The Fallen Angel: A Novel Hardcover – Jul 17 2012
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“It’s become almost obligatory for lovers of high level thrillers to read each new Daniel Silva novel as soon as it appears. With his by now trademark character, Gabriel Allon...Silva just about guarantees a couple of days of terrific entertainment.” (NPR, All Things Considered)
“Daniel Silva’s The Fallen Angel soars with authenticity….The Fallen Angel delivers the goods….Riveting espionage adventures that have timely, real-world relevance.” (Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
“Meticulously researched....The Fallen Angel is a first-class spy mystery painted on a grand scale.” (Columbus Dispatch)
“Another heart-pounding escapade of art restorer and Israeli intelligence legend Gabriel Allon gets masterful treatment.” (AudioFile Magazine)
“His past 12 books, all featuring enigmatic spy/art restorer Gabriel Allon, have kept Silva’s name high in the ranks; the latest, the Vatican-set The Fallen Angel, seems unlikely to reverse the trend.” (Arizona Republic)
From the Back Cover
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 body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. The Vatican police suspect suicide, though Gabriel believes otherwise. So, it seems, does Donati. But the monsignor is fearful that a public inquiry might inflict another scandal on the Church, and so he calls upon Gabriel to quietly pursue the truth—with one caveat.
"Rule number one at the Vatican," Donati said. "Don't ask too many questions."
Gabriel learns that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret—a secret that threatens a global criminal enterprise that is looting timeless treasures of antiquity and selling them to the highest bidder. But there is more to this network than just greed. A mysterious operative is plotting an act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. . . .
An intoxicating blend of art, intrigue, and history, The Fallen Angel moves swiftly from the cloistered chambers of the Vatican to the glamorous ski slopes of St. Moritz to the graceful avenues of Berlin and Vienna—and, finally, to a shocking climax beneath the world's most sacred and contested parcel of land. Each setting in this extraordinary novel is rendered with the care of an Old Master, as are the spies, lovers, priests, and thieves who inhabit its pages. It is a story of faith and of the destructive power of secrets—and an all too timely reminder that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.See all Product Description
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Evil will not depart from his house." -- Proverbs 17:13 (NKJV)
Gabriel Allon has finally achieved separation from Israeli intelligence, enjoying the task of restoring a masterpiece inside the Vatican. This tranquility is disrupted by a Vatican curator's mysterious death. Did she fall? Did she jump? Did someone harm her? Because of the delicate questions the death raises, Monsignor Donati, the pope's private secretary, asks Gabriel to look into matters.
He soon finds clues leading to a major criminal scheme, one that uses death to oil its operations. What else could be beneath the tip of this iceberg?
The plot and pacing are extraordinarily smooth and intriguing. I felt as if I were reading a classic novel, rather than a contemporary thriller. The character development and storytelling are special.
As much as I admire this series, The Fallen Angel stands far above many of the recent books in the series. Don't miss it!
Bravo, Mr. Silva!
The story moves through time and spaces holly to Christians Jews and Muslims. The story within a story is set up against true events and real places and leaders. If you like to know more about the Middle East than what you are being fed by short news clips on TV, this is your kind of read.
Surprising development after surprising revelation left me with no choice but to put the book down only to eat and sleep.
From this point, the action is non-stop involving: an assassination attempt on Allon and his wife, Chiara; illegal sale of unprovenanced antiques; money laundering of funds in the Vatican bank attained through theft; a ploy tactic by Hezbollah factions trapping Allon in a bombing incident in Swizerland; and a Hezbollah scheme to kill thousands in Jerusalem.
Readers who like an exciting story, linkages to contemporary policies and incidents, and historical references will enjoy this book.
This is the second book I have read in the Gabriel Allon series. This book actually precedes the first one I read, "The English Girl."
Interesting historical points are inserted in the story on the ancient history and rivalries of the Abrahamic faiths, that is, Christian faith, Jewish faith, and Islamic faith. The technologies employed by he Israeli intelligence staff are described in some detail. such as stegnographic messages consisting of imbedded hidden digital messages in transmissions.
Mr. Silva has to be one of the finest writers of international intrigue we have these days. His Gabriel Allon series features one of the most memorable and compelling character in contemporary fiction. His adventures have stayed fresh and exciting making each novel more successful than the previous.
With lots of action and interesting political points of view “The Fallen Angel” starts in a classic Gabriel way. He is found back in action taking refuge behind the walls of the Vatican restoring one of Caravaggio’s masterpieces. It opens with a murder in St. Peter’s Basilica and soon the story weaves different topics: art, politics, religions, etc. and also current issues such as the Vatican bank scandals and the threat of nuclear attacks. His investigation takes us on a journey around Europe and Israel. It is clear in the description that Mr. Silva loves the topic of terrorism and is passionate about the Middle East politics and strategy. This thriller provides an exciting plot and a page-turning story hard to put down. Although this is an excellent read it has flaws and this lie in the intensive and relentless attention to details. At the end of the book Mr. Silva highlights where fiction starts and reality falls, a much appreciated note.
I fell in love with Gabriel Allon in 2010. `The Rembrandt Affair' was my explosive introduction to this most seductive of spies. This was not the first of the series but I was so enthralled with Gabriel Allon, Ari Shamron & the entire cast of characters I immediately went out & purchased the entire series up to that point.
`The Fallen Angel', the latest, has not disappointed. From the first I found Gabriel to be the most alluring & intriguing of fictional characters & I hold this view to date. He is neither flamboyant nor flashy, he just `is'!
Of special interest is the relationship between Allon & the Vatican. His unlikely friend Monsignor Donati seems to be the most human of men in priest's garb.
Could it be that Mr. Silva is in fact a secret art restorer himself? He so eloquently paints a character on the page with a pallete of words drawing a picture so clear that the person is easily visualized in your eye.
Mr. Silva has carefully crafted each & every person with enough baggage, foibles & all, to make them human & believable. Most have regrets over failed experiences which only make them honest & true. They are layered & flawed & even evidence cold fear when faced with danger but then summons the courage to do what must be done.
I would like to make special mention of Mr. Silva's Author's Note(s) at the end of each book. It is entirely informative & lends itself perfectly to the plot of each novel. I would say that the Notes are just as intriguing as the novel itself providing historical facts that the reader may not be otherwise aware of bringing a layer of authenticity to his fictional stories.Read more ›
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I have been waiting to get this as an ebook, excellent as always, would recommend to all Daniel Silva fans.Published on Aug. 23 2013 by johnb1
In my opinion - Daniel Silva has exceeded ALL other Spy/Mystery books I've ever read.
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While waiting for The English Girl to arrive, I have started to reread the 15 I have on my shelf. Daniel Silva has a unique style that appeals to me more than any other author in... Read morePublished on June 23 2013 by MonaHB