Portrait of A Spy

Portrait of A Spy

Audiobook CD - 2011
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For Gabriel and his wife, Chiara, it was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London - a visit to a gallery in St. James's to authenticate a newly discovered painting by Titian, followed by a quiet lunch. But a pair of deadly bombings in Paris and Copenhagen has already marred this autumn day. And while walking toward Covent Garden, Gabriel notices a man he believes is about to carry out a third attack. Before Gabriel can draw his weapon, he is knocked to the pavement and can only watch as the nightmare unfolds. Haunted by his failure to stop the massacre of innocents, Gabriel returns to his isolated cottage on the cliffs of Cornwall, until a summons brings him to Washington and he is drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen to whom Allah has granted 'a beautiful and seductive tongue.' A gifted deceiver, who was once a paid CIA asset, the mastermind is plotting a new wave of attacks. Gabriel and his team devise a daring plan to destroy the network of death from the inside, a gambit fraught with risk, both personal and professional. To succeed, Gabriel must reach into his violent past. A woman waits there - a reclusive heiress and art collector who can traverse the murky divide between Islam and the West. She is the daughter of an old enemy, a woman joined to Gabriel by a trail of blood.
Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, p2011
ISBN: 9780062084941
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hrs., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon


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Jul 19, 2016

This is a wonderful novel. The thrillers that interest me are those interwoven with historical realities (of whatever epoch), that not only entertain but enrich my understanding. Portrait of a Spy satisfied me in every way. It is one of the very best thrillers I have read/listened to. Simon Vance's narration contributed significantly to my enjoyment. I recommend this audiobook without reservation.

Feb 23, 2012

For some reason I had a hard time getting into this one. 6 of 10 for me.

Sep 19, 2011

7 of 10 stars


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