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THE FALLEN ANGEL

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Fast-paced action thriller from old hand Silva (Portrait of a Spy, 2001, etc.), whose hero Gabriel Allon returns in fine form.As Silva's legion of fans—including, it seems, every policy wonk inside the Beltway and Acela Corridor—knows, Gabriel is not just your ordinary spy. He's a capable assassin, for one thing, and a noted art restorer for another, which means that his adventures often find ... Read full review

Review: The Fallen Angel

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Joe Hartlaub

I am probably preaching to the choir here, but I cannot imagine anyone picking up a book authored by David Hewson and not falling in love with the subject matter within the first 50 pages or so. Hewson has made a profession of doing the amazing and making it look commonplace in novel after novel. THE FALLEN ANGEL, his latest and arguably best work, continues the practice while upping his own ante ... Read full review

Review: The Fallen Angel

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Kate Ayers

The body of a female is found in St. Peter's Basilica. At first glance, it is assumed to be a suicide. That theory doesn't hold water for long, though. The scene looks suspicious, and the woman, who worked in antiquities, had displayed no sign of impending thoughts of suicide. But with the scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church these days, Pope Paul VII needs someone to quietly investigate and ... Read full review

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Reviewed by Juli Williamson for Readers' Favorite
The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva is an espionage thriller that revolves around Gabriel Allon, a former Israeli intelligence agent, who is now
working in the Vatican, restoring a priceless masterpiece. The butterfly effect in full bloom, one small but tragic event leads to the saving of the world. A tragic death at the Basilica ropes Gabriel into an international art theft ring, and a terrorists’ plot, embroiling the Middle East in more strife. Allon wants to finish restoring the commissioned work, spend time with his wife, and enjoy life but his past catches up with him. Can Allon and his Israeli colleagues find the art thieves and prevent the Middle East from erupting into open warfare?
Daniel Silva has woven an intricate plot that unravels under Allon’s skillful probing. Daniel Silva has written more than a spy novel. He weaves art, history, differing religions, and current events into multiple plots that are entertaining, and creates an informative tale of personal loss and growth with a masterful hand. He has written a novel that understands the background and reality of the strife in the Middle East and the realization that it probably will not be settled any time soon. I enjoyed this tale of intrigue. I was not overloaded with an intensive history lesson, but shown more of an overview and acceptance of the reality of today's dynamics worldwide. In addition, the history was so skilfully interwoven into the story of one small group of people.
 

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This latest book in the Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva is another adventure in the world of a secret spy for the Israeli government. Gabriel, who pays his rent by being a restorer of fine art is now working on a masterpiece by Caravaggio at the Vatican.
A curator in the antiquities division of the Vatican has fallen to her death in St. Peter’s Basilica and Gabriel has been asked to take on the task of finding out if she jumped or was pushed. Gabriel has tried many times to get away from the Israeli Intelligence Service, but like the Godfather, everytime he thinks he has escaped, they pull him back. He is asked by the Pope’s Private Secretary to look into the death and see what he can find out. How do you say no to the Pope? On top of everything else, the Pope wants it done discreetly!!
Gabriel discovers that the curator was investigating some of the origins of the Vatican’s antiques and had made some headway into some underhanded deals that would put someone into a great deal of trouble if he/she was discovered. Gabriel, his wife and his cohorts from the Intelligence branch of the Israeli government are on the trail of the culprits that include a criminal who is married to a friend of Gabriel’s and that makes it a little bit dicey for all the investigators.
This plot will seem familiar to all of Silva’s avid readers of Allon books as Gabriel is dragged into a plot with his team of experts again. You’d like to tell him that if he wants to get away from spying, he just has to change his name and move to another country and even then, probably wouldn’t get away. The story moves about from Italy, to France, to Germany and back again with an older Gabriel who is still sharp as a tack and a man who you would definitely want on your side in a fight. Silva's books are snatched off the shelves in droves and fans wait impatiently for the next one. My very favorite is his first book The Unlikely Spy. I would very much like to see another book in that genre from Silva. It was and is fantastic.
Quill Says: I’ll say again, a great story with expert writing, plotting and characterization. Allon, and his creator Daniel Silva, are supermen with super brains and it seems that Gabriel's past will come back to haunt him for many books to come.
(Reviewed by Mary Lignor for Feathered Quill Book Reviews)
 

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