switzerland, Gabriel uncovers the deadly secrets associated with this artwork:from Swiss bank accounts laden with money stolen from the Jews by the Nazis to illegal shipments of centrifuges to Iran to enrich uranium for its undercover nuclear program. With so many plot twists it is tough to keep up, this great fast-paced read also reminds us that evil men will do almost anything for money.

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The Defector

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This, the 9th in the Gabriel Allon series, begins six months after the dramatic conclusion of Moscow Rules, Gabriel has returned to Italy to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, and to restore a seventeenth-century altarpiece for the Vatican. However, his life is turned into turmoil by the disappearance of the defector and former Russian intelligence officer Grigori Bulganov. The spy, who saved Gabriel's life in Moscow, has vanished without a trace. British intelligence considers him a double agent all, but Gabriel is not so sure. He also knows he made a promise to Grigori .....that he wouldn't end up in an unmarked grave. Daniel Silva weaves a great plot that you can't put down. A fine page turner!!

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Moscow Rules

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In Daniel Silva's eighth book, we find Gabriel Allon heading to Moscow--not the grim, gray Moscow of Soviet times but a new Moscow, awash in oil wealth and choked with supercars. Power resides once more in the Kremlin though. New style Stalinists are plotting to reclaim an empire lost. One such man is Ivan Kharkov, a former KGB colonel who built a global investment empire. However hidden within that empire is a more lucrative and deadly business. Kharkov is an arms dealer—and he is about to deliver Russia’s most sophisticated weapons to al-Qaeda. Allon must learn the time and place of the delivery, and the clock is ticking. Moscow Rules is a great entertaining read and a sobering tale about the new threats rising from the east, that are relevant to today's world.

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The Secret Servant

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Gabriel Allon, the master art restorer and sometime officer of Israeli intelligence is sent to Amsterdam for what appears to be a routine assignment. 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 plot is to kidnap Elizabeth Halton, the daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James's, Gabriel arrives too late to save her. Working with the British Secret Service, MI5 and MI6 and American intelligence, Gabriel begins 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 and finally back to Westminster Abbey, London, on Christmas Day. A fantastic read, I raced through the pages of this Daniel Silva book. On to the next!!!

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The Messenger

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Gabriel Allon—art restorer and spy—is about to face the greatest challenge of his life. 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, aimed straight at the heart of the Vatican. Monsignor Luigi Donati is the private secretary to His Holiness Pope Paul VII. A young Swiss guard has been found dead in St. Peter's Basilica, and although Donati has allowed the official inquiry to determine that it is suicide, his instinct tells him that it is murder-and that his master is in grave danger. Allon and his colleagues soon find themselves in a deadly duel of wits against one of the most dangerous men in the world—a hunt that will take them across Europe to the Caribbean and back. But for them, there may not be enough of anything: enough time, enough facts, enough luck. Another epic fast-paced thriller from Daniel Silva....couldn't put this book down. On to the next!!!!

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Prince of Fire

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This is by far the best novel of the Gabriel Allon series I have read so far. Daniel Silva begins with Allon back in Venice. An explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: a dossier in the hands of terrorists that uncovers his secrets. Gabriel Allon is recalled home to Israel, and eventually finds himself stalking an elusive master terrorist. A knife-edged thriller of astonishing intricacy, until one can no longer decide who is stalking whom. I loved this book and am ready for #6

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A Death in Vienna

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The third and final novel dealing with unfinished business related to the Holocaust finds art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon in Vienna to discover the truth behind a bombing that killed an old friend. While there he encounters something that turns his world upside down. It is a face—a face that feels hauntingly familiar. Allon will uncover evil stretching across sixty years and hundreds of thousands of lives, but which also touches his own family history. This is an absorbing novel and worth reading, but tough in places due to the nature of the subject matter. I'm glad I persevered. I look forward to a return to his more cliff-hanging tales in subsequent books in his Allon Series.

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The Confessor

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Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon , #3 begins with murder in Munich, an art restorer in Venice and a priest in the gardens of the Vatican, who is troubled about the things he had discovered, the enemies he would make, the journey before him. Men would surely die, and he wished another could take it for him. But he knew that was not possible.. The art restorer is forced to leave his Bellini and find the murder victim's killer: As the tale unfolds,the journeys of all three men come together, following a trail of long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds, leaving each one forever changed. And with them, the lives of millions . . . This another riveting thriller from Mr. Silva, placed in the setting of the Vatican's inaction and shameful facilitation of the rounding up of the countless Jews in Europe during the Second World War. I was unable to put this book down!

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