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Gabriel Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history. Hastily recalled home to Israel, drawn once more into the heart of a service he had once forsaken, Allon finds himself stalking an elusive master terrorist across a landscape drenched with generations of blood, the trail turning on itself until, finally, he can no longer be certain who is stalking whom. And ...
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Prince of Fire (Gabriel Allon Series #5)

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Gabriel Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history. Hastily recalled home to Israel, drawn once more into the heart of a service he had once forsaken, Allon finds himself stalking an elusive master terrorist across a landscape drenched with generations of blood, the trail turning on itself until, finally, he can no longer be certain who is stalking whom. And when at last the showdown comes, it will not be Gabriel alone who is threatened with destruction - for it is not his history alone that has been laid bare.
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Editorial Reviews

Richard Lipez
While the historical background is thoughtfully laid out, it's the action and the man always at its center that keep Prince of Fire churning along and sometimes doubling back on itself entertainingly.
— The Washington Post
The New Yorker
Silva’s fourth novel, “The Kill Artist,” introduced Gabriel Allon, an Israeli secret agent and the unlikely guardian of Yasir Arafat during the Oslo peace negotiations. In the three books that followed, Arafat demonstrated his appreciation by repeatedly trying to have Allon murdered. In the latest installment, the Israeli Embassy in Rome is destroyed by a Palestinian bomb, and Allon is summoned from Venice, where he poses as a world-class art restorer, to hunt down the terrorist. That the bomber also happens to moonlight as a famous French archeologist is mere coincidence. How these two could operate undetected in such gossipy professions is itself a mystery, but Silva manages to render the rest of the tense cat-and-mouse plot more credibly. Though he doesn’t disguise his (now, perhaps, obsolete) antipathy for Arafat, Silva adorns his other characters—the true believer, the spymaster, the lover—with enough fine thoughts to make them sympathetic.
Publishers Weekly
Silva's latest novel to feature art restorer/Israeli agent Gabriel Allon (after 2004's A Death in Vienna) is a passionate, intelligently crafted entry that cements the series' place among today's top spy fiction. The structure is classic-the semireluctant spy, Gabriel, is pulled from his cover to hunt down terrorists who have committed a horrific crime, in this case the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Rome. The mastermind behind the bombing is French archeologist Paul Martineau, aka "Khaled, son of Sabri, grandson of Sheikh Asad. Khaled, avenger of past wrongs, sword of Palestine." Orphaned as a child after his father is killed by the Israelis, Khaled is also the adopted son of Yasir Arafat, who has now activated Khaled to wreak vengeance on his mortal enemies. Gabriel assembles a team of crack young agents and sets out to find when and where Khaled will strike next. The determined team tracks down the terrorist, but when Gabriel goes in for the kill the plot takes a stunning twist; the lives of all, plus hundreds of innocent bystanders, are threatened. Gabriel is a complex character with a rich past. His wife, Leah, is confined to a psychiatric hospital in London, mentally damaged and physically disfigured from the bombing that killed their son. He lives with the beautiful Chiara, whom he can't marry out of loyalty to Leah, even though she seems to barely know him. Silva hints at further entries in the series in which Gabriel must step up and assume new duties: "Gabriel, you are the mightiest," his former mentor tells the agent. "You're the one who defends Israel against its accusers. You're the angel of judgment-the Prince of Fire." Agent, Esther Newberg. (Feb. 22) Forecast: This series is getting better with each new entry, which should result in increasing sales. Author tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Following the bombing of the Israeli consulate in Rome, secret agent Gabriel Allon is called upon to track down the person responsible, a third-generation Palestinian terrorist who attacked Gabriel's family ten years earlier. In Silva's fifth and most intimate Allon tale, Gabriel is tired of the spy game and longs for solace through his cover as an Italian art restorer. Gabriel is also torn between his loyalty to his invalid wife and his love for a younger woman, between his patriotism and his devotion to art. As usual, Silva balances history, action, and moral issues quite well, with his account of the evolution of the terrorist especially gripping. Some may find the novel a bit more talky than the author's previous efforts and the conclusion somewhat perfunctory, but it is always fascinating. Guerin Barry handles the voices expertly. Recommended for popular collections. Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141024158
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

    A reviewer

    I picked up this novel not realizing it was one in a long series. It didn't matter because it provided enough background for me to get the idea of Gabriel's past assignments. Since this read, I've read two more in the Gabriel Allon series. The books are all well-written. The characters are well-developed described with enough detail to paint a picture and not too much to bore the reader. The story kept me interested and turning the pages. I highly recommend this book as an exciting novel and current to the times.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Another thriller...highly recommend!

