The Heist (Gabriel Allon Series #14)

The Heist (Gabriel Allon Series #14)

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by Daniel Silva

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Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one . . . 

Master novelist Daniel Silva


Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one . . . 

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with sixteen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back—from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon—art restorer, assassin, spy—has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

Following the success of his smash hit The English Girl, Daniel Silva returns with another powerhouse of a novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

Editorial Reviews

Neal Thompson
“Smart, unpredictable, and packed with bits of history, art, heart, and imagination, this is a page turner to be savored….When it comes to the vast club of practitioners of international spycraft, Silva is a cut above them all, and The English Girl is a masterwork.”
Huffington Post on The English Girl
“Allon is a great political operative, but Silva is an even greater writer. That is what makes THE ENGLISH GIRL a must read.”
Columbus Dispatch on The English Girl
“Although Gabriel’s adventures are set in the real world of greedy politicians and grabs for control of a diminishing supply of natural resources, ‘Israel’s avenging angel’ has the superhuman abilities that make for a satisfying fantasy.”
Kirkus Reviews
Stalwart Israeli agent Gabriel Allon goes in pursuit of stolen art and uncovers billions of dollars purloined by the Butcher of Damascus in this latest by master spycrafter Silva (The English Girl, 2013, etc.). Allon—part-time art restorer, full-time agent for "the Office," Israel's supersecret spy shop—is working on a Venice restoration project and awaiting the birth of twins with his wife, Chiara. Silva's setup won't confuse new readers. As a bonus, he incorporates a precis on classic art, particularly Caravaggio. Soon appears Gen. Ferrari, a policeman tracking art thefts. Ferrari's a solidly Silva character, not above extorting Allon. A former English diplomat named Bradshaw has been murdered at his Lake Como villa. Ferrari threatens to pin the killing on Allon's friend Isherwood, the art dealer who discovered the body, unless Allon finds the real killer. Rumor has it that Bradshaw, actually a cashiered spy, may have been in possession of Caravaggio's priceless "Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence," missing for decades. Sketching complicated logistics and technical details about nefarious art dealings, Silva finagles the left-turn plot twist that makes him a best-seller: Allon discovers stolen art is being used to hide money for Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian dictator. Allon steals Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" to lure the Butcher's buyer. Next, Allon heads home to Israel, where Office teammates join the fray, complicated by a few "internecine battles." There's growing resentment over Allon being slotted as the next Office chief. With stolen art spotted and the source of the buying spree laid to the Alawite rulers, art geeks take a back seat to computer nerds as the team descends on a private bank in Linz, Austria, to pry loose the Butcher's billions. In erudition, action and temperament, Silva has made Allon the modern-day covert warrior extraordinaire. With "a fallen British spy, a one-eyed Italian policeman, a master art thief, [and] a professional assassin from the island of Corsica," Allon's 14th caper is a fun read.
Oklahoma City Oklahoman
“The story is a twisting tale of moves and countermoves, and even if this is your introduction to Gabriel Allon, you’ll find the characters in the book come to life.”
Huffington Post
“Magnificent….This book has all the elements you love about Silva’s writing—his way with a plot, his incomparable characters, and the range of emotions he piles into his pages.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Crimespree Magazine
“Silva has weaved together a story with intrigue, insight, and suspense.”
Naples Daily News
The Heist by Silva is nothing short of phenomenal. It is his best work to date. And that is a huge statement since each novel has been unique and marvelous.”

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Gabriel Allon Series , #14
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6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.00(d)

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Daniel Silva is the number one New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, and The Fallen Angel. He is married to NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel; they live in Washington, D.C., with their two children, Lily and Nicholas. In 2009 Silva was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

