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The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva

The Fallen Angel (edition 2013)

by Daniel Silva

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Title:The Fallen Angel
Authors:Daniel Silva
Info:Harper (2013), Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:GREAT STORY the Pope finds a girl murdered they must find who did it. Global criminal enterprises are after treasures and antiquities

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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 |
An enjoyable read, reasonably paced and set between the Vatican City and Jerusalem. Add some archeology, religious conflict and organised crime and you have the recipe for a good read. Well worth a read ( )
  DCarlin | Jan 23, 2016 |
Gabriel Allon, noted art restorer and former Israeli spy and assassin, is pulled from retirement again by the Vatican City hierarchy to investigate the death of a Vatican Museum employee assumed to be a suicide when she threw herself from a catwalk in St. Peter's Basilica. Gabriel quickly realizes that the woman was murdered instead. Her death is shortly linked to a number of thefts of art and antiquities from the Vatican Museum which is sold on the black market to fund Hezbollah missions. The task for Gabriel and his Israeli team is to discover Hezbollah's immediate plans and to thwart a war within the Middle East.

Daniel Silva's novels read like a cross between James Bond with his license to kill and Mission Impossible's charades to expose the villain. Although always enjoyable, there isn't anything really different in this novel that the reader hasn't already experienced with earlier books. ( )
  John_Warner | Jan 19, 2016 |
I have always enjoyed the earlier books in this series and this is no exception to the rule. Gabriel is slowing done; one wonders if the end of the series is nigh. But the plot keeps up the usual high standard moving from Rome, via St Moritz and Vienna (where old ghosts lurk) to Jerusalem with the mixture of action, espionage and political background bubbling along as before.
I look forward to reading #13 and wait with trepidation as to Gabriel's future. ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
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I warn against shedding blood,
indulging in it and making a habit of it,
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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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