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by Daniel Silva

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Title:The Fallen Angel [Gabriel Allon #12]
Authors:Daniel Silva
Info:Harper (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 416 pages
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A fast and enjoyable read. I always gain knowledge and perspective from Daniel Silva's characters. ( )
  kimkimkim | Aug 21, 2017 |
A solid addition to the Allon canon by Silva, who rarely disappoints. I liked the fact that there was a significant Catholic component to this one and enjoyed seeing those Catholics and the usual band of Israelis working so well together. Very much the same way that it is in the real world, in fact. Differences of opinion, sure, but lots of mutual respect. And lots of shared threats. ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |

The Gabriel Allon books are always thought-provoking, educational and great thrillers. I recommend them all. ( )
  400mom | Nov 23, 2016 |
Any book featuring Gabriel Allon, former Israeli spy/assassin and current art restoration genius will have a complex plot. Gabriel is currently restoring a Caravaggio painting at the Vatican. After events in The Confessor, he has developed a close relationship with the Pope. When Dr. Claudia Andreatti falls to her death in St. Peter’s Basilica, Gabriel is asked by his friend and the Pope’s private secretary, Luigi Donati, to quietly investigate. At first, Claudia's death is assumed to be a suicide. Once Gabriel discovers she was documenting the provenance of some of the Vatican's precious art objects, another motive comes into play. The chain of events, starting with the murder in St. Paul's, involves many twists and turns. Gabriel and his team begin to follow a trail that leads them to art theft, terrorist explosions, a kidnapped Iranian diplomat and even a potential plot to kill the Pope on his upcoming visit to Israel and Palestine.

Gabriel has had a past life filled with anguish. His son and wife were blown up in an explosion targeting Gabriel and he is filled with a constant struggle to understand and accept his new love and life. The writing and research in this book is flawless. Gabriel's poignant back story and tender scenes with his wife, Chiara, provide moments of humanity to a man who knows he's killed many times before. The relationship between Donati and Gabriel is very vivid and humorous.

Daniel Silva takes a complex story and makes it a thriller. The author also puts in a note at the end of the book to tell you the true stories that the fictional novel is based on. I can't think of anyone whose books I look forward to so much. Over the years I've read each one as soon as it's published and am now making my way through them in audio. I enjoy them even more in audio, narrated by one of the true masters in audio narration, George Guidall. ( )
1 vote Olivermagnus | Jul 8, 2016 |
A fast paced, page turner that I couldn't put down! A woman commits suicide in St. Peter's Basilica - or does she? Gabriel Allon, art restorer/Israeli intelligence agent, takes the case and goes on a wild investigation that takes him all over the world, chasing art thieves and Middle Eastern terrorists! Lots of locales, lots of characters, and lots of action! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
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I warn against shedding blood,
indulging in it and making a habit of it,
for blood never sleeps.

For Louis Toscano, who has been there from the beginning. And, as always, for my wife, Jamie, and my children, Lily and Nicholas.
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It was Niccolò Moretti, caretaker of St. Peter's Basilica, who made the discovery that started it all.
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When a body is found beneath Michelangelo's dome, Gabriel Allon is summoned to secretly investigate the death that has been ruled a suicide--a case that brings about an unthinkable act of sabotage.

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