A Mensageira (Gabriel Allon #6)
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For those of you who haven't read any of these, the main character is Gabriel Allon, master art restorer and Israeli assassin/spy. He has been at this for many years. In fact his first job was going after the Black September terrorists who carried out the Munich killings in 1972.
At the beginning of this book, Al-Qaeda terrorists, using suicide bombers and ro ...more
Two weeks ago I asked them to pick my next read, I picked over twenty
authors many well known that I had not read.
So many recommendations from friends and members of the group.
When I started the book, I no it's a little too political for me, I like a good action thrillers, but is stared to build up into a really suspenseful thriller.
The pace built all the way though, with it become action packed,
gripping by the t ...more
The Cold War they're-out-to-kill-us-all mentality of the bad guys (all Muslim, of course) and good guys didn't do it for me. Maybe this makes me no different than the appeasement policy proponents during WWII and I'm horribly, horribly naive. But I really didn't care for all the scare-mongering about Islam. I'm sure that Muslim terrorists ...more
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When I started this thriller, I didnt know that it was part of a series. And when I realized it, I was right in the middle of a tough but well written plot about agent Gabriel Allon, who has to do another dangerous job. The story starts right of with a deadly situation and the more I read, the more it felt kind of scary. Because almost everything that happened in this thriller is today – about ten years later – sad reality.
The setting goes from London and ...more
Allon, an art restorer of great repute (his cover occupation) and super spy, is called out of semi-retirement as an agent when a laptop computer belonging ...more
When an al Qaeda operative is killed inLondon, some photographs are found on his computer and the Israeli intelligence suspects that the group is planning a big attack aimed directly at theVatican.
Israeli agent Gabriel Allon finds himself in a battle of wits against dangerous men which takes him on a hunt across Europ ...more
That said, "The Messenger" is a very good adventure tale. The story is well plotted, the characters familiar, the pace satisfying, the suspense binding, and the ending blindingly fast and exciting. I had a hard time putting the book down with about 100 pages to go.
On the down side, there is ...more
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Apparently, Daniel Silva thinks differently. Go ...more
It had me thinking about spy, espionage, war stories and the like and how often they and their characters are one sided. Can we only relate to this type of story when the hero/heroine is from "our" side? I can think of thrillers where the hero was from the opposition but was defecting eg Red October, but I can't think of one where the hero/heroine was firmly on the opposite side of the fence - be it WW1 or WW2, Soviet U ...more
The five previous spy thrillers featuring Gabriel Allon addressed topics including the Munich Olympics massacre, Yasir Arafat, and the Vatican. The Messenger, about global terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, resounded just as loudly with critics. Fortunately, Daniel Silva has also written an ingenious, thrilling, and entertaining book with complex characters and settings, from London and Jerusalem to Rome, that serve the plot well. While one critic cited Silva's bias toward Israel, the majorit...more
G. Allon , Israel's secret agent, books ; are they fiction or half truths? With a high political tint, "The Messenger " which was written in 2006 is kind of vissionary to the events developing in 2015 regarding the convulsive situation in the middle east . With G. Allon, also an art restorer , you are not only involve with a great espionage story but also you learn ...more
Plus I love Silva's style. He describes characters, setting, main case, etc. in so much details and still it's not boring. I was hooked from the page 1 and I couldn't put it down until I finished it.
I won't write about the plot because I don't want to spoil anything. But for those who ar ...more
It would appear that Daniel Silva is the apple of the Charbonneau Book Club’s eye. We read “The English Woman” less than a year ago and “The Messenger” is our new assignment. It was written about seven years earlier than “Woman” but, with Silva, there’s no worry about staleness seeping in. He’s always a refreshing read.
In this Gabriel Allon adventure the intrepid Jewish spy is assigned to find an elusive al-Qaeda bigwig who is planning an assassination attack on both the Pope and the president ...more
As in all of Silva’s books, this one had too much art information – this time about Vincent Van Gogh – than I care to read. While art as a whole plays a large role in these novels, much of what's here could be cut with no loss (and possibly an improvement) in quality and tautness of the story.
Also as in all the earlier boo ...more
This book is about a Shabaq agent, head of the special oops section. Gabriel Alon, the secret agent has many operations that he is unchanged of them. Gabriel saved the pope during a terrorist attack on the Vatican, that the terrorist Talal Bin- Shafiq organized. After the attack Gabriel was assigned by his agency to find thi ...more
The Messenger splits into three parts. The majority of the book (approx pages 100-300) is about an operation to plant a mole into the staff of a major Saudi business and multi-millionaire who is bankrolling a terrorist organisation. I really enjoyed this middle sect ...more
This novel is a ...more
al Quada terrorist. He travels London, the USA, Rome and the Caribbean. Every word of the book has you on the edge of your seat waiting to see who will appear or survive. Gabriel works with the CIA to protect the Pope and the President of the US. The book hints at the use of Saudi Oil money to fund the terrorist of today.
The Messenger opens in London where a professor of Middle Eastern studies is suspected of having Al-Qaeda ties. The Israeli Secret Service is on his tail when he is killed in an accident ...more
Gabriel Allon é o herói nos livros de Daniel Silva. Gabriel é israelita, restaurador de arte e espião ao serviço do governo, contratado por Golda Meir para aniquilar os membros da organização terrorista Setembro Negro em 1972, após o massacre de Munique.
Não é fácil falar deste livro sem desvendar a história. Mas vou tentar: O namo ...more
There's nothing like a really disagreeable villain, and the Saudis in this story fit the bill. They kill hundreds of innocents at the Vatican to start things off, then revel in the riches purchased with their petrodollars, capture and threaten to torture a nice American lady (a Dartmouth graduate, no less), and generally misbehave throughout. Silva expl ...more