Portrait of a Spy

( 413 )

Overview

It was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London for master art restorer and spy Gabriel Allonand his wife, Chiara. But a deadly pair of bombings in Paris and Copenhagen has already marred this lovelyautumn day. Then, before he can stop a man he suspectsis about to launch a third attack in Covent Garden,Gabriel is knocked to the pavement—and he can only watch helplessly as the nightmare unfolds.

The haunting memory of his failure to stop the massacre of innocents ...

See more details below
Paperback (Mass Market Paperback - Reprint)
$9.07
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$9.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (195) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $5.07   
  • Used (186) from $1.99   
Marketplace
BN.com

All Available Formats & Editions

Overview

It was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London for master art restorer and spy Gabriel Allonand his wife, Chiara. But a deadly pair of bombings in Paris and Copenhagen has already marred this lovelyautumn day. Then, before he can stop a man he suspectsis about to launch a third attack in Covent Garden,Gabriel is knocked to the pavement—and he can only watch helplessly as the nightmare unfolds.

The haunting memory of his failure to stop the massacre of innocents is still fresh when Gabriel is summoned to Washington—and plunged into a deadly confrontation with the new face of global terror. An elusive American-born cleric in Yemen—once a paid CIA asset whomAllah has granted "a beautiful and seductive tongue"—stands at the center of the explosive plague of death and destruction. And the worst is yet to come . . .

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062073143
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Series: Gabriel Allon Series , #11
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 154,009
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Silva is the number one New York Times bestselling author of fifteen additional novels, most recently Portrait of a Spy and The Fallen Angel. He lives in Florida with his wife, Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

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.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 413 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(198)

4 Star

(82)

3 Star

(64)

2 Star

(36)

1 Star

(33)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 414 Customer Reviews
  • Posted July 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Outstanding tthriller

    Art restorer Gabriel Allon and his wife, Chiara look forward to the weekend in London. They will visit St. James's where he will authenticate a potentially phenomenal find, a painting by Titian. Afterward they will enjoy the city.-----------------------

    However, the day is ruined die to suicide bombings on the Champs-Elysees left twenty-eight dead in Paris and in Tivoli Gardens killed thirty-seven in Copenhagen. On alert Allon notices a man acting strange near Covent Garden and wonders if this is another terrorist attack. He goes to intercede, but undercover officers knock him to the ground before he can shoot the suspect and consequently in time for the explosion to affirm what he thought. Despondent Gabriel goes to Cornwall until the CIA asks him to find an American cleric with grandiose schemes to outdo Bin Laden.---------------------

    Though anti-terrorism field work should be a young man's game, no one will mind Allon working the cold as he struggles with the deaths of eighteen innocents due to the reaction of the cops after the tragic Menezes fiasco. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Allon spots the suicide bomber and never slows down as he hunts for the cleric. With insight into the competition to reach the minds of potential second generation home grown terrorists, Daniel Silva provides another powerful thriller as readers anticipate a showdown between the cleric and the art restorer.---------

    Harriet Klausner

    25 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Content please

    Please review the content of the book only please, not the price. When I read a review i want to know what peope think about the book, not read about people complaining. A review is to give your opinion about the content of a book, not complain about price. That said, this is an excellent book. Full of suspense it is one of those novels that is hard to put down to get some sleep. I just wanted to keep reading. Highly recommend.

    22 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Another Winner- You will love this book!!!

    Every Daniel Silva book is fabulous, but this one is special. I love this story, especially the women characters. If you havent read one, jump right in. They are addictive, smart and entertaining! My mom got our whole family hooked and we always have to negotiate who gets to read it first. Once you start reading forget about getting any sleep. I would recommend this book for all readers and unlike many authors Silva does not use graphic language. It is topical so great for book clubs. Yes, it is a series, but you can start with this one and then you will want to go back and read the rest.

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2011

    complain

    Why are you people talking about the prices, I want to see review of the book nothing else, thanks.

    16 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 28, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Powerful!

    Gabriel Allon comes out of retirement when he sees a man behaving strangely in Covent Garden then realizes he is about to blow himself to bits along with everyone else. The plot never ends with intrigue and Silva has a phenomenal way of keeping the reader's interested all the time. Allon and his team are back and must infiltrate a terrorist group intent on attacking the west. The author does a brilliant job with detail. He must have done a lot of research for this book. The author sets the stage with a series of events that are eerily familiar to all of us right now, countries all over the world are teetering on the brink of fiscal disaster, Europe is having difficulty and Bin Laden is dead, but others are scrambling to take his place. The author is amazing at how quickly he managed to include all of these recent facts in his book. Maybe he should run for president. This book has powerful content full of self-sacrifice, deception and betrayal that will consume you.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 4, 2011

    The Reluctant Spy, Gabriel Allon

    Yes, he's a fictional character but somewhere out there is a real Gabriel Allon, reading Daniel Silva's new book and smiling sardonically to himself as he turns each magical page which, in the end, reveals the real heroes of the free world - the spies within the spy machine called Mossad...

