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A Death In Vienna (Gabriel Allon #4)

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Following 'The English Assassin' and 'The Confessor', this is the final novel in the trilogy to feature art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon. In 'A Death in Vienna', Allon is sent to Vienna to discover the truth behind a bombing which killed an old friend - a Nazi hunter.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Penguin Books (first published November 12th 2003)
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Zbegniew
This is 4th novel featuring the protagonist Gabriel Allon, a semi-retired Mossad agent whose day job is now as one of the world's foremost art restorers. The story starts in Venice and includes stops in Argentina, Israel and Munich but as the title suggests it mostly revolves around characters and events in Vienna. The plot concerns a former SS member who has changed his identity and now seeks to bring his hard right-wing brand of politics to Austria. It deals with Austria's lingering anti-Semit ...more
Susan Kelley
Set across Europe and in Israel, A Death in Vienna is a spy tale intent on righting some of the wrongs of The Holocaust. Part-time spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna by The Office (think CIA, but deadlier) to investigate a bombing at the Wartime Claims and Inquiries office. Following clues to the identity of a Nazi officer, Gabriel travels the globe with an assassin hot on his tail.

While this book was very interesting, and I learned more about the atrocities of the Nazis, I can't say it was ri
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Joyce Lagow
4th in the Gabriel Allon series.[return][return]Gabriel Allon is an Israeli Secret Service agent who poses as Mario Delvecchio, a very well-known and highly respected art restorer. At the moment, he is working in Venice, and living with his lover Chiara. But Gabriel s life is not his own; he owes his allegiance to Israel and to Ari Shamron, the Old Man of the Israeli Secret Service. Whenever Shamron appears, Gabriel embarks on a mission of death to track down and kill those responsible for blowi ...more
Susan
Though Israeli agent Gabriel Allon's unraveling of the mystery behind the bombing of an aged Nazi-hunter's office keeps the reader turning pages, its real value lies in the haunting story that is told about Gabriel's mother. This novel is most compelling--and painful to read--when author Daniel Silva uses it to shed more light on Nazi crimes during the Holocaust. I hadn't known, for example, that Austria had been particularly fertile ground for Nazi recruitment (though it shouldn't be surprising ...more
Gary
The 4th book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. This series is getting better and better as the characters develop and more sub plots are related. This spy series is different to my normal Mystery Thriller genre but rarely fails to deliver. The stories are full of action and intrigue and delivered at a break neck pace and I don't think it will be that long before I start his next instalment.
Shawn
The previous two Allon novels and this one sort of form a trilogy with a focus on the Holocaust. The complicity of the Swiss and the Church are the focus of the first two. This one focuses on the broader complicity of many other countries evident in the post-war world. What makes this particular novel stand out is the detailed point of view of Holocaust survivors. This is integral to the plot; it provides the motivations for many of the characters and it causes the reader to feel the need for ju ...more
Anne Germana
An ugly time in history


The second world war and especially the sorrowful Holocaust history is something we must never forget. Any attempt to eradicate an entire race must be met with strong g resistance. This book was impossible to put down.
Paula
This is a story of a Nazi war criminal hunt. It is another viewpoint of the horrors inflicted upon the jews during the Nazi regime.
Interesting to me in this story is the suggestion of the Vatican's involvement in helping Austrian and German war criminals escape capture and aiding them in disappearing into another identity mainly in South America, Argentina heading the list at the time of Peron's administration.
I understand this book is one of a series about Gabriel, the main Israeli hunter in t
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Patricia Rodrigues
Neste livro, Gabriel é enviado para Viena para investigar um atentado à organização de Eli Lavon, um velho amigo, que vitimou duas funcionárias e deixou o amigo em estado crítico.
No seguimento das pistas, Gabriel é assombrado por um rosto familiar, mas desagradável nesta sua busca, descobre acontecimentos relatados pela sua própria mãe, durante o Holocausto.

