Portrait of A Spy

Portrait of A Spy

Large Print - 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 : HarperLuxe, c2011.
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed.
ISBN: 9780062073136
Characteristics: 615 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Jan 25, 2018

This is about as good as writing gets and one of Silva's best efforts. Gabriel Allon takes on terrorists again with the help of a female with whom he has a history. Most writers wouldn't be able to get away with it but Silva makes the plot plausible and takes readers on another thrill ride.

Jan 11, 2017

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

Mar 30, 2016

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

Nov 02, 2015

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

Oct 25, 2015

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

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!

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.

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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