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"I can't believe I'm back here again.",
This review is from: The Fallen Angel: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) (Hardcover)
A curator in the Vatican's antiquities division, Dr. Claudia Andreatti, falls to her death in St. Peter's Basilica. Was it suicide or murder? The Pope's private secretary, Monsignor Luigi Donati, calls upon former Israeli intelligence agent Gabriel Allon to solve the mystery discreetly. Allon has been an invaluable asset to the Holy See in the past; he is as skilled in the art of espionage as he is in restoring a Caravaggio painting to its original magnificence.
Allon learns that before Andreatti was killed, she was conducting a secret investigation into the provenance of the Vatican's holdings. Had she made a discovery that posed a threat to someone with a great deal to lose? Gabriel and, to a lesser extent, his beautiful wife, Chiara, become entangled in a complex case involving stolen art works, money laundering, organized crime, and terrorism. One of the villains Allon would like to crush is Carlo Marchese, "a criminal without borders, creed, or conscience."
Daniel Silva's "The Fallen Angel" will feel familiar to those who have followed Allon over the years. Our master Israeli spy once again is dragged out of retirement to foil a nefarious plot; his well-organized team assembles under the watchful eye of Allon's mentor, Ari Shamron, to come up with a plan of attack; and the action takes place in various countries, including Italy, France, and Germany, and Israel. Allon is aging, and even makes a self-deprecating remark about having a "senior moment," but he is still as mentally and physically sharp as a man half his age. Although he relies on his colleagues to do research, provide advice, and help execute strategy, Allon is the man you want on the ground when everything is on the line.
Silva delivers an enlightening glimpse into the inner workings of the Vatican, the serious problem of stolen antiquities, and the convoluted ways in which terror organizations raise money to conduct their bloody operations. As usual, the author holds our attention with his fast-paced, action-filled, and suspenseful plot. Can Gabriel and company prevent a cataclysmic event from upsetting the world's delicate balance of power? Allon's almost superhuman ability to vanquish his enemies requires a sizeable suspension of disbelief. Still, fans of this "legendary operative" and "gifted but melancholic loner" will likely find Silva's latest entry every bit as diverting as its predecessors.
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Initial post: Jul 18, 2012 11:57:30 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 30, 2012 12:48:24 AM PDT
"he is as skilled in the art of espionage as he is in restoring a Caravaggio painting to its original magnificence."
A renaissance man, then.
Posted on Sep 2, 2012 7:07:21 AM PDT
I love Silva's books and his main character but they do have a recurring theme. Allon is aging and even admits to a "senior moment"? Can he possibly be working up to retiring Gabriel Allon? What does he intend to do in future books? I see no young agent being cultivated to taking his place and how long can this same theme be used to sell the next book? All very relevant questions.
But, I wish him much success with this one as all the others. I am a fan and will read every one.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012 5:35:27 PM PDT
Lynn L Edwards says:
Oh, yea. I believe everything on the History Channel.
Posted on Oct 2, 2012 8:45:15 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2012 2:57:13 PM PDT
Any organization that polices itself and is so secretive has to have some dirty laundry. No disrespect intended; just the facts.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2013 10:47:55 AM PST
Grey Parrot says:
Early on Silva wrote a couple of good stand-alones, one about the conflict in Northern Ireland. If he's going to keep attacking American foreign policy towards Israel, I hope he does retire Allon. There is more than one point of view about the Middle East.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2013 12:44:07 PM PST
Would you mind telling me what the name of the book is that covers Northern Ireland? Would like to read it.
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