É um livro mais cruel, com passagens bastante reais do Holocausto, tais como, relatos sobre o que acontecia nos campos de concentração, um p
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Mukundan Srinivasan
A complete, pacy and riveting spy thriller. Gabriel Allon is sent to investigate a murder attempt on his friend (much like "The Confessor"). First few pages were smoggy kind but picked up pace once it started to travel in the path of exposing a mass murderer of Jews during the Nazi regime who is living under false identity. After nail biting twists, turns and travel, the climax was also appropriate. Cannot put this book down. I'm sad that I finished reading this book. Eager to read more of Danie ...more
Makayla Dorsey
A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva shows the crossing paths of Austrian, Israeli, and American intelligence services through the eyes of Gabriel Allon. The book opens with a bombing at the Austrian Wartime Claims and Inquiries, an Austrian Holocaust research center. Gabriel Allon, a former assassin, is recruited to investigate the bombing, unknowingly diving head first into what would become an incredibly personal and intricate case. The case brings the significant past into the future through ac ...more
thewanderingjew
I listened to this book on a long road trip. This tale of espionage was very fast moving, as well as being just long enough to engage me, the listener without exhausting me. The reader was good and it truly held my interest while keeping my eyes alert and on the road. While it was not rocket science, it did provide a history of parts of the Holocaust, never actually getting into the weeds, just imparting the information necessary for the story to take shape.
It basically begins with an explosion
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Becky
Love Silva and Gabriel Allon. This is book 4 in the series but you don't need to read them in order. Complex plots, complex characters, plenty of intrigue. Good guys who sometimes/often wonder if the end really does justify the means. Evil guys willing to take any approach to get what they want without any remorse or regret. Despite death, evil, tragedy, and sorrow, the good guys always prevail. Silva writes a great journey for them and their foes.

Time to choose another Allon tale.
Pat
#4 in the Gabriel Allon series--audio book. Gabriel is sent to Vienna to discover the truth behind a bombing which killed an old friend, but while there he encounters something that turns his world upside down. It is a face - a face that feels hauntingly familiar, yet chills him to the bone and sends him on an urgent hunt for a name, a history, a connection.

Gabriel Allon is working as an art restoration expert in Venice. His old boss from the Israeli Intelligence Service, Ari Shamron, appears o
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Bruce Mohler
While this is the 4th book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva, is the third book in a series "dealing with the unfinished business of the Holocaust. Nazi art looting and the collaboration of Swiss banks..." in The English Assassin, "...The role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and the silence of Pope Pius XII..." in The Confessor, and the role of Austrian Nazis in the death camps in this book, A Death In Vienna. Excellent.

A handful of typos were noticed in the Kindle edition of t
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Dana
I wouldn't have picked up this author, except my mom left one (The Secret Servant - which I loved) at my house. This is my 2nd book with Gabriel Allon, Israeli spy, as the main character. The theme of this (it's part of a series, I've learned) has to do with WWII/Holocaust, specifically the surfacing of a Nazi war criminal in Austria. The writing is very good and the storyline kept me intrigued the whole time.
Richard
My 5th book by Daniel Silva and my 4th of the Gabriel Allon series. All his books have been extremely well researched and with a hint of truth in the story lines. This book is the third and final story based around the holocaust during WWII and the attempts by either the clergy or high ranking establishments to protect the Nazi perpetrators. The first half of this book was a bit slow and over descriptive of persons, surroundings, scenery, etc. When it finally got going it was superb and engrossi ...more
Peter
Sometimes fiction does a better job of getting at the truth of a situation than non-fiction. This is true in particular when dealing with meaning and implication where there's little disagreement about the facts, but what to make of those facts is unsettled.

