- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (July 17 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062073125
- ISBN-13: 978-0062073129
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 635 g
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
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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)
“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)
“Another heart-pounding escapade of art restorer and Israeli intelligence legend Gabriel Allon gets masterful treatment.” (AudioFile Magazine)
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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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.
Religious facts for all denominations ... actual factoids...
It describes what might have been. The scenes are descriptive and surreal. Loved the plot of the whole story. Daniel S. has great knowledge of the cities and sceneries where the story took place. It was interesting from the very beginning...
A second reading is like a leftover from a delicious meal. Even more delicious the next day.
I've just finished ALL of the Gabriel Allon series except for the last one not out yet. I will need to go on withdrawal after reading such good writing. Daniel Silva, so far has exceeded all I'd ever want in a mystery/spy story series. If he continues writing
that includes Gabriel in it, well, I'll be ok - if not where is the next place to have my addiction taken care of. Yes - his stories
ARE really that good. You do not need sex to sell a good book. You do not need swearing to sell a good book. You do not need gore to sell a good book. You just need Daniel Silva to keep on writing like he does and I'll devour every one he writes. Period.
PORTRAIT OF A SPY FILLED ALL OF THE ABOVE - RATED 5 STARS.
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