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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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    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.

    3 of 4 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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    Heredia cape coral, FL, United States 04-16-09
    Heredia cape coral, FL, United States 04-16-09 Member Since 2015
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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 7 people found this review helpful
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    S. Harvester Westfield, MA 06-29-15
    S. Harvester Westfield, MA 06-29-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Formulaic but fun."

    Exotic settings, luxury lifestyles, noble hero, beautiful lady, lots of blood. A tasty bag of potato chips.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    FL42 06-27-15
    FL42 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Weak plot"

    The narrative wasn't as gripping as the first book. A Le Carré story without the philosophical insights

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Moore Chandler, AZ 06-09-15
    Mary Moore Chandler, AZ 06-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read"

    I really like Daniel Silva books. John Lee has a beautiful voice, but sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between characters. And while I enjoy the more recent Gabriel Allon books a bit more, this was a very engaging read. I would prefer less F-bombs, but other than that Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Greensboro, Georgia 05-11-15
    Ken Greensboro, Georgia 05-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Thriller with historical WWII background"

    Suspenseful Silva thriller with interesting insight into Switzerland 's not so well known involvement with Nazi Germany during WWII. Easy read that holds your interest throughout.

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    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 05-05-15
    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good "page turner""

    Not Silva's best Gabriel Allon but quite entertaining. Lee's Israeli accent needed work (sounds too mittel European).

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    Philip Casa Grande, AZ, United States 04-14-15
    Philip Casa Grande, AZ, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent"

    Story was compelling. I wish there was possibly not so much truth in it. But sadly I guess that is not the case.

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    Jeff 02-27-15
    Jeff 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Gabriel Allon at work."

    This is a great audiobook, gripping and very well read by John Lee. I listen in the car, and had that feeling more than once that my destination was approaching too fast. Time, I need more time. Can't stop listening now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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