A Death In Vienna (Gabriel Allon, #4)
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A Death In Vienna (Gabriel Allon #4)

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Art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to discover the truth behind a bombing which killed an old friend - a Nazi hunter. While there he encounters something that turns his whole life upside down. Each fact he uncovers only leads to more questions until finally a picture emerges which is more terrible than he could have ever imagined - a portrait of evil stre...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 4th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published November 12th 2003)
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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...more
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
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...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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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.
Nabarun Nandi
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
Sharyn
4th in the series and compelling, the search for a Nazi war criminal becames personal to Allon. These books are thrillers, yet haunting also. The Holocaust has played a roll in the past books, and this one in particular was upsetting as we hear (audiobook) the tale of Allon's mother. His books take fact and make them fictional and are sometimes harrowing to read. I keep thinking to take a break, but I am now listening to #5. But I also keep wondering how this 50 year old man keeps taking such ab...more
Jake
The final work in Daniel Silva's Nazi troika of the Gabriel Allon canon (along with my favorite "The English Assassin" and "The Confessor") is another steady read. What I appreciated about this one is that there isn't as much over-the-top violence or romance, rather a gradual build up to the conclusion (which I still can't decide if I liked or not but I liked the book enough to forgive). Silva writes intelligent thrillers and yet they are very well-paced and readable. I've got the next book in t...more
Sergio
As I've often stated in my past reviews of Gabriel Allon books, you pretty much know what you're getting when you turn the first page. Some may find that this predictability is detracts from the overall quality of the books. However I find it relaxing, in the sense that I know I'm going to enjoy the ride. Of all the books by Daniel Silva I've read this is the best one yet. All the usual elements are here, intrigue, betrayal, action, and even some moralizing. This volume differs a bit from it's p...more
Tony
Daniel Silva- A Death in Vienna (Signet Books 2005) 3.75 Stars

Gabriel Allon is being called upon by Israel again. After a Jewish building in Vienna was bombed, he is secretly sent there to get to the bottom of it. He is discovering though, that the answer may not be easy to swallow. Allon may have to face the demons of Jewish past and his own families past, in order to bring this to an end.

The introduction was kind of slow and did not really grab my attention. It did pick up pretty quickly thou...more
Libin Thomas
First thing first, Gabriel Allon is not Jason Bourne. In fact, there isn't anything Bourne-again about Allon. He's more like the Pierce Brosnan version of James Bond who would talk his opponents into submission or like Agent Dash who's more comfortable jumping over obstacles and would have to restart his journey everytime he stubs his toe. It's kind of sad actually, there is a part in the book where Allon is about to get shot and he runs screaming like a little girl waving his arms around scream...more
Gordon
"Silva, a Spy Writer Extra-ordinaries, Top 3 Allon"

The events of the holocaust effected everyone somehow attached to it in a deep way & it even had a dramatic effect on those who have nothing to do with the event except ensuring something like that never happens again. In this book Silva does such an excellent job of inter-weaving a tragic coincidence into a race to ensure a monster does not get away with the atrocities he's done & rationalized himself into everyday society in the proces...more
Georgia
I'm not a big reader of this type of book where there are spies and intrigue as I tend to find them formulaic, but I'm definitely glad I got to read this one! I don't know how much truth there is to the information that Daniel Silva pulled to create the story, but it was clear that he did his research.

The Holocaust is a large dark stain on the history of the world and this book shows how the echoes of it are still felt to this day. It also touches on the lives of those who are caught up in the...more
Rob
This was the first book of Daniel Silva's that I have read and I thought it was well done. It's actually the last book in a trilogy of sorts, but I felt it stood alone well enough. I won't get into the plot here as you can find that other places if you really want it. I'll only say that I read a lot of mystery serials and Gabriel Allon is sort of a carbon Copy of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon. He's a part-time assassin for Israeli and a part-time art restorer for whomever. The art aspect had little...more
Chaz
Although I didn't realize it when I began this series, this is the final book of Silva's "series within a series" treatment of the Holocaust. (The first two: The English Assassin and The Confessor). A Death in Vienna was one-star better than the first two, as Silva waited until the end to really hit his stride with respects to the atrocities that occurred in WWII. In the trilogy as a whole, Silva found a way to walk the tightwire to both educate and entertain, albeit in a sobering manner warrant...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
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.

Gabriel Allon is an Israeli Secret Service agent who poses as Mario Delvecchio, a very well-known and highly resp...more
Avigail
From the Publisher

Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, but the real object of his search becomes something else entirely: to find out the truth about the photograph that has turned his world upside down. It is the face of the unnamed man who brutalized his mother in the last days of World War II, during the Death March from Auschwitz. But is it really the same one? If so, who is he? How did he escape punishment? Where is he now?

Fueled by an in...more
Cindy
Themes: WWII, revenge vs. justice, politics, secrets, espionage, art
Setting: Vienna, Israel, and Poland, not sure what year

Gabriel Allon is an intelligence agent for the Israeli government. He's a bit of a renegade, even for them. His boss calls him in for a somewhat unofficial job - find out why an office related to the Holocaust and war crimes was bombed and two people killed. Find out who did it, and make them pay.

The first part, finding whodunnit, takes most of the book. Gabriel discovers th...more
Sammy
I really wish I had known before I started reading this book that this was the third book in a trilogy of some sorts. I mean, it stood well enough on it's own, but the entire time I was reading it I felt something was missing, and I realized it was probably because Silva was treating the reader in this book like they had read the first two prior to picking up this one. All the information given seemed sort of tossed out in a, "You should already know this," sort of way. Also the way the characte...more
Donald
Mar 13, 2014 Donald rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Historical fiction, those interested in the Holocaust
Recommended to Donald by: It was the 3rd of Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series
Daniel Silva's 'A Death in Vienna' took more effort to focus-on, as Allon's investigation into the death of a friend takes him to Austria, Argentina, Poland, the U.S.. Compared to his first two in this series 'The Death Artist', and 'The Confessor', I spent more time rereading parts to re-identify financiers, Nazi co-conspirators ad SS officers, government officials and spy agencies. The inclusion of Holocaust victims' testimonies, especially Allon's mother, were vivid, graphic, and painful to e...more
Jerry
This was our first stab at Silva’s booklist – a thriller of international intrigue was soon at hand. Little did we know that “Vienna” was the third in a trilogy to detail the Holocaust, as explained fully in an author’s afterword. The heart of the novel reveals the exciting discovery and hunt for Nazi war criminal Erich Radek, who engineered “Aktion 1005”, an operation that attempted to cover up the “evidence of the Holocaust and destroy the remains of millions of Jewish dead.” Along the way, we...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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