When considering the Holocaust, the issue is not one of fact, except to those who wish to ignore proven facts for political purposes. Rather the issue is how do we get people to understand the unimaginable. In three novels that deal with to u
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Ty
while i am still a big fan of Silva's Gabriel Allon series, i found this installment the toughest of the 4 so far to read. the storyline pits Allon against a former SS officer with horrifying past ties to Allon's own family. the author states in the afterword that this book wrapped up a trilogy covering the impact of the Holocaust and the complicity of the Catholic church, so i hope that the next books in Allon's future will focus more on the thrill and mystery and less on painful history. the s ...more
Kerry
Outstanding. A remarkable adventure that brings to life the horrible pain and suffering of the Holocaust victims and their families. The last in Silva's trilogy related to the Holocaust a necessary journey.
Lynda
great history lesson on the holocaust. Easy read, I started this a while back and don't know why I never finished it, so I completed it this year. Some parts were a bit depressing and graphic.
Mike
Gabriel Allon is back and fighting Nazis in Austria, who are alive and well and active (albeit very old). Still, an OK entry in the series. Silva seems to be painting countries' personalities -- mostly Austria, in this case -- with a pretty broad brush, but I don't really know enough about European politics to know what is more or less accurate or evocative and which is dramatic license.
One odd thing I notice about these books, considering they were written in the early 2000s, at least this one
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Greg Destro
Another excellent work by Daniel Silva. Mr. Silva was able to keep my interest thoughout, with exciting and intriguing passages. He also maintains that Gabriel Allon is flawed and extremely human, yet through his struggles and determination, is still able to attain the desired result. It is just this fact that Gabriel Aalon is not some Superstar invincible pseudo-machine that I enjoy the most, and which lends an air of believability, as I often see this type of drive and determination in those w ...more
Donna
Fabulously researched, riveting spy thriller about Israeli intelligence and the hunt for war criminals. I didn't think the first Gabriel Allon book was that good and hesitated to read another, but now I will be picking up every book in this series, and likely by this author.
I appreciate how if he weaves true and little known facts into the story. Facts like the U.S. using former German war criminals to spy for them on the Russians in the Cold War.
Silva uses real events and people to authenticat
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Rchalk1
My fourth Gabriel Allon in a row, and I could go on forever but I'm stopping to finish other books. I learn so much history and geography from Daniel Silva's books, and the characters are so well drawn that I find myself thinking about them all day and looking at life through their eyes, especially Gabriel's green eyes. The last three were about the Holocaust. Silva's copious research into the involvement of Austria, Switzerland, and the Roman Catholic church formed the basis of these compelling ...more
Suva
A typical Gabriel Allon page turner with an amazing blend of history and espionage. The twists and turns are thrilling and unpredictable and hooks you to the book. This book also explores the emotions of Holocaust survivors and their kids. At one point of time while reading you also start chasing the hidden Nazis with Allon.

The last part could have been little less descriptive, specially the part where the war criminal gets into the spiral of Holocaust events.

Again a real page turner from Danie
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Bayneeta
Not sure why when I picked this up while browsing the audio shelves at my library I thought this was the first in the series. Actually number 4 of 14, but Silva blends in enough background details in the telling that it didn't matter at all that I had jumped into the series a ways down the line. John Lee does a great job with a variety of accents, and I pretty much dropped everything just to follow this suspenseful tale of a search for a Nazi war criminal. Loved it and look forward to the other ...more
John M. Lesser
It did happen and it was real and we should never forget.

This is an excellent fictitious account of real events. I selected this book and my rating to insure that everyone understand what did happen, how it happened, where it happened and to whom it happened. For anyone that truly believes that this did not happen read the book.
One final piece that you should understand - for those that believe no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.
Nabarun
My second Silva/Allon novel and I am loving it! This is the 3rd book from Silva in continuation with The English Assassin, The Confessor which deals with the Holocaust during WW2. It begins exactly the same way as the previous novel, when an Israeli Intelligence agency based in Vienna is bombed and Allon is called out from his art restoration job in Venice to investigate the bombing. Allon's investigation leads him to open up Pandora's box of holocaust horrors, this time, the tragedy which unfol ...more
Wanda
Once again Gabriel Allon, part time art restorer and Israeli agent is called backed into the field. A bombing in Vienna destroys the Jewish center for Holocaust records and research killing two young women and critically injuring the director--an old friend of Gabriel. He puts down his paint brushes and leaves the project in Venice to travel to Vienna. There the journey back to the Holocaust begins and the search for a former SS officer guilty of producing a mass cover-up for the horrors of that ...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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Gabriel Allon (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon, #2)
  • The Confessor (Gabriel Allon, #3)
  • Prince Of Fire (Gabriel Allon, #5)
  • The Messenger (Gabriel Allon, #6)
  • The Secret Servant (Gabriel Allon, #7)
  • Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon, #8)
  • The Defector (Gabriel Allon, #9)
  • The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon, #10)
  • Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon, #11)
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