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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,406 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Silva Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781423368557
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Bestselling author Daniel Silva’s celebrated debut novel, The Unlikely Spy, is “a roller-coaster World War II adventure that conjures up memories of the best of Ken Follett and Frederick Forsyth” (The Orlando Sentinel).

"In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable—including a history professor named Alfred Vicary. Handpicked by Churchill himself, Vicary must stop an unknown spy from uncovering the Allied battle plans for D-Day. The Nazis, however, have also chosen their operative carefully. Posing as a war widow and hospital volunteer, Catherine Blake is under direct orders from Hitler to seal the German victory—no matter what the cost.

“Layers of depth and intrigue…Silva succeeds with panache.” —USA Today

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyndal | 2/20/2014

    " Daniel Silva is one of my favorite authors. I have read all of the books in his Gabriel Allon spy series. (Disclaimer: I love a good spy story.) His books just keep getting better and better! A great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micky | 2/13/2014

    " Love Allon character.Can't wait to read earlier books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim McDougall | 2/8/2014

    " I was hopeful since it is a spy / mystery novel. But there were so many characters and the narrative seemed too descriptive and so wordy as to be boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Opa | 2/2/2014

    " Silva write his books like he is painstakingly painting an oil masterpiece. Each stroke is exquisite. He is an excellent thriller writer within the bounds of current world history and issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 1/23/2014

    " Gabriel Allon is brought back into the espionage world when the Intelligence Community tries to locate a Middle Eastern Terrorist (born in the USA) and his Assassin. It is well thought out, full of action, both physical and mental and deals with the complexities of terrorism and fighting terrorism. Allon is now one of my favorite intelligence characters. He is smart, has somewhat of a conscience, and does not necessarily enjoy what he is forced by circumstances to do. The other characters are equally complex and fascinating. Good reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan Kaplan | 1/22/2014

    " Compulsively readable book by Daniel Silva. Another chapter in the amazing exploits of Gabriel Allon. Picking up these books is like reconnecting with an old friend. The good guys win, and the bad guys lose, but they always can fight another day. Like the old movie serials, you can hardly wait for the next feature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petra Willemse | 1/14/2014

    " Another solid entry in Silva's Gabriel Allon series. It's always entertaining to see behind the curtains of the spy world - especially the Israeli spy network. However nothing new is revealed in this tale; Silva trots out the same plot lines and characters. Fans of the series will enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/13/2014

    " Have to admit, this book wasn't as good as the previous Allon novels. I'm starting to think the Gabriel Allon series has just about run its course. How many times can the 'retired' Gabriel come back for the agency? While I love Silva's books, I'd love to see a new series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/29/2013

    " Too wordy. Too many unnecessary details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debie Orrell | 12/24/2013

    " As always Daniel Silva provides intriguing espionage. Gabriel Allon masterminds the plot to try and defeat terriorism. His plots always take a piece of his soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 12/11/2013

    " Very intriguing. Great characters and plot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 12/6/2013

    " Fun spy romp. I didn't find the treatment of the main character too obviously indulgent in the way I find is often the case with this genre. Given to me when I was on hospital bedrest, I finished the last two chapters just now when I found the book among the things I brought home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 12/3/2013

    " Another great Gabriel Allon adventure! I did think that the dialogue dragged in a few parts. Also, Silva did nothing to conceal his outright, blatant criticism of President Obama by introducing President Hope as a character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 12/1/2013

    " Listened to the audio book. Good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 woody | 2/4/2013

    " Latest Gabriel Allon book. He is working with the daughter of a terrorist that he killed in a previous book. They are trying to head of the latest surge of suicide bombers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veniece | 11/28/2012

    " I enjoy this series about Gabriel Allon, an art restorer/spy for Israel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/1/2012

    " Good book! If you like espionage books, I recommend this guy. Took up where Ludlum left off, only better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alayne | 8/4/2012

    " My opinion.....Silva and Baldacci are the best in this genre! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla VdL | 5/8/2012

    " I think this is the first spy novel I've read, it's the first book I've read of this series, and this one just makes me want to read the others too...Lately I'm more interested in international politics and economy so this book had some really interesting topics for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Abresch | 2/1/2012

    " Gabriel Allon in an Israeli spy and killer, and also a restorer of old master paintings, here called upon to take someone out as he is doing one of his restorations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Culp | 1/9/2012

    " I like every contribution to the Gabriel Allon series. Some of it is getting a little formulaic, but the formula works so Silva's Gabriel Allon books remain a consistently great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 11/15/2011

    " Love this series. one of the stronger stories in it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Monroe | 10/24/2011

    " I found another great author and character in Gregory Allon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 8/16/2011

    " The first silva book Ive read, Gabriel Allon is such a cool spy, this book has an amazing story, now i must go back to the beginning and read them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SirPoochala | 7/4/2011

    " I like the Gabriel Allon character. I have nothing much more to add....I think I would like to see it as a movie.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob | 6/30/2011

    " I'm giving it 5 stars only because I can't give it 6. An amazingly written historical fiction tale about World War II espionage. Pulse pounding from start to finish with plenty of twists and turns but never over-the-top. Maybe the best thing I've read all year so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 6/25/2011

    " As always Silva can write a spy story like no other writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/2/2011

    " Fun to read. This was written in 2003 and was about WWI and the counterintelligence to hide the location of the Allied invasion from the Germans. Well-written in that the author constantly kept you shifting your view: a weaving of information. Fun to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/2/2011

    " A good spy book filled with all the makings of a successful movie! The action and suspense keeps the reader turning the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy | 4/25/2011

    " I have a truly guilty pleasure in reading all of the Daniel Silva books, and will continue to do so. I love the art history thrown in there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 3/20/2011

    " Entertaining WWII spy novel, revolving around the allied deceptions just prior to the Normandy landing.

    Similar story line for interested readers: Operation Mincemeat, by Ben MacIntyre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 3/2/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was just really well thought out and very detailed. A great spy book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kw | 1/19/2011

    " Well done, but just very, very long and detailed. A bit tedious at times for me and did not hold my interest as well as some of his others have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kjersti | 1/13/2011

    " Fun, well-crafted WWII spy story about deeply embedded German spies in England and the MI5 spycatcher set to root them out. But what else is happening behind the scenes....???? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 1/13/2011

    " WOW. I've read some of his later works but this was his first. Very, very good reading. I couldn't figure out what was nagging me about the plot until it was finally explained. Very subtle. Long as it was, I sort of wish it was even longer. Love his style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 1/11/2011

    " I found this book fascinating albeit somewhat long. The workings of the British MI-5 is shown as the noose tightens in the search for German spies. A must read for lovers of WW11 espionage novels. The ending has a twist which is unexpected.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 1/10/2011

    " This was a great suspenseful page turner. Fascinating fictional account of the spy game during late WWII. Couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it but make sure you don't have to get up early the next morning. It will keep you up lye reading. "

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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

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.