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Daniel Silva
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5 Aug 2014 Gabriel Allon

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.

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one…

Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world.

The dead man is a fallen British spy with a secret: he's been trafficking in stolen artworks and selling them to a mysterious collector. Among those paintings is the world's most iconic missing masterpiece: Caravaggio's glorious Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence.

Gabriel embarks on a daring gambit to recover the Caravaggio that will take him on an exhilarating hunt—from Paris and London to Marseilles and Corsica, and finally, to a small private bank in Austria. Straddling the worlds of art and espionage, THE HEIST is a page-turning tale of intrigue, populated by a remarkable cast of spies, killers and thieves.

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  • Paperback: 599 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe; Lgr edition (5 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062320092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062320094
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Silva is the bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Price of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant and Moscow Rules. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

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‘Allon is the 21st century Bond - elegantly paced, subtle and well-informed.’ Daily Mail

'Sexily brooding Allon… must be the most famous superspy not played by Daniel Craig' Daily Telegraph

'In true Bauer fashion, shoot-outs, kidnappings and international terror plots follow Gabriel Allon wherever he goes' USA Today

‘Silva builds tension with breathtaking double and triple turns of the plot’ People

‘A world class practitioner of spy fiction’ Washington Post

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About the Author

Daniel Silva is the number one New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, and Portrait of a Spy. He is married to NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel; they live in Washington, D.C., with their two children, Lily and Nicholas. In 2009 Silva was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first class thriller 27 July 2014
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I've read most of the Gabriel Allon thrillers and, at the time I reviewed `Rembrandt Affair', I found myself suspecting - like several other reviewers - it was time Gabriel Allon said goodbye to Israeli intelligence and settled for nothing more demanding than the restoring of old masterpieces.

Fortunately `The English Girl' completely restored my faith in Daniel Silva and I was genuinely looking forward to the publication of `The Heist', the 14th book in the Gabriel Allon saga.

Although the underlying theme is inevitably similar to the earlier books, it won't matter if this is your first contact with Gabriel Allon. Daniel Silva skilfully sketches out the background to Gabriel's abilities as a restorer of old masterpieces and to his role in various Israeli intelligence operations.

As with a number of recent Gabriel Allon thrillers `The Heist' is set in today's world. This time, instead of facing up to Iran's determination to develop a nuclear weapons capability, we're taken into the dark world of Syrian intelligence and the ruthless elimination of opponents to the ruling regime. Plus - absolute power corrupts absolutely - the systematic plundering of the country's economy and the transfer, out of the country, of vast sums of money.

Several priceless masterpieces - some stolen several years ago - plus the security services of the UK, France, Germany and Austria play their part. `The Heist', quite genuinely, held my attention from page one to the very end.

Read and, most definitely, enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION! 23 July 2014
CAUTION: Once you begin this book you will be half way through before you take a breath. Then, you will take a breath and continue until you are at the end because you just can't stop. It is sad that you have waited a year for #14 in the Gabriel Allon series to come out and then can't put it down and it is finished in one sitting, all 472 pages, including the Author's Note.
That's just how it is with Gabriel.

CAUTION: If this is your first Gabriel Allon book be warned that you are not going to be able to stop with just this one. So be prepared that you are going to want to go back to book #1 and read them all. You just can't help yourself.
That's just how it is with Gabriel.

It is not unusual that an author with a recurring character, or in this case many recurring characters, will start to get stale by book #14 - this I assure you is not so with Daniel Silva. This book is as timely and fresh and relatable as if Gabriel Allon had just appeared on the scene.

Mr. Silva has a very smart way of weaving in the back-story of each recurring character for the benefit of any reader new to the series. Even having read this series from book #1, I appreciate it since I read many books during the year and am glad for the little nudge to remind me of who is who and what their relationships are to each other.

If you are craving a page-turning thriller/ suspense/ clever/ intriguing well written story about an art restorer /spy you have just found it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I look forward each summer for the next Gabriel Allon adventure and this latest instalment did not disappoint. The familiar ingredients are here for those who have read the previous books. Chiara is now pregnant with twins, and the story begins with the couple living quietly in Venice although we already know that the tranquillity cannot last because soon,Gabriel will have to return to Israel to take charge at King Saul Boulevard, home of Israel's secret service. The combination of art with espionage might seem unlikely but works really well. Allon is drawn into the darker side of the art world - stolen masterpieces as a form of investments for those who may find their more traditional assets frozen. In this case, stolen art leads Allon to the money at the heart of the Syrian regime, and of course The Office has to construct an elaborate plan to strike at an enemy of Israel. The plot didn't feel to me like it had quite the complexity of some of Silva's earlier books and there are quite a lot of characters and events from previous outings referenced here so this may not be the place to start if you are unfamiliar with this series. Having said that, this is a good addition to an excellent series and I'm already looking forward to finding out how Allon's career develops in the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best 31 July 2014
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I've read all of Daniel Silva's novel and he hasn't as yet disappointed in any. The intrigue seems almost impossible in each novel. With Gabriel Allon getting older and it would seem wiser. With Amri ready to hand over. Chiara expecting twins. The Heist is a clever plot. I'm sorry I don't go into the full story review although I do enjoy reading the others and take note. I just know that whatever Silva writes will suit me fine. When you pick up the book you know you are in comfortable territory and will find it hard to put down. Can't wait for the next one although he doesn't churn them out like other authors. It will be worth the wait as there is more to tell in this man's life and love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I think this is one of Daniel Silva's best.
The plot is almost in real time without any blood being shed!
Great to see all his characters back in play with the future mapped out in front of Gabriel Allon.
Just hope it's not too long before the next book.........
The plot is almost incidental to this review - what I particularly love about Silva's writing is his humour which shines through in the exchanges between Gabriel and his team. And I found the ending very moving.
It is simply one of the best books I have read this year.
Just buy it - you won't regret a thing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabrial Alon defeat evil but not at any cost
Another Daniel Silva book which ticks all the boxes. So good, up to date and absorbing you may think at times this was written about real current events. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mt T Carolan
4.0 out of 5 stars Captured
Another solid outing for Gabriel Allon as a murdered British man, a Caravaggio painting, Syrian intelligence and his impending enthronement as head of King Saul Boulevard combine... Read more
Published 4 days ago by freedomrulesok
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is everything that I like in a book, well written with excellent characters that i can connect with, plot twists done in a way that i can follow yet still suprises me. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Fireball 61
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Silva
This is a typical Silva book. Fast-paced, interesting, using real life events as a basis for some of the action. If you like Silva's other books, you'll definitely like this one.
Published 9 days ago by Phil R
5.0 out of 5 stars The heist review
A vey entertaining book with a well developed plot typical of Daniel Silvas novels
Published 9 days ago by MJ Furness
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Impressive, fast pace and truly exciting. Looking forward to more....
Published 11 days ago by Elsa Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars great!!!
Best book by Silva yet. He gets better and better. Hurry up with the next! Again really great story telling.
Published 11 days ago by Ian Elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars the Heist
A very good novel,with many interesting twists and turns.
A subtly written story of the slippage between Israeli real life and wonderful fiction...
or is it?
Published 17 days ago by jim gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful - although not the best of his best
Published 19 days ago by Madlykeencooker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another brilliant book from my favourite author
Published 19 days ago by Madlykeencooker
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