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The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  31,705 Ratings  ·  1,321 Reviews
From worldwide bestselling author Daniel Silva, praised by Newsday for "bringing new life to the international thriller," "The Kill Artist" is a taut and elegantly structured novel about a reluctant hero and his mission to destroy an old enemy and preserve international peace. Gabriel Allon had a simple but brutal job: he tracked down and eliminated Israel's terrorist enem ...more
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Published May 15th 2001 by Random House (NY) (first published January 1st 2001)
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Tea Jovanović
MUST READ autor i serijal... Svaki put se knjiga sa žaljenjem zatvara posle poslednje pročitane strane i nestrpljivo čeka juli sledeće godine da izađe novi nastavak... U Srbiji je prevod sjajna Žermen Filipović dobar poznavalac Izraela... :)
Sarah
I read the 'Rembrandt Affair' a year ago and really enjoyed Gabriel Allon, the Israeli spy and assassin who just can't quit his job. I expect spies to have a lot of personal baggage - why else would they gravitate to a profession that requires isolation, deception, moral ambiguity and high ideals (whether it's for a country, a religious belief, or personal gain). He had a rich background and I slipped very easily into the story, enjoying every moment. And then I found out it was the eleventh in ...more
Maria João Fernandes
"Se estivermos a vigiar um alvo a partir de um café, não devemos fazer coisas que nos façam parecer estar a vigiar um alvo a partir do café, tais como ficarmos sentados sozinhos durante horas, a fingir estarmos a ler um jornal."

Daniel Silva introduziu-me, da forma mais extraordinária, o mundo da espionagem. Pela primeira vez, este tema afigurou-se aos meus olhos, surpreendentemente sedutor, envolvente e enigmático. Cada vez que tive de interromper a leitura, para responder às minhas necessidades
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K
Nov 21, 2012 K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K by: Susan KG
Eh. Kind of an ordinary spy thriller, one I might have appreciated more had I read it 15-20 years ago when I was less jaded.

Like many of this genre, you have a good (and troubled) guy who works for Israeli intelligence working with his stunningly beautiful and capable heroine with whom he has a complicated (of course) relationship. And of course, you have the bad guys who are always one step ahead of the good guys, but then the good guys catch up, but then the bad guys catch on, etc., etc.

This
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 05, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I think what may have killed this book for me was I read this just after reading John Le Carre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold--and after having recently read Alan Furst and Eric Ambler while working through a recommendation list that included Silva among this number. I got spoiled and after reading the best in the espionage genre this struck me as nothing more than a generic pulp thriller with all the writing skill, complexity of characterization and plotting of a blow'm up rat-tat-tat of a ...more
Stephen
3.0 stars. A good, solid international thriller centering on Israeli operative/art restorer Gabriel Allon attempting to track down a Palestinian terrorist. This is the first of the Gabriel Allon books and I thought he was an interesting character and will certainly read the next book in the series.
Jane Stewart
Felt like things had been done before. Nothing grabbed me.

The story was ok but several minor things bothered me, so I’ll list them below.

When I finished this I thought huh, the hero didn’t do anything heroic and he did not solve the bad guy problem. The good action was done by another. Ok, but that kind of let me down - not much hero development here.

Throughout the book the good guys were not doing smart things which made it less fun to root for them. In a few scenes the bad guys came out ahead
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Tim The Enchanter
An Average Read Until the End

This marks the first book I have read by Daniel Silva. The Kill Artist, the first in the Gabriel Allon Series was first published in 2000 and it is starting to feel its age. The story resolves around Israeli and Palestinian conflict. There is a cast of a "villain" and an "anti-hero" and retaliation is the word of the day. The plot feels tired. Granted, had I read it first in 2000, I may have not felt this way.

As in many books that are the first in a series, the sto
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Elisha Condie
I’m always surprised when a premise of a book sounds so good – a perfect swish, and then the book itself is like a big old airball. Meet Gabriel Allon: super spy, art restorerer, tortured soul, handsome, ruthless, boring.

Daniel Silva’s book sounds great! A spy who restores masterpieces, who is out for revenge for his murdered family but doesn’t really like to kill people. He’s recruited from retirement by a ruthless Israeli agent who wants to stop an equally ruthless Palestinian terrorist. Ru
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Eric_W
The methodology of the art restoration expert is the same as that of the professional assassin: “study the target, become like him, do the job, slip away without a trace.” Just as retired Israeli agent Gabriel Allon must study the artist Vecellio in order to resurrect and restore The Adoration of the Shepherd, to make the painting just like the original so he must study again the work of his old nemesis Tariq, agent of the PLO wing that is angry and upset with Arafat’s peace initiatives. Tariq i ...more
Arttemizza
As personagens? Gabriel Allon é a personagem principal deste livro e dos restantes da serie. Antes de se dedicar exclusivamente ao restauro de quadros, foi um agente secreto israelita e responsável por vários assassinatos, tendo sido considerado um dos melhores agentes do seu tempo de actividade. É um homem justo, perspicaz mas de certo modo ainda atormentado pelo seu passado e de um momento para o outro vê-se de novo no activo.

