The Messenger (Gabriel Allon #6)
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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
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
You have to accept a few authors she ...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
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
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more