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The Messenger (Gabriel Allon #6)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  14,524 ratings  ·  462 reviews
Israeli agent and art restorer Gabriel Allon faces terrorism once again in this follow-up to Prince of Fire, filled with remarkable characters and breathtaking double and triple turns of plot.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Putnam Adult (first published 2006)
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Sean Peters
Well, let's start by saying thank you to the members of my group " A Good Thriller".

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
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Jacqie
Didn't read much at all, actually. Maybe if I'd tried the first book in the series it would have worked better? But this was for a book club and I just dove in.

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
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
The Messenger by Daniel Silva is the sixth novel in the Gabriel Allon series. Allon is an Israeli agent who is more interested in restoring works of art than the world of espionage.

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
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Ed
Feb 19, 2009 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spy Story Lovers
Some reviewers compare Daniel Silva with John LeCarre. That is pure nonsense. In my mind only two currently producing authors can write a spy novel that is more than an adventure story: LeCarre and Alan Furst.

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
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Susan Shipman
I own The Gabriel Allon series for two reasons 1) they are exciting, intricate, well written and sometime heart stopping action regarding the best spy and assasin Israel has (who also happens to be a masterful artist that has forgone painting to restoring great Master's originals) and 2) Daniel Silva EDUCATES me on what is actually going on in the middle east. In the beginning of the series, not so much on the political arena but it starts with the attack on the Israeli athletes in 1972, but as ...more
Nabarun
My 4th Gabriel Allon/ Daniel Silva novel and 6th in the Allon series, this is just relentless creation and sustenance of suspense in this genre of spy thriller by Daniel Silva. Each book I finish, I keep thinking "how can he better this book". And every time I pick up the next Allon series, I am mesmerised , hooked and completely possessed by the book till I complete it! Hats off to Silva, he is just a master craftsman who can repeat the magic book after book.

You have to accept a few authors she
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Jim
Gabriel Allon is, in my opinion, the most incredible secret agent since James Bond. He does it mostly without all the gimmicks that 007 has at his disposal, Allon and his colleagues at Israel's spy agency and the C.I.A. are faced with attacks on the Vatican and the Pope in THE MESSENGER by Daniel Silva (ISBN 978-0451221728, paperback, $9.99).

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
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Matt
Spy novels are meant to explore the moral gray areas that exist when you have state actors performing extralegal deeds which may individually be unethical or inhumane yet, when done in the interest of the safety of one’s country, becomes pseudo-sanctified. The great heroes of these stories are usually flawed because the reader is never completely sure that their actions are just. To me, this crisis of conscience is what makes spy novels fun to read.

Apparently, Daniel Silva thinks differently. Go
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Christopher Bunn
I recently picked up a couple Daniel Silva novels in a used bookstore this week (away on vacation and needed something non-Kindle to read at the beach). I found The Messenger and Prince of Fire. I've read a couple other of Silva's Gabriel Allon thrillers a long time ago. I'd forgotten how much fun they are. His Gabriel Allon character is one of the more interesting modern spies in literary existence. The balance between assassin/spy and art restorer creates a compelling man. Having spent a lot o ...more
Krishna
Silva's 6th Gabriel Allon book continues the Master Terrorist plot riff from the previous Prince Of Fire while cribbing another from the first Allon book The Kill Artist: That of using a beautiful woman to trap a terrorist master-mind. Considerable time is taken on the set-up and "prepping the bait". And some effective tension is generated when Allen's undercover operation is blown and neccesitates a race against time to rescue a beautiful Jewish woman before her death at the hands of evil murde ...more
Joyce Lagow
6th in the Gabriel Allon series.[return][return]Allon s cover has been blown, and he is now working as an art restorer in Israel. But Ari Shamron, Israel s ex-officio overseer of Israeli Intelligence, wants Gabriel to get back into the Service, as director of Special Ops. He shows Gabriel some interesting images taken off the laptop of a Palestinian agent: they are of the Vatican and Pope Paul VII, and are excellent indicators that both are targets for a massive terrorist attack. Monseignor Luig ...more
Brad Chinman
A thrilling story kept continuously moving by a determined protagonist. The messenger is a story about a man named Gabriel Allon who is leading a mission to take down a major terrorist. He is a member of Israeli Intelligence and works with the Americans to try to prevent further attacks against highly regarded members of society. His mission is to take down a Saudi who is funding multiple terrorist attacks. He must put an American woman in danger to begin the mission but swears that she is his p ...more
Sheila
Perhaps I am just getting into these books but I liked this one best so far.

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
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Bookmarks Magazine

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

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Onka
What can I tell? Mr. Silva once again proved what an amazing writer he is. Even though The Messenger is 6th book in Gabriel Allon series it didn't remind me of anything. There were things that still surprised me.
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
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Schuyler Wallace


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
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Quillracer
A good book makes me care about a characters, has my heart and breath racing as their fates play out across the pages of the novel. This is the first Allon story that did that.

