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The Messenger (Gabriel Allon #6)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  18,765 Ratings  ·  611 Reviews
Gabriel Allon, art restorer and spy, has been widely acclaimed as one of the most fascinating characters in the genre and now he is about to face the greatest challenge of his life.
Allon is recovering from a grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when a figure from his past arrives in Jerusalem. Monsignor Luigi Donati is the private secretary to His Holin
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Putnam Adult
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This is book six of this series by Daniel Silva, and having read and enjoyed the previous five, I have to say that this is the best one yet.

For those of you who haven't read any of these, the main character is Gabriel Allon, master art restorer and Israeli assassin/spy. He has been at this for many years. In fact his first job was going after the Black September terrorists who carried out the Munich killings in 1972.

At the beginning of this book, Al-Qaeda terrorists, using suicide bombers and ro
Sean Peters
Mar 21, 2014 Sean Peters rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 25, 2012 Jacqie rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnt-finish
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
Jan 04, 2016 Vi rated it really liked it

Originally posted on Gone With The Books

When I started this thriller, I didnt know that it was part of a series. And when I realized it, I was right in the middle of a tough but well written plot about agent Gabriel Allon, who has to do another dangerous job. The story starts right of with a deadly situation and the more I read, the more it felt kind of scary. Because almost everything that happened in this thriller is today – about ten years later – sad reality.

The Messenger London:

The setting goes from London and
Zohar -
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
Susan Shipman
May 20, 2014 Susan Shipman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
May 28, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  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
Maria Carmo
Sep 22, 2016 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I especially liked this book: besides all the thrilling adventure and cunning ability of Gabriel and his team, there are in this book clear experiences of loyalty, faith and trust that made me like it better that the ones simply centered on "plot".

Loved it and I am continuing reading this saga!

maria Carmo,

Lisbon 22 September 2016.
May 31, 2016 Tim rated it it was amazing
Even with the abrupt ending, this is an outstanding story. Especially intriguing is the fact the U.S. consorts with the Saudi regime to its detriment for the benefit of oil. 10 of 10 stars
Nuno Peralta
Jun 27, 2016 Nuno Peralta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Felizmente descobri tarde a série Allon e tenho a possibilidade de ter sempre um novo livro para ler! Acho que este foi o que foi livro em menor espaço de tempo. E agora, segue-se uma nova "experiência", os volumes 7 e 8 em inglês / eBook, que ambos estão esgotadíssimos em Portugal...
Jan 31, 2011 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, spy
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
C.C. Yager
This novel, like all the Daniel Silva thrillers I've read so far, has stayed with me after I finished it. A particularly powerful story, it follows Gabriel Allon from the Vatican where he saves the Pope to France to the Caribbean, London and Washington. Silva, writing in 2005, courageously calls a spade a spade as he paints a portrait of Saudi Arabian wealth, rich businessmen, and where their money goes. September 11, 2001 haunts the story in many ways.

How Allon and his team gather the intellige
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2014 Nabarun rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 29, 2009 Krishna rated it it was ok
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
Brad Chinman
Jan 30, 2012 Brad Chinman rated it it was amazing
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
Yuvaraja Chinnamani
Feb 14, 2017 Yuvaraja Chinnamani rated it it was amazing
The best of Gabriel Allon I read so far.
Christopher Bunn
Mar 13, 2012 Christopher Bunn rated it really liked it
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
Mar 17, 2010 Sheila rated it really liked it
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
Dec 21, 2016 Regina rated it it was ok
First, I'll qualify my review by admitting that this is not really my genre. I wanted to give it a try, however, since Silva is so prolific, and I've read great reviews about his work. And I must admit that, of recent other offerings I've read in this genre, Silva takes the prize for the most well-written. The dialogue is good and there aren't any gaping plot holes.

The problem I had with the book was that I just didn't give a rip about any of the characters. I haven't read any of the other Gabri
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

Saul Escalona
Aug 28, 2015 Saul Escalona rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. In the GR page for this book , there are very good reviews of it worth reading. I will try my best with this one of mine.
G. Allon , Israel's secret agent, books ; are they fiction or half truths? With a high political tint, "The Messenger " which was written in 2006 is kind of vissionary to the events developing in 2015 regarding the convulsive situation in the middle east . With G. Allon, also an art restorer , you are not only involve with a great espionage story but also you learn
May 22, 2012 Onka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english, crime
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
Jun 02, 2016 Msjodi777 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2016, june-2016
Ok, before you whine, I already know that some of the books in the Gabriel Allon series have lots of "coincidences" that are just a bit too... well, coincidental. The Messenger, is just a bit over the top, in the coincidence category, but, I like them, even with their faults. Christopher Lane did a great job with his narration. <><
Robert James
Sep 01, 2016 Robert James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good entry in this series. Great companion to Silva's "The Black Widow". Also reminds me in parts of Le Carre's "The Nighr Manager". Even though this is fiction at it's finest, Silva's books give an inside look at the issues in the Middle East and the relationships the U.S. has with it's so called allies like the Saudis.
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.
Lynne Capehart
Dec 16, 2015 Lynne Capehart rated it it was amazing
I love all Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon books.
Jan 05, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Terrific plot and characters. In my opinion, the best of the first six Gabriel Allon books.
Mark Easter
Jul 06, 2013 Mark Easter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Gabriel Allon, art restorer and spy, is about to face the greatest challenge of his life. Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer - photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever, straight at the heart of the Vatican. Allon warns his old friend Monsignor

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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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