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The Heist

(Gabriel Allon #14)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  20,619 ratings  ·  1,636 reviews
Gabriel Allon, master art restorer and assassin, returns in a spellbinding new thriller from No.1 bestselling author Daniel Silva. For all fans of Robert Ludlum.

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

Hardcover, 467 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Harper
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Lee Miller Part of it certainly are. Silva spends time developing characters and scenes, so it's not an "explosion-per-age" book, but even the development is alw…morePart of it certainly are. Silva spends time developing characters and scenes, so it's not an "explosion-per-age" book, but even the development is always fascinating.(less)
Randall Yes, each book is written to stand alone, however, there is more depth if you have read the others first.

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Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it

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

Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

In this 14th book in the 'Gabriel Allon' series the Israeli intelligence agent/art restorer investigates a wide-ranging art theft scheme. The book can be read as a standalone.


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 a
Dana Moison
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Daniel Silva in which the legendary agent Gabriel Allon, who also works as an art restorer in his spare time, uses his spying skills to trace a lost piece of art by Caravaggio, which had also disappeared in reality about 50 years ago. The search leads him to an underground network of stolen art trafficking for the most dangerous people on this planet. Silva reveals before us the tragic fate of Syria and the story about the eye doctor from London, liberal and enlightened on ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading Daniel Silva's books since he began writing them. I have to say that this is his best novel to date. He keeps getting better and better. I absolutely loved THE HEIST!!! Daniel Silva is the best thriller writing alive today. His characters feel like they are part of my family. And the topics he chooses to move his stories forward not only entertain me, they educate me. He uses current events; hot topics in all his books. And his research is second to none! This latest page-turne ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
"Why did you steal a Van Gogh and sell a copy to an Arab named Sam?"
"Because I'm looking for a Caravaggio."
"For whom?"
"The Italians."
"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
Elizabeth A
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I'm a huge Gabriel Allon fan, but I humbly disagree with many of the rave reviews of this, the 14th book in the series.

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
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love a great hero; from Tarzan to Perry Mason to Harry Potter, the good guy gets my attention every time. Over many years of reading, favorites have emerged - characters whose personalities are so appealing that I look forward to reading about them again and again and, were it possible, with whom I'd love to share a beer (or two) and what I have no doubt would be interesting conversation for a couple of hours.

These guys have been on my Top 10 list for quite some time now (in case any are unfam
B.R. Stateham
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Three pages into the novel and you do a collective sigh of relief as a big smile spreads across your lips. You know that feeling; it's the one you get when you realize you've found a novel that is an instant guarantee it's going to take you on a great, well paced, interesting ride into the dark underworld of espionage.

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
Lewis Weinstein
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
... another excellent Silva, exciting and fast-paced. It is, as some have said, somewhat formulaic, but the formula works so well it is not at all objectionable, at least to me. Silva stays just close enough to actual current events to make it very real, and events since it was written make it even more real, almost like historical fiction in the present instead of the past.
kartik narayanan
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
No review this time. Standard Gabriel Allon. Predictable story but fun to read.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
More about politics and less about the heist. Started out good and then, for me, went south. I kept on with it because George Guidall is one of my favorite narrators.
Tucker Elliot
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Evil Incorporated”

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
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
2.5 stars
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
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This story would have been better if not for meandering throughout Europe in the midst of an operation. There was minimal relevancy for the distraction. In additon to better editing, this novel could have used a better ending. 5 of 10 stars
Alex Cantone
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Italy had been blessed with two things in abundance: art and professional criminals. Much of the art, like the art in the church, was poorly protected. And many of the criminals were bent on stealing every last bit of it.

Gabriel Allon, onetime operative and the future head of Israeli intelligence (aka “the Office”) is in Venice restoring a Veronese canvas when he is summoned by the head of the Carabinieri’s Art Squad, General Cesare Ferrari. Gabriel’s friend, London art dealer Julian Isherwood,
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it

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
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another (largely familiar) installment in one of my most reliable (which must mean, at some level, favorite, even if I don't really love them) primarily-when-I'm travelling serial fiction series.

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
Scott Parsons
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I have read all of Daniel Silva's novels and thoroughly enjoyed them. The Heist is no exception. Gabriel Allon, art restorer and former Mossad agent, is back doing what he does best, restoring masterpieces and tracking down and foiling terrorists. The plot is long with many twists along the way. Silva constructs his edifice very skillfully and brings each novel to a satisfying conclusion.

I await the next Silva novel in which Allon will become a father and take over the reins of the Israeli intel
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, mount-tbr-2017
Best one yet.

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.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best, if not the best in series; one of those novels you can't read fast enough but regret finishing. Silva adds one of his best female characters ever into a mix of art theft and computer bank theft. Terrific in every way.
L.A. Starks
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Depth of action, great research, sympathetic characters and a strong feeling of portent for Allon both personally and professionally combine to make this another excellent book by Daniel Silva.
London art dealer, and friend of Gabriel Allon, Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon the scene of a chilling murder in Lake Como and is being held as a suspect. The dead man is a fallen British spy named Jack Bradshaw with a secret. He has been trafficking in stolen artworks and selling them to a mysterious collector. To free his friend Gabriel agrees to undertake a mission ... to find the most famous missing painting in the world, Caravaggio's "Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence". They sa ...more
Terence M (Spring is in My Step!)
Audiobook - 12:08 hours - Narrator: George Guidall
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
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great thriller from Daniel Silva. I will be sorry if this series ends. Really enjoyed the parts about the theft of fine art.
Urcelia Teixeira
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A spy, missing art and a female heroine... what’s not to like?
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This is the fourteenth book in the Gabriel Allon series that I read and, to be honest, I'm getting a little tired of them.

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
Karl Jorgenson
Mar 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I have been a huge Daniel Silva fan. No more. WTF. He must have been under deadline pressure, or under the influence, or he contracted the writing out to a Pakistani call center.
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.
Max Rudenko
Unusually week for Mr. Silva. The first half of the book was very slow, nothing much was happening. I found myself putting the book aside and picking it back up several times. I really wanted to just skip forward but didn't want to break the plot line. So I plowed through. In the second half the book picked up some, there were some exciting developments and it started to at least remind of the usual Silva. But then by the ending the story just fizzled out. The conclusion was rather weak and unsa ...more
Rats...the beginning of a brilliant (you'll just have to believe me) review just disappeared! I LOVE Gabriel, I love Chiara. Even Ari...and all the others Gabriel collects. I love his devotion to art and to justice.

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
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Gabriel Allon is once again manipulated to do someone else's bidding -- in this case, the Italian police department devoted to art crimes, seeking to recover a famous Caravaggio. A retired British diplomat is brutally murdered, and Gabriel abandons the very pregnant Chara to work again with his Israeli team and Corsican connection to lure out a notorious Middle Eastern art collector. Once again, an innocent is duped into cooperating with the team, and is placed in grave danger. Silva really exce ...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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