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Prince Of Fire (Gabriel Allon #5)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,724 Ratings  ·  413 Reviews
Gabriel Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history. Hastily recalled home to Israel, drawn once more into the heart of a service he had once forsaken, Allon finds himself stalking an elusive master terrorist across a l ...more
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Published February 7th 2006 by Signet Book (first published January 1st 2005)
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Susan
May 20, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one. Going to have to take a break from this series. Am beginning to suspect even the dachshunds are spies.
JoAnn
Dec 02, 2009 JoAnn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the best book that Silva has done. There is lots of history in this book. Most of this is correct and it is in keeping with what actually happened in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

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
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Mark
Feb 16, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers
Recommended to Mark by: the series as written by Daniel Silva
This 5th thriller in the Gabriel Allon sees a change as Allons alter ega gets outed and he has to leave Venice and live in Israel. In the opening of this book the embassy of Israel in Rome is hit by an murderous attack with a high bodycount, and of course Allon with a small team gets picked to figure out who is behind it. Of course they quickley find a possible lead and when they follow it Gabriel Allon finds himself under fire.

This book is a decent thriller, and in my humble opinion a failure i
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Christiana Moffa
Mar 13, 2007 Christiana Moffa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of history
This books goes deeper into Gabriel's past and delves into his open emotional wounds about his wife, son, lover... it is simply remarkable as the reader learns that Gabriel was a young assassin chosen to be a part of the Black September operation. If you've seen "Munich", you'll love this story!
Terri Pickett
I didn't love the book but it's context was compelling. It's fictional but includes many factual elements related to Israeli-Palestinian conflict/history. I learned a lot in reading it and feel such compassion for both sides.
Ric
Apr 21, 2013 Ric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

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Shawn
The more of the Allon series I read, the more I like it. It is a good balance of action, behind-the-scenes spy-exploits, and character development. Allon's character is fascinating, primarily with how he deals with the damage to his psyche that his job has had on him. I also like that while the book is clearly on the Israeli side of things, it doesn't shy away from telling the Palestinian side of the conflict. It doesn't cast all Arabs as evil and doesn't paint the Israelis as squeaky clean ange ...more
Lori
Oct 21, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The latest installment of the Gabriel Allon novels is great, perhaps the best to date. If you enjoy political intrigue, well rounded characters, suspense and good writing pick up a volume in this series by Daniel Silva. What makes these novels so good is the humanness that Silva injects into his characters. Though they find themselves in extraordinary circumstances you can relate to their very human feelings and actions. The small details are what make Gabriel such an interesting main character. ...more
Dina
Jan 10, 2013 Dina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-recently
A very familiar topic for me having been raised in Israel.
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
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Peter
Jan 02, 2015 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fifth book of Daniel Silva’s series featuring art-restorer and Israeli avenger Gabriel Allon shows in small ways his growth as a writer. In Prince of Fire, the technical aspects of the plot play second fiddle to the people side of the story, although the plot doesn’t lack for suspense or mystery.

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
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Nabarun
May 10, 2014 Nabarun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my 3rd Allon book and I must say I am addicted to Silva's creation of Allon. I know that Silva's writing projects that the Israeli spy Allon and Israeli intelligence is almost and always the best in the world, which might feel bit stereotyped in all his novel, but then I don't read Allon series to debate over world politics. I read them because they are absolutely riveting, doesn't spare a dull moment and always keeps me at the edge of the seat and compels me to finish them otherwise I c ...more
Kathleen Valentine
I find Gabriel Allon to be one of the most interesting, multi-dimensional characters in contemporary literature and Silva's writing to be deep, thoughtful, compassionate and poetic. In Prince of Fire we find Allon in a bad situation, his cover as an art restorer is blown and he has to abandon the work that he loves in Venice. One of the things I love most about Silva's writing is that he manages to alternate illuminating, in-depth background passages with breathless, fast-paced sequences. I find ...more
Julie Johnson
Oct 22, 2011 Julie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually a reader of spy thrillers but I picked this one up at the library on a whim and I'm very glad I did. I was sucked in from the get go and could hardly put the book down.

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
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Kris
I'm giving up on Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series, I just can't like the protagonist, Gabriel. He's about as interesting as a cardboard cut out... and has as much personality as one as well. Silva wants him to be tortured and broody but he's just flat and boring. Now that I've read Barry Eisler's John Rain books I just can't make myself slog through Gabriel's apathy. The only characters in the series that are interesting are secondary characters like the Pope and Julian Isherwood.

The fact th
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Ada Iaboni
Nov 15, 2014 Ada Iaboni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The next set of Gabriel Allon's adventures and this one did not disappoint. Our hero and main character, Gabriel is the reluctant fighter for justice and the Jewish way of life and, their own land.
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
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Elizabeth Sulzby
This is a review of this book as an audiobook. This reader is horrible. I don't know if it is because he is an American (I assume) but I know it is because he mostly reads very automaton-like. It is as if he hasn't pre-read many sentences because he pauses at the wrong place with the wrong emphasis. And his assumed accents for Gabriel and Chiara are horrible. As well as for other characters. Sometimes I think he doesn't remember what accent he used for a character before, lol!

