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ISBN13: 9780399153358
ISBN10: 0399153357
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Gabriel Allon, art restorer and spy, has been widely acclaimed as one of the most fascinating characters in the genre and now he is about to face the greatest challenge of his life.

Allon is recovering from a grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when a figure from his past arrives in Jerusalem. Monsignor Luigi Donati is the private secretary to His Holiness Pope Paul VII, and a man as ruthless as he is intelligent. Now, however, he has come to seek Allon's help. A young Swiss guard has been found dead in St. Peter's Basilica, and although Donati has allowed the official inquiry to determine that it is suicide, his instinct tells him that it is murder-and that his master is in grave danger. He has trusted Allon in the past, and he is the only man he trusts now.

Allon reluctantly agrees to get involved, but once he begins to investigate he concludes that Donati has every right to be concerned, as, following the trail from the heart of the Vatican to the valleys of Switzerland and beyond, he slowly unravels a conspiracy of lies and deception. An extraordinary enemy walks among them, with but one goal: the most spectacular assassination ever attempted.

Filled with remarkable characters and breathtaking double and triple turns of plot, The Messenger solidifies Silva's reputation as his generation's finest writer of international thrillers.

Review:

"Bestseller Silva continues to warrant comparisons to John le Carr, as shown by his latest thriller starring Israeli art restorer and spymaster Gabriel Allon. Ahmed bin Shafiq, a former chief of a clandestine Saudi intelligence unit, targets the Vatican for attack, in particular Pope Paul VII and his top aide, Monsignor Luigi Donati, who both appeared in Silva's previous novel, Prince of Fire. Shafiq, who now heads his own terrorist network, is allied with a militant Islamic Saudi businessman known as Zizi, a true believer committed to the destruction of all infidels. Gabriel's challenge is to infiltrate Zizi's organization, a task he assigns to a beautiful American art expert, Sarah Bancroft. Gabriel promises he'll protect her, but plans go awry, and by the end Sarah faces torture and death. While Sarah's fate is never in doubt, the way Silva resolves his plot will keep readers right where he wants them: on the edges of their seats. Author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The Washington-based spy novelist Daniel Silva is one of those lucky writers whose books were successful from the get-go. 'The Messenger,' his new novel featuring Israeli spy Gabriel Allon, is likely to be his ninth best-seller in 10 years, not only because it exhibits Silva's usual intelligence, style and research, but also because it is designed to be his most commercial novel yet. It is written... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Unlike other thriller writers who rely on tricks and seemingly endless twists for effect, Silva builds suspense through realistic threats, harrowing situations, and gripping action." Library Journal

Review:

"An engrossing and beautifully written contemporary spy thriller." Booklist

Review:

"The Messenger, as with all of Silva's books, is so entertaining and well written that it can be read and enjoyed simply as a thrilling story. But for those who are searching for something deeper, the meaning is there." Philadelphia Inquirer

Synopsis:

Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer-photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever. To Allon, there is something terribly familiar about the information, something horrifyingly close--but even he does not realize how close. Urgently, he throws himself into the hunt, but there may simply not be enough of anything: enough time, enough facts, enough luck. An extraordinary enem walks among them..and he's just getting started.

Synopsis:

The #1 national bestseller from the author of Prince of Fire

On the trail of a deadly al-Qaeda operative, Gabriel Allon returns in a spellbinding story of deception, power, and revenge by the New York Times bestselling "world-class practitioner of spy fiction" (Washington Post).

About the Author

Daniel Silva is the author of eight previous novels, most recently Prince of Fire. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, NBC Today correspondent Jamie Gangel.

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Timothy Powell, January 18, 2007 (view all comments by Timothy Powell)
A tight, well constructed novel in the Gabriel Allon series. Silva's writing will keep you turning pages late into the night.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399153358
Publisher:
Signet
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Author:
Silva, Daniel
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Intelligence officers
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Publication Date:
20070703
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.14x6.34x1.24 in. 1.18 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 512 pages Putnam Publishing Group - English 9780399153358 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bestseller Silva continues to warrant comparisons to John le Carr, as shown by his latest thriller starring Israeli art restorer and spymaster Gabriel Allon. Ahmed bin Shafiq, a former chief of a clandestine Saudi intelligence unit, targets the Vatican for attack, in particular Pope Paul VII and his top aide, Monsignor Luigi Donati, who both appeared in Silva's previous novel, Prince of Fire. Shafiq, who now heads his own terrorist network, is allied with a militant Islamic Saudi businessman known as Zizi, a true believer committed to the destruction of all infidels. Gabriel's challenge is to infiltrate Zizi's organization, a task he assigns to a beautiful American art expert, Sarah Bancroft. Gabriel promises he'll protect her, but plans go awry, and by the end Sarah faces torture and death. While Sarah's fate is never in doubt, the way Silva resolves his plot will keep readers right where he wants them: on the edges of their seats. Author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Unlike other thriller writers who rely on tricks and seemingly endless twists for effect, Silva builds suspense through realistic threats, harrowing situations, and gripping action."
"Review" by , "An engrossing and beautifully written contemporary spy thriller."
"Review" by , "The Messenger, as with all of Silva's books, is so entertaining and well written that it can be read and enjoyed simply as a thrilling story. But for those who are searching for something deeper, the meaning is there."
"Synopsis" by , Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer-photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever. To Allon, there is something terribly familiar about the information, something horrifyingly close--but even he does not realize how close. Urgently, he throws himself into the hunt, but there may simply not be enough of anything: enough time, enough facts, enough luck. An extraordinary enem walks among them..and he's just getting started.
"Synopsis" by ,
The #1 national bestseller from the author of Prince of Fire

On the trail of a deadly al-Qaeda operative, Gabriel Allon returns in a spellbinding story of deception, power, and revenge by the New York Times bestselling "world-class practitioner of spy fiction" (Washington Post).

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