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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
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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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The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva

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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 |
Slightly different tone to this story than previous Gabriel Allon novels, as Allon is drawn into an investigation originated by the Vatican itself. Eventually, the Israeli spy network is pulled in as Allon's investigation leads into the Holy Land, and his attempts to thwart a Hezbollah attack on holy sites in Jerusalem at the same time the Pope is visiting. Pulse-pounding in parts as two major terror plots are interrupted, and I found myself wondering the whole time if Allon was going to royally screw up during each event. Gabriel doesn't seem to be affected personally as much in this one as previous books, but the story is no less enjoyable. Silva belongs in the upper echelon of thriller writers today. ( )
  utbw42 | Dec 10, 2014 |
This is the latest in the series about an Israeli superhero. Just like Jason Bourne or Indiana Jones, Gabriel Allon is a pure hero, his skills in espionage matched by his knowledge of art and his skill in restoring damaged masterworks.This is high testosterone stuff, with Allon using his formidable intellect to solve a murder; however, in this tale, many people already know who the killer was and so this becomes something of a performance test for Allon; naturally, he passes with the Israeli flag flying high. The evil posed against him is ultimately led by Iran's Supreme Leader, and naturally the Iranians concoct a complicated plot in which there are feints and provocations in many countries. Although Allon is nearly blown up in one, he is, of course, like Israel, indestructible. Together with his personnally selected team of assassins and analysts he cuts through the Iranian plans and saves the world, and his nation, yet again. Then he returns to his first love--the restoration of Renaissance art. The reader is a fly on the wall in this tale; conferring privately with the Pope, listening in as the Israeli Prime Minister places his nation's fate in the hands of his intelligence service, and most particularly in Allon. Sprinkled throughout are archaeological tidbits ultimately leading to the question: who inhabited Jerusalem first, the Jews or the Palestinians. The search and obfuscation of ancient artifacts becomes, in fact, one of the key elements in the ongoing war between the two groups. Virulently anti-Israeli, the Palestinians--Middle Eastern Muslims in general--are presented as monomaniacal in their hatred of Jews and in their efforts to rid the region of Israel; Allon and his colleagues insure that their goal never becomes a reality. The book is well written and effectively edited, and it fits well into an enduringly first-class series. ( )
  neddludd | Aug 14, 2014 |
Daniel Silva’s “The Fallen Angel” catapulted me on to a high mountain where revered storytellers reach into the stratosphere, collect the sparkling debris of shooting stars, and through some rare and magical process, transform the particles into inexpungible words of enlightenment to rain down on the rest of the world. ( )
  adgrogan | Apr 14, 2014 |
The work was interesting and enlightening as to the conflicts surrounding the occupation of Jerusalem and historical aspects relating to the description and destruction of the Temple of Solomon. The depth of the story and character development is what one would expect in a series of twelve works relating to Ggabriel Allon, art restorer and Israeli agent. ( )
  66usma | Jan 3, 2014 |
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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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