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The Messenger (Gabriel Allon Novels) Audio CD

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  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469272067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469272061
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,123,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loved this book. I've not read anything anywhere near as good as this since I used to read "Ian Flemming". I actually lost quite a bit of sleep over several nights as I couldn't put the book down. Very low brow - hardly a taxing read, but with a gripping style that's perfect for a poolside read on holiday.

Best of all the characters are fairly three dimensional, and by the middle of the book you actually start to care about their survival, and that they will reach their aims.

Highly recommended escapism. Can't wait for the film franchise to pick it up.
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I've now read and reviewed all the Gabriel Allon thrillers so this review marks, for me, the end of a saga.

In many ways `The Messenger' ranks as one of the best and most gripping of the entire 14 volume series - although after finishing the book I firmly believe Saudi Arabia should be at the very bottom of Daniel Silva's holiday destination list.

Two attempts on the life of the Pope, a rediscovered van Gogh painting worth many millions of dollars and the funding of international jihadism are just a few of the elements that make it extremely difficult to put down the book. Ari Shamron together with some familiar members of Israeli intelligence also play a critical role whilst the American CIA are never far away.

And, in the last few pages, Ari Shamron finally persuades Gabriel Allon and Chiara Zolli to sort out one or two issues completely unconnected with international terrorism, missing of Old Masters and rediscovered Impressionist paintings.

Read and enjoy...
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
The spy novel genre hasn't been the same since the cold war ended. Magnificent fictional forays and counter-forays of east and west against one another with the fate of the world in the balance provided marvelous drama that led to wonderful plots, seat-squirming suspense, and intense emotional involvement with the characters. Many have tried to resurrect the spy novel genre with modern-day terror and antiterrorist activities. In most cases, these stories don't carry the same weight. It's as though we know the tales are too fanciful to be real.

In the Messenger, Daniel Silva has recaptured some of the zest of the cold war spy stories in an intense tale of an innocent sent out among the lethal to identify a terrorist leader. You'll easily find yourself imagining that you are Sarah Bancroft, a curator at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., who is recruited to infiltrate a terrorist-supporting Saudi billionaire's entourage.

The plot is quite a complex one. Gabriel Allon has been retired from spying while he quietly pursues his profession of art restorer. Israeli intelligence is checking out a terror suspect when the man is accidentally killed, leaving his laptop computer to be accessed. From the images, the Israelis conclude that the Vatican is a target. Allon is brought in to see what can be done to avoid an attack. Soon, events roll into motion that require more than prevention at the Vatican as the Israelis target a former Saudi official who seems to be running terror networks. Sarah Bancroft is recruited, and the hunt is on. Time is of the essence. Can they identify the target before the terrorists identify Sarah's true allegiances?

The book's main weakness is that connecting the book's opening to the rest of the series takes up a lot of space.
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I was looking forward to reading the messenger, but now that I have read it all i can say is that Daniel Silva has got stuck. As the story unfolds you will know where the plot is going. In his previous novel's there has been a page turning quality which is sadly missing in this novel. I can only hope that his next book has more to offer.
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Gabriel Allon is a man who never sleeps, who crosses time-zones as if he were going to the shops, changes his appearance as if he were the master of disguise, spends time painting or restoring masterpieces and, when he has a moment, saves the Pope from an uncertain journey to the afterlife - twice.

If you think all this is too far-fetched, you haven't read Silva's earlier books. But now Allon is older, though not necessarily wiser, he still manages to kill off a few fundamentalists - well a lot, really but yet still they come, leaving room for further stories in the same vein.

As the holiday season approaches, these are books to take with you. Action-packed, hitting the spot for many people, pushing the case for a continuing remembrance of the persecution of the Jews and yet, one can't help liking the man. At some point, Allon will have to slow down and take a back seat. To a certain extent, this is now happening and, for me, because of that, the story slows down, too. Unfortunately, so far, there is no-one waiting in the wings for whom the reader has any empathy, so it remains to be seen how the author will cope with this. Up to and including this book, Silva's novels all follow the same path, the targets are the same, only the names have changed. With the Cold War long gone, the opportunities for a relentless pursuit of the bad guys is only ever going to lead in one direction.

Maybe next time, Allon may face up to Chechen terrorists, Georgian separatists, Chinese triads - anybody really to give the reader some variety. In the meantime, we have to deal with certain elements in Saudi Arabia, long-believed to be at the centre of fundamental terrorism. If only it were so easy to get rid of them.
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