Gabriel Allon – art restorer and legendary spy – is in Venice when he receives an urgent call from the Italian police. The art dealer Justin Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene, and is being held as...more
The Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence by Caravaggio, created in 1609 …. missing since 1969; worth some $20 million
An art thief, a professional killer, the art restorer and former operative of the Israeli secret intelligence Gabriel Allon, join forces to locate those responsible for the death and torture of an art dealer, Jack Bradshaw. They soon discover he was suspected of possessing a stolen Caravaggio’s painting and about to sell it for a very...more
"Because I'm looking for a Caravaggio."
"Why is an Isreali intelligence officer looking for a painting for the Italians?"
"Because he finds it hard to tell people 'no.'"
So far the only major drawback of doing most of my reading via audiobooks is that I have no easy way of marking quotes to use later in my reviews, which is something I usually try to include. I listened to The Heist during my commute to wo ...more
Can it really be summer without time spent with my fave Mossad assassin and art restorer? I think not. Every year I have the publication date marked in my calendar, and eagerly await the new release of one of my fave characters in a contemporary series. As I look at my reviews of the previous books in this series, I see that my ratings have been dropping, but how can I resist a ...more
Gabriel Allon - 5'8", slim and attractive.....with striking green eyes - is a man of many talents. He's one of the best art restorers (and forgers) in the world; a top-notch Israeli intelligence agent; a capable assassin; and a first class strategist/technician for covert operations.
As the book opens Allon and his second wife Chiara - who's expecting twins - are living in Venice, Italy where Allon is restoring artwork in a church. Allon's quiet life is disrupted when he' s approached b ...more
These guys have been on my Top 10 list for quite some time now (in case any are unfam ...more
Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon, the top of the game assassin for the Israelie Mossad, is at his best in this one. Allon has never been one-dimensional as a character. He's always bee ...more
More of the same in most ways - and that's perfectly OK - with a few basic twists (none of which I found uniquely compelling). Not my favorite, by any means, but also most definitely not one of the more disappointing ones, either.
It is what it is... I'm more than a dozen books into the series, and I'm co ...more
There are plenty of action/thriller writers who try to capture “ripped from the headlines” issues and pontificate upon them within the confines of a fictional story, but mostly their efforts feel biased or partisan and all they really accomplish is to ruin an otherwise good story. There are also plenty of action/thriller writers who create stories in exotic locales and then proceed to fill their pages with mind-numbing descriptions that are better suited for a tourist guide (D ...more
Gabriel Allon, superspy, artist extrordinaire, lover of women with riotous hair? Beautiful young woman in distress? Ueber competent team of Israeli agents? Check. Check. Check.
Silva's Allon series has, for a while, been feeling a bit repetitive. Repetition does not have to be a bad thing if it is clever, but I fear such was not the case with his latest installment in the series. I have read them all, so I feel equipped to pass this judgement.
Allon is, as ever, stiff and utterly humorles ...more
Daniel Silva's latest Gabriel Allon novel "The Heist" is a decent enough read, but it lacks the panache of the earlier books in the series and the essential characteristics of a thriller. The entire novel is predictable, except for the ending, which is a big let down.
The series has always been formulaic, but Silva has been able to put Allon in new situations, new plots and still keep the action semi-fresh. Although every book starts the same as Allon is interrupted restoring a famous masterpiec ...more
This was like the greatest hits of Gabriel Allon - Silva brought back the best of the best secondary characters from previous novels: Christopher Keller, Don Orsati, the goat (!), Maurice Durand, Julian Isherwood, Christoph Bittel, and Viktor Orlov, in addition to the brilliant cast of King Saul Boulevard. He worked them all together beautifully into a taut international thriller that had me on the edge of my seat. Perfection.
The story was good, full of action, the usual stuff of Silva's books. But it's more of the same Silva stuff, no creativity here. Daniel Silva clings to the formula he has been using since 'The Kill Artist', where Allon appears for the first time, and he only has to add some updates on the Middle East struggles, some new female character who will have a key-role in the whole o ...more
4.0 of 5.0 stars
I love reading book series like Michael Connelly's "Harry Bosch", Cynthia Harrod-Eagles "Bill Slider" and Daniel Silva's "Gabriel Allon", where the central character develops with age and the author maintains a writing style for both the character and the story/plot lines. I am sure I am not expressing this as well as I could, but I am equally sure that readers here will understand the underlying theme of this comment: the reader ...more
I don't love that I have to worry all the time...even when I read the ending in the store...I have to keep rereading, looking for the new names of new characters.
This book is about the ruling family in Syria...again, right from the headlines. But as always, Silva gives us background ...more
I really enjoyed this elegant spy thriller, and will definitely be reading more about Mr Allon.
This series has managed to stay fresh time after time and after fourteen stories not only it is getting better and better as it moves along it has also kept up with the high expectation we demand as fans. Daniel Silva is definitely a master spy crafter that anticipates what we want, knows how to provide every bit of excitement from the get-go and never fails to entertain his readers. I agree with everyone saying this latest has to be one of the best if not the ...more
The plot is stupid: Allon is about to become the head of Israel Intelligence. So of course when a foreign spy asks him to track down a missing painting, he says yes. This is like Hillary Clinton agreeing to look for a lost dog in Finland. Bullshit.
So we take half the book to look for the painting, blah-blah-blah boring. ...more
For once though, Allon is on a different course. ...more