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The English Assassin | [Daniel Silva]

The English Assassin

Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. He finds a prominent Swiss banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter tells him that her father's French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during WWII, have been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the wartime misdeeds, he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."
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Publisher's Summary

Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. A prominent Swiss banker has called him to Switzerland to restore his Raphael. The problem is that Allon finds the banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter, wracked by guilt, tells him that her father's cache of French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during the Second World War, has been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the banker's wartime misdeeds, he attracts the attention of a secret Swiss organization dedicated to suppressing knowledge of all such crimes, and he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."

©2002 Daniel Silva; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A thriller that entertains as well as enlightens." (Orlando Sentinel)
"Superbly crafted thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Oxi Pasadena, CA USA 07-07-04
    Oxi Pasadena, CA USA 07-07-04 Listener Since 2000
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    "I'm hooked..."

    I don't know if it's Daniel Silva's writing or if it's John Lee's narration, but I am definitely hooked.
    The plot is quite good with enough twists. If you're an international traveler, the detailed descriptions of Zurich and Vienna, as well as Venice will invoke memories.

    On to the next adventure or Mr. Allon...

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff West Chester, OH, USA 07-16-04
    Cliff West Chester, OH, USA 07-16-04
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    "Not his best but still good."

    This is an exciting and thrilling story until you reach the end. As always Silva includes many thoughtful and unpredictable twists. The end of this story was the only thing I didn?t like. In the end things come together way too nicely. It almost seemed like Silva ran up against a deadline so he stopped being creative and just rushed to the end of the story. My recommendation to anyone new to Silva is to listen to his earlier works first. This will help with character background and give you a better idea of how talented Silva's writings can be. To those of you who have followed Gabriel Allon this is worth listening to, but don't expect him to escape death without some unusal help.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Julia L. Scott Tampa, FL United States 06-24-08
    Julia L. Scott Tampa, FL United States 06-24-08 Member Since 2001

    itmaven

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    "Pretty Good"

    A bit more violent than what I like but I couldn't stop listening--I just had to know what whas going to happen next.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Santa Monica, CA United States 06-09-05
    Josh Santa Monica, CA United States 06-09-05 Member Since 2004
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    "If you like Da Vinci Code..."

    Hey! It's another espionage/art history novel! Except for theological musings in Da Vinci Code, there are some pretty major similarities between the two. Of course, here the emphasis is on the espionage. The art history is more incidental in this one.

    Unlike an earlier reviewer, I did not like the narrator. The accents kept on coming, which is authentic and all, but not always pleasing to the ear, and I got a little sick of listening to them. His regular narration is also laid on a bit thickly. Given it's high rating, Mr. Lee was not a problem for most listeners, but if you are careful in your purchases, you might want to give the sample a listen.

    Another minor point. I don't find the title to be very descriptive of the major narrative thread. I would have thought the English assassin to be more central to the plot based on the title. If you are dying to here a lot about British people who kill, you may want to check out something by Ian Fleming.

    I am interested in listening to more stories about Gabriel, but I might check for a different narrator and see if that helps.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    SONDRA Provo, UT, United States 04-26-12
    SONDRA Provo, UT, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A page turner"

    This book would have kept me up all night turning pages. BecauseI listen only when I'm doing "mindless" tasks (cooking, cleaning, gardening) I found myself finding many more "mindless" tasks so I could keep on reading. Had to force myself to stop so I could get "real" work done! Only issue with this book is that the voices of characters are not always distinctly different.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gareth Allen, TX, United States 10-08-09
    Gareth Allen, TX, United States 10-08-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it!"

    What an awesome book! I loved it. I can't wait to read the rest of Daniel Silva's books.

    I'm reading the books in order, and I'm not reading "The Confessor" which is equally as good as "The English Assassin".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A Summerville, SC, United States 12-01-10
    A Summerville, SC, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    "good story"

    Gabriel is chasing down lost art again in (you guessed it) Switzerland. It is a good story and kept me interested throughout. I recommend it.

    The reader is good and clear, but there are times when I can't tell who is talking because too many of the characters are rendered with the same accent. While imperfect, this did not really diminish my experience too much.

    Technical issues:

    If you like Chapter 50, you're in luck. You'll hear it twice.

    Also, I did get a very minor amount of skipping as if the recording were transfered to audible format from a slightly imperfect CD. Fortunately this occurs only two or three times over 10 hours and does not seriously affect enjoying this title.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heredia cape coral, FL, United States 04-16-09
    Heredia cape coral, FL, United States 04-16-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Narrator was poor!!"

    I really enjoyed the story, however the narrator was driving me crazy. Gabriel Allon is Israeli..not German. Why he was reading Gabriel with a German accent was beyond me. The narrator of Kill Artist hit the accents perfectly. This narrator I would rather he just use no accent at all.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael KILGORE, TX, United States 06-14-12
    Michael KILGORE, TX, United States 06-14-12
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    ""A thriller to the end""
    What made the experience of listening to The English Assassin the most enjoyable?

    Narration was spot on & enhanced the fast moving action. Voice was enough to keep reader interested & not be put to sleep. Voice added to experience of journey.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fast paced action, not too many idle moments, intrigue & appropriate finale, leaving wishing for more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The action through the big cities in Europe was exciting & difficult to believe he survived the chase scene. The intrigue to Zurich to Germany. His female companion added to the excitement as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Could not put the book down because you wished to see what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    The latter part of the novel is loaded with action & later turns into a more typical 'shoot-em-up' espionage chiller. Overall, fans will enjoy the action & the finale.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tarango Pearland, TX, United States 07-30-10
    Tarango Pearland, TX, United States 07-30-10 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not Too Impressed"

    A little slow for my taste. Some disappointment at the ending. May be a good book for some but not for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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