Portrait of A Spy

Portrait of A Spy

eBook - 2014
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For international operative Gabriel Allon and his wife, Chiara, it was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London'but a pair of deadly bombings in Paris and Copenhagen have just occurred, and while walking toward Covent Garden, Gabriel notices a man he believes is about to carry out a third attack. Before Gabriel can draw his weapon, he is knocked to the pavement and can only watch as the nightmare unfolds. Haunted by his failure to stop the massacre of innocents, Gabriel returns to his isolated cottage in Cornwall until a summons brings him to Washington, and he is drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the centre of the threat is an American born cleric in Yemen to whom Allah has granted "a beautiful and seductive tongue." A gifted deceiver, who was once a paid CIA asset, the mastermind is plotting a new wave of attacks. 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, and to succeed, Gabriel must reach into his violent past. Set against the disparate worlds of art and intelligence, Portrait of a Spy is a breathtaking portrait of courage in the face of unspeakable evil.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2014
ISBN: 9781443408349
1443408344
Branch Call Number: 813.6
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SF_READER
May 24, 2020

Book 11 of the Gabriel Allon series

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vjmendi
Apr 14, 2019

#11

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harrybosch
Aug 13, 2018

One of Silva's best. I does suffer a little from having a plenitude of minor characters, which often are closely linked, and it gets difficult to keep track of them all. Without a doubt, Silva is one of the very best writers of our time.

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cambridgedon
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.

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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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May 24, 2020

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