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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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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 |
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 |
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I warn against shedding blood,
indulging in it and making a habit of it,
for blood never sleeps.

SALADIN
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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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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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