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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: July 2011 ISBN: 9780062084958
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Thomas | 1/23/2014

    " Yet another excellent Gabriel Allon adventure "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 1/23/2014

    " It seems like Gabriel Allon might finally be on the verge of retirement. In my mind, this may not be an entirely bad thing since I seem to having trouble maintaining interest in series after the sixth or seventh installment. Please don't imply from that that Portrait of a Spy is anything other than another well-crafted and enjoyable work from Mr. Silva. The story keeps you turning pages and is extraordinarily current. Mr. Silva is a talented writer and if Allon is denied his well deserved retirement I will continue reading the series but I think I would also be intrigued by a new Silva character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara Rull | 1/21/2014

    " It took me a long time to really get into this book but once I did I really enjoyed it. Gabriel Allon is a complicated character as well as being very likable. The suspense was palpable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Psirene | 1/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book but so as not to spoil it for others will not go into the emotional roller coaster i felt that Silva had me on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shoehn | 12/5/2013

    " These keep getting better and better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo Tanenbaum | 11/30/2013

    " Entertaining, as usual, but hard to believe the ending. Gabriel Allon, Israeli super-hero, assassin, spy, artist, and art restorer, and more of his adventures fighting the bad guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/17/2013

    " Listened to this on tape and really enjoyed it. #11 in the series, so we began reading at #1 and kept on going! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellin | 3/5/2013

    " It was a good spy read. I've read a few of this series and after awhile they all kind of seem the same. But that's not necessarily bad. Good for the beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/11/2012

    " I love this series! It's hard work to make every book involving the same character even better than the one before. Silva has opened the world of art restoring to me. I enjoy reading his author notes almost as much as the novel itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Rand | 7/4/2012

    " Smart spy! The main character is an art restorer who works for the Mosad. There is action, current events, an art information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 5/28/2012

    " Maybe not quite my FAVORITE Allon novel, but still a 'stay up late and turn the pages as fast as you can' spy thriller. Mossad flat-out GETS IT DONE against the bad people of the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 2/9/2012

    " This was an EXCELLANT story by Silva. Great characters, and believable story line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Chapman | 11/25/2011

    " While I like this author, I think he was coasting on this book. He loaded it up with minor characters from his previous novels, so if you hadn't read his earlier Gabriel Allon books you were likely confused. Very formulaic. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 11/3/2011

    " Nothing new here. The formula is followed and continues to be entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vaughn | 9/7/2011

    " Audio version - plot takes current headlines including an Israeli plot to assassinate a terror leader in Dubai, and makes a believable hero of a Saudi female from previous novels. Enjoyed this one more than the last couple of novels by Silva. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Baxter | 7/30/2011

    " First time I have read Silva, and enjoyed the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 7/23/2011

    " Having waited months for "Portrait of a Spy", I was not disappointed. Daniel Silva just continues to get better. I have absolutely loved all of Silva's Gabriel Allon series. Bring on #12! "

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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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.