Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon #11)
Gabriel Allon has been hailed as the most compelling creation since "Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond" ("Rocky Mountain News"). A man with a deep appreciation for all that is beautiful, Gabriel is also an angel of vengeance, an international operative who will stop at nothing to see justice done. Sometimes he must journey far in search of evil. And...more
As this new episode begins, Gabriel has left that spy's life behind and once again retired to Cornwall to paint...more
Gabriel Allon is known around the world as the angel of vengeance, and an international operative who has worked for the Israeli Intelligence machine called the Office, since 1972. He is a man who will stop at nothing to see justice done even if it puts his own life at risk.
After the events that occurred during The Rembrandt Affair, Allon has finally decided to retire from the Office. He is living the quiet life in Cornwall, England as an art restorer along wit...more
Another installment in one of my very favorite ongoing series. An art restorer who poses as a reluctant spy is probably the closest description for the character of Gabriel Allon. Allon's first love is, of course, his current wife Chiara, but his second is art and he even seems to confuse the two on occasion. But no matter what the art restoration job is, those of us who have read several of the books in this series, know that it will probably be abandoned at some point for a clandestine assignm...more
And this one sure doesn't disappoint. As other reviewers have stated, Daniel Silva has used the same formula with the other books in the series. This is now my third so I'm not tired of it.
I thoroughly enjoy Gabriel's character, however, wish we'd see some development in Chiara, his wife. She's obviously very smart but we seem to see her mostly presented as the gorgeous, young wife who is also an extraordinary cook.
Nadia who plays a critical role in this book is a...more
"Set against the disparate world of art and intelligence, Portrait of a Spy moves swiftly from the corridors of power in Washington to the glamorous auction houses of NY and London to the unforgivable landscape of the Saudi desert."
One of the settings not m...more
The titled portrait of the spy is the canvas that Gabriel Allon paints after the death of the book's Middle Eastern heroine, Nadia al Bakari. She runs the business empire built by her murdered father, who was gunned down for his hidden terrorist activities. She was a teen at the time, and never knew about his terrorist activities during his lifetime. After inheriting his wealth, Nadia has moved moves her business HQ to Europe, and runs it with competence. She rarely goes back...more
Portrait of a Spy is my first book by Daniel Silva and is the 11th in the Gabriel Allon series. That really wasn’t a problem for me, though, since the author is very good at getting you up to speed without infodump, inserting little background snippets throughout the story. Speaking of story… The story begins with the determined retirement of Israeli intelligence operative Gabriel Allon with his lovely wife Chiara, which i...more
Gabriel Allon is one of the top operatives in the field and when terrorist attacks begin popping up in Paris, Copenhagen and then Covent Garden in London, all t...more
This is the author’s latest installment in his series featuring Gabriel Allon. Allon is a well-known and respected art conservationist (restorer) and, less well known, an “angel of vengence.” He is a spy of the highest rank and an assassin that does the bidding of the top agencies of the world. Gabriel and his wife, Chiara, were spending a pleasant weekend in London, visiting the gallery of a close friend. His friend had a painting to show him. It...more
With literally hundreds of audiobook narrations to his credit and enough awards to fill many mantels, Simon Vance is an acclaimed voice performer. Formerly a newsman for the BBC, his voice is rich, resonant, strong, wonderfully suited to bring Silva’s affecting protagonist to life. Portrait Of A Spy is pure listening pleasure.
We’ve read that Gabriel Allon has been hailed as the most compelling creation since “Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond.” So true - a premier art r...more
His lead is Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and at-large agent of Israeli...more
I love Silva's novels. They were my introduction into the thriller genre, and I look forward to them so eagerly t...more
I said my rating is partly based on that, it's mo...more
On this, my 4th Gabriel Allon book, it has finally dawned on me that Daniel Silva has told me essentially the same story four different ways. Or he may be iterating on a theme as he tries to write the perfect novel that so far remains resolutely locked in his creative mind. I can point to several repeating elements in these books: Allon is drawn out of retirement, a new bad guy is introduced, Allon gathers together his team from the Office, a neophyte spy is recruited, Allon prepares a detailed...more
The book also is an interesting read for those interested in the current U.S. political scene. Though not overt, Silva gives a glimpse of the right-leaning tendencies of the U.S. intelligence system. I get the sense that Silva doe...more
Terrorism is a very touchy subject and I felt t...more