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"Gabriel 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 the 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
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The Messenger (Gabriel Allon Series #6)

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"Gabriel 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 the 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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Sometime Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon would prefer to pursue his love of art restoration, but threats of terrorism keep calling him back. In The Messenger, the computer of a dead al-Qaeda operative holds scattered clues to a massive future attack. To thwart that offensive, Allon must move with speed and stealth. Filled with trapdoors and plot surprises, this is a first-class post-9/11 thriller.
Patrick Anderson
[The book] is written in broad strokes, with villains more loathsome, terrorist attacks more spectacular and a plot more melodramatic than he's given us in the past. In terms of controversy, it won't hurt that his chief villain is a Saudi billionaire who finances terrorist attacks and is, in truth, a stand-in for the House of Saud itself, which "started the fire of the global jihad movement in the first place," Silva says. The author is quite serious in his contempt for the Saudis -- and U.S. officials who are seduced by them -- and yet, in an interview that accompanied the book, he jokes that he wants "The Messenger" to be a good beach read. There is, of course, nothing wrong with a writer wanting to have it both ways.
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Library Journal
Echoes of 9/11 haunt Silva's sixth Gabriel Allon thriller. An attack on the Vatican leads the art restorer and Mossad agent on the trail of a wealthy Saudi suspected of financing al-Qaeda. Because Zizi collects Impressionist art, Gabriel creates a fake Van Gogh and enlists Sarah Bancroft, an American art historian, to infiltrate the ruthless billionaire's entourage. The author masterfully weaves together the worlds of art, espionage, and terrorism; few thriller writers balance entertainment and serious issues so well. The novel's structure is unusual for Silva, with Gabriel becoming secondary to Sarah in the second half, but the fears she faces are gripping. Christopher Lane reads quite well, though he gives Gabriel a phlegmatic drone that sounds more like Henry Kissinger than a man of action. Recommended for all collections.
—Michael Adams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141026718
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007

Meet the Author

Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Moscow Rules and 10 other international bestselling spy novels. Best known for his Gabriel Allon series, his books are translated into more than 25 languages. Silva lives in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC with his wife, NBC Today National Correspondent Jamie Gangel and their twins Lily and Nicholas.
Photo of the author: John Earle, photographer

Biography

Daniel Silva was attending graduate school in San Francisco when United Press International offered him a temporary job covering the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Later that year, the wire service offered him full-time employment; he quit grad school and went to work for UPI -- first in San Francisco, then in Washington, D.C., and finally as a Middle East Correspondent posted in Cairo. While covering the Iran-Iraq War in 1987, he met NBC correspondent Jamie Gangel. They married, and Silva returned to Washington to take a job with CNN.

Silva was still at CNN when, with the encouragement of his wife, he began work on his first novel, a WWII espionage thriller. Published in 1997, The Unlikely Spy became a surprise bestseller and garnered critical acclaim. ("Evocative... memorable..." said The Washington Post; "Briskly suspenseful," raved The New York Times). On the heels of this somewhat unexpected success, Silva quit his job to concentrate on writing.

Other books followed, all earning respectable reviews; but it was Silva's fourth novel that proved to be his big breakthrough. Featuring a world-famous art restorer and sometime Israeli agent named Gabriel Allon, The Kill Artist (2000) fired public imagination and soared to the top of the bestseller charts. Gabriel Allon has gone on to star in several sequels, and his creator has become one of our foremost novelists of espionage intrigue, earning comparisons to such genre superstars as John Le Carré. Frederick Forsythe, and Robert Ludlum. Silva's books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have been published around the world.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

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    Gripping Story

    The Mes­senger by Daniel Silva is the sixth novel in the Gabriel Allon series. Allon is an Israeli agent who is more inter­ested in restor­ing works of art than the world of espionage.

    When an al Qaeda oper­a­tive is killed inLon­don, some pho­tographs are found on his com­puter and the Israeli intel­li­gence sus­pects that the group is plan­ning a big attack aimed directly at theVatican.

    Israeli agent Gabriel Allon finds him­self in a bat­tle of wits against dan­ger­ous men which takes him on a hunt across Europe.

    The Mes­sen­ger by Daniel Silva is more of a thriller than the pre­vi­ous five books. The book is quite vio­lent and Allon’s ruth­less­ness comes out in sev­eral highly charged scenes.

    While I didn’t think The Mes­sen­ger was the best in the series, it did fill in some miss­ing gaps in the rela­tion­ships between the char­ac­ters. As in many book series this one also is a stand­alone, but it’s always nice to read them in order.

    I was glad to read about the return of Chiara, Allon’s love inter­est which we lost in the pre­vi­ous book. I also loved the way Silva wrote the Pope (“the” Pope, not some mob­ster or ter­ror­ist with a nick­name), he was approach­able and seemed like a good leader.

    Silva incor­po­rated cur­rent events into this book (and sev­eral oth­ers), such as the ten­sions between Chris­tian­ity and Islam and the con­cerns of the Pope who is try­ing to build rela­tion­ships, yet stands to lose his life because of them.

