Prince of Fire (Gabriel Allon #5)
Few recent thriller writers have excited the kind of critical praise that Daniel Silva has, with his novels featuring art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon.Now Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in the hands of terrorists that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history ...more
Unfortunately, it takes away from the story. The story almost seems secondary to the historical perspective of the story line. Even though it is a Gabriel Allon book, it seems that there is lack of focus in this book, where it drifts along. Not as focused or as quick moving as the rest of the Silva books ...more
This is a more serious book than any of the later books in the series (at least, of the ones I've read). Daniel Silva is more evidently on a soapbox, linking more of the story's fiction to his version of history and reality. Unfortunately, this reminds me of efforts such as The Da Vinci Code in which the author professes that the fiction is based on facts --- but which facts, and whose interpretation of facts? As with the scientific method, which eschews all aspects of bias in its blind test, an...more
This book is a decent thriller, and in my humble opinion a failure i ...more
The ongoing battle against Palestinian terrorism plays itself out on the battlefield of Allon’s guilt over the loss of his son and the injury suffered by his wife Leah. An incidental consequence of h ...more
The story is typical about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and was well researched. Yet, in some ways I found the book to be similar to others I have read of the genre…a bombing of a Jewish community center in Rome and several other targeted terrorist attacks unleashing Gabriel Allon on a mission to avenge the killings.
It actually is more complex than that but enough said. …..
I enjoyed reading about familiar places and topics and would ...more
Gabriel continues to be the tortured man precociously aged from his responsibilities as a member of the Department. ...more
Gabriel is a great character, very much a 'reluctant hero', the plot is complex but not so complicated you can't follow it, the cast of characters are various yet distinct. Some very interesting personalities in this book!
The writing in this has a light touch, sparse enough that its not too heavy handed & bogg ...more
The fact th ...more
I knew some of the Jewish struggles regarding their land and their desire to have a place to be and raise their families. Reading these books, has given me a much better idea of that struggle and how many countries would do them harm. I was raised Catholic, but don't follow any religion much because I ...more
But, I've liked the other books leading up to this one, and was interested in knowing a bit more about the character of Gabriel Allon. This book is different from the first four, becaus ...more
As for a Gabriel Allon goes, the man is an intellectual version of Jason Bourne or James Bond. And just as deadly. You need to read this series. Seriously. You won't be disappointed.
PS: É impossível não fazer um paralelismo entre muitos dos atentados ficcionados nesta série e muitos que infelizmente vamos vendo na realidade...
Gabriel Allon faces his most determined enemy-and greatest challenge-in the stunning novel from the world-class practitioner of spy fiction.
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Writers tend to be solitary creatures. We toil alone for months on end, then, once a year, we emerge from our dens to publish a book. It can be a daunting experience, especially for someone like me, who is not gregarious and outgoing b
This author has a series that follows art restorer/reluctant spy Gabriel Allon, and this one finds him in Rome, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Cairo, Paris, etc., etc.
He's drawn into a case that tries to prevent catastrophic terroristic plots whose mastermind uses Gabriel's disabled wife, Leah, as bait. She was wounded in a car bomb that was meant for him.
The first half of this novel bogged down for me in the history of the region, and naming characters with connections I had to glaze ...more
His writing style requires a break from book to book for me, as ...more