Portrait of a Spy
In a dangerous world, one extraordinary woman can mean the difference between life and death. . . . For Gabriel and his wife, Chiara, it was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London—a visit to a gallery in St. James’s to authenticate a newly discovered painting by Titian, followed... show more
In a dangerous world, one extraordinary woman can mean the difference between life and death. . . . For Gabriel and his wife, Chiara, it was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London—a visit to a gallery in St. James’s to authenticate a newly discovered painting by Titian, followed by a quiet lunch. But a pair of deadly bombings in Paris and Copenhagen has already marred this autumn day. And while walking toward Covent Garden, Gabriel notices a man he believes is about to carry out a third attack. Before Gabriel can draw his weapon, he is knocked to the pavement and can only watch as the nightmare unfolds. Haunted by his failure to stop the massacre of innocents, Gabriel returns to his isolated cottage on the cliffs of Cornwall, until a summons brings him to Washington and he is drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen to whom Allah has granted “a beautiful and seductive tongue.” A gifted deceiver, who was once a paid CIA asset, the mastermind is plotting a new wave of attacks. Gabriel and his team devise a daring plan to destroy the network of death from the inside, a gambit fraught with risk, both personal and professional. To succeed, Gabriel must reach into his violent past. A woman waits there—a reclusive heiress and art collector who can traverse the murky divide between Islam and the West. She is the daughter of an old enemy, a woman joined to Gabriel by a trail of blood. . . . Set against the disparate worlds of art and intelligence, Portrait of a Spy moves swiftly from the corridors of power in Washington to the glamorous auction houses of New York and London to the unforgiving landscape of the Saudi desert. Featuring a climax that will leave readers haunted long after they turn the final page, this deeply entertaining story is also a breathtaking portrait of courage in the face of unspeakable evil—and Daniel Silva’s most extraordinary novel to date. Gabriel Allon has been hailed as the most compelling creation since “Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond” (Rocky Mountain News). A man with a deep appreciation for all that is beautiful, Gabriel is also an angel of vengeance, an international operative who will stop at nothing to see justice done. Sometimes he must journey far in search of evil. And sometimes evil comes to him.
Publish date: July 19th 2011
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
, Spy Thriller
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Gabriel Allon (#11)
Another masterful effort in the world of Gabriel Allon by Mr. Silva as Allon is once again drawn into the Israeli spy net when he witnesses a terror attack in London, and is then asked to shut down the same terror network. The catch is he needs the help of a woman whose father Allon killed some time...
It has been a long time since I have read Daniel Silva's thrillers. So I picked this up at the library and promptly kicked myself for not getting back to him earlier.I believe that Daniel Silva is one of the intrigue genre's star authors. He is able to craft a complex story line using well establi...
I feel like I ordered an ice-cream sundae and received a plate of whipped cream. It went down easily, I finished it, but something lacked substance, some critical ingredient went missing. James Bond without the martinis and cartoony villains? Jason Bourne without the picturesque small-European-car c...
On this, my 4th Gabriel Allon book, it has finally dawned on me that [a:Daniel Silva|29085|Daniel Silva|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1240154365p2/29085.jpg] has told me essentially the same story four different ways. Or he may be iterating on a theme as he tries to write the perfect novel that so...