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The English Girl was well worth the wait. I can't seem to get enough of Daniel Silva's writing and the excellent narration of George Guidall.
Gabriel Allon needs help from the man who lives on the island of Corsica. Allon realizes that the Prime Minister of England wants no scandal. He has been having an affair with The English Girl and if she is not found and tells her story, will he lose the confidence of the voters? If she were to be found dead, as her captor's have been instructed, wouldn't that make all things easier? But who has hired these thugs and why? Gabriel will find answers.
Gabriel Allon has gotten older in mind and spirit but he does continue to enjoy the thrill of being a master spy and the art restorer. Although he says he is done with working for the Office, when called he cannot turn away from knowing his destination in life. He will always want to know the story behind the crime. Allon is a gentle man at heart but cannot quell his need to make that which is wrong to be made right and consequences be dammed.
The characters are very well developed. George Guidall has given life to the character's. The reader will know who is talking. The feeling's of that person will be well understood. Would I recommend this book to other's, absolutely.
Dr. FPN from Portland,OR
I have listened to all the Gabriel Allon series Espionage-Adventure novels. Daniel Silva is remarkably consistent in the quality of his writing, (3.5-4,25 stars). I believe the author has exceeded my expectation with THE ENGLISH GIRL; which I would rate at 5-Stars. The story content is superior, it showcases current political upheaval in Russia, predicting Putin's Political Expansionistic desires. (KGB-Oil). As a counterpoint to the modern, he explores the ancient traditions practiced on the Island of Corsica. This all adds interesting texture to the standard conflict between Good -vs-Evil. There are even romantic entanglements to overcome to please readers that enjoy this dynamic. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys political-espionage thrillers.
Yes - but start with his earlier books in this series first
No- it seemed to drag a bit.
I prefer George Guidall over all other narrators.
This is not the first book in this series I have read. So I knew what to expect. I guessed the surprise ending.
First you can't go wrong with George Guidall narrating Silva's books.
This book will be interesting... but a little predictable. So, you if want a spy novel that's not to over the top with blood and violence this is wins.
This was my first Gabrielle Allon novel (#13 in the series), but Silva does a good job on-boarding a new reader. I read the book while Vladimir Putin was asserting Russian dominance through the imagery at the Sochi Olympics and the annexation of the Crimea, so the motivations in the book made some eerie sense. I am also a fan of Corsica, and found those settings and characteristics quite realistic.
The story is interesting and twists and turns at just the right times.
I found the portrayal of Israel as the epicenter of virtue and competence a little much - especially when the British government was portrayed as weak and corrupt. I also thought the female characters were stereotypical and largely background;even when Allon's wife is clearly a competent agent, she spends her limited time in the novel cooking for a bunch of men and hoping to get pregnant. There is an old Corsican fortune teller who's an interesting female character, but even her power is undermined by Allon's seeming ability to be the exception to her clear visions.
Workaholic who makes time for great books.
It is hard to separate this book from the others in the Gabriel Allon series, because they continue to get better as you get deeper into the series.. I have read or listened to all of them and they continue to build off of each other, and introduce and re-introduce an enormous number of characters all with a very well though out and researched back story. Me and my wife will spend our retirement visiting many of the places I have listened to Gabriel carry out so many of his clandestine operations.
HE'S A FINE NARRATOR... THE BOOK WAS TOO LONG AND FULL OF REPITITON...
LOVE ALL THESE BOOKS... FIRST TIME I FELT GROGGY EACH TIME I TURNED IT ON...
Yes. The reader is wonderful and very compelling. The writing is superb, many little twists and nuances.
This book, number 13 in a series, was the first 1 I listened to. It was so good that I've gone back and started with the first book and am working my way forward.
The characters as well written. The story is action packed. I didn't want to stop listening.
The reader, George Guidall, was excellent. He even got the Hebrew names pronounced correctly.
I highly recommend this book and this series.
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More action. It was far too slow and detailed in unnecessary areas.
No. Just disappointed in Silva this time.
Average, lacking character
I hope Silva's next novel is up to his previous ones.