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A Death in Vienna

av Daniel Silva

Serier: Gabriel Allon (4)

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Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz? Questions abound when Allon, driven by an intensity he had not felt in years, begins to investigate, discovering in the process that the hunt for one man is a hunt for many-and a network of unimaginable evil spanning sixty years.… (mer)

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a decent thriller, with a lot of real-world backstory on the involvement of the United States and the Vatican in protecting Nazi war criminals. Some chilling descriptions of the reality of the Holocaust. Great characters ( )
  viking2917 | May 11, 2020 |
This was my first Gabriel Allon novel and I was immediately entranced by the characters and the story. There is so much about the Holocaust that I don’t know and this book does a great job of giving you enough information wrapped up in a story of intrigue, murder and conspiracy. I admit that after reading this I did some research on the Holocaust and Israel.

I don’t read a lot of “spy” novels and was worried that this one wouldn’t be for me either but I was completely wrong. I loved this book. Daniel Silva’s ability to grab me from the get-go is one of the reasons that this is now one of my favorite books. I just could not let these characters go until I got to the end.

Gabriel Allon is not quite a reluctant assassin but more of a tired one who cannot turn his back on duty and country. His past is as dark as his career but he has a lot of support in his world that the author uses to give Gabriel balance. The bad guy Ludwig Vogel is a true mastermind who owns arrogance and belief his followers will protect are his downfall. But before his downfall, is a tale that weaves the past and the present together without sacrificing the suspense.

Tony Goldwyn did a great job of narrating this book and his accents felt realistic for all the characters.
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  TVNerd95 | Jul 6, 2019 |
Setting aside the suspension-of-disbelief conventions of the spy genre, Silva's books about the assassin-cum-art-restorer are among the best of the breed. This volume brings Allon back to Vienna, where his family was destroyed in an earlier book, with ensuing complications, in order to solve a mystery surrounding his own mother and a hitherto-unknown SS monster. As always, Silva explores the rotten under-layer of US and Vatican complicity in the Nazi atrocities (pre and post war), but is not uncritical of Jewish and Israeli actions as well. Even when you know The Office is in control, though, you can't be sure which setbacks are contrived for a purpose, and which ones are real.

The rationale for the entire series is to disclose the horrors of the Holocaust to a new generation, in an era where forgetfulness, as well as out-right denial, are rampant.

Addendum: I really should read these in the correct order for series continuity (so far have read #10, 8, and now 4), but Silva covers the back-story naturally and fully enough for the drop-in reader.

NOTES: The Code of the Spooks is something like the Code of the West in Louis L'Amour books: a set of principles that sometimes has to be explicated for the reader. And sparks disagreement between the principals.
P. 252: "Sometimes, intelligence services must utilize the services of evil men to achieve results that are good.." vs. "There's a difference between using evil individuals as sources and hiring them as intelligence officers."
p. 300: Why pursuing the elderly Nazis and putting them on trial differs from assassinating the Black September killers of Israeli Olympic team members. "I don't just want to kill him. I want the world to know what this man did." vs. "So they could spout their propaganda from an Israeli court?...They already did that...right here in this city, in front of all the world's cameras. It wasn't our job to give them another opportunity to justify the massacre of innocents."
(pointing out that The Office is confident it always gets the right perpetrator, which is necessary to the genre -- but raises real-world questions).
p. 355: "As for the truth (about the Final Solution), no one cared while this place was in operation, and no one will care now." On a page I can't find now (twice, IIRC), the old Nazi expresses his amazement that the Reich's commanders ordered him to destroy evidence of the mass murders by incinerating the bodies, and yet live prisoners walk out of one of the camps to escape the oncoming Allies, "because they still needed their (totally useless) labor." ( )
  librisissimo | Feb 14, 2017 |
I have never read a book that I disliked all the characters. A disappointment. ( )
  janetcoletti | Jul 27, 2016 |
Great story, great writing, great research, great book! ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
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In a place where wood is chopped, splinters must falls, and there is no avoiding this. - SS-Gruppenfuhrer Heinrich Müller, Head of the Gestapo
We're not in the Boy Scouts. If we'd wanted to be in the Boy Scouts, we would have joined the Boy Scouts. - Richard Helms, Former CIA Director
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Dedicated to those who give the murderers and their accomplices no peace, To my friend and editor, Neil Nyren, And, as always, to my wife, Jamie, and my children, Lily and Nicholas
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Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz? Questions abound when Allon, driven by an intensity he had not felt in years, begins to investigate, discovering in the process that the hunt for one man is a hunt for many-and a network of unimaginable evil spanning sixty years.

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