Portrait of A Spy

Portrait of A Spy

Book - 2011
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Gabriel Allon, master art restorer and assassin, returns in a spellbinding new novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

For Gabriel and his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara, it was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London--a visit to an art gallery in St. James's to authenticate a newly discovered painting by Titian, followed by a quiet lunch at an Italian restaurant along the Strand. But a pair of deadly bombings in Paris and Hamburg has already marred this sparkling autumn day. And while walking along Wellington Street, the ever-vigilant Gabriel notices a man whom he believes is about to carry out a third attack. The man is exhibiting several traits common to suicide bombers--traits that Gabriel, one of the world's most experienced counterterrorism officers, knows all too well. Armed with a concealed Beretta pistol, he follows the man into the crowded Covent Garden market, determined to prevent the massacre of innocents he fears is about to take place. But before Gabriel can draw his weapon, he is knocked to the pavement by two undercover London police officers. A moment later he looks up to find a scene from his nightmares. Bodies and blood, Baghdad on the Thames...

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2011
ISBN: 9781443406390
1443406392
Characteristics: 455 p

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SF_READER
May 24, 2020

Book 11 of the Gabriel Allon series

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vjmendi
Apr 14, 2019

#11

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harrybosch
Aug 13, 2018

One of Silva's best. I does suffer a little from having a plenitude of minor characters, which often are closely linked, and it gets difficult to keep track of them all. Without a doubt, Silva is one of the very best writers of our time.

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cambridgedon
Jan 25, 2018

This is about as good as writing gets and one of Silva's best efforts. Gabriel Allon takes on terrorists again with the help of a female with whom he has a history. Most writers wouldn't be able to get away with it but Silva makes the plot plausible and takes readers on another thrill ride.

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srkmeyer
Jan 11, 2017

may be similar to some of his other books, but I like 'em all.
sharply & simply written with great pace.

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mstolarik
Mar 30, 2016

Books are getting kind of repetitive. Author's political views detract from the stories!

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RIJN
Nov 02, 2015

Sally does not recommend. Not as good as his other books.

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kmre_37
Oct 25, 2015

The storyline itself was average but then the constant filler of art details & half plots sunk it !

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cluhowy
Sep 12, 2015

The protagonist in Silva’s spy novels is a recurring character. Silva is a captivating writer/story teller. I agree that he does portray different countries in a stereotypical manner, but one has to keep in mind that this is fiction, and the author is allowed to use imagination and viewpoints that are not necessarily universal. The comment in one review on the ”Pope being privy to contract killing” is an example of the author’s use poetic licence in fiction. In my opinion, this is not a valid reason to stop reading Silva’s novels. We have to keep in mind, if we are objective, the history of the papacy is rife with violence, corruption and politics. Read "The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church", by Malachi Martin, 1981. He covers the history of Popes from the first Pope to the then current Pope. It is extremely enlightening, especially for Catholics.

poppy2010 Jul 20, 2013

A good storyline, that is somewhat plausible. The author knows the Middle East and accuratley depicts locations and cultural differences in ways of the Arab, as opposed to the Western Caucasian. His references to quasi-State control is accurate, to the extent that I don't think this novel will be available at airport book-shops anywhere in the Gulf States. Carry it, if you want it to be confiscated!

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May 24, 2020

SF_READER thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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