I wanted to read th
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 Olivermagnus
Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's Prince of Fire, the fifth book in the series. When the Israeli Embassy in Rome is attacked by suicide bombers, the Israeli Secret Service investigate and discover that this attack is only one in a chain of attacks planned against Jewish targets. Gabriel is recruited to capture the terrorists. He puts together a Mission Impossible team of Israelis to pursue the last member of a deadly family dynasty of Palestinian militants. But nothing is easy or uncomplic ...more
B.R. Stateham
Nov 05, 2012 B.R. Stateham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listen, there is no such thing as a 'bad' Gabriel Allon book! That Mossad agent is one tough dude! And Daniel Silva's writing is about as smooth as it can get. When you read something effortlessly as you do a Allon novel, you know both talent and hard work went into the writing.

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.
Pat
Apr 20, 2014 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
German Audiobuch--der Schläfer--5. Gabriel Allon Don't know if I was missing part. It ended rather suddenly. Another good Allon novel.

In this book Allon reluctantly abandons his precious work in Vienna, at the Chapel of San Giavanni Crisostomo, where he has spent months on the restoration of a famous Bellini altarpiece. His mission is a search for the terrorist mastermind behind a recent horrific and deadly bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Rome. All indications are that there is much more deat
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Julia
Feb 02, 2016 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Israeli embassy in Rome is attacked by a car bomber. It becomes apparent that the attack was part of a wider conspiracy to target Gabriel Allon, who has to track down the terrorists before they can track him down.

This is a perfectly readable thriller but maybe because I read it straight after "A Death in Vienna" I felt irritated by how lazy the writing is.

For example, in A Death in Vienna this is how Gabriel Allon is described:
"(His) gait was smooth and seemingly without effort. The slight o
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Alan Cook
Sep 03, 2015 Alan Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Silva writes spy novels from the point of view of Israel and of the people who are trying to destroy it. He puts a lot of recent history into his books and has real people (such as Yasser Arafat) interacting with his fictional characters. He also writes suspense as well as anybody in the business today. The only quibble I have with his stories is that some of his action sequences aren't believable. Do you think that in ten seconds someone can shoot two men and then push a wheelchair-bound ...more
Abby
Jun 03, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva. This book is about an explosion in Rome which destroys an Israeli Embassy. A man goes looking for the person responsible for the explosions. The man's name is Ari Shamron. He goes talking to all these different people to figure it out. Different people of different authorities were trying to talk to him, but he has a mission. He is a spy for the Embassy. He tries to find the person who destroyed the Embassy by investigating everything. I like this book beca ...more
Daniel
Jul 31, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books where I get the initial feeling that it's simply a crime novel, which due to the sheer amount that are published these days, can seem a bit flat.

However the book actually outlines from the Israel / Palestine conflict; which is something I feel gives it a bit more to offer. Sure it is not a history book or direct non-fiction; but it does give a small pointer towards some things that actually did happen. It's fiction that gives a believe-able picture of how things look.
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Linda Appelbaum
Jun 03, 2014 Linda Appelbaum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book and have read other Daniel Silva books. He puts a lot of characters in his books and so many locations all over Europe so I find keep the names straight a little challenging. His characters are interesting and the locations exotic. The plot is usually good guys, bad guys and some in between - or spy, double agent, type of thing. This book focused on Israelis, Palestinians, terrorists, intrigue, mystery and a smattering of historical fact. It was a very interesting book to read, ...more
Jennifer
Mar 01, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silva's voice shines through in his writing, which is an amazing blend of intrigue and suspense. I enjoyed this book right down to the final author's note.
Ron
Aug 16, 2012 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continuing my re-read of the Allon novels. I had forgotten some of the details and was glad to re-read the novel to remind myself of them.
GymGuy
Dec 26, 2014 GymGuy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage
Not a bad book, but not anything special either. The story seems to wander and lacks focus. About 30 percent was a history lesson on the creation of the State of Israel. I'd rather re-read Exodus. The next part was the actual meat of the story, however it wandered around through about 6 different cities and a whole host of characters. After all of this it had a rather flat ending. However, my biggest problem is that Gabriel is such a dry, card-board character. There is absolutely no life to him. ...more
Ann Cardosi
Mar 21, 2014 Ann Cardosi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a number of Daniel Silva's novels with Gabriel Allon as his main character, and have enjoyed all of them. I had missed this book and so have just now reached back to read it; I'm so glad I did. In this book, more than any of the others, I found myself immersed in some of the history of the Israeli/Palestinian (or Jewish/Arab) conflict. I think Mr. Silva was skillful in weaving historical facts into his story, which added, for me, an extra depth to the story. In his Author's note at t ...more
Ty
Apr 13, 2015 Ty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the 5th book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva, and in my opinion it is the best so far. "Prince of Fire" brings together many of the threads from the first 4 books and is really a local finale. it will be interesting to see where Gabriel's story goes in the next novel and beyond. Silva is an excellent writer, very strong with building characters, creating suspense and plotting out the intricate conspiracies. i highly recommend this book, but please make sure to start at the be ...more
Kerry
Oct 18, 2014 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. As always.
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Daniel 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 policy programming. In 1994 he began work on his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, a surprise best seller that w ...more
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