Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon Series #11)

Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon Series #11)

by Daniel Silva, Simon Vance

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Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

Gabriel and his team devise a daring plan to destroy the network of death—from the inside—a gambit fraught with risk, both personal and professional. To succeed, Gabriel must reach into his violent past. A woman waits there—a reclusive heiress and art collector who can traverse the murky divide between Islam and the West. She is the daughter of an old enemy, and together they form an unlikely and dangerous bond.

Set against the disparate worlds of art and intelligence, Portrait of a Spy moves swiftly from the corridors of power in Washington to the glamorous auction houses of New York and London to the unforgiving landscape of the Saudi desert. Featuring a climax that will leave readers haunted long after they turn the final page, this deeply entertaining story is also a breathtaking portrait of courage in the face of unspeakable evil—and Daniel Silva’s most extraordinary novel to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062119230
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Series: Gabriel Allon Series , #11
Pages: 10
Sales rank: 597,604
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1  New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely SpyThe Mark of the AssassinThe Marching SeasonThe Kill ArtistThe English AssassinThe ConfessorA Death in ViennaPrince of FireThe MessengerThe Secret ServantMoscow RulesThe DefectorThe Rembrandt AffairPortrait of a SpyThe Fallen AngelThe English GirlThe Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, House of Spies and The Other Woman.  He is best known for his long-running thriller series starring spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Silva’s books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas. For more information visit www.danielsilvabooks.com