    Daniel Silva is a master storyteller, and I love the character of Gabriel Allon! I have read every book that he has written. His side job of art restorer adds to the interest of the book. If you have never read Daniel Silva you are in for a treat. The language and vocabulary are a step above most mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Good read. Go for it.

    Totally enjoy Daniel Silvas series.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Silva does not disappoint

    Keep'em coming Daniel. Never has revenge felt so good!

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Great Read, hard to put down.

    Another in the great series of Gabriel Allon stories.

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    An Ultimate Thriller

    Fast paced, a page turner. Silva is a master at creating great characters and suspensful plots. He is the best among current authors of this genre.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    A wonderful read for the international thrill reader

    I have enjoyed reading all of Daniel Silva's books. For those who are just beginning, I recommend starting at the beginning of the series. While each book is a stand alone, it is much more interesting to follow the story and the characters from the start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

    Interesting and topical

    This novel was good, interesting to read but not great and not a page turner. One character's almost remarkable recovery was too much. Having said all that though, I also have to say that this book could be nonfiction in light of the current world situation. Read it. Enjoy it. Forget about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2007

    A reviewer

    When I got done reading this book I turned on the TV. 250 satellite channels made me wish I hadn't finished the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2006

    Time to retire Gabriel Allon

    I have read all of Daniel Silva's books and he's terrific - writing in great detail and clearly does lots of research. However this is one episode too far for the character Gabriel Allon. There is nothing new in this story and Mr Silva's stories have become too predictable. There is always a great danger in having one repetitive character as a writer. For starters the reader knows that character will be alive and well for the next book. Mr Silva is far too talented as illustrated by his earlier books to become typecast and predictable. So time to move on and I wouldn't buy any more books featuring Gabriel Allon - besides anything else Gabriel is too old to be a one man James Bond.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    The Impossible Is Done

    It is difficult to near impossible to find an author like Daniel Silva who has the ability to develop his characters and their surroundings to make the reader feel like they are a part of the story. The author has a unique talent in making his characters, plot and story line come to life. I have read all of Daniel Silva's books that pertain to the exploits of Gabriel Allon Kill Artist, the English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death In Vienna, and the Prince Of Fire. I would recommend reading his novels in that order. I hope he doesn't kill off his main character. This series could go on indifinitely as long as Daniel Silva's creativity holds out. Recently I saw the movie, 'Munich' by Stephen Speilberg. The main character in the movie could have been Gabriel Allon, Daniel Silva's main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    History and Mystery

    The searching quality of the book is reflective of both the main character and his 'people.' JUSTICE triumphs over revenge. The heart and soul of a continuing struggle and the constant need to prevent more human suffering is what compellingly drives this excellently crafted book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    Same O'Same O

    Disappointed. More and more of the writers in this genre are beating a horse to death. This book is repitious of Gabriel Allon's ventures and it is time to kill him off. All of the books are the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    OUTSTANDING!!!

    This is Silva's best book yet! Absolutely gripping, real characters, and stunning tension! This is what a thriller should be. John Le Carre move over! Any one who loves smart, well-written, layered stories should read this. Unlike most books with lame characters and all the usual suspects, Silva's are original, believeable and exciting. They are history lessons that you cant put down. Read them in order, or read them backwards, they are all great, but this one is the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2005

    And then again

    I was impressed by the amount of history in the book. Although I enjoyed the book I believe that some of the analyses in the book are very simplyistic and not well thought out. The last paragraph of the book would suggest that problems for both sides of this equation would have gone away had the arabs accepted the division of their country. I would believe that even if that had happened the results would be the same only the arabs would have become second class citizens in their own country same as american indians. Which was better to fight and die or to roll over and die with disgust for yourself.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2005

    major dissapointment

    What a letdown after totally enjoying the books in the Allon series. Slow, turget plot with no sense of place that always highlited the Silva series. Also, far too much invovement in the personalities; most charectors in mystery writting are stock figures and this attempt at 'psychological insight' does no service to his readers. Silva should remember that the major reason people read this genre is for movement and plot twists that pull you in. Sorry, but no reccomendation. Read the latest Peter Robinson mystery instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2005

    WOW!!!!!!

    The headline says it all! This was one of the most exciting, enjoyable novels I have read in a long time. I will now make a point of going back to read the author's prior books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    Another outstanding work by Daniel Silva

    To simply call this work a 'spy novel' does not do it justice. 'Prince of Fire', as with all of Silva's novels, is an emotional and gripping lesson in history. It is full of suspense - the kind of book you just cannot put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    Good but not amazing

    Very good prose,well thought, but after somepages becomes the typical book of the good guy trying to get the bad guy.At the beginning is very good but, is just a classic book as any bond movie. Good but not excellent.

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