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Prince Of Fire (Gabriel Allon #5)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  8,605 ratings  ·  350 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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Mark
Feb 16, 2014 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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JoAnn
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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Susan
Another good one. Going to have to take a break from this series. Am beginning to suspect even the dachshunds are spies.
Lori
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
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
Nabarun
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
Ric

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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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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Dina
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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 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
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
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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Christiana Moffa
Mar 13, 2007 Christiana Moffa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Daniel
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
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
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
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
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
Ada Iaboni
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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Peter
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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Ann Cardosi
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
Kerry
Excellent. As always.
Anirban Das

It had been a long time since I had read a spy thriller. I started my reading habits in school with Frederick Forsyth, Robert Ludlums and others. Somewhere in the middle I turned wholly towards detective thrillers. So, when I started this book, I had a lot of expectations from Daniel Silva. By the end of the book, he had managed to fulfill almost all off those expectations.
This book is about the protagonist, Gabriel Allon, trying to stop a mysterious terrorist, Khaled, from unleashing a wave of
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Will
Another fantastic book by Daniel Silva. Since I read the first novel of his featuring Gabriel Allon, I have fallen in love with his spy novels. This is book number 5 in the series. I think one of my favorite aspects of Gabriel is his hesitation at being a spy. He is not a spy by choice but of circumstance, and he keeps getting dragged back into doing some dirty work for the Israeli government. One of the big differences in this novel from the previous four is the fact that Gabriel gets his cover ...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
Conta-me Histórias
Há 13 anos, Gabriel viu a sua vida destruída. Cumprindo ordens de Arafat, um homem colocou uma bomba no carro onde iam viajar a sua mulher e o seu filho... o filho morreu, a mulher deixou de existir, apesar de se manter viva.

Gabriel, restaurador de arte, tem agora pela frente mais uma missão em prol do Gabinete. Após um atentado em Roma, Israel acredita que mais se seguirão, pela Europa, e cabe a Gabriel descobrir onde será o próximo a fim de o evitar.

Mas essa procura vai-se tornar pessoal. O ho
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva is the fifth book in the Gabriel Allon series. Unlike the pre­vi­ous books, this one takes place mostly in Israel as oppose to Europe.

Art restorer Gabriel Allon is, once again, called to action, one last time (once again), by the Israeli intel­li­gence ser­vice. A truck bomb exploded in the Israeli embassy in Rome, how­ever the Israelis obtained a com­puter disk from the ter­ror­ists in which they dis­cov­ered pic­tures of Allon and his lover as well as notes about
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Todd Johnson
This was the fifth book in the Gabriel Allon series. Allon is a fascinating character. His exploits are always intriguing and thought-provoking, even if the stories do not always stop long enough to be contemplative.

The plot basically boils down to this: terrorists attack an Israeli embassy in Rome, killing many people. After a file on art restorer/assassin Gabriel Allon is found in the terrorist hideout, Gabriel is brought in to investigate. This leads him to figure from his past that has decl
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dubh
Vom Thema her ein sehr aktueller Thriller - allerdings wohl noch auf Jahre... denn es wird wohl noch einige Zeit ins Land ziehen, ehe sich die Situation im Nahen Osten auch nur spürbar entspannt.
So fand ich es auch besonders spannend, dass einige Personen und auch einige Eckfakten dieses Buches tatsächlich der Realität entsprungen sind: Jassir Arafat hat seine Rolle zu spielen (doch weniger als "Stattsmann"), ebenso wie einige "Maßnahmen" des jungen israelischen Staates gegen aufrührerische arab
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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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