    In his latest book, Portrait of a Spy,Daniel Silva has once again captured the very essence of Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and reluctant spy who saves the free world. He and his team of spies are at it again, fighting in the shadows for justice and protection of the innocent. The newest team "member" is one who operates among her own people to secure not only the safety of Israel but to prevent the fanatics from destroying freedom in her own sphere of influence - the Arab world. Her burning desire is to right the wrongs of her father, a terrorist who died at the hands of Gabriel Allon. As the story unfolds, she is fierce and fearless in this pursuit and the reader is left in awe of such sacrifice.

    You might brush this off as a work of fiction. However, through detailed research, interviews, travel and countless hours of hard work, Daniel Silva has once again brought the foundation of truth to his fiction that few writers are capable of doing, thus giving his reader facts based on the reality of the world of intrigue and deception. His characters leap from the page because they are prototypes of real people Silva has spent time with and who have shared with him the realities of the world of the Israeli spy.

    As for his writing style, it is my opinion that Daniel Silva is one of the best writers of our generation. When mere mortals describe rain simply as just that in their novels ("It was raining that day", etc.), Daniel Silva refers to it as "prickly rain", giving the reader a sense of walking the street with Gabriel and actually feeling the raindrops on your skin as you immerse yourself in the novel. His characters have depth of feeling, emotions that are raw and they themselves seem to step out of the page and into your living room as you are reading.

    The reality is that the world out there is indeed a frightening place. Daniel Silva, through his writings, entertains but more importantly gives us hope that there are people out there who are brave, courageous, and do not rejoice in their victories but are torn between loyalty to country and taking human lives for the purpose of protecting the innocent. I for one sleep easier at night knowing that there are Gabriel Allons out there who care about the way the world is heading and is bent on stopping the madness.

    Keep writing, Daniel!

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 22, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent Read

    Another great installment in the Gabriel Allon series by Silva. Definitely a suggested read!!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Excellent

    This was my first Daniel Silva book that I have read. I really enjoyed it, well written and suspenseful.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Another Great One!

    I never used to read fiction and I'm not sure what motivated me to pick up a Daniel Silva book but I've now read several. They've all been excellent and "Portrait of a Spy" is the best yet. I love the Gabriel Allon series. If you like suspenseful thrillers this is a must read. It's also impressive how Silva ties this book in with current events. I highly, highly recommend this book!! Can't wait for the next one.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Excellent book

    I must say this was an excellent book. Without going into details about the plot, I preferred it to his previous book (Rembrandt), although I liked that one as well. I appreciate that Allon isn't ever portrayed as some slick, unfeeling assassin that continually moves up the ladder of his intelligence agency, or gains more fame with each book. Instead, we are able to see more aspects of his life, his personality, and how he reacts to different situations.

    And for the record, I went and borrowed this at the public library. For those who are complaining about Nook prices, y'all do realize that Borders went out of business for several reasons, but one of them was the emergence of the e-book market. Be happy that e-books even exist, and that bookstores still do need to make money, otherwise, there would be no more books. You want free reading? Go read a blog, or go to the library like I did. Otherwise, be prepared to pay some money.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Gabriel Allon and the Arab Spring

    Gabriel Allon has retired. Again. But not for long. Europe explodes with three suicide bombers in three cities timed to refer to the incidents of September 11, 2001. Gabriel is asked by his unusually moody friend Adrian Carter to intervene against a terrorist threat that the CIA inadvertently created. An American Islamist cleric is intent upon making himself the next Osama bin Laden. With the legendary Ari Shamron's reluctant approval, Gabriel recruits the one person from his past that a reader might think would never speak--let alone work--with him. Together, they set out to attack a terrorist organization from the inside using--what else?--art. The action moves from the cities of Europe to the wastelands of the Saudi Arabian desert.

    The story is cast against the still-to-be-resolved revolution of the "Arab Spring." Silva allows his strong characters speak for themselves. At the end, success--of a sort--is achieved, recognition is granted and just enough details are left dangling for the reader to ask, "Okay, what's next?"

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!

    My favorite series from my favorite author! Cant wait for July 19th.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Allon is Back

    Set in the middle of today's current events, Silva returns with a masterful story. For those of us who follow the tales of Gabriel Allon, it is truly sweet reunion with a story that never stops. For anyone unfamiliar with this series, this is a good entree into it. The back story of the characters were less important than in other stories. The story starts quickly and never slows down. Well worth waiting for!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Great summer reading

    Usual suspense from Silva with some unusual twists. Highly recommend

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Exciting..thrilling...amazing

    I agree complain elsewhere about your pocketbook! The writer D. Silva is amazing and what he has accomplished with the Allon series is unbelievable ...I am captivated by each book and in anticipation of the next. Don't ever stop writing about Gabriel he has become apart of your fans lives the way this character jumps off the page and takes you with him! Thank you Daniel!!! And...Gabriel!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 24, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    How can folks complain about the e price verses the paperback price when this book just came out in hardback and e book this week. Next July(2012) it will be out in paperback. I just don't get it, the e price is alway cheaper than the hardback and cheaper than the paperback books by at least $2.00 sometimes more. You people would complain if you had a job in a pie shop eating pies.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Almost historical fiction-

    The book was well-written- although not enough room to flesh out the characters. I find it difficult to read fiction that is based on current history. Might as well watch the news.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Another great book!!

    11 in a row! All great. Can't wait for the next one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Silva's Best Yet

    Awesome read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Another great thriller!

    This is a fabulous series! If only Gabriel Allon were real....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 414 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)