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The Heist: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
ScottBrazil More than 1 year ago
Full Disclosure: I have been hooked on this series for the past few years, and the release date of the newest Daniel Silva novel has become a "Holy Day of Obligation" for me.  That being established, I offer my review in two parts: first, to those new to this series and, secondly, to those who have been following this series in its entirety. For those who are new to the series / thinking about trying it out: "The Heist" will offer you the very best of Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series, including characters that you will come to love because of their depth and uniqueness, clear writing that, though easy to read, can sometimes also be quite beautiful, a very well thought out and researched background that is based in reality, and a outstanding use of locations throughout the world.  Unlike many thriller novels that seem to settle for glib story lines and 5th Grade quality use of the English language, it continues to be evident to me that Daniel Silva puts a lot of effort into crafting nothing but the best books to be published, and this latest installment of the novel is a good example of that. For those who are familiar with the series: I won't go so far as to say that this is my favorite book in the series in terms of the main drama, but what I was struck by while reading it was how Mr. Silva continues to develop the characters and ongoing story lines.  Without saying what happens, I will tell you that by the end of this book, you'll be wondering what happens next in the lives of more than a couple of the characters.  There were moments in the book where I felt a tug at my heart strings (most notably, when he visits Leah).  I am also impressed with how he brought back and/or referred to past characters in this installment, utilizing their unique attributes to further enhance this story.   Regardless of whether this is the first Daniel Silva book you have ever picked-up, or you have read everything he has published (like me), I am fairly certain you will have a very hard time putting this book down once you get about 100 pages into it (the story just seemed to get better and better as it went on) and will be left craving more in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silva’s latest book, finds the legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon in Venice, where a chilling murder investigation quickly puts him in the middle of a billion-dollar criminal network of stolen art which then leads him into the volatile world of international terror. A great summer read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Silva's best by far. I love the settings and learning about the art world, while being on the edge of my seat. Gabriel Allon is the most wonderful character in fiction today.
nhays More than 1 year ago
I like Silva's writing, and have especially enjoyed development of Gabriel Allon's character and story. Despite the similarities with the "spy" stories, this "art theft recovery" story was new and engrossing. Learning a bit more about the underground world of art collectors was amazing -- how are any stolen works ever recovered unless the thieves are dolts? Anyway, an excellent read. As usual, I found myself trying to get through it as quickly as possible to find out what happened next. This visit to Allon's world was a tad less stressful (violent) than earlier ones, in that he didn't get seriously injured. And lovely to revisit some favorite places and characters from earlier books. What can I say? Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got my copy a day early and finished last night. Possibly his best Allon yet. Highly recommended. The art world piece is fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If anything this is a more nuanced effort by Daniel Silva. Still his excellent pacing, inclusion of historical background and upward spiral of suspense. On the one hand Silva's books are just great reads; on the other they are sophisticated portraits of espionage, history and art history. Satisfying in every respect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally! Gabriel is starting to embrace an 'only human' side. Time is painting a portrait or and for Gabriel. I'm looking forward to how it colors him and his world in the next book. The Heist is a great rebound from the disappointment of The English Girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is like other books by this author, however I felt it was one of the best.
crldsl54 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book. Gabriel Allon series is lots of fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read.....Daniel Silva keeps up-to-date...makes it feel real....
Jay_Donald More than 1 year ago
I have read most, if not all, of the books in the Gabriel Allon series and Silva is one of the best.
1128MR More than 1 year ago
I have read most of his books and they are excellent form start to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story!
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miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Anything written by Daniel Silva is exciting and beyond a great value in a reading experience. His characters are human and make you want to be friends with them. His stories are fast-paced and exciting. And even tho Gabriel Allon is a spy, Daniel Silva writes in such a way that anyone can easily follow along and understand what's going on and why. Gabriel is one of the most famous characters ever written about and we never want his story to end. The stories are so well written that you have finished the book before you know it. And to say that Daniel Silva is one of the greatest writers of our time, is probably a very big understatement. His writing is fluid and flawless and easy to read. You never have to read a sentence twice. If you haven't already read a Daniel Silva story, you are truly missing out on a great reading experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed rhe story but found the beginning a little too detailed and long winded but then it picked up with a good ending.
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Silva sees the future.... Scary
prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
Some might want to complain that there are too many similarities to previous novels in the Gabriel Allon series. There may be similarities but Silva offers those who may not have read the entire series some measure of background to not walk into a story 'cold.' They also deal with periods of recent history (perhaps with some measure of 'what lead up to this') and socio-political and idealogical issues. All in all, I am comfortable with what Silva has done. This titel, #14, may be a turning point in the future titles in the series as things must change when time has gone by. I would say, give it a try. I, myself, was only introduced to Silva's work late in 2014 and found myself gobbling up both the series titles as well as other titles by him in short order. I enjoyed the time spent reading.
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