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The Fallen Angel

(Gabriel Allon #12)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  22,490 ratings  ·  1,503 reviews
After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII; the b ...more
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 406 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Harper/HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C.
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Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: past-favourites
This was an excellent read. The author incorporated a lot of interesting historical detail which only added more enjoyment. The first chapter starts off with attention grabbing writing and it just keeps going throughout the entire book. I have read a few of Daniel Silva’s books and believe this is one of his best.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
“We are tempted to think that we have reached the end of history, that it can never happen again.”
(3.5 stars)

A possible suicide in the Vatican begins the novel, and it ends at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. “The Fallen Angel” gets from point A to B in a very engaging manner. The plot/set up for this 12th book in the Gabriel Allon series is cleverly and intricately done. The parts fit together to create a satisfying whole.
In this series Daniel Silva has gotten unflinching in his disgust for Pales
Jim A
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
There is no such thing as a bad Daniel Silva Gabriel Allon thriller. Some are just better than others.

It's hard for me to describe the book. All of the usual characters are here, almost like old home week. When I finished the book I had the feeling that I had read the last Allon book by Silva. Using the time markers that Silva has put in the 12 or so Allon novels, Gabriel would be somewhere in his early 60's. In The Fallen Angel, Allon is kinder, more gentle than in previous novels. He doesn't
Terence M (Temporarily Indisposed)
Audiobook - 10:26 Hours - Narrator: George Guidall
4.5 Stars, rounded up - "It was excellent"

I have listened to all the Gabriel Allon novels up to "The Black Widow, #16" except for "The Fallen Angel, #12", which I just finished. Without a doubt it was "Excellent" and well-deserving of its high rating! I may make further comments, but they are probably not necessary. This was about as good as Daniel Silva has written, in my opinion, although that might be a touch 'blushy' given that I just finish
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
My weekend reading; can't wait! I've loved every Gabriel Allon book since the series started. Just came across an on-target review by Hugh Hewitt, parts of which I thought I'd share with anyone unfamiliar with the series:

"Silva's books are wonderful entertainment and Silva is widely regarded as at the very top of the thriller writers working today, but the far deeper value of the books is in the education they provide on the precarious situation of Israel in the world today. The nature of that s
kartik narayanan
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is there any Gabriel Allon book that is bad? Even if the story is recycled and you know pretty much what is going to happen, this series has never ceased to be fun to read.

This time Allon goes against the Mafia which is linked to terrorism of course. Yada yada yada. Who cares? Allon and his team kicking ass are why we are here and this book delivers it in spades.

Gabriel Allon is one of my favorite characters...I love his professionalism (both professions, assassin and art restorer), I love Chairi, his wife. I love his friends Eli and Ari. I love the fact Gabriel -- OK, really Daniel Silva, informs me about the Middle East and its complications. I can always plan to LEARN something reading about Gabriel...and this book does not disappoint. For this book, we learn about the connections between Iran and Hezbollah, described by a US federal agent as "the Ga ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read a number of the Gabriel Allon series of novels by Daniel Silva. They are all excellent, riveting, entertaining, and a little bit of education thrown in. Gabriel Allon is an art restorer, trying to retire from a career with the Israeli Intelligence service. In the beginning of the story, he is restoring a famous painting at the Vatican. A woman who works as an art historian is found having fallen from the upper level at St. Peter's Basilica. So, Allon is called in to investigate the dea ...more
Lewis Weinstein
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great exciting Gabriel Allon story (I've read them all). Silva creates electricity, sometimes with very few words. There was the touching scene with Leah, the always acerbic yet moving interactions with Shamron, the amazing Dina, and the sometimes implausible action that is nevertheless gripping. And also, there is the constant reminder of what Israel means to the Jewish people and how perilous its existence still is.

