The Secret Servant

Version: Abridged (Unabridged version available here)
Author: Daniel Silva
Narrator: Phil Gigante
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Published In: June 2008
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

When last we encountered Gabriel Allon, the master art restorer and sometime officer of Israeli intelligence, he had just prevailed in his blood-soaked duel with Saudi terrorist financier Zizi al-Bakari. Now Gabriel is summoned once more by his masters to undertake what appears to be a routine assignment: travel to Amsterdam to purge the archives of a murdered Dutch terrorism analyst who also happened to be an asset of Israeli intelligence. But once in Amsterdam, Gabriel soon discovers a conspiracy of terror festering in the city's Islamic underground, a plot that is about to explode on the other side of the English Channel, in the middle of London. The target of this plot is Elizabeth Halton, the daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James's, who is to be brutally kidnapped. Gabriel arrives seconds too late to save her. And by revealing his face to the plot's masterminds, his fate is sealed as well. Drawn once more into the service of American intelligence, Gabriel hurls himself into a desperate search for the missing woman as the clock ticks steadily toward the hour of her execution. It will take him from Amsterdam to Germany to the very end of Denmark. It will thrust him into an unlikely alliance with a man who has lost everything because of his devotion to Islam. It will cause him to question the morality of the tactics of his trade. And it might very well cost him his life.

Reviews (5)

First Silva Book

Written by D in LA on September 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was my first Daniel Silva book and although somewhat predictable, very entertaining. Good characters and wonderful pace. A very enjoyable way to get through traffic!

Yawn

Written by Anonymous on November 6th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

My first Daniel Silva book I've finished...I found the plot to be very predictable and ponderous in the telling. I've been trying to read his title "The Confessor" and just cannot seem to get enthused about his story telling at all. I cannot recommend this book, unless you want to learn a lot about European and Mid-East geography.

A Compelling Thriller

Written by Anonymous from Woodbine, MD on March 5th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was my first Silva/Allon novel, and I'm hooked! A fast-paced thriller with compelling characters and a not-too-improbable plot. I'll look for more Silva audiobooks in future!

Secret Servant

Written by Bruce Curson from Slidell, LA on November 5th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

My first Daniel Silva novel and was not disappointed. Great character development. Action was a little on the James Bond side, but the story kept its suspense as main character Gabriel Allon came to life. I will read more Silva with Allon as the protagonist.

Secret Servant

Written by Keith and Susan on July 13th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Silva was a new author to us and we were very impressed. The background information about mid-east politics and the various European locations was obviously well-researched and presented without bias. The characters were vibrant and easy to like and the plot was spellbinding. The narrator did a good job with the various accents and keeping character voices consistent. We definitely want to try some more of Silva's books.

Author Details

Author Details

Silva, Daniel

He has been placed in the same category as John le Carré and Graham Greene. He has been called his generation’s finest writer of international intrigue and one of the greatest American spy novelists ever. Compelling, passionate, haunting, brilliant: these are the words that have been used to describe the work of Daniel Silva.

Silva burst onto the scene in 1997 with his electrifying bestselling debut, The Unlikely Spy, a novel of love and deception set around the Allied invasion of France in World War II. His second and third novels, The Mark of the Assassin and The Marching Season, were also instant New York Times bestsellers and starred two of Silva’s most memorable characters: CIA officer Michael Osbourne and international hit man Jean-Paul Delaroche. But it was Silva’s fourth novel, The Kill Artist, that would alter the course of his career. The novel featured a character described as one of the most memorable and compelling in contemporary fiction, the art restorer and sometime Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon, and though Silva did not realize it at the time, Gabriel’s adventures had only just begun. Gabriel Allon appeared in Silva’s next four novels, each one more successful than the last: The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, and Prince of Fire. The sixth Gabriel Allon novel, The Messenger, will be published in July 2006.

Silva knew from a very early age that he wanted to become a writer, but his first profession would be journalism. Born in Michigan, raised and educated in California, he was pursuing a master’s degree in international relations when he received a temporary job offer from United Press International to help cover the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Later that year Silva abandoned his studies and joined UPI fulltime, working first in San Francisco, then on the foreign desk in Washington, and finally as Middle East correspondent in Cairo and the Persian Gulf. In 1987, while covering the Iran-Iraq war, he met NBC correspondent Jamie Gangel. They were married later that year. Silva returned to Washington and went to work for CNN. In 1994 Jamie gave birth to a set of twins, Lily and Nicholas.

In 1995 he confessed to Jamie that his true ambition was to be a novelist. With her support and encouragement he secretly began work on the manuscript that would eventually become The Unlikely Spy. He left CNN in 1997 after the book’s successful publication and began writing full time. He continues to reside in Washington and when not writing he can usually be found roaming the stacks of the Georgetown University library, where he does much of the research for his books.

Though all of Silva’s books have been New York Times and national bestsellers, his success has not been limited to the United States. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have been published across Europe and around the world. He is currently at work on a new Gabriel Allon novel and warmly thanks all those friends and loyal readers who have helped to make the series a success.