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
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Matan Hollander
The book, The Messenger by Daniel Silva is the first book of a fiction, action series. This book is very intense and suites people who like secret agents and intense action.

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
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Carl Alves
In The Messenger Israeli spymaster Gabriel Allon finds himself in the middle of a plot by a terrorist targeting an attack on the Vatican, specifically aimed at Pope Paul VII and his top aide Monsignor Luigi Donati. Gabriel has to infiltrate the terrorist group and enlists the aid of American art expert Sarah Bancroft. Gabriel vows to protect her as she embarks on a deadly mission to stop the terrorists. When things go awry, Sarah faces torture and death, and Gabriel must save her.

This novel is a
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Maryclaire Zampogna
Gabriel Allon, the Israeli spy races the globe in pursuit of a top
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.
Pat
Audiobook--book #6 in the Gabriel Allon series. I backtracked to listen to this book. We again see Gabriel and his team, who this time rescue the pope twice. They enlist the help of an American female who infiltrates a Saudi billionaire's lair. Gabriel and his team must try to rescue her after she is discovered.

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
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Stone
Numa altura em que tanto se fala do Estado Islâmico e do terrorismo a ele associado, calhou ler este livro de Daniel Silva em que o fundamentalismo islâmico é tratado.
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
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Sharyn
I have listened to 1-5, but the library only had #7, so I quickly read this one, so today I can start the audio book of #7. These books should be read in order (as some of the reviewers can attest,) as each builds on the previous one. Silva's books are exciting and fast paced thrillers. I can only hope that Mossad is as good as the characters in this book!! I love Allon, the flawed hero. Each of these books has a point about world politics, especially this one, as the truth about Saudi support o ...more
Kris
The book is decently well paced and populated with a reasonably interesting cast of characters and DOES start with a boom, literally, but ultimately, for me, it fell flat at the two thirds point when one of the main characters' cover is blown for no adequately explained reason. Just suddenly the bad guys "knew" each and every intelligence spy around them and every time they passed the main character. This level of omniscience was just a bit too deus ex machina to me, and the wrap up at the end w ...more
Susan
Terrific plot and characters. In my opinion, the best of the first six Gabriel Allon books.
Derek Farrell
If you're looking for a detailed analysis of Global Geopolitics, you should probably look elsewhere.
if, however, you want a page turner with Evil Baddies, Saintly Heroes, exotic locations, a little art history and exciting cliff hangers, read on.
Gabriel Allon is, basically, a Jewish James Bond, and that can't be a bad thing.
if I have one criticism, it's that the beginning of the story (exciting as it is)
seems almost irrelevant to much of what follows, and the last quarter feels rushed, with t
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Fragmentage
Wenn es um Thriller und Krimis geht, haben mein Vater und ich einen ähnlichen Geschmack und ich habe mir früher oft gerne seine Bücher ausgeliehen. (Seit wir auf zwei verschiedenen Kontinenten leben, ist das ein bisschen schwieriger geworden..). Vor einigen Jahren hat Papa Daniel Silva entdeckt und sich mittlerweile durch die gesamte Reihe um den israelischen Geheimdienstagenten Gabriel Allon gearbeitet, der sich wieder und wieder dem internationalen Terrorismus stellen muss. Ich wollte schon lä ...more
Dick Edwards
Gabriel seeks to utilize a Van Gogh painting to catch the main terrorist. VG painted 3 known paintings of Marguerite Gachet, who was in love with VG. There was a 4th (Marguerite Gachet at Her Dressing Table) that no one knew about, and this is the one that Gabriel obtains to use against Zizi al Bakari. He convinces Sarah Bancroft to help him. Her lover had been aboard one of the 911 aircraft as a passenger. Sarah becomes “The Messenger.” She is arranging the deal for Zizi to buy the VG, and Zizi ...more
Conta-me Histórias
Este é o terceiro livro que leio do autor e mais uma vez fiquei incomodada com o que li.

A história, apesar de simples, prende o leitor desde o início, e envolve-o numa tensão e dramatismo constante. É acima de tudo, uma história de vingança, onde o bem e o mal se cruzam em nome de deuses e "guerras santas".

Após o 11 de Setembro e a morte do namorado num dos aviões envolvidos no ataque terrorista, Sarah ofereceu-se como agente secreta à CIA. No entanto, foi rejeitada. Mas agora, sem o esperar, vê
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Marcy Heller
There is something about Silva's characters and venues that make me wonder if he isn't in my family. Skipping the spy stuff, his characters are people I feel I know intimately. He really knows his politics and he's sensitive to both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian question, which I really appreciate. And he often describes in loving detail neighborhoods and secret corners of cities in Europe, the US, and Israel which I too know intimately and love. When his characters are slipping in and out of ...more
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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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