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Book 14 of 15 in the Gabriel Allon Series

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“Magnificent….This book has all the elements you love about Silva’s writing—his way with a plot, his incomparable characters, and the range of emotions he piles into his pages.” (Huffington Post)

The Heist by Silva is nothing short of phenomenal. It is his best work to date. And that is a huge statement since each novel has been unique and marvelous.” (Naples Daily News)

“Ingenious.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

“The story is a twisting tale of moves and countermoves, and even if this is your introduction to Gabriel Allon, you’ll find the characters in the book come to life.” (Oklahoma City Oklahoman)

“Silva has weaved together a story with intrigue, insight, and suspense.” (Crimespree Magazine)

“A fun read….In erudition, action and temperament, Silva has made Allon the modern-day covert warrior extraordinaire.” (Kirkus)

“Smart, unpredictable, and packed with bits of history, art, heart, and imagination, this is a page turner to be savored….When it comes to the vast club of practitioners of international spycraft, Silva is a cut above them all, and The English Girl is a masterwork.” (Neal Thompson, Amazon.com on The English Girl)

“Although Gabriel’s adventures are set in the real world of greedy politicians and grabs for control of a diminishing supply of natural resources, ‘Israel’s avenging angel’ has the superhuman abilities that make for a satisfying fantasy.” (Columbus Dispatch on The English Girl)

“Allon is a great political operative, but Silva is an even greater writer. That is what makes THE ENGLISH GIRL a must read.” (Huffington Post on The English Girl)

From the Back Cover

A fallen spy
A missing masterpiece
A daring mission
The Heist

Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is in Venice repairing an altarpiece by Veronese when he receives an urgent summons from the Italian police. The eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene in Lake Como, and is being held as a suspect. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the real killers and then perform one simple task: find the most famous missing painting in the world.

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one. . . .

The dead man is a fallen British spy with a secret: he has been trafficking in stolen artworks and selling them to a mysterious collector. Among those paintings is the world's most iconic missing masterpiece: Caravaggio's glorious Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence.

Gabriel embarks on a daring gambit to recover the Caravaggio and learn the identity of the collector. His search will take him on an exhilarating hunt—from the shimmering boulevards of Paris and London to the gritty criminal underworlds of Marseilles and Corsica, and finally to a small private bank in Austria where a dangerous man stands guard over the ill-gotten wealth of a brutal dictator. At his side is a brave young woman who survived one of the worst massacres of the twentieth century. Now, with Gabriel's help, she will be given a chance to strike a blow against a dynasty that destroyed her family.

Elegant, sophisticated, and entertaining, The Heist is a must-read thriller—a page-turning tale of intrigue that demonstrates once again why Daniel Silva is called a "world-class practitioner of spy fiction" (Washington Post).

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Product Details

  • Series: Gabriel Allon (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006232005X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062320056
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

He has been called his generation's finest writer of international intrigue and one of the greatest American spy novelists ever. Compelling, passionate, haunting, brilliant: these are the words that have been used to describe the work of #1 New York Times-bestselling author Daniel Silva.

Silva burst onto the scene in 1997 with his electrifying bestselling debut, The Unlikely Spy, a novel of love and deception set around the Allied invasion of France in World War II. His second and third novels, The Mark of the Assassin and The Marching Season, were also instant New York Times bestsellers and starred two of Silva's most memorable characters: CIA officer Michael Osbourne and international hit man Jean-Paul Delaroche. But it was Silva's fourth novel, The Kill Artist, which would alter the course of his career. The novel featured a character described as one of the most memorable and compelling in contemporary fiction, the art restorer and sometime Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon, and though Silva did not realize it at the time, Gabriel's adventures had only just begun. Gabriel Allon appears in Silva's next nine novels, each one more successful than the last: The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, and Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, and The Defector. Silva's forthcoming novel, The Rembrandt Affair, will be published on July 20, 2010.

Silva knew from a very early age that he wanted to become a writer, but his first profession would be journalism. Born in Michigan, raised and educated in California, he was pursuing a master's degree in international relations when he received a temporary job offer from United Press International to help cover the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Later that year Silva abandoned his studies and joined UPI fulltime, working first in San Francisco, then on the foreign desk in Washington, and finally as Middle East correspondent in Cairo and the Persian Gulf. In 1987, while covering the Iran-Iraq war, he met NBC Today National Correspondent Jamie Gangel and they were married later that year. Silva returned to Washington and went to work for CNN and became Executive Producer of its talk show unit including shows like Crossfire, Capital Gang and Reliable Sources.

In 1995 he confessed to Jamie that his true ambition was to be a novelist. With her support and encouragement he secretly began work on the manuscript that would eventually become the instant bestseller The Unlikely Spy. He left CNN in 1997 after the book's successful publication and began writing full time. Since then all of Silva's books have been New York Times and international bestsellers. His books have been translated in to more than 25 languages and are published around the world. Silva continues to reside in Washington with his wife and teenage twins Lily and Nicholas. When not writing he can usually be found roaming the stacks of the Georgetown University library, where he does much of the research for his books. He is currently at work on a new Gabriel Allon novel and warmly thanks all those friends and loyal readers who have helped to make the series such an amazing success.

