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Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon, #11) 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 AssetGabriel 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 BondSet 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 Listeners Haunted Long After The Final Words, 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

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon, #11)
  • Daniel Silva
  • English
  • 08 March 2019
  • 0062072188

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10 thoughts on “Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon, #11)

  1. says:

    Silva again justifies my claim that he is today s best writer of international intrigue He is to our world of jihad what Ludlum and Le Carre were to the cold war unrivaled Not only does he write ahead of the headlines but imbues this struggle with courage and character in the face of unspeakable evil Unlike Clancy and Flynn, Daniel Silva writes of a world which iscomplex and nuanced than a testosterone tempest.His lead is Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and at large agent of Israeli Silva again justifies my claim that he is today s best writer of international intrigue He is to our world of jihad what Ludlum and Le Carre were to the cold war unrivaled Not only does he write ahead of the headlines but imbues this struggle with courage and character in the face of unspeakable evil Unlike Clancy and Flynn, Daniel Silva writes of a world which iscomplex and nuanced than a testosterone tempest.His lead is Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and at large agent of Israeli Intelligence By setting his stories against the disparate worlds of art and intelligence, Silva constantly reminds us of the humanity at the core of any effort worth fighting for His most recent The Rembrandt Affair was a tour de force This portrait is not of Gabriel, but rather by Gabriel of Nadia, a reclusive Arab heiress and mogul, who is trapped and revealed at the juncture between Islam and the West This portrait of cultural conflict and resurrection is one of the strongest contemporary feminine characterizations in literature, today To learnof our world and to feelhumanly for our collective future, read Portrait of a Spy T.S Elliot would feel this is a worthy piece of literature to share a conceit with his other famous portrait

  2. says:

    Is it my imagination or have I read this book before Actually, I have not, but the plot is nothing to write home about Its not that I am tired of Silva s ability to write because he still remains a great read, but the plots are a tad tired, and the characters are looking a little frayed around the edges.I liked the book, but its too similar Formulaic in the extreme.Silva may be a master of espionage, but his stories are depressingly the same.

  3. says:

    This is the 11th Gabriel Allon novel from Silva, and it is very good At the same time, when you ve done ten previous titles in a series, then it s easy for things to start to seem repetitive and derivative of previous outings, and that s once again the problem here The last time around, the problem was surmounted by a particularly good plot line, but this one takes a bit of a step back on the plot front, making theformulaic aspects of thingsnoticeable Perhaps some of it is because This is the 11th Gabriel Allon novel from Silva, and it is very good At the same time, when you ve done ten previous titles in a series, then it s easy for things to start to seem repetitive and derivative of previous outings, and that s once again the problem here The last time around, the problem was surmounted by a particularly good plot line, but this one takes a bit of a step back on the plot front, making theformulaic aspects of thingsnoticeable Perhaps some of it is because I ve read several of the titles in the past six months or so in an attempt to get caught up on the series, but I ve treated other series authors in similar ways in the past and not had this same sense of having been there and done that Oh, well The bottom line is that, for whatever the reason, things did not seem particularly fresh here For starters, Gabriel, an art restorer when he s not helping out Israeli intelligence, has been given a new restoration commission, which can only mean that he s about to get drawn back into his old life once again, just as washing your car can only mean that it s going to rain tomorrow And so Gabriel and his old antiterrorism team are reunited once again and set about to put down the bad guys by employing their usual methods, including the use of some tactics that are tied to Allon s knowledge of art and the art world And theyor less succeed as always , but not without cost and not without as always a lot of angst and suffering and guilt for Allon.And perhaps it is this last point that is beginning to get tedious for me, because everyone involved in this story would have been upset and disappointed by the things that went wrong here, but once again it is Allon who needs the time to recover mentally it is Allon who has everyone worried it is Allon who needs delicate handling by people tiptoeing around his damaged psyche, etc Yes, he s the one who took some physical abuse as things played out, but they all failed when failure happened, not just Allon, and this willingness of his to take on the weight of the world is admirable, but tedious Yes, I m repeating that word because it fits so well here And the whole thing just doesn t speak highly of the rest of the team who, if the lack of any mention is at all indicative, just went back to their regular lives with no scars of any kind, or something.Beyond that, two particular oddities stood out for me in this one The first was the choice of artwork for the hardback cover, which I realize isn t exactly something that is entirely within the control of the author But here we get an image of the Louvre, which I would think would lead most readers to think that this particular museum is going to play a role in the story, and probably a significant one But in reality, it plays no role at all, other than to have its windows rattled at one point So anyone who picks up this book as a Louvre fan is going to be quite disappointed I can only assume that the cover was meant to speak to both the art side of the story and to its European elements, but it still seems like a deceptive choice to me The second oddity was one that definitely fell into Silva s purview, on the other hand Near the end of the book, one of Allon s team is working with a group of Israeli commandos, and they are making their way to Allon s location to lend him a hand when well, nothing That s it They re on their way, and then we never hear anythingabout them We hear another character mention this team member later on, indicating that he is alive and well and all of that, but there s a huge hole in his narrative and we hear nothing from him at all about this missing time Did he and the commando team just give up Were they, in reality, the Saudi military patrol that Silva mentions And if so, why misidentify them to the reader In any case, and in spite of these issues, Silva continues to be a darn good writer who does his homework and who doesn t give in to the sort of over the top nonsense that so many thriller writers can t seem to resist And it is because of the overall quality of Silva s work that I expect so much from him and am disappointed when something falls short, and it s why I believe that a review of one of his books deserves farthan an I liked it or an I didn t like it As for this one, and in spite of some disappointments and unanswered questions over it, I will still be reading the next and most recent outing in the series sooner, rather than later And I will try to remember to blame myself at least in part for any sense of d j vu that I experience

