Portrait of A Spy

Portrait of A Spy

Book - 2011
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After failing to stop a suicide bomber attack in London, master art restorer and assassin Gabriel Allon is summoned by the CIA and is faced with an organization riddled with dissent--and ill-equipped to deal with the deadly new face of global jihadist terror.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062072184
0062072188
Branch Call Number: FIC/SILVA
Characteristics: 455 p. ; 24 cm.

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srkmeyer
Jan 11, 2017

may be similar to some of his other books, but I like 'em all.
sharply & simply written with great pace.

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mstolarik
Mar 30, 2016

Books are getting kind of repetitive. Author's political views detract from the stories!

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RIJN
Nov 02, 2015

Sally does not recommend. Not as good as his other books.

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kmre_37
Oct 25, 2015

The storyline itself was average but then the constant filler of art details & half plots sunk it !

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cluhowy
Sep 12, 2015

The protagonist in Silva’s spy novels is a recurring character. Silva is a captivating writer/story teller. I agree that he does portray different countries in a stereotypical manner, but one has to keep in mind that this is fiction, and the author is allowed to use imagination and viewpoints that are not necessarily universal. The comment in one review on the ”Pope being privy to contract killing” is an example of the author’s use poetic licence in fiction. In my opinion, this is not a valid reason to stop reading Silva’s novels. We have to keep in mind, if we are objective, the history of the papacy is rife with violence, corruption and politics. Read "The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church", by Malachi Martin, 1981. He covers the history of Popes from the first Pope to the then current Pope. It is extremely enlightening, especially for Catholics.

poppy2010 Jul 20, 2013

A good storyline, that is somewhat plausible. The author knows the Middle East and accuratley depicts locations and cultural differences in ways of the Arab, as opposed to the Western Caucasian. His references to quasi-State control is accurate, to the extent that I don't think this novel will be available at airport book-shops anywhere in the Gulf States. Carry it, if you want it to be confiscated!

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Zentjo10
Dec 24, 2011

After fifty pages I realized this was the exact same novel that Silva has been writing for the past dozen books. He needs to work on his writing style, needs to shake up the plot and his villains, and he needs to finish with this particular spy. The first and last chapter were the best of the book: best characterization, best writing, and the most promising. But then he goes off into cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, and the same old Muslim/Russian terrorist-villain. It was fine for the first five books but after ten books it has become boring.

deVichi Dec 07, 2011

This is my first Daniel Silva book and I have to say I was not disappointed. The characters where what kept my interest. I enjoyed their history, their relationships, their background, and I enjoyed their personalities. The intelligence of it all and the way this book outlines how government spies operate especially cross country agencies and their agendas, it makes a great book. I like the contrast of the main character Gabriel who on the one hand is a spy and on the other hand is an artist. On the whole its a solid recommend.

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josephpdonahue
Nov 21, 2011

The previous digital catalogue was much better.
I want to simply look for a book, not read other peoples comments.
Can't easily find the catalogue.

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emerge
Oct 24, 2011

If you enjoy one of these books, then the whole series is a sure thing. Each instalment offers up more clues as to the makeup & motivations for each of the returning characters. Gabriel tries to balance his responsibility for a young wife, his sense of meting out justice & a desire for peace as world attrocities occur. A complex & enjoyable thriller.

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