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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,474 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Silva Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gabriel Allon Series Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9781415902363
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Art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, but the real object of his search becomes something else entirely: to find out the truth about the photograph that has turned his world upside down. It is the face of the unnamed man who brutalized his mother in the last days of World War II, during the Death March from Auschwitz. But is it really the same one? If so, who is he? How did he escape punishment? Where is he now?

Fueled by an intensity he has not felt in years, Allon cautiously begins to investigate, but the more layers he strips away, the greater the evil that is revealed, a web stretching across sixty years and thousands of lives. Soon, the quest for one monster becomes the quest for many. And the monsters are stirring. . . .

Filled with sharply etched characters and prose, and a plot of astonishing intricacy, this is an uncommonly intelligent thriller by one of our very best writers. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterful and compelling tale of evil, treachery, and revenge…Goes to the top of the list of this year’s best.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “[A] superbly crafted narrative of espionage and foreign intrigue.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A masterfully constructed tale of memory and revenge. It demonstrates that thrillers can be more than entertainment.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Gripping…The grim, fateful plotting resembles the early work of John le Carré.”

    New York Daily News

  • A 2005 Barry Award Finalist for Best Thriller
  • A 2005 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christiana Moffa | 2/19/2014

    " Gabriel heads to Vienna for the first time since a bomb exploded under his car, killing his son and injuring his wife for life. How does he enter a city where his presence is not only forbidden, but where he has so many emotional ties? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 2/13/2014

    " Gabriel Allon once again is pulled from his work as an art restorer to work undercover for the Israeli Intelligence. This time it is very personal. He must find the person that murdered his friend. Daniel Silva as always writes wonderfully descriptive prose. Looking forward to the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 2/7/2014

    " Much like the two before it, this book focuses not on Israel and Palestine, but on continued ramifications of the Holocaust. Another stellar entry in the series. New love interest for Gabriel in this one, who appears to maybe be more permanent. I still want Jacqueline to come back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 1/27/2014

    " Enjoyed this last Allon story . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss | 1/25/2014

    " Sandford (of the Prey series) and Cornwell (Scarpetta) should take lessons from this guy on how to improve their writing while not losing the original voice of the earlier novels of the series. I've read every book of Silva's and he just keeps getting better! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alane | 1/22/2014

    " Recommended to me, but I am not much of a spy novel type. If I were, this would be my kind of spy novel. But, see, I'm just not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/20/2014

    " Interesting read. I'm not a reader of thrillers often, but this one was intriguing and a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlos Santos | 1/16/2014

    " Fantastic book. I really love the Gabriel Allon character. This book takes you through the world of Nazi war criminals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ora | 1/4/2014

    " Gets better, more intriguing, as you go along, with more character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patsy | 12/19/2013

    " great mystery book, but lots of characters going by multiple names so made it cumbersome at times to keep them all straight.... but still a good read if you like mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/19/2013

    " Daniel Silva is a great vacation read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanoc | 12/17/2013

    " Didn't really like this series. Tried another one and didn't finish it. Every suspenseful event solved by shoot-em-up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/16/2013

    " Another good read from Daniel Silva. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Nino | 12/10/2013

    " Just fasttracking Daniel's past books and I can how he was able to grow as a writer and it really amazes me how he meticulously research all this stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 10/19/2013

    " Allons continues his feats of derring do. The added psychological and historical shades the author puts into the novel propel it a notch above the competition. Addictive and fun to read, especially the continued assaults on the Austrians and Swiss bankers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 8/14/2013

    " FALLING IN LOVE WITH THIS SERIES BY SILVA. VERY INTRIGUING, GREAT SUSPENSE! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 8/5/2013

    " Listened to it on CD on a long drive -- fast-paced story and a great voice job by Tony Goldwyn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 6/7/2013

    " This wasn't my favorite story, but it got better in the middle. Too many people and aliases. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie Dennis | 2/1/2013

    " My first Daniel Silva book but not my last. It was an enjoyable read. It kept one anxious to read it through, a real page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jczehut | 1/9/2013

    " Love this writer. I'm not one for flowery comments. I think you will really enjoy him though if you love mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene Fischer | 12/2/2012

    " I love the twists and turns and it is entertainment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirah W | 11/27/2012

    " Another book with Gabriel Allon...I really liked it. I think Allon is one of my favorite contemporary literary heroes. He's flawed but honorable and wants to do what is right. He's always interesting and pulls me into the story. Well done, Silva! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 6/30/2012

    " Hard to believe how much I love Daniel Silva's series. Rush through the book and then it's a long wait before a new one is released. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Stavrum | 5/14/2012

    " Great intrigue but mostly interesting holocost stories taken from real testimonies. Gruesome realities of the terror of humans upon other humans. Recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mgupshaw | 6/25/2011

    " Lots of detail centered around the Holocaust and the central character's pursuit of a Nazi officer make this book especially realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 6/11/2011

    " Great story...amazing detail about the Holocaust. Should have read them in order though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 6/1/2011

    " Once again, Daniel Silva does not disappoint. An enjoyable, and educational, read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 5/4/2011

    " Terrific continuation of Allon character. Just no let up in quality of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 5/2/2011

    " A nice wrap up to this trio!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 4/8/2011

    " decent finish to the first 3 books of the allon series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/4/2011

    " Gripping story. I enjoyed it. A little predictable, but good characterization and plot development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 3/28/2011

    " Nazi war criminals and holocaust novels are similar to the Crusades as a reminder of how horrible human nature can be......a precursor for today's terrorism.
    This novel was very well written and deserves its own merit. A logical ending rounds out a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 3/25/2011

    " This was my least favorite of Silva's books so far, but still a fast and interesting read. if I had read it as a standalone book, I would probably rate it higher, but I just like some of the others better.
    7 down 3 to go.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 3/15/2011

    " A good read. Love the Allon books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/8/2011

    " This book was definitely the weakest of the series but it was still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 2/8/2011

    " Listened to it on CD on a long drive -- fast-paced story and a great voice job by Tony Goldwyn. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva is the author of more than a dozen bestselling novels in the Michael Osbourne series and the Gabriel Allon series of suspense thrillers. He has twice won the Barry Award for Best Thriller for The Messenger in 2007 and The Fallen Angel in 2013. All of his novels have been New York Times bestsellers, with seven titles reaching #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.