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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,610 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Silva Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gabriel Allon Series Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9781597109345
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When word gets to Israeli intelligence that terrorists are plotting to destroy the Vatican they turn to one of their own to stop the carnage. In The Messenger we are once again reunited with our favorite Israeli special agent. Although exhausted from his last assignment involving another terrorist threat, Gabriel Allon doesn't see a way out of accepting this next job. After coming under scrutiny by French authorities for a bombing that occurred during the showdown with his last antagonist; he can either hide in his homeland the rest of his life or accept a desk job. This discovery of pictures on the computer of a now dead operator within al-Qaeda has opened a third door for Allon, and he waltzes on through.

Having sounded the alarm to his friend in the Vatican, Monsignor Luigi Donati, he travels to Italy. Neither man realizes that the trap is already set. The holy walls have already been penetrated by those who would see its destruction. Combing slowly through the clues and evidence, Allon and his fellow intelligence agents carefully piece together the terrorist plot. With the major player appearing to be Abdul Aziz al-Bakari things get even more complicated. He is an art collector, politically connected, rich and considered untouchable by their allies in the west.

Allon takes on the task the CIA asks of him. Find al-Bakari, become part of his organization and bring him down. With his background in the restoration of art and help from art curator Sarah Bancroft, he sets out to stop the threat. Traveling from London, across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean, they find themselves in a struggle for their lives. With friend and teacher, Ari Shamron critically injured by the very group he is hunting; Allon will need all of his skill and ingenuity in order to break the most powerful terrorist he has come up against.

While working as a journalist for CNN, author Daniel Silva penned his first novel which quickly became a bestseller. He has not looked back since. After introducing part-time spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon in his fourth novel, the hero showed up in nine more books and quickly became popular with readers. Born in Michigan, Silva met his wife Jamie Gangel while reporting on the war between Iran and Iraq. With his books published in over 30 languages, he is considered by many to be one of America's leading authors of spy novels.

Gabriel Allon, art restorer and spy, is about to face the greatest challenge of his life.

Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer—photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever, straight at the heart of the Vatican.

Allon warns his old friend Monsignor Luigi Donati, the pope’s private secretary, and rushes to Rome to assist in security, but what neither he nor Donati knows is that the Vatican has been thoroughly penetrated. An extraordinary enemy walks among them…and he’s just getting started.

In the days and weeks to come, Allon and his colleagues will find themselves in a deadly duel of wits against one of the most dangerous men in the world—a hunt that will take them across Europe to the Caribbean and back. But for them, there may simply not be enough of anything: enough time, enough facts, enough luck.

All Allon can do is set his trap—and hope that he is not the one caught in it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Silva continues to warrant comparisons to John le Carré…The way Silva resolves his plot will keep readers right where he wants them: on the edges of their seats.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An engrossing and beautifully written contemporary spy thriller.”

    Booklist

  • A 2007 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2007 Barry Award for Best Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 2/12/2014

    " I like this author... able to hold your attention and keeps you guessing pretty good. I like the back drop of the book, and it's a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 2/12/2014

    " I'm not a fan of the espionage genre, but a friend gave this to me for Christmas. It's an involved (but not boring) tale of modern terrorism that includes the Vatican, Israel, USA and Saudi Arabia. Obviously, I have no idea how realistic the portrayals of espionage and terrorism are, but they did read very well. I cared about most of the characters and the plot was fast-paced and interesting. Most of all, if the author's note and his inclusion of USA money and Saudi oil in the plot are true, then we, as Americans, need to extricate ourselves from Saudi influence (oil). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clay Davis | 2/3/2014

    " A pretty good international spy thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Anderson | 1/15/2014

    " Great sensitive thriller--as always with Silva. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/6/2014

    " Good read. Nice break from previous Allon novels that had begun to fall into a rut. Will keep me reading the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sera | 12/26/2013

    " Very interesting read. I had never read Silva before, but his writing style is very good, and the plot engaging. Although a work of fiction, there is some underlying truth in that Silve presents in the book, which he describes more fully in the postscript. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greatlund | 12/4/2013

    " anyone who likes spy novels..read all of silva's gabriel allon series..his character as a mossad asassin is spellbinding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/4/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book. His writing gets better and more mature with each novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 11/19/2013

    " Very good thriller as Gabriel Allon returns to lead Israeli intelligence against a group of Muslim terrorists. Fast paced and exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 She-ra's A' DragQueen | 10/29/2013

    " Status Quo for a Gabriel Allon book at full stride... Not at all a bad book but somewhat unspectacular. This is not one that I have re-read alot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 stan | 10/18/2013

    " Once again a first rate spy thriller Daniel Silva gets better and better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hoang | 10/13/2013

    " Excellent series. I call this character the Jewish Bond. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 7/23/2013

    " First spy novel type book and took a little bit to actually get into it, but when I did, couldn't put it down and enjoyed it. Quick read and would probably pick up another Daniel Silva book. Probably one keeping up with Gabriel series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 1/13/2013

    " This was an excellent book. The best in the Allon series so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Regina | 12/24/2011

    " A bit hard to get into....not as compelling as his others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 9/14/2010

    " enjoyed it - love the character Adrian Carter "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzannesavitt | 8/11/2010

    " Good twists and turns. Good beach/deck read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hermien | 5/7/2010

    " I don't know whether it was because the accents on the audiobook were quite different from the characters as I had imagined them, or whether it was because this book lacked the historical backgrounds that I enjoyed so much in previous Gabriel Allon books, but this one just didn't do it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 10/20/2009

    " Outstanding. One of the best in the series. Best spy writer in the business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia B | 7/10/2009

    " Plot follows same pattern as other Gabriel Allon books I have read. But Silva writes extremely well and for a summer read, he kept me intrigued and engaged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 7/6/2009

    " I am loving my Silva books. Smart, fast paced, exciting spy mysteries with enough truth to make me mad at how evil sources are at work in this world because of oil money. This was a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryjo | 3/2/2009

    " I like this one the best so far. Better story and setting-not so focused on bloodshed. Getting a bit tired of the same story line and think I need a break before continuing the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Thompson | 3/2/2009

    " Gabriel Allon series rocks! Mossad, art restorer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 2/3/2009

    " A good read. Gabriel Allon is an Israeli intelligence operative. I will read more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 7/24/2008

    " This is the 6th novel in the Barriel Allon series. It interesting and suspensful to a cerain extent. "

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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

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.