Portrait Of A Spy (Gabriel Allon #11)
Gabriel Allon has been hailed as the most compelling creation since "Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond" (Rocky Mountain News). A man with a deep appreciation for all that is beautiful, Gabriel is also an angel of vengeance, an international operative who will stop at nothing to see justice done. Sometimes he must journey f ...more
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I wonder how Silva will top himself this time. The last two were the best in the series. Untoppable?
His lead is Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and at-large agent of Israeli ...more
Gabriel Allon is known around the world as the angel of vengeance, and an international operative who has worked for the Israeli Intelligence machine called the Office, since 1972. He is a man who will stop at nothing to see justice done even if it puts his own life at risk.
After the events that occurred during The Rembrandt Affair, Allon has finally decided to retire from the Office. He is living the quiet life in Cornwall, England as an art restorer along wit ...more
As this new episode begins, Gabriel has left that spy's life behind and once again retired to Cornwall to paint ...more
I liked the book, but its too similar. Formulaic in the extreme.
Silva may be a master of espionage, but his stories are depressingly the same.
It's clear from the outset that American intelligence agencies are inept and naive. Thankfully the Israelis come to the rescue and take over a huge CIA anti-terrorist effort. Hero Gabriel Allon, an Israeli agent, gets a ...more
I love Silva's novels. They were my introduction into the thriller genre, and I look forward to them so eagerly t ...more
I particularly enjoyed the detailed expo ...more
He follows the bomber into a crowded place in Lon ...more
Ако трябва да изтъкна хубавите моменти, ще спомена сюжетната линия с търговете, информацията за Дубай и проследяването на паричните потоци.
Издразни ме тази непрекъсната измъченост на Габриел, която в първата книга, която прочетох за него беше ексцентрична и гъделичкаща любопитството, но след третата, вече ти идва да кажеш "ох, до гуша ...more
If you can run with Silva's ideology, you'll find a taut, well-crafted thriller o ...more
Like, if you're gonna read some espionage thriller shit, you might as well go for the gold. ...more
This time Gabriel is pulled out of retirement by the CIA when he almost stops a suicide bomber in Covent Garden, the third in a series of coordinated attacks sweeping Europe by a mastermind new Islamic terrorist cell. Why does he almost stop it? Because the bumbling British police tackle him just as he is abou ...more
A forma como escreve, deixando a ficção misturar-se com factos reais, é maravilhosa. Quando chegamos ao final e vemos o que é ou não verdade, fica sempre aquela sensação de que aprendemos mais alguma coisa enquanto líamos um livro sobre espiões!
Seguir uma história com Gabriel Allon como protagonista nunca cansa! E desta vez, seguir também o percurso de Nadia, enquanto mulher saudita que luta em silêncio por uma vida melhor para todas as mulheres ár ...more
I found the last two I read "The Secret Servant" and "Moscow Rules" rather less satisfying than their predecessors, with a "caper" element that was enjoyable but less thought-provoking; so I w ...more
Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and at-large agent of Israeli Intelligence. The setting is on terrorism which has haunted the world for last few years and it still exists at present day. By setting his stories against the disparate worlds of art and intelligence, the writer constantly reminds us of the humanity at the core of any effort worth fighting for.
I would suggest starting earlier in the series then working your way up, as this is the latest in the line and I think it's important to travel with the characters for a whi ...more
In this instance, Portrait of a Spy was a real treat that fulfilled its promise from beginning to end. The research is impeccable and such ...more
The same is true with all of the book’s recurring characters. Their description here is almost (in some cases, exactly) word for work as in the prior novel. Surely, Mr. Silva, a writer of your talent and caliber could have found new words to describe them inste ...more