The Fallen Angel

The Fallen Angel

Book - 2012
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Art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon has returned to his beloved Rome to restore a Caravaggio masterpiece for the Vatican. But while working early one morning in the conservation laboratory, Gabriel is summoned to Saint Peter's Basilica by his friend and occasional ally Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies smashed and broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome. The Vatican police rule the death a suicidal fall, though Gabriel, with his restorer's eye and flawless memory, suspects otherwise. So, it seems, does the monsignor. Concerned about a potential scandal, Donati fears a public inquiry will inflict more wounds on an already-damaged Church; he calls upon Gabriel to use his matchless talents and experience to quietly pursue the truth - with one important caveat. "Rule number one at the Vatican," Donati said. "Don't ask too many questions." Gabriel soon discovers that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret - a secret that threatens powers beyond the Vatican. To solve the mystery, Gabriel joins forces with a master art thief to penetrate a criminal smuggling network that is looting timeless treasures of antiquity and selling them to the highest bidder. But there is more to this network than just greed. An old enemy is plotting revenge, an unthinkable act of sabotage that will plunge the world into a conflict of apocalyptic proportions. Once again Gabriel must return to the ranks of his old intelligence service - and place himself, and those he holds dear, on the razor's edge of danger.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062073129
Characteristics: 405 p. : maps ; 24 cm


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Jan 04, 2016

Meh! Same old, same old. Super Israeli spy and aggrieved soul chases down real badass Hezbollah evildoers while outsmarting the CIA (which has indeed fallen into disrepute) and MI6 (which is much more effective than the CIA but can't come close to the Israeli counterpart HQed at King Saul Boulevard). The Israelis save the day and the world (until the next episode.) So enough of Daniel Silva for a long time coming.

I liked the posture of forgiveness towards the terrible wrongs of the Catholic Church which are woven throughout the book. I wish this novel could have been a bit more reflective of the ethical tensions in serving justice and retribution but overall a great read as always.

siammarino Jul 17, 2014

Gabriel is not only an expert restorer of Caravaggio paintings working for the Vatican, but an undercover agent for Israel. When a Vatican curator falls from the dome of St. Peters, his investigation leads to tomb robbers (tombaroli). Silvia lost me when he moved away from the main story to plots against Israel. Never finished the book!

rollingstock May 13, 2014

I didn`t even finish it, my first and last for this author.

Feb 22, 2014

This reminded me of Jack Ryan et al in the Tom Clancy books: the hero is too perfect, the agency he works for is too noble, the villains are too one dimensional, and the women are beautiful, secondary character foils for their men. The author was unable to generate any suspense even in the final sequence because the hero is perfect and is going to save the day. Yawn.

Dazio Jan 28, 2014

I really enjoyed the first one third of the book. The remaining two thirds had too many details which made the reading slow paced, hence only a three star rating.

mrsgail5756 Dec 22, 2013

A very good book. Not to be missed

Jul 17, 2013

Will pick up Saturday morning.

Jul 03, 2013

The Gabriel Allon series is comfortable like an old robe. I like the details about art,Vatican, etc.

Jan 21, 2013

Featuring Gabriel Allon again who at the request of the Vatican investigares a murder inside St. Peter's cathedral which leads him to a Palestinian plot to destabilize Israel. A good read but somewhat predictable.

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