Silva states in his Author's Note at the end of the book that there co
Dana Moison
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book that I haven’t already mentioned in regards to Daniel Silva’s other terrific novels? The immortal and powerful character of Gabriel Allon, the legendary Mossad agent, is starring in an exciting plot, which begins in Vatican City in Rome and slowly advances towards the Holly city of Jerusalem in Israel. This book entails some of the dark secrets lying in the Vatican, and their possible connection to world worldwide terrorism. In his skilled and unique writing, Silvi ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the better spy novel
I do remember reading the early books of Silva also containing the first three Gabriel Allon novels which I kinda liked a lot. But due to availability I lost contact with the series. I found some hardcover copies of the later Allon movies and I picked up the series.

I am a great Fleming fan mainly due to his prose and his depiction of his hero James Bond, and all later writers never quite got the tone right and leaned way to much towards the EON version of James Bond. Another great Spy writer is
Time for the yearly Gabriel Allon novel. This one was slightly better than usual because it had Donati and the Pope. Gabriel was less insufferable than usual. I read this one super fast and couldn't put it down, however, as I get older I'm realizing the difference between not being able to put something down and 5 stars. These books are great beach reads, but I try to reserve 5 stars for books that have changed the way I think or even caused me to reconsider something. These books are not that, ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy contemporary int'l suspense novels
Another well written thriller from Daniel Silva, this time moving from restoring art in the Vatican, dealing with antiquities throughout Europe and finally accompanying the Pope on a visit to Israel. As always there is good and evil and those who are good are somewhat compromised, like Gabriel Allon. There is also the continuing age-old battle of the Middle East which is front and center in most suspense writing now. Allon has been part of this struggle since just after the Munich Olympics. How ...more
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a ferocious reader of mysteries/thrillers, I never thought I would find the perfect novel to satisfy my love of art and mystery combined. I considered the hunt for novels or books or articles especially regarding the Baroque painter Caravaggio would be everlasting! The bad boy of the art world* has inspired some fascinating narratives. This novel, THE FALLEN ANGEL by Daniel Silva, is reading after only a few the epitome of such novels. (Many an Amazon customer reviewer has decr ...more
Aug 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
We read this this summer on our cross-country drive. I was in the mood for a good spy thriller, and heard an interview with this author on the Diane Rehm program. It seemed like a spy thriller against a backdrop of art history would be perfect! I went right out and bought one of his novels for our trip because I assumed any author interviewed on Diane Rehm's program would have a lot of literary quality.

I have to say I was disappointed. I see that this author has a lot of fans and many reviews re
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfectly acceptable airplane (and train and subway and hotel room and hotel breakfast) reading ... and perfectly well suited to the task ... and a comfortable, easy, entertaining and distracting read ... but I can't say this was one of my favorites in the series. Compared to most of the movies offered on the plane, it was an excellent option, but ... unlike with some of the prior installments, I didn't feel compelled to stay up late at night to finish this.

Lots of ... hmmm ... maybe too muc
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's a wonderful feeling when you know within the first page of a book that reading it will be a pleasure - if only I could put my finger on how to make that happen I'd be writing my little heart out. Daniel Silva has no such problem, though - and he's done it again with a riveting book that's really, really hard to put down.

Gabriel Allon, a larger-than-life art restoration expert and former Israeli intelligence agent, takes on the task of finding the murderer of a young female curator who worke
Michael Rudin
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and I respect and like this author. Well written, great attention to detail, as always and sometimes beautiful use of the English language. There was a point in the story where the author hooked the reader; however, the denoument and conclusion felt blase. I experienced less immediacy than within previous Daniel Silva novels. Did it need more literal descriptive detail of action? I'm not sure. Perhaps the Gabriel Allon franchise has become a bit formulaic for me as Allon, the ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Despite the religious banter, I would have given this 4 stars had the ending not been choppy. How the final escape was made was not well written and left to wonder why not? 6 of 10 stars
The Fallen Angel is the 12th book in the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. The story opens with a murder in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Dr. Claudia Andreatti, a curator in the Vatican's antiquities division, uncovered a dangerous secret. A global criminal enterprise is looting treasures of antiquity and selling them. Monsignor Luigi Donati, the private secretary to the Pope, decides that there will be two investigations. The first, for public consumption, will determine that Dr. And ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Daniel Silva's latest Gabriel Allon novel still brings the thrills and suspense despite being the 12th volume in this increasing formulaic series.

