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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,382 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Silva Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gabriel Allon Series Release Date:
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Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

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. To succeed, Gabriel must reach into his violent past. A woman waits there—a reclusive heiress and art collector who can traverse the murky divide between Islam and the West. She is the daughter of an old enemy, and together they form an unlikely and dangerous bond.

Set against the disparate worlds of art and intelligence, Portrait of a Spy moves swiftly from the corridors of power in Washington to the glamorous auction houses of New York and London to the unforgiving landscape of the Saudi desert. Featuring a climax that will leave readers haunted long after the the final words are spoken, this deeply entertaining story is also a breathtaking portrait of courage in the face of unspeakable evil—and Daniel Silva’s most extraordinary novel to date.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Elegantly paced, subtle, and well-informed, it’s more textured than Bond—more mojito than dry martini. If you haven’t read Silva before, try this—and then go back and read the series.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Much more than a mere up-to-the-minute thriller. It’s also a bona fide thrill ride…Portrait paints a picture of a terror-wracked world we often read about in the news. That it does so with a thrust that trumps even the boldest developments is testament to Silva’s talents. It’s also testament to the talents of the learned and lethal Allon, who’s the closest thing we’ve got to a Renaissance secret agent.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Suspense writing at its best and character writing that will stay with you for a long, long time.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Simon Vance turns in a nuanced performance…His narration is brisk and engaging, and his talent for creating different accents allows him to switch between Israeli, British, and American characters, almost in the same breath…Silva fans should be enraptured.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fittingly intriguing for the genre. Gadgets, backstabbing machinations, and political duplicities lend an aura of realism to the intricate plot.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lyn | 2/20/2014

    " Silva has another winner. If you like espionage, he's the best. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Norma | 2/13/2014

    " Silva's books are always a little over the top but that is part of their appeal. This, his latest, involves recruiting a fabulously wealthy Arab heiress to help rout out the leader of a deadly terrorist network. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bruce | 2/7/2014

    " Gabriel Allon pulled back into service when a new terrorist network sets of a wave of suicide bombers. He works with the daughter of a terrorist funder that he killed previously to infiltrate the terrorist group. Pretty interesting plot, decent writing. Silva gets a little carried away detail sometimes. Probably 3 1/2 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Youndyc | 1/27/2014

    " Perhaps my favorite spy character. This book was not close to the best in the series, but I still enjoyed it. "

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