  4. says:

    Not exactly a page turner There is action in the beginning and end In between you have endless dialogue, interior monologue, chapters that plod along until you re ready to scream Characters are paper thin I mean that literally since they are littlethan names on a page It s clear from the outset that American intelligence agencies are inept and naive Thankfully the Israelis come to the rescue and take over a huge CIA anti terrorist effort Hero Gabriel Allon, an Israeli agent, gets a Not exactly a page turner There is action in the beginning and end In between you have endless dialogue, interior monologue, chapters that plod along until you re ready to scream Characters are paper thin I mean that literally since they are littlethan names on a page It s clear from the outset that American intelligence agencies are inept and naive Thankfully the Israelis come to the rescue and take over a huge CIA anti terrorist effort Hero Gabriel Allon, an Israeli agent, gets a one on one audience with the President of the United States happens all the time, no during which he appears to give the chief executive a tongue lashing He wags a finger in the President s face and tells him what to do.You have to hand it to the Israelis Mercy, what would we do without them

  5. says:

    Yesssssss Another Gabriel Allon book.I wonder how Silva will top himself this time The last two were the best in the series Untoppable

  6. says:

    Rating 4 Genre Thriller Review Gabriel Allon is known around the world as the angel of vengeance, and an international operative who has worked for the Israeli Intelligence machine called the Office, since 1972 He is a man who will stop at nothing to see justice done even if it puts his own life at risk After the events that occurred during The Rembrandt Affair, Allon has finally decided to retire from the Office He is living the quiet life in Cornwall, England as an art restorer along wit Rating 4 Genre Thriller Review Gabriel Allon is known around the world as the angel of vengeance, and an international operative who has worked for the Israeli Intelligence machine called the Office, since 1972 He is a man who will stop at nothing to see justice done even if it puts his own life at risk After the events that occurred during The Rembrandt Affair, Allon has finally decided to retire from the Office He is living the quiet life in Cornwall, England as an art restorer along with his wife Chiara Allon who still believes there s time to start a family.Allon, who now works for Julian Isherwood s Fine Arts, is given a new project to restore one that could be worth millions to the right buyer when it s completed Naturally, all that changes in a blink of an eye after Gabriel makes a pivotal decision to follow a suicide bomber, instead of walking away and letting others handle it.Thanks to two idiotic members of the British police special firearms division, and a silly law that prevents police from shooting first and asking questions later, they tackle Gabriel, and watch as the bomber keys the trigger that kills over a dozen innocent people including one of the police officers All while blaming Gabriel for raising a gun in a public square.Gabriel is thrust yet again, back into the spotlight when he is asked if he would like a chance to redeem his mistake in not taking the shot sooner rather than following the bomber to the point of no return His former boss Uzi Navot and CIA National Clandestine Service director Adrian Carter, have a mission that he isthan qualified to handle go after the mastermind of the attacks and eliminate the threat he poses once and for all.Portrait Of A Spy is the Eleventh novel in the Gabriel Allon series and if anyone was expecting a letdown after The Rembrandt Affair, you won t find it here If anything, this book continues the tradition of a well documented, researched, and written thriller novel that will leave you guessing at what happens next.Gabriel is the main protagonist of this story that is true But, Silva also brings back several female characters he introduced in previous books, and who play pivotal roles in the outcome of the storyline.Sarah Bancroft has a PHD in Art History and currently works as an analysis for the CIA She was instrumental in helping bring down Abdul Aziz Al Bakari who was a terrorist financier at the time of his death.She became close to Nadia Al Bakari, his daughter who eventually inherited his business and became the richest woman in the world as well as one who doesn t always follow sharia law while living in the west Nadia s role is the key to ending the terrorist threat posed and maybe changing things for the better if she can survive to see them happen You really have to feel for her plight and how her story plays itself out.Zoe Reed, who played a huge part in the Rembrandt Affair, is now living in the states an investigative reporter for CNBC She returns as well but in a less important role She isof an intermediary in getting Gabriel and Nadia to work together.This could be considered a political commentary and a call for change in allowing women in the Middle East to haverights, including in Saudi Arabia where the Sunni society believes goats areimportant than women are I ve been to Saudi and was forced into wearing traditional female clothing and covering my face, all while not being able to drive myself, or be allowed to go out in public by myself with a male besides me.I appreciate the research and time that Silva takes to put into his work before releasing these books He definitely has a character we can all relate to if we are actually paying attention to the world around us He doesn t throw any punches either He knows that Gabriel is in a tenuous situation being a Jew in a world that wants to see the destruction of his homeland We know that Gabriel is a fictious character, but there are men and women around the world fighting to keep our way of life alive and not katowing to fundamentalist who want to install an Arab Caliphate around the globe and subject women to sharia law.It s also somewhat of a political statement towards the current US administration as well in their handling of the Arab spring which they encouraged and then did nothing to support It s interesting in that Silva continues to have the intelligence communities of Israel, the United Kingdom and the US working so close together, when in reality, they so far apart in trusting each other since the Americans have become so unreliable these days and untrusting as well Even in this book, the so called President interferes and probably costs Nadia her life because certain facts are leaked out.Overall, an enjoyable series but wonder in what direction this series is now heading

