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The Fallen Angel (edition 2013)

by Daniel Silva

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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 |
Book 12, in the Gabriel Allon series

Mr. Silva has to be one of the finest writers of international intrigue we have these days. His Gabriel Allon series features one of the most memorable and compelling character in contemporary fiction. His adventures have stayed fresh and exciting making each novel more successful than the previous.

With lots of action and interesting political points of view “The Fallen Angel” starts in a classic Gabriel way. He is found back in action taking refuge behind the walls of the Vatican restoring one of Caravaggio’s masterpieces. It opens with a murder in St. Peter’s Basilica and soon the story weaves different topics: art, politics, religions, etc. and also current issues such as the Vatican bank scandals and the threat of nuclear attacks. His investigation takes us on a journey around Europe and Israel. It is clear in the description that Mr. Silva loves the topic of terrorism and is passionate about the Middle East politics and strategy. This thriller provides an exciting plot and a page-turning story hard to put down. Although this is an excellent read it has flaws and this lie in the intensive and relentless attention to details. At the end of the book Mr. Silva highlights where fiction starts and reality falls, a much appreciated note. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Aug 6, 2013 |
Another addition to the series. A very good one. It begins back at the Vatican and goes from there culminating in Jerusalem.
I really enjoyed the additional history that came with this plot. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
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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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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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