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#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva presents "a first-rate thriller" (Rocky Mountain News) featuring art restorer—and reluctant spy—Gabriel Allon.

After an explosion in Rome destroys the Israeli embassy, Gabriel Allon makes a disturbing discovery—the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, and lays bare his history. Drawn into the heart of a service he’d once forsaken, Allon finds himself stalking a master terrorist across a bloody landscape generations in the making. But soon, Allon will wonder who is stalking whom.

When the final showdown comes, it won’t be Allon alone who is threatened with destruction. For it is not his history alone that has been exposed…

"[Prince of Fire] goes places readers can’t predict and then goes further. [Silva’s] plotting is ingenious."—Detroit Free Press "[A] tense cat-and-mouse plot."—The New Yorker "An intricate web of deceit and double-cross."—USA Today "A story that seems ripped from the headlines...chilling suspense."—Booklist "Silva keeps getting better."—Library Journal Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, and the Gabriel Allon series, including The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, and House of Spies. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are bestsellers around the world.

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  • PDF | 432 pages
  • Daniel Silva(Author)
  • Berkley; Mass Paperback Edition edition (February 7, 2006)
  • English
  • 8
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By Peter G. Pollak on January 2, 2015

    The fifth book of Daniel Silva’s series featuring art-restorer and Israeli avenger Gabriel Allon shows in small ways his growth as a writer. In Prince of Fire, the technical aspects of the plot play second fiddle to the people side of the story, although the plot doesn’t lack for suspense or mystery.The ongoing battle against Palestinian terrorism plays itself out on the battlefield of Allon’s guilt over the loss of his son and the injury suffered by his wife Leah. An incidental consequence of his obligation to Leah, despite the fact as this novel begins she has not said a word to him in more than a dozen years, is the aborted legal consummation of his relationship with Italian-born Chiara.Another aspect of the human side of the story is the relationship of Allon to Shamron, his father substitute. The latter continues to manipulate Allon to serve his ends, knowing Allon can’t say no to him. Shamron wants him to take over running the “Office,” while Allon just wants to restore medieval art.Prince of Fire doesn’t paper over the suffering of the Palestinian people but accurately places the bulk of the responsibility for the refugee problem on the Arab leaders of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt who refused to allow ten percent of the British mandate to be allocated as a Jewish state and instead sought to drive the six hundred thousand Jews living in Palestine in 1947 into the Mediterranean.Then failing to accomplish that goal, those same leaders refused to integrate the refugee population into their countries, forcing them into squalid camps which became the breeding grounds for terrorism they remain nearly seventy years later.Allon explains the problem to a member of his team: “The only difference between Hamas and Hitler is that Hamas lacks and power and the means to carry out an extermination of the Jews.”That doesn’t mean the Palestinians have any interest in a peaceful settlement, which is why Daniel Silva continues to find fertile territory for his brilliant story telling. It always comes back to the people who didn’t ask for war, but for whom war can’t be escaped.

  • By B767Captain on August 28, 2016

    This is book 5 out of 15 in the Gabriel Allon series author Daniel Silva has mastered into such an international success story. Silva's books are riveting and will hook you until the conclusion. This installment takes place in Italy, Israel and moves in and out of Europe and the Med. His story will grip you, and many of the details are taken from recent headlines in worldwide news outlets. This book is titled after what Allon's mentor calls him, regarding him as a great avenging angel (like his name) and a defender of the Israeli state. I screwed up and read many of the novels out of order, but enjoyed this one very much. I recommend it highly.

  • By SC Girl on February 1, 2018

    Daniel Silva has delivered great story based on some of the history of Israel. True, his books are fiction but they are instructional on what the Jewish population has suffered throughput the ages. However, as a fictional story, Price of Fire provides a exceptional tale of the master oil painting restorer and spy, Gabriel Allon. I highly recommend this book,especially those have read about other adventures of the famous, Gabriel.

  • By Fargoan on August 20, 2017

    Silva knows how to write, but he may have fallen into the trap here of having a protagonist for whom he is running out of ideas. There are some interesting relationship twists, especially involving his wife and mistress, but the overall story isn't as complete or complex as in previous books. Gabriel Allon seems to be playing the role of Gabriel Allon, not actually being him. Michael Connelly has run into this problem with his protagonist Hieronymus Bosch, as did Barbara Hambly with Benjamin January--maybe it happened here too.Unfortunately, some of Silva's political views also mar the book's overall balance. There's nothing wrong with having an opinion on the Arab-Israeli conflicts, and those conflicts of course form the heart of most of Silva's plots. But while he makes a show of trying to be open-minded, with Gabriel Allon questioning the need to evict the Palestinians from what is now Israel, Silva just can't help pushing the idea that most of the Arabs' problems are their own fault. He even has an Arab man at one point blaming the Arabs for their ruinous situation -- a classic manipulative stance. If an Arab writer were to set this up, then I might believe it, but from a writer who converted to Judaism, it's just too convenient and ignores way too much. Since mystery and suspense novels depend so much on solid reason and practicality, for me as a reader that's a problem. I hope it doesn't continue in later novels.

  • By Sharon Thomas on April 15, 2017

    Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon is one of my favorite characters....the Israeli James Bond. I picture him as a cross between Sean Connery and Daniel Craig. This book doesn't disappoint. I am ready to read the next book. If you like espionage, read this series in order.

  • By avid reader on September 16, 2017

    Daniel Silva satisfies again! He is a great storyteller. With each book in the Allon series I learn more about the characters and also get a history lesson. While there is some repetition in the series each book continues to grab my attention and keep me interested until the very end.

  • By unkown on April 14, 2016

    Daniel Silva's Israeli spy extraordinaire, Gabriel Allon is involved in a most difficult and deadly chase. A bombing in Rome stirs memories of other terrorist destruction in Buenos Aires, Paris & numerous other cities targeting synagogues and public spaces. This latest disaster brings Allon back to the "Office" bring the perpetrators to justice. The plans are complicated, involving multiple players and locations which keeps the reader intrigued throughout. "The Prince Of Fire" is another page turning thriller I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fast paced action and drama.

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