I happened on this book purely by accident. It is the first Gabriel Allon novel I've had, but after reading it I know that it will not be the last. The plot is quite interesting, and the action moves along at a steady and pulse pounding rate.
Initially it concerns a missing, previously unknown painting by Rembrandt, but it evolves into so much more. There are connections to the Holocaust, venal Swiss bankers, the Iranian nuclear program, children of former Nazis, and a billionaire who is not what he seems. Through it all, Gabriel Allon and his crack team of Israeli operatives move steadily forward to salving several mysteries. The reader is given a tour of many cities and places in various parts of the world, as the plot takes Allon around the globe, almost, in his quest for answers.
As this is part of a series, the reader knows that nothing drastic will, more or less, happen to Allon, but that doesn't stop the buildup of tension from page to page. I purchased another Allon book just recently, and I'm looking forward very much to reading it!
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Frank J. Konopka (frankiethek)
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Silva's spy, assassin, and art-restoring protagonist, Gabriel Allon, returns in a fresh--and thrilling--international adventure. When an art restorer friend is killed and the Rembrandt painting he was working on stolen, Allon is lured out of a self-imposed retirement to investigate the crime. As the complex plot flips and twists from one country to the next, Phil Gigante keeps the plot moving forward with a calm, thoughtful reading that coils around the reader. His characters are perfectly drawn; the suspense, taut; and each individual is rendered distinctly: his reading of a Holocaust survivor's remembrance of being a little girl hiding from the Nazis is particularly effective and moving. A Putnam hardcover. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.