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GEORGIAMOON More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Allon comes out of retirement when he sees a man behaving strangely in Covent Garden then realizes he is about to blow himself to bits along with everyone else. The plot never ends with intrigue and Silva has a phenomenal way of keeping the reader's interested all the time. Allon and his team are back and must infiltrate a terrorist group intent on attacking the west. The author does a brilliant job with detail. He must have done a lot of research for this book. The author sets the stage with a series of events that are eerily familiar to all of us right now, countries all over the world are teetering on the brink of fiscal disaster, Europe is having difficulty and Bin Laden is dead, but others are scrambling to take his place. The author is amazing at how quickly he managed to include all of these recent facts in his book. Maybe he should run for president. This book has powerful content full of self-sacrifice, deception and betrayal that will consume you.
missdale528 More than 1 year ago
Yes, he's a fictional character but somewhere out there is a real Gabriel Allon, reading Daniel Silva's new book and smiling sardonically to himself as he turns each magical page which, in the end, reveals the real heroes of the free world - the spies within the spy machine called Mossad... In his latest book, Portrait of a Spy,Daniel Silva has once again captured the very essence of Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and reluctant spy who saves the free world. He and his team of spies are at it again, fighting in the shadows for justice and protection of the innocent. The newest team "member" is one who operates among her own people to secure not only the safety of Israel but to prevent the fanatics from destroying freedom in her own sphere of influence - the Arab world. Her burning desire is to right the wrongs of her father, a terrorist who died at the hands of Gabriel Allon. As the story unfolds, she is fierce and fearless in this pursuit and the reader is left in awe of such sacrifice. You might brush this off as a work of fiction. However, through detailed research, interviews, travel and countless hours of hard work, Daniel Silva has once again brought the foundation of truth to his fiction that few writers are capable of doing, thus giving his reader facts based on the reality of the world of intrigue and deception. His characters leap from the page because they are prototypes of real people Silva has spent time with and who have shared with him the realities of the world of the Israeli spy. As for his writing style, it is my opinion that Daniel Silva is one of the best writers of our generation. When mere mortals describe rain simply as just that in their novels ("It was raining that day", etc.), Daniel Silva refers to it as "prickly rain", giving the reader a sense of walking the street with Gabriel and actually feeling the raindrops on your skin as you immerse yourself in the novel. His characters have depth of feeling, emotions that are raw and they themselves seem to step out of the page and into your living room as you are reading. The reality is that the world out there is indeed a frightening place. Daniel Silva, through his writings, entertains but more importantly gives us hope that there are people out there who are brave, courageous, and do not rejoice in their victories but are torn between loyalty to country and taking human lives for the purpose of protecting the innocent. I for one sleep easier at night knowing that there are Gabriel Allons out there who care about the way the world is heading and is bent on stopping the madness. Keep writing, Daniel!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Art restorer Gabriel Allon and his wife, Chiara look forward to the weekend in London. They will visit St. James's where he will authenticate a potentially phenomenal find, a painting by Titian. Afterward they will enjoy the city.----------------------- However, the day is ruined die to suicide bombings on the Champs-Elysees left twenty-eight dead in Paris and in Tivoli Gardens killed thirty-seven in Copenhagen. On alert Allon notices a man acting strange near Covent Garden and wonders if this is another terrorist attack. He goes to intercede, but undercover officers knock him to the ground before he can shoot the suspect and consequently in time for the explosion to affirm what he thought. Despondent Gabriel goes to Cornwall until the CIA asks him to find an American cleric with grandiose schemes to outdo Bin Laden.--------------------- Though anti-terrorism field work should be a young man's game, no one will mind Allon working the cold as he struggles with the deaths of eighteen innocents due to the reaction of the cops after the tragic Menezes fiasco. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Allon spots the suicide bomber and never slows down as he hunts for the cleric. With insight into the competition to reach the minds of potential second generation home grown terrorists, Daniel Silva provides another powerful thriller as readers anticipate a showdown between the cleric and the art restorer.--------- Harriet Klausner
jayjackson More than 1 year ago
I never used to read fiction and I'm not sure what motivated me to pick up a Daniel Silva book but I've now read several. They've all been excellent and "Portrait of a Spy" is the best yet. I love the Gabriel Allon series. If you like suspenseful thrillers this is a must read. It's also impressive how Silva ties this book in with current events. I highly, highly recommend this book!! Can't wait for the next one.
Swedishdolphin More than 1 year ago
Please review the content of the book only please, not the price. When I read a review i want to know what peope think about the book, not read about people complaining. A review is to give your opinion about the content of a book, not complain about price. That said, this is an excellent book. Full of suspense it is one of those novels that is hard to put down to get some sleep. I just wanted to keep reading. Highly recommend.
ShellyB32 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Daniel Silva book that I have read. I really enjoyed it, well written and suspenseful.
James_Reid More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Allon has retired. Again. But not for long. Europe explodes with three suicide bombers in three cities timed to refer to the incidents of September 11, 2001. Gabriel is asked by his unusually moody friend Adrian Carter to intervene against a terrorist threat that the CIA inadvertently created. An American Islamist cleric is intent upon making himself the next Osama bin Laden. With the legendary Ari Shamron's reluctant approval, Gabriel recruits the one person from his past that a reader might think would never speak--let alone work--with him. Together, they set out to attack a terrorist organization from the inside using--what else?--art. The action moves from the cities of Europe to the wastelands of the Saudi Arabian desert. The story is cast against the still-to-be-resolved revolution of the "Arab Spring." Silva allows his strong characters speak for themselves. At the end, success--of a sort--is achieved, recognition is granted and just enough details are left dangling for the reader to ask, "Okay, what's next?"
AC24 More than 1 year ago
I must say this was an excellent book. Without going into details about the plot, I preferred it to his previous book (Rembrandt), although I liked that one as well. I appreciate that Allon isn't ever portrayed as some slick, unfeeling assassin that continually moves up the ladder of his intelligence agency, or gains more fame with each book. Instead, we are able to see more aspects of his life, his personality, and how he reacts to different situations. And for the record, I went and borrowed this at the public library. For those who are complaining about Nook prices, y'all do realize that Borders went out of business for several reasons, but one of them was the emergence of the e-book market. Be happy that e-books even exist, and that bookstores still do need to make money, otherwise, there would be no more books. You want free reading? Go read a blog, or go to the library like I did. Otherwise, be prepared to pay some money.
Mark Greenberg More than 1 year ago
Usual suspense from Silva with some unusual twists. Highly recommend
kdl-ri More than 1 year ago
Set in the middle of today's current events, Silva returns with a masterful story. For those of us who follow the tales of Gabriel Allon, it is truly sweet reunion with a story that never stops. For anyone unfamiliar with this series, this is a good entree into it. The back story of the characters were less important than in other stories. The story starts quickly and never slows down. Well worth waiting for!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was well-written- although not enough room to flesh out the characters. I find it difficult to read fiction that is based on current history. Might as well watch the news.
MClaireG More than 1 year ago
I agree complain elsewhere about your pocketbook! The writer D. Silva is amazing and what he has accomplished with the Allon series is unbelievable ...I am captivated by each book and in anticipation of the next. Don't ever stop writing about Gabriel he has become apart of your fans lives the way this character jumps off the page and takes you with him! Thank you Daniel!!! And...Gabriel!
AuburnTigersFan More than 1 year ago
11 in a row! All great. Can't wait for the next one!
Kyle Kurfees More than 1 year ago
Awesome read.
CarolynJR2 More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous series! If only Gabriel Allon were real....
santafan More than 1 year ago
I loved it! (I will also admit here that I'm a bit obsessed-have all of the Gabriel Allon series in HC,NOOK,&the first 8 in PB!) Once again, great story, LOVE Nadia (am a BIT upset with Adrian!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally the Gabriel Allen boiks, however I found this went to deep about the art & the history lessons about terrorist and lacked in depth of action/plot. It was a good read but not one of his better ones. I like his ability to create suspense not to cram for a history lesson.
MurphyMurphy More than 1 year ago
Chasing terrorist threats through London, Copenhagen, and Paris, Gabriel Allon is a relentless hunter, and I couldn't stop following his trail.
GK48 More than 1 year ago
gabriel allon is a great spy. I enjoy all spy thrillers but this book was better than most. I can't wait to read the next book by d. silva.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good clean assassin drama
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and the entire series is just as riveting. Great story line, great characters and utterly compelling. I cannot recommend enough! Barb H., Algonquin, Il
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read. It is sophisticated and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I foujnd it hard to keep a thenames straight