In this novel, Allon is tasked by the Vatican to look into the death of an employee of the Vatican, who herself was looking into whether the Vatican had any problems with the provenance of its art collection.
This is an actual issue that has come to plague major museums in the world as art that has been on display for the masses is now sought by the ori
Jay Connor
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Taqiyya. From Sharia law: displaying one intention while harboring another. A feint or a misdirection.

The concept of taqiyya plays a central role in Silva’s most recent, sensational outing for Gabriel Allon, his wayward son of Israeli intelligence. It is a technique mastered by both terrorist and theologian in this gripping thriller.

We travel from the Vatican, where Gabriel is restoring a masterpiece by Caravaggio, to San Moritz to Vienna and on to the Holy Land. (Anyone who has visited the Temp
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Not going to repeat the plot line as others have already done so.

The given is that somehow the story has to end up with Allon and his team saving Israel from yet another potential catastrophe. The trick is how do we get there? And that is what seemed contrived to me: the whole death in the Vatican leading to antique theft to an international smuggling ring to -- oh finally -- they're connected to a terrorist organization that has a bomb ticking under Jerusalem. Almost forgot -- we throw in a Pop
Pamela Small
Exceptionally well researched! Mr. Silva writes intelligent, engrossing stories which enlighten and educate readers on fascinating historical tidbits as well as political events and their global impact. It is a rare treat to be immersed in such a high caliber of writing skill! The characters are well rounded, multi-dimensional, authentic, and likable. The plot is complex and riveting! Totally satisfying denouement! Well deserved five stars!
Nancy Brisson
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva is Book 12 in the Gabriel Allon series, the fictional, but famous spy for the Israeli Intelligence Service at the Office on King Saul Boulevard in Tel Aviv Israel. Gabriel is an unusual person to be an assassin for justice, world peace, and the survival of Israel. He is an artist who gave up an artist’s life (his own) when recruited by Shamron, the aging hero of Israel, to pursue the terrorists who killed athletes from his beloved homeland at the Olympics in Munich. ...more
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, mount-tbr-2017
Another good entry in the Gabriel Allon series full of everything I've come to expect from Daniel Silvia - plenty of suspense, intrigue, death, and destruction, with strong characters and compelling writing. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Maria Carmo
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Another excellent Gabriel Allon adventure...
The artistry of the writer is as great as Gabriel's artistry with both paintings and human nature.
An exciting discovery of the long hidden columns of the first Temple throws both Gabriel and Eli into an incomparable adventure.
Another unforgettable thriller!

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon 27 December 2016.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As usual, Gabriel Allon is doing what he likes best, restoring a masterpiece, this time in Vatican City, when there he is asked to investigate a death by his friend, the pope's private secretary.
His investigation leads him to the world of the theft of priceless and irreplacable art and artifacts. Telling what he discovers could destroy people he likes as well as the Catholic Church.
Locations include not only the Vatican but also Switzerland, Vienna, and Jerusalem. Not only art thieves but terro
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is a reason Bill Clinton likes Gabriel Allon (and Daniel Silva). The books provide an instant education on geopolitical events as well as dramatic plots and great action.

The books are largely the same; Gabriel is ensconced in some place doing art restoration work when a dire threat of some kind surfaces and off he goes to save the world. This book is no exception, and the reader gets a great first look at issues such as Islamic denial of the existence of a Jewish temple on the Temple Moun
Brenda Hawley
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
As usual, Gabriel Allon is dragged out of retirement (or in this case, restoration work) to help the Israeli intelligence as well as the Pope. With laundered money from stolen and illegal antiquities going into Hezbollah's coffers, and the Vatican's bank an unknowing partner in the procedures, Gabriel is asked to find the link from the Vatican to the terrorists and stop the potential scandal. Of course, this evolves delving into a global criminal enterprise which has tentacles far more reaching ...more
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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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