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3.99992724508633 out of 53.99992724508633 out of 53.99992724508633 out of 53.99992724508633 out of 53.99992724508633 out of 5 4.00 (9,209 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Silva Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gabriel Allon Series Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781464034091
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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.”

    AudioFile

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

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/30/2014

    " I am hooked on this series of espionage, terrorist thrillers by Daniel Silva. I love the hero, Gabriel Allon and of course the plot theme centering around the Isreali terrorist-hunting-down corp known as "the office". The plots like to take strange turns and sometimes the bad guys aren't who you think they are, likewise for the good. The reader uses thick Isreali and Palestinian accents that only make the plot more enjoyable to the ear. If you like a good page-turning read, or listen, I recommend you get started with this one, the first in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin Miller | 1/18/2014

    " Found it typical, bland and boring. Couldn't connect or believe the characters. Did appreciate that he tried to show both sides but nothing new. Typical, I kill and you avenge and then I kill and you avenge. Neverending throughout history, unfortunately. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheila | 1/17/2014

    " I'm sorry to say that since I've been reading this book and trying to like it for a couple days, I'm afraid it is not my kind of book. Therefore, I'll not be finishing it. It's ashame since it's a well liked series it seems, but not my kind of story at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nickitopster | 1/5/2014

    " The Allon series are interesting in that unusual get a good thriller with side info on historical art (Allon is an art restorer when he's not being an assassin. ). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carie | 12/25/2013

    " Not what I was looking for. Didn't finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Clancy | 12/16/2013

    " Great writing, interesting plot. I'll be curious to see how Allon develops as a character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/7/2013

    " I like this author and these characters a lot. Dick is even reading them, too! Good thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Wales | 11/4/2013

    " This was a great spy-thriller. I was prepared for another page-turner with the usual stuff, but it was better than that by far. Perhaps it was just the thrill of reading something by an author who I met once, but I really enjoyed this book. I'll be reading more of this author for certain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 keeks | 9/26/2013

    " Gotta say that I am really enjoying spy/thriller novels right now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 7/27/2013

    " A tightly plotted spy thriller with characters who are sketched with a delicate hand. Don't like the politics of the book, but I am willing to continue, in the hopes that each of the characters grows to become more sympathetic towards his "enemies" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt | 7/22/2013

    " An Isreali spy whosedouble life is an world famous Renassaince Art Restorer? What is not to like. Seriously, how do I get hooked on some of theese mass market mystery books? Oh yeah I started reading all of the Gabriel Allon books. Couldn't stop with just one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bhindman | 7/20/2013

    " I traveled the world with this one. Visited places I had to look up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 7/15/2013

    " Not at good as the other Allon novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 6/8/2013

    " The beginning of the Gabriel Allon novels, explaining why the former Israeli secret service agent left the service to become an art restorer in Europe and how he got talked into returning to the service for "one last job." Allon is a sympathetic, intelligent character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derrick | 5/29/2013

    " Definitely my fault for preferring ridiculously clean adult fiction, but there was too much sex and language in here for me. Otherwise decent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Herrick | 2/10/2013

    " Definitely a fast paced thriller. I appreciated being able to understand the motives of both the Israelis and the Palestinians.But I wish that the resolution of some of the twists had ben more integral, rather than as a coda. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 9/3/2012

    " Fun, quick read. Genre where all the women are knockouts, the men are always twelve steps ahead, and everything unfolds to make sure the good guy always has the upper hand. I like spy books but they are seemingly more and more alike. "

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