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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
There are books that will linger in the reader's mind forever and "Portrait of a Spy" is one of them! Gabriel Allon is both a master spy for Israeli intelligence and a restorer of art masterpieces, but now he is retired from his work at King Saul Boulevard in Israel. Gabriel and his wife, Chiara, also an Israeli spy par non, now live a quiet life in Gunwalloe Cove, Cornwall, until an explosion occurred in Paris, and then another in Copenhagen, killing far too many innocent bystanders including children boarding a school bus. Gabriel nearly succeeds in killing the gunman in a third attack in London and is drawn back into the fray by his friend, Adrian Carter of the CIA. Gabriel and his group of Israeli intelligence operatives are set to go after Yemeni silver-tongued cleric Rashid al-Husseini but they know that money is needed to shore up his branch of Jihad operatives. Gabriel works to bring in beautiful Arabic heiress, Nadia al-Bakari, whose father Gabriel himself assisted in assassinating. Nadia is against the treatment of Arabic women and uses her billions to bring relief, but she is convinced to pose as supporting Islamic terrorists. What she is willing to do is highly dangerous and Nadia may lose her life. What happens? Read and find out but have a box of tissues nearby to catch those tears that will fall.
Daniel Silva has created characters and a storyline in "Portrait of a Spy" that are brilliant and multidimensional with the twists and turns that a thriller should contain. Gabriel, Chiara, Navot, Mikail, Sarah, Shamron, Dina, Isherwood, and Adrian Carter, to name some, are literary figures that will live in the reader's mind long after the story is concluded. Nadia al-Bakari is an unforgettable literary character. "Portrait of a Spy" is a phenomenal work, exquisitely written, formatted, and plotted; never to be forgotten as the reader goes on to read other stories.