O enredo? Inicialmente tive bastante dificuldade com o avançar da a
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Filipe Miguel
Cometi o "erro" de começar a ler Daniel Silva pelo fim: "Regras de Moscovo" e a sua sequela: "O Desertor".

Só depois resolvi comprar os restantes livros da saga Allon para ler pela ordem correcta.

Em comparação, e tendo lido duas das suas últimas obras e a primeira, considero o "Artista da Morte" bem menos conseguido.

Presumo que a introdução a esta nova personagem - Gabriel Allon -, tenha levado Silva a tentar uma abrangência de temas que, no final, não cobriu como desejaria (conflito israelo-pale
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Andrew
Apr 19, 2009 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I came to this book after reading the later story Moscow Rules, which may have been a mistake because the later story is much more gripping than the first. On the other hand, had I read this one first, I might not have found it compelling enough to get me to read on in the series. Silva's first Gabriel Allon book is enjoyable, but it is not a gripping page-turner. Some have compared Silva to John LeCarre. I think that's overstating the case. Silva is, at this point at least, a good, entertaining ...more
Maria Carmo
A relentless thriller that makes one hold one's breath... A lesson to be taken into account: once in never out... Gabriel Allon tried to break free from his previous life as a member of Mossad - being an exquisite artist of restoration of ancient paintings, he becomes one of very few who really can be trusted to bring back all the beauty and splendor of an old painting of a great master... But, his old boss Shamron has different ideas and whenever he needs Gabriel, his now quiet life in Cornwall ...more
Alan
Aug 16, 2013 Alan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I think I am so disconnected from my peers (i.e. other readers). I like spy movies, and have enjoyed some thriller/spy novels. So why does the first Gabriel Allon novel fall so short for me and not everyone else?

For myself I know the answer. Two-dimensional characters at best, and with 420+ pages Silva should have done more than just do the small character development bits that he did. Yes, I get it that Gabriel is damaged for many reasons, but really none of them are explored. Especia
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Ed
Apr 24, 2011 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Espionage fans
As the first book in the series, this effort does not measure up to later stories. This is understandable because Silva had to cover a lot of ground in order to set the series on its way. The later books in the series keep getting better and better.

Gabriel Allon, the protagonist, is an art restorer, who at one time worked for a secret Israeli intelligence agency. He, in fact, was one of the assassins, Golda Meir dispatched to take revenge for the Munich Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes. All
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Helen
Oct 19, 2007 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gabriel Allon is an art restorer brought back from retirement to be a secret agent for Ari Shamron and to restore The Office by capturing Tariq. Gabriel agrees because he is seeking revenge on Tariq. Severla years beofre, Tariq planted a bomb in the car which Gabriel's wife and son were in thereby killing his young son and physicaly and mentally scarring his wife. Tariq is part of a terrorist network who is planning to kill the Palestinian prime minister and disrupt the Isreali/Palestinian peace ...more
Judy
I learned about Daniel Silva from my blogger friend Carmen at Carmen's Books and Music. She has read and reviewed his entire Gabriel Allon series and since all the books are connected in some way with Israeli intelligence, I was curious. My husband is the thriller reader in our house, so I initially tried out this first book in the series on him and he liked it.

Gabriel Allon's work as an art restorer brings him income and peace of mind, but is actually a cover for his assignments carrying out
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Benjamin Thomas
This first book in the Gabriel Allon series is a solid beginning to the best-selling series of international espionage books. I don’t recall reading a spy novel centered on the Israeli intelligence service before so was intrigued. That, combined with the protagonist being a fine art restorer that is called back to duty to assassinate an internationally known terrorist was enough for me to give this book a try.

I had read two previous novels by Daniel Silva (the two Michael Osbourne books) and enj
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Gary
Jul 25, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much I now intend to read the rest of the series. Not really sure how I came across this author but I am so glad I did. The story is exciting, fast paced and informative. The characters are well developed and you can easily picture them in your mind which makes the read easier and more enjoyable. The subject matter is not entirely my genre and not an obvious choice for me but I quickly got into it and read it over two days.
Linda Appelbaum
Apr 27, 2009 Linda Appelbaum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband suggested this book to me and it is not the typical story I like to read, however, I am passionate about art and I'm Jewish. This book incorporated both in the story...about terrorist activity, the PLO, Israel, and spies. The main character, an assasin, is also an art restorer (that is his "cover" and he is good at it as well). The book is well written and concisely constructed. I'm going to be reading more from Daniel Silva!
Steve
Sep 06, 2016 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many folks have recommended Silva (and his instrument, Allon) to me over the years, that I feel badly I didn't try this series earlier. This was plenty good enough, and I expect I'll give the series another try.

