The Messenger (Gabriel Allon #6)
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...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
Where does the money come from? Who pays for the suicide bombers, RPGs and logistical support? How do they recruit the jihadists-in-training? These are some of the questions that Gabriel must uncover the answers to.
A man known as Zizi, a globe-trotting Saudi financier...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
I like the way Silva utilized Gabriel's art talent in this book as the previous title I read had little to do with his unique talent. What always amazes me with writers like Silva is how adept they are at adding filler that doesn't feel like filler. when you brea...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
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
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 story itself was mostly about one particular operative who was placed inside a terrorist network. The training and operations pa...more
Someone asked me the other day for a book recommendation . I started talking about a couple of good ones I recently read. The guy said "I don't like series of books about the same character." After closing my m...more
Once again, Daniel Silva delivers. He's fast becoming one of my favorite writers, along with Clive Cussler and, of course, Jane Austen and Victor Hugo.
This one isn't as strong as some of the others, but still, a very interesting page-turner. I don't know what I enjoy more - the action aspects of the book or reading about the global landscape of the political, financial, and business aspects of Saudi oil money interests.
One thing I do like about these...more
I have read one of Silva's books earlier, and I did not remember it as a bad read, and so I picked this up. Found myself struggling to finish it. Allo...more
But have no fears, though part of the story involves a newly discovered VanGough, Israeli security, the CIA, safe houses scattered through Europe, even threats against the papal state come into play in what I feel is among the most promising of Silva's work and one which shows a deep unders...more