    As much as I love cur­rent events in books, what I dis­like is cur­rent events like plot devices which never actu­ally hap­pened. Mix­ing up cur­rent events with the destruc­tion of St. Peter’s basil­ica sim­ply didn’t ring true for me.

    Over the past two years, I have been intro­duced to Daniel Silva and have read most of his books. If you fol­low my blog you know that I am a fan and think that Silva is one of the best espi­onage authors work­ing today. How­ever, in this book his writ­ing seemed to lack a lit­tle – not much mind you, but I could tell the dif­fer­ence from pre­vi­ous books.

    That being said, this book is cer­tainly is still highly rec­om­mended. Once Allon enters the page, the strengths of Silva in plot­ting and writ­ing come to full power and fruition. The story becomes a grip­ping page turner and I could not put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2011

    Another good Allon book

    I have read them in order and each one is very good. Seeing the world from Silva's point of view has added a lot to my understanding of what is happening in the world. Fiction, yes, but more that just a story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Just my opinion

    I started reading the Gabriel Allon series this summer (2011) and have read all 11 in just a couple of months. For me, Mr. Silva's books are easy to read, interesting and culturally relevant. Perhaps not all would agree with me. I do think that the main character should be quite dead by now, but then he wouldn't be the main character anymore. So, there is a bit of super-heroism in the novels that isn't totally realistic, but that's ok. I still highly recommend the books to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful story.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    Rivetting

    As a reader of the Gabriel Allon series, I'm prejudiced. Grest suspense.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    Great read, a very interesting set of characters and the plot is intriguing

    I thought the story of the Messenger was a great read. The story reads well and is very intriguing.Heard he was a very good writer and really like this book.It was interesting from start to finish. I think it would be a good movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    The Message to Reviewers

    To those reviewers who gave this book a negative review: IT'S FICTION. Gabriel Allon can be larger than life because IT'S FICTION. It's make believe. I'm not offended by the author's position about the war in Iraq and not only because I agree with it. THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION. Read it, enjoy it, forget it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    I have been reading the author's books on the Israeli spy and found this one the best. More interesting story to see the old hand bringing a newbie into the world of agents, surveillance, false identity, and danger.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2007

    Just a small sample of how good Silva is

    In order to really understand this book you need to read all of Silvas's books with the character Allon. He style is like no other and his many plots are to say the least will hold all your interest. I think that there is more truth than poetry to all his incounters. His view of the world situation is good and his research on the subject is very well done. He always pinpoints the connection between the Jewish communties and the Vatican as well as the Nazi of WWll, but he also points out the connection between the Arabs and the Nazi against all the allies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2006

    As good as LeCarre

    Daniel Silvas best Gabriel Allon book yet.He can say more in one sentence than Tom Clancy can say in an entire chapter.This book really reminds me of LeCarres 'Little Drummer Girl',and is just as good if not better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    His Best Book Yet

    While I have thought all his books were excellent, he really excelled at this one. It was his best to date and had me so entralled that I read it in record time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    very simply, his best work yet!

    The story is great. With the current political and social situation in Israel and surrounding area it make it all the more interesting. I actually was at the door waiting for BN to open so I could but it, and I'm already waiting for the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2014

    The Messenger is another riveting tale from Daniel Silva.  Gabri

    The Messenger is another riveting tale from Daniel Silva.  Gabriel Allon, art restorer and Israeli spy, is pulled back into action when an al-Qaeda operative is killed and disturbing information from his computer comes to light.  The Vatican is the target.  Daniel Silva's stories are always thrilling and exciting.  This one is no exception.  

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

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    Entranced, again.

    SO DEPENDABLE! ALWAYS A GOOD READ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Highly Recommend, Gripping, as all of Silva's books are. Informative too!

    I went out and found two more, have already read one and am on the next one. Keep them coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    Outstandin

    Outstanding read. The author kept you interested to know what would happen next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Great Book

    I just recently started reading Danile Silva's books and find that I greatly enjoy his books. His books are very interesting, find some to be topical, and that he has an easy flowing style of writing. I was told to read his books in sequence....but do not always do that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2009

    Good Book of Deception.

    I enjoyed the plot and characters in the story. Good reading. This is the first book by Silva I have read, and plan on reading others.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2009

    Undercurrent of Hate

    I would not read this book unless you want to continue to dehumanize people in the Middle East and allow hatred of a given people to taint every aspect of our lives, from pleasure reading to watching the daily news.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2008

    A great supporting cast

    Another great book from Daniel Silva and this time Gabriel has a bunch of helpers who are very interesting. If I'm in a fight, I want these guys (and gals) on my side!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

    A reviewer

    If you like super-spy novels and lose yourself in fiction, then pick up any book in the Gabriel Allon series today. Although the books in the series reference each other, they can be read out of order, but they reveal the outcome of the previous novels. So, if you like surprises, read them in order. I enjoy reading Silva. The novels are well written. They are fiction but incorporate real places and when I'm reading them I can picture the scenes and imagine the heart-pumping action. Silva describes the terrorists in a way that makes you think they are real... it is part of our current world and although it is fiction, it is applicable to the times. Gabriel is one of my favorite anti-terrorist superhero's. Enjoy!

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