Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon Book 11) Kindle Edition
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‘‘Allon is the 21st century Bond - elegantly paced, subtle and well-informed. If you haven’t read Silva before, try Portrait of a Spy - and then go back and read the series.’ 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.
A breathtaking thriller from the New York Times bestseller--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 848 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 379 pages
- Publisher : Aus CoPubs (8 August 2011)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005HGFFZC
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,998 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For the uninitiated, Allon is a noted art restorer who also works for Israeli intelligence as a spy and sometime assassin. The plot on this one finds Allon relatively late in life, but hardly in the pipe/slippers bracket.
Rather against his better judgement, an Islamic suicide bomber leads Allon back into the dangerous world he's trying to detach himself from, and an international hunt for a terror organisation ensues. For me, this was like meeting people I like; although it's not really in a set series, many of the same characters appear, with references to past events I'm familiar with. It's a taught tale that kept me involved from page one, with references to fairly recent world events to make it seem fresh. The book's not one of the most remarkable Kindle bargains, but for under a fiver, it's a good place to start exploring this fine author's skills. It's on both our Kindles, so my advice to my wife on finishing 'Portrait' was to go for it soon. The extensive use of IT in the book, allied to old fashioned analytical skills made this book very plausible and engrossing for me, particularly with its tongue-in-cheek view of the art world. Highly recommended reading, indeed.
This is another very satisfying outing for Gabriel and co. If you like well-written spy fiction and you haven't yet discovered this excellent series, then I envy you. You are in for a treat!
Daniel's an american journalist with a background in the middle east. He writes with both sides viewpoint in mind. I think Daniel secretly like his book characters believes that the spy world can heal the past to give us a brighter future. But it won't be easy!!!
It's one of the few collections I've read that when I start a book I struggle to put it down. Enjoy.
Daniel Silva's book is more of a classic spy novel focussed on the characters rather than the technology and battles; it tells the story in a linear fashion with few plot twists the need for a cast of hundreds. Its a study of people and how they live in this world; how a man manages his mission with challenges from friends and foes with a singlehanded determination to put right what once went wrong rather than a pitched build up to constant action that other spy novels bring you. That constant determination to get to the end of the mission carries the reader on to the end.
Portrait of a spy was the first Gabriel Allon book I had read and it was good enough that there are a couple queued on my kindle now.
Like putting on comfy slippers, it's like coming home. When I need to regain my interest in reading this is where I go they never let me down.