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3.99989142236699 out of 53.99989142236699 out of 53.99989142236699 out of 53.99989142236699 out of 53.99989142236699 out of 5 4.00 (9,210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Silva Narrator: George Guidal Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gabriel Allon Series Release Date:
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Tightly written thrillers like The Marching Season have made bestselling novelist Daniel Silva a favorite of readers everywhere. In The Kill Artist, he paints an absorbing portrait of a reluctant hero’s attempt to thwart an old enemy to preserve a precarious peace. 

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal antiterrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

Filled with vivid action and a fascinating cast of supporting characters, The Kill Artist delivers pulse-pounding suspense, carried to a startling climax by the tension-packed narration of George Guidall.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Silva] pulls off the delicate operation of making no political statement whatsoever: this is congenial, undemanding genre fiction, in which even the good guys are bad, and the moral quandaries can’t compete with the almost sexual thrill of very dangerous missions executed very well. Silva may never get around to plumbing his characters’ souls, but he’s having such a good time that we’re content just to watch him play.”

    New Yorker

  • The Kill Artist is a moving, thoughtful, evenhanded examination of a troubled corner of the world, and it deserves the attention of serious thriller fans everywhere.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “The tragedy of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and despair of its resolution provide the backdrop for Silva’s heart-stopping, complex yarn of international terrorism and intrigue…An array of global locales adds to the complexity and authenticity of the dizzying, cinematic plot.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] marvelous story...George Guidall’s reading adds subtlety and personality to the novel. The emotional portrait he creates of Allon, who leaves his work as an art restorer to find the terrorist, brings out the best of Silva’s tautly written novel. As always, Guidall’s preparation is obvious, ensuring that he never mispronounces a name or word, no matter what the language.”


  • “Silva giv[es] his characters, even the minor ones, believably complex motivations that come into play in the thriller’s overriding conflict.”


  • “A thrill-a-minute surefire bestseller...[that] rips Middle East strife from the headlines.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 5 by Chap | 5/3/2016

    " Daniel Silva has a background which makes his books both believable and realistic. he was a middleast correspondant for CNN. His protagonist, Gabriel Allon, is unique. An art restorer and an Isreali assassin. He is ruthless and fantastic. This book, the Kill Artist is especially vivid and the plot is great. This is a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gitta | 2/7/2014

    " I have read all of Daniel Silvas books. They are terrific "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carrie | 2/5/2014

    " I think this was the first in the Gabriel Allon series, and it is an okay book. The author hadn't quite "hit his stride," but I think this was only his second book, so it's to be expected. This one did fill in a few "holes" in the characters' life, which was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Livia | 2/2/2014

    " The Kill Artist is definitely a good read, if a bit long. The plot also gets a little convoluted in the middle, though everything makes sense in the end. "

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