"Spies haven't changed much since the Cold War. It's the acronyms of their masters that have changed. Silva's thriller has all the elements to delight the espionage-loving listener. The new Russia spawns a brutal arms dealer cloaked in the trappings of the superrich, who supplies a bold terrorist plot. Silva's compassionate, daring hero, Gabriel Allon, who carries the torch of the Israeli secret service, is charged with interrupting it. It's a great caper hosted by narrator Phil Gigante, but don't look for subtlety here. Gigante's broad and varied accents work reasonably well for the international cast. Although the Israeli and Russian accents tend to be too similar, making it hard to keep some scenes completely clear, each character gets a big distinguishing voice, and the pace and rhythm are good. Sign on for a good listen--KGB, FSB, CIA, DGSE, or Shin Bet--there's never a dull moment. R.F.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"