  7. says:

    Another reliable entry in the multi book story of Gabriel Allon, spy and assassin, originally recruited by the Israeli agency known as the Office to help with retaliation after the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics He was recruited out of art school and this is a field to which he returns after each assignment, having developed skills as an art restorer over many years.As this new episode begins, Gabriel has left that spy s life behind and once again retired to Cornwall to paint Another reliable entry in the multi book story of Gabriel Allon, spy and assassin, originally recruited by the Israeli agency known as the Office to help with retaliation after the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics He was recruited out of art school and this is a field to which he returns after each assignment, having developed skills as an art restorer over many years.As this new episode begins, Gabriel has left that spy s life behind and once again retired to Cornwall to paint and lead a quiet life But global acts of terror appear to implicate a new Islamic Jihadist terrorist group that is gaining strength and once again he is pulled back into the fight.As always, the novel is highly readable Occasionally I have a little difficulty with the Middle East politics of the book, but Silva does introduce a few moderate Muslims into the mix along with the right wing fundamentalist Islamic types who can cause so much problem

  8. says:

    Another good Silva thriller So far, he seems able to keep adding new wrinkles to his set of characters and issues Silva has a unique way of building tension even when you suspect what is about to happen This one had some plot surprises Silva s descriptions of places and great art is also as excellent as always.

  9. says:

    I have enjoyed all of the Gabriel Allon books but this is one of my favorites I like that the main character uses the restoration of famous art to atone for the things that he has to do for his country The events in Daniel Silva s books are very relevant to current affairs which makes his books very believable BTW I have read the series out of order and I still enjoyed it.

  10. says:

    Gabriel Allon, Mossad Officer extraordinaire, has decided to retire from the espionage business He and his wife, Chiara, nestle into a faintly reclusive life in a small British community Allon, however, cannot get away from his past No matter how many paintings he restores, restoring normalcy in his own life escapes him and he finds himself again at the center of terrorism s storm.I love Silva s novels They were my introduction into the thriller genre, and I look forward to them so eagerly t Gabriel Allon, Mossad Officer extraordinaire, has decided to retire from the espionage business He and his wife, Chiara, nestle into a faintly reclusive life in a small British community Allon, however, cannot get away from his past No matter how many paintings he restores, restoring normalcy in his own life escapes him and he finds himself again at the center of terrorism s storm.I love Silva s novels They were my introduction into the thriller genre, and I look forward to them so eagerly that I willingly shell out the ridiculous prices charged for the e book version I m not complaining, I could refuse to pay it and check the book out of the library But the truth is, I love coming back to Allon s stories again and again Silva has created a tremendous, strong character multi faceted and complex.That being said, there was less story in this story than process I happen to be fascinated by the intelligence and espionage process, so this doesn t bother me in the least If it had been the first book in the Allon series, though, I probably wouldn t have picked up another Not at the prices the legacy publisher e books are selling for For those who do pick up the book, I can only say that no matter how you feel reading about espionage process you must read this through to the end It is the end of this book that will stay with you, haunting your thoughts from time to time until Silva s next book is released

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