Granted, I don't exactly need another series, but, maybe, since Joe Nesbo wrapped up his efforts with Harry Hole, this could fall into that rotation. At the same time, there was more than a taste of John Le Carre or, I dunno, Alan Furst's Night Soldiers in play here. My gut says there
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Rui Maia
Jan 04, 2016 Rui Maia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kill Artist was the second book I read from Daniel Silva, after stumbling upon The Heist and having had lots of fun with it. The Kill Artist marks the beginning of Gabriel Allon's journey back in The Office as a Secret Service agent for the Israeli government. The story is as exciting as all Gabriel Allon's stories usually are and again I had fun reading it.
The characters possess the necessary depth for the plot to go as fast as the author clearly enjoys. I think that if it could be any diff
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Titas (Emperor)
The name is Bo…errrr… I mean Allon, Gabriel Allon
The Kill Artist introduces us to Gabriel Allon, a retired secret agent as an art-restorer who repairs/restore classic arts to its original glory. But it was just his cover while he actually worked for the government. He had made many enemies in his life and one of them was Tariq who took his wife and child away from him forever. But after a long time, when a ruthless killing occurs at Paris with Tariq's signature written all over, Gabriel has to c
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Dennis Koniecki
It's a compelling espionage genre novel that moves at a brisk pace.

The writing is a bit better than most of the authors you find at an airport book shop (Steig Larsson, Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, etc), but it never really rises above the genre or surprises. There are plenty of familiar tropes to anyone who has ever read any mystery, thriller, or spy book. For example:

- Genius protagonist that excels at his job, his hobbies, and getting ladies.
- Beautiful female who is beautiful. But she's more tha
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Jay Deb
Feb 25, 2013 Jay Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Silva book I have read and is the best book that I read in last 3-4 months. I believe this is the book that made the writer famous. Protagonist is a high-value painting restorer and is also an ex-Israeli intel action man.
There is a Palestine terrorist who is killing innocents all over the world and the intel chief thinks Gabriel is the only one who can end it all. There is elaborate scheme to bring back the unwilling hero back into action.
The progress to climax, scene by scene
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Richard Toscan
After reading The English Girl, the most recent of the Gabriel Allon novels, I went back to this first one in the series. Despite some claims by critics, there's not much development of the central character from the first appearance in this title. It's well written for the spy/thriller genre and incorporates Daniel Silva's insights into Israeli and Palestinian Authority politics and political violence. The moral (ethical) dilemmas bedeviling Israel in regard to the Palestinian situation are giv ...more
Kenny Bellew
This is a Spy Thriller that's rated 3.98/5.0 on GoodReads, is 512 pages and I rated it 3.0/5.0.

This is book one of the Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon thriller series. It's about an attempt to disrupt the Palestine/Israel peace process by assassinating Yasir Arafat. Gabriel Allon is brought out of retirement, as he's the only one trusted to capture the potential assassin. Gabriel is an art restorer, which adds some literary interest to the story. Further, he is helped by a 30-yr old French model, w
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Alex is The Romance Fox
This is the 1st book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva.
Gabriel Allon, former Israeli super spy/agent is now a restorer of old art masterpieces, living an isolated life in a remote English seaside village. Persuaded out of retirement by his former boss, Ari Shamron to track down the deadly Palestinian assassin, threatening to derail the peace talks between the Israeli Prime Minister and Arafat after assassinating the Israeli Ambassador in Paris, and who is also responsible for his wife
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Jim A
Jan 21, 2013 Jim A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again I spent a very enjoyable weekend with Gabriel Allon. While this was a reread for me, it’s been many years since I first enjoyed the beginning of the Allon series.

While I probably (never say never) won’t reread the rest of the series, it was entertaining and enlightening to go back to Silva’s first novel with an Israeli assassin as the protagonist. Especially so after my rereads of the two Michael Osbourne novels by Silva and his development of the world class assassin in those.

I enjo
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Daniel Silva was born in Michigan in 1960 and raised in California where he received his BA from Fresno State. Silva began his writing career as a journalist for United Press International (UPI), traveling in the Middle East and covering the Iran-Iraq war, terrorism and political conflicts. From UPI he moved to CNN, where he eventually became executive producer of its Washington-based public polic ...more
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