|Plot Summary of The Messenger|
|"Israeli spy Gabriel Allon, hero of several earlier books by Daniel Silva, returns in his latest novel. After living in Europe, Gabriel has returned to Israel to resuming working as one the world's great art restorers. However, when his mentor is viciously attacked, Gabriel returns to Mossad's Special Forces bureau to find the culprit. At about the same time, he is summoned to the Vatican to thwart a terrorist offensive at St. Peter's Basilica.
With the help of a White House bigwig, Gabriel discovers that a Saudi billionaire, Ahmed bin Shafiq, has bankrolled both the planned attack at the Vatican and the attempted murder of his friend. The Israeli spy then concocts a scheme to infiltrate Shafiq's labyrinthine organization, which requires the help of a beautiful American art curator named Sarah Bancroft. Gabriel and his team assure Sarah that they'll constantly be watching her back, but unexpected glitches occur, and Sarah faces torture and death. "
Elana Starr, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Messenger|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
- preventing/finding assassin
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
- arabs and/or muslims
General Crime (including known murderer)
How much violence does he/she use?
- just the right amount
- Very much smarter than other characters
- very athletic
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
Motive of antagonist
The antagonists are:
- Arab terrorists
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
- Smarter than most other characters
- Washington D.C.
- fancy mansion
Part of a series?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture
How many deaths?
- hundreds or more
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of sex
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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