The Fallen Angel (Gabriel Allon Book 12) Kindle Edition
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Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 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, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, House of Spies and The Other Woman. He is best known for his long-running thriller series starring spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Silva’s books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas. For more information visit www.danielsilvabooks.com--This text refers to the paperback edition.
‘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--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- Print length : 339 pages
- Publisher : Aus CoPubs (1 August 2012)
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B007QQE4J4
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- Best Sellers Rank: 3,148 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This time I had some issues with un realistic technology features, like full radio comms underground, which isn't feasabile.
All together a great story to read!
I have read nearly all of them. I can reccomend his books every day.
If you haven't read any. Please start you will not be dissappointed.
It keeps you on your toes and not wanting to put the book down for fear of missing something.
My question would be - where to next for Mr Allon. What else is there for him to do.
Would fatherhood with Chiara change his attitude to things?
I look forward to the next adventure
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But it's entertaining and an easy read..
What disturbs me the most is the frequent , what I call "copy and paste"...In every book a lot of paragraphs are repeats of the same paragraphs in previous books... so much so that sometimes I start doubting: did I already read this book? If you have read several books, you start to know them by heart.It looks to me a rather cheap way to fill the pages. a pity.
Since Gabriel is not just an art restorer but also a retired superspy-cum-hitman for the Israeli secret service, we can guess that the signorina did not commit suicide. And, as we always anticipate from Daniel Silva, solving her murder will uncover a planned terrorist outrage (another one!) against the Vatican and the State of Israel. The trail leads from Rome to Vienna and Jerusalem - the Pope is about to make a visit to the Holy Land.
OK, these are locations Mr Silva has guided us through before and the conspiracy is also something of a 'revamp' (with a bit of Dan Brown-style archaeology thrown into the stew), but Silva's writing is superior to most other thriller-writers and he always gives Zion's enemies (it's Hezbollah and the Iranians this time) a scarily plausible fanaticism. Pope Paul VII, Silva's imagined successor to the Polish prelate, appealingly combines characteristics of Benedict, Francis and John Paul.
THE FALLEN ANGEL builds its suspense up to a cinematic finale beneath the Temple Mount. A story that seems to be torn from tomorrow's headlines, this is another total 'humdinger' from one of today's best thriller-writers.
[Reviewer is the author of THE BEXHILL MISSILE CRISIS]
With great difficulty I managed to hold back The Fallen Angel for my holiday and devoured it in less than a couple of days.
All the expected and long established elements were there,the book was impeccably researched and was bang up to date in terms of the political sensitivities of the Middle East. As always the writing was of the highest order and the plot was gripping and credible.
And yet.......and yet.
Reading a Gabriel Allon story is like being reunited with an old friend.you know who you will meet and to a large extent how they will look, react, speak and behave.
For example the bickering yet brilliant group of his Office support team, Chiara's hair etc etc.
Allon does acknowledge his age with a few self-deprecatory senior moment jokes - he has be be about 62 years old now and whilst I am happy and eager to read Mr Silva 's annual offering I just feel that the format needs updating.
In no way am I suggesting that the books are now being written by rote,the amount of research confirms that and Silva at half-cock is still far superior to 99.9% of the other thriller writers out there but I just feel that something needs to change.
I think that comparisons are invidious but another wonderful thriller writer, or perhaps I should say another wonderful writer who just happens to write thrillers is Michael Connelly. He is now up to I believe his 25th book and yet his main protagonist, the detective Harry Bosch maintains and even increases our interest through his continual evolution and as a man and the way in which his character and life develops as iAs the case with most people in real life.
He changes role and job, he has a daughter, there is his interrelationship with the newer character Micky Haller.
All this and more keeps the reader's interest high and somewhere in there I think there might be a message for Mr Silva.
His books are wonderful, and he has a formula that works,and it certainly ain't broke but in my humble opinion I think there might be just a little bit of fixing to be done for the next book.
I was wrong. This, the second of his HarperCollins books, is not quite up there with the superlative Ivan books ( Moscow Rules and The Defector ) or his very best work, The Rembrandt Affair , but it's really good - wonderful summer reading, with pace to rival any thriller on the market, but a thoughtfulness and turn of phrase that sets it above 99.9% of them.
Structurally, about two-thirds of the way through there is again a strange (if brief) listlessness: the goal seems not quite so pressing, the enemies not quite so relentless, the odds not quite so bad. This killed 'Portrait' for me, but here it's fleeting enough here that things do recover.
I wish things got tighter and tighter, more and more focused, as the novel progresses - as they do with amazing skill in 'Secret Servant', 'Defector' or 'Rembrandt' (Silva's best by far). When Silva's plotting is on the mark, only Lee Child rivals him, and no one comes near him for sheer impish narratorial grace.
But this is still an extremely pleasant eight or so hours in the company of much-loved characters; a chance to visit some of the finest cities in the world with an author who has done his research; and a superbly compelling peek into the tradecraft and traumas of life in one of the world's most legendary intelligence agencies.
NB. Obviously, pricing will probably change over time and this may not be relevant in future, but I also want to record how impressed I was with the pricing policy taken for this book - £16 in hardcover, but £4.99 on Kindle on day of release. This is far more reasonable than most publishers, and very much appreciated - the money saved will be reinvested in further Silva books, that's for sure.