“It’s become almost obligatory for lovers of high level thrillers to read each new Daniel Silva novel as soon as it appears. With his by now trademark character, Gabriel Allon...Silva just about guarantees a couple of days of terrific entertainment.” … see full wiki
Gabriel Allon, Israeli intelligence agent and expert art restorer, keeps trying to retire from his espionage past. To this end he is, once again, in Vatican City restoring an old painting. Unfortunately, murder seems to follow him around, for a young Vatican employee fell (or was pushed) to her death, and the pope's assistant wants Gabriel to investigate. A simple investigation turns into a mess of different things involved, including odd doings at the Vatican Bank, trade in illegally acquired artifacts, and a plot so terrible it could engulf the entire world in chaos, wiping the state of Israel completely off the map.
Allon follows many clues, and once again is almost killed in a bomb explosion in Switzerland. Once he realizes that there is involvement by Middle Eastern terrorists, he reassembles his crack team of workers and tries to discover exactly what is going to happen. A dangerous militant is captured and probed for information about the evil project, and when the information proves to be accurate and the threat is eliminated, everyone believes that the danger is passed.
Meanwhile, the pope is making a state visit to Israel and Allon is along as a bodyguard. As Good Friday approaches, it becomes apparent to one of Allon's team that the first action was merely a diversion to keep prying eyes away from the actual plot, which will be catastrophic.
With very little time to save the situation, Allon and one of his team race underground to the source of the plot. The ending chapters are quite exciting, as is usual in a Silva book. Once the second plot is handled, there still remains the young girl's murder, and that must be resolved. These books keep me up late at night reading speedily so that I can discover what's going to happen next! Looking forward to the newest Silva bok.