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The Fallen Angel

Format:  Hardcover,

405 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Jul 2012

ISBN-13: 9780062073129

ISBN-10: 0062073125

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After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to His Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. The Vatican police suspect suicide, though Gabriel believes otherwise. So, it seems, does Donati. But the monsignor is fearful that a public inquiry might inflict another scandal on the Church, and so he calls upon Gabriel to quietly pursue the truth--with one caveat.

"Rule number one at the Vatican," Donati said. "Don't ask too many questions."

Gabriel learns that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret--a secret that threatens a global criminal enterprise that is looting timeless treasures of antiquity and selling them to the highest bidder. But there is more to this network than just greed. A mysterious operative is plotting an act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. . . .

An intoxicating blend of art, intrigue, and history, The Fallen Angel moves swiftly from the cloistered chambers of the Vatican to the glamorous ski slopes of St. Moritz to the graceful avenues of Berlin and Vienna--and, finally, to a shocking climax beneath the world's most sacred and contested parcel of land. Each setting in this extraordinary novel is rendered with the care of an Old Master, as are the spies, lovers, priests, and thieves who inhabit its pages. It is a story of faith and of the destructive power of secrets--and an all too timely reminder that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Jul 2012
ISBN-13: 9780062073129
ISBN-10: 0062073125
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 405
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.38
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Silva, Daniel

Best selling spy novelist Daniel Silva was born in Michigan in 1960. While pursuing a caster's degree in international relations, he received a temporary job with United Press International to help cover the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Soon after, he left his graduate program to work full-time for United Press International. Silva worked in San Francisco and Washington, D. C. and as a Middle East correspondent in Cairo and the Persian Gulf.

He was working at CNN when his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, was published. In 1997, he left CNN to become a full-time author. In 2006, Silva's novel The Messenger won the Barry Award for Best Thriller. Many of his books feature the character Gabriel Allon, a former Israeli secret service assassin and art restorer. Silva was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's council in 2009. His title's The Fallen Angel and The English Girl made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-10-15)

New York Times best-selling author Silva has written another exciting thriller featuring Gabriel Alon and his beautiful wife, Ari Shomron, and other members of Israel's anti-terrorist group. When a young Vatican antiquities curator is found dead on the floor of the Sistine Chapel, Monsignor Luigi Donati, the Pope's private secretary, asks Gabriel to lead a quiet investigation of what the monsignor believes to be a murder, not a suicide as claimed by the police. Gabriel's investigation uncovers a horrific terrorist plot to destroy one of the world's holiest sites. Award-winning reader George Guidall gives an excellent and nuanced performance. His accents are believable, and his Hebrew pronunciation is accurate.

Verdict: Recommended for fans of Silva's hero as well as thriller lovers and anyone who enjoyed fare like The Da Vinci Code.

[The HarperCollins Ac was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.] - Ilka Gordon, Aaron Garber Lib., Cleveland

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to His Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. The Vatican police suspect suicide, though Gabriel believes otherwise. So, it seems, does Donati. But the monsignor is fearful that a public inquiry might inflict another scandal on the Church, and so he calls upon Gabriel to quietly pursue the truth—with one caveat.

"Rule number one at the Vatican", Donati said. "Don't ask too many questions".

Gabriel learns that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret—a secret that threatens a global criminal enterprise that is looting timeless treasures of antiquity and selling them to the highest bidder. But there is more to this network than just greed. A mysterious operative is plotting an act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions...

An intoxicating blend of art, intrigue, and history, The Fallen Angel moves swiftly from the cloistered chambers of the Vatican to the glamorous ski slopes of St. Moritz to the graceful avenues of Berlin and Vienna—and, finally, to a shocking climax beneath the world's most sacred and contested parcel of land. Each setting in this extraordinary novel is rendered with the care of an Old Master, as are the spies, lovers, priests, and thieves who inhabit its pages. It is a story of faith and of the destructive power of secrets—and an all too timely reminder that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

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