Customer Reviews

Very good read that keeps you turning pages.
biddness
They are well written with good plot development, good characters, and a believable story.
migraman
The story line is great and the characters, as usual, are excellent.,
Daniel J. Leahy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

147 of 167 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
In Danial Silva's "The Heist," superspy Gabriel Allon takes time out from restoring a painting in Venice to investigate the torture and murder of Jack Bradshaw, a former British diplomat and businessman. Allon is on the trail of stolen art, in particular an altarpiece by Caravaggio that has been missing for decades. As usual, Allon's inquiries involve visits to various countries--England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Israel, among them. When he learns that the repressive Syrian regime is connected to his case, Allon and his crack team of Israeli agents set in motion a complex covert operation.

There are few big surprises in this long-running series, but Silva has a devoted legion of fans for good reason. His "ripped-from-the headlines" themes resonate with those who have been following the turmoil and tragic slaughter in the Middle East. In addition, Silva brings the clandestine world of art theft and forgery out of the shadows, explaining how a great painting can be a valuable commodity, not just an object of beauty. As usual, Silva introduces a damsel in distress; this time, she is thirty-nine year old Jihan Nawaz, the sole survivor of a terrible massacre in the Syrian town of Hama.

Veteran readers must be patient while the author recaps plot points for readers unfamiliar with Allon's past. Many of the usual suspects are present: an ailing Ari Shamron; the archaeologist and surveillance expert, Eli Lavon; Uzi Navot, the head of Israel's secret intelligence service, and his clever wife, Bella; "the English assassin," Christopher Keller; and Gabriel's gorgeous and brilliant wife, Chiara.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Arizona Charley on July 17, 2014
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It took half the book to get to the real plot. Too long. Then we have a political diatribe ( a correct one ! ) and a story functioning
Around ten Isreali computer hackers. Finally Gabriel does the least understandable thing ( I won't tell you in case you like this book.
Sorry I waited a year for this! Can only imagine the trivia we'll get from now on when Allon is head of the Office.
Mr Silva better get some new characters. These are stale.
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136 of 165 people found the following review helpful By David on July 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
After over a dozen Allon books I liked very much, in his last 2 books, Silva seems to be painting by numbers. He returns to seeking the help of the Corsican assassins; has yet another encounter with an omniscient fortuneteller (tough to make a book which includes these elements seem realistic); has the same conversations with Shamron, his ex-wife, Chiara, etc; again is helped by the less than believable English assassin and Russian oligarch eager to spend huge amounts on his behalf; assembles his same old team; again converts a hater of Israel into an ally--on and on.

The writing is competent, but I found myself skimming, as the book is too long, too predictable and too repetitive.

Readers looking for better, more realistic spy thrillers (not Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, etc) should seek out Gerald Seymour, Alan Furst and even the recent Night Heron.

I will not spoil the climax, but it makes zero sense.
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45 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mathlete TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 15, 2014
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The Heist begins with a murder investigation surrounding a stolen painting then turns hard left in a plot twist that takes us on an international journey intertwined with multiple spy agencies. Along for the ride, Allon plots to pull off a heist to steal Van Gogh's Sunflowers in an attempt to expose the underground market of stolen masterpieces and clear the name of his friend.

It is well known that Daniel Silva started his career as a journalist stationed in Africa and the Middle East and executive producer for CNN. You can easily tell throughout the Allon series that this international exposure gave him great insights and perspectives to make his storylines logical, realistic, and more importantly - timely.

The Heist is a great addition to the Gabriel Allon series that builds on intrigue and suspense reminiscent of the earlier novels in the Jason Bourne and Jack Ryan series - only better! You'll agree, that Daniel Silva hit another homerun that is sure to keep you entertained to the final pages.

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We begin with a murder investigation surrounding a stolen painting that quickly twists into a hunt for hidden assets of a Middle Eastern dictator.

Our hero, agent for `the Office', and resident bad-tail Gabriel Allon is is working in Venice on a restoration project and awaiting the birth of twins with his wife, Chiara. While working on the Veronese altar piece, Allon is called (back) into action.

Allon's friend, London art dealer Julian Isherwood, is is being held for the murder of an English diplomat after he finds the body in the victim's Lake Como villa.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Crafts lover. on July 16, 2014
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Another chapter in the life of Gabriel Allón. Never get tired of his adventures and stories. Daniel Silva is today, to my opinion, the best political, contemporary thriller writer. In the company of Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum able to create a truthful story, semi fiction-fact that will keep you waiting for every July to find out the newest adventure in the new book about this anti hero, brooding genius and guardian of his heritage and traditions.

Each one is separate from the previous one and self standing but at the same time a continuation of a larger story.

Thank you Mr. Silva for this new chapter.
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