The Fallen Angel

The Fallen Angel

eBook - 2012
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Gabriel Allon, master art restorer and assassin, returns in a spellbinding new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Bruised and war-weary following his secret war to bring down a terrorist mastermind, Gabriel Allon returns to his beloved Rome to restore a Caravaggio masterpiece. But early one morning Gabriel is summoned by his friend and occasional ally Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to the Pope. The broken body of a beautiful woman lies beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. Donati fears a public inquiry will inflict more wounds on an already-damaged Church so he calls upon Gabriel to use his matchless talents and experience to quietly pursue the truth was it suicide, or something more sinister? Gabriel discovers that the woman revealed a dangerous secret that threatens powers beyond the Vatican. And an old enemy plots revenge in the shadows, an unthinkable act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. Once again Gabriel must return to the ranks of his old intelligence service and place himself, and those he holds dear, on the razor's edge of danger.
Publisher: Sydney :, HarperCollins Publishers,, 2012.
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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tirjan
Jan 04, 2016

Meh! Same old, same old. Super Israeli spy and aggrieved soul chases down real badass Hezbollah evildoers while outsmarting the CIA (which has indeed fallen into disrepute) and MI6 (which is much more effective than the CIA but can't come close to the Israeli counterpart HQed at King Saul Boulevard). The Israelis save the day and the world (until the next episode.) So enough of Daniel Silva for a long time coming.

I liked the posture of forgiveness towards the terrible wrongs of the Catholic Church which are woven throughout the book. I wish this novel could have been a bit more reflective of the ethical tensions in serving justice and retribution but overall a great read as always.

siammarino Jul 17, 2014

Gabriel is not only an expert restorer of Caravaggio paintings working for the Vatican, but an undercover agent for Israel. When a Vatican curator falls from the dome of St. Peters, his investigation leads to tomb robbers (tombaroli). Silvia lost me when he moved away from the main story to plots against Israel. Never finished the book!

rollingstock May 13, 2014

I didn`t even finish it, my first and last for this author.

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JLMason
Feb 22, 2014

This reminded me of Jack Ryan et al in the Tom Clancy books: the hero is too perfect, the agency he works for is too noble, the villains are too one dimensional, and the women are beautiful, secondary character foils for their men. The author was unable to generate any suspense even in the final sequence because the hero is perfect and is going to save the day. Yawn.

Dazio Jan 28, 2014

I really enjoyed the first one third of the book. The remaining two thirds had too many details which made the reading slow paced, hence only a three star rating.

mrsgail5756 Dec 22, 2013

A very good book. Not to be missed

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MzMag
Jul 17, 2013

Will pick up Saturday morning.

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deumbach
Jul 03, 2013

The Gabriel Allon series is comfortable like an old robe. I like the details about art,Vatican, etc.

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nhoj
Jan 21, 2013

Featuring Gabriel Allon again who at the request of the Vatican investigares a murder inside St. Peter's cathedral which leads him to a Palestinian plot to destabilize Israel. A good read but somewhat predictable.

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