Portrait of a Spy - Daniel Silva

Portrait of a Spy

By Daniel Silva

  • Release Date: 2011-07-19
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 2,285 Ratings


“A bona fide thrill ride.”
—Miami Herald
“Silva builds tension with breathtaking double and triple turns of plot.”
Portrait of a Spy is Silva’s eleventh thriller to feature art restorer and master spy Gabriel Allon as he races from Great Britain to Washington to New York to the Middle East on the trail of a deadly and elusive terrorist network responsible for massacres in Paris, Copenhagen, and at London’s Covent Garden.


  • A most beautiful read…

    By dr josiah
    Daniel is a genius at captivating your mind by setting spy plots in historical contexts. This was my first read and I’ve since read about 8 of his books (in sequence now) 😊
  • One of his best

    By JSC iTunes iPhone Guy
    Daniel Silva never disappoints and Portrait of a Spy is one of his best. Five stars.
  • Same old stuff

    By cadoc1951
    Similar plot, different locale.
  • portrait of a spy by Daniel silva

    By war eagle nana
    I just purchased this book this evening around 1 a.m. But it did not download. I have 77pages that say the same thing..... "Page 1 contains an error to this point" and so on and so on. 57 pages. Nothing else. Could this be corrected
  • Very disappointing

    By Gatehall
    Nowhere near as intense as the rest of the series pre-dating this novel. Allon becoming less interesting and involved in the plots. Who cares to read about people in a room watching an attack unfold. Stupid premise. Also, once again, Silva short shrifts what could be an powerful conclusion by killing off an antagonist in unceremonial and undramatic fashion, instead of using great literary license. Seems Silva feels he can put out any junk and his reputation will get him by such that people will still buy and like it. Pick up the action or I'm dropping these books from the rotation. There is much better out there to read than this book.
  • First Silva read

    By CDC978
    This is the first Silva/Allon novel I have read and it was “hard to put down”. I regret I had not done some research and started at the beginning of the Gabriel Allon series. I will go back to the start soonest !! Great detail and info on the Saudi desert and the relationships in the Arab world within itself.
  • Ok, I guess.

    By Recruiterrick
    Really boring book. Devoid of any action. Written well though: maybe it jut isn't my kind of book.
  • Above average

    By Lon Bohannon
    A solid Gabriel Allon novel of intrigue with good insight on the western world's efforts to fight the war on terrorism, but not up to Silva's normal high standard of pace and suspense. Silva fans will not be disappointed, but I think will conclude in the end it is not one of his best novels.
  • Portrait of a Spy

    By Carol Sabatino
    Good read.
  • Trudged through it

    By Dufusface1
    Pretty boring. Not much action. Only a few chapters grabbed attention. Never could quite grasp the flow of the book.