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After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to His Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. The Vatican police suspect suicide, though Gabriel believes otherwise. So, it seems, does Donati. But the monsignor is fearful that a public inquiry might inflict yet another scandal on the Church, and so he calls upon Gabriel to quietly pursue the truth—with one caveat.
"Rule number one at the Vatican," Donati said. "Don't ask too many questions."
Gabriel learns that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret—a secret that threatens a global criminal enterprise that is looting timeless treasures of antiquity and selling them to the highest bidder. But there is more to this network than just greed. A mysterious operative is plotting an act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions . . .--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Very well written novel of fast paced excitement and detailed intrigue.
A very intelligent and well researched thriller, blending archaeology, current history (the story opens during the Arab spring), Vatican and Middle East politics.
The story is unique and timely, the characters are fully developed and finally it is very well written.
A friend who loves Daniel Silva's books recommended this. As my personal taste in fiction runs toward understated, low on action, heavy on character, this was not my cup of tea. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Peggy McCulloch
My favorite of the first three. Great character development . Easy read .Published 11 hours ago by Anita C.
My first experience reading Daniel Silva and really liked it. (Was recommended by a friend). Will continue reading books by this author.Published 1 day ago by Beach Lady
I have never been disappointed in any of Daniel Silva's novels. The characters and story lines flow effortlessly and keep the reader captive from beginning to end. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Uniform131
Yet another winner in the formulaic series that never fails to provide new information regarding histrory and complex politics of Middle East and to hold one's attention... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kevin Frawley
The interweave between the Catholic and Jewish faiths and their common enemy Radical Islam terror networks and their sponsor StatesPublished 3 days ago by Stephen M.