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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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    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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    anthony santa rosa, CA, United States 02-05-15
    anthony santa rosa, CA, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolute tripe"
    What would have made The English Assassin better?

    Decent writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible book. I cringed throughout. The dialogue and writing were so predictable and formula. Who gives these books 5 stars?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Swansea, MA 10-12-14
    Karen Swansea, MA 10-12-14 Member Since 2013

    Knit-a-Holic

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    "Good Story, But Slow"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story, but sometimes too much explanation and I would lose the momentum of the action. The reader is ok, but again slow.......


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Understanding the intriguing plot was fun, because of excessive explanations I tended to lose interest at times and would have to replay a segment as I just knew I missed something.


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    Read a bit more upbeat


    Was The English Assassin worth the listening time?

    Could have been a bit shorter.....


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    Lesley 09-03-14
    Lesley 09-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and educational!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're a fan of international espionage, you'll enjoy this. Lots of travel, intrigue and great characters.


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    dilanidiva Lafayette, OR, United States 07-23-14
    dilanidiva Lafayette, OR, United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Good but could be better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes- I would . I love the lead character. However the plot was not as powerful as I thought it would be. It was a good story line... interesting.. and with a lot of movement. It is nice that Daniel has a way of keeping his characters varied but simple ... so one does not get too lost with them and in them...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    most of his scenes are very descriptive and so very enjoyable..


    Do you think The English Assassin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.. it had a good ending. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to my next listen ...

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    Patricia Orem, Ut, United States 03-24-14
    Patricia Orem, Ut, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "poor character development"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or John Lee?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something with more likeable characters


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    I don't think the problem was with the narrator as much as the story itself


    What character would you cut from The English Assassin?

    I didn't like any of them


    Any additional comments?

    I only listened to the first 8 chapters, then I just gave up out of boredom

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bella United States 01-27-14
    Bella United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2015

    teacher

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    "Didn't want to put it down."
    Would you listen to The English Assassin again? Why?

    Yes, There were many details that became more significant as your read further into the book. I think I would find the story even more brilliant if listened to again.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    When I went back to find other stories involving the main character,Anon, I was disappointed that John Lee didn't narrate the next book which interested me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Three points; actually, but I don't want to give them away.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to follow this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-29-13
    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    Silva does a good job with building his story. I had to work to stay with the story for a little while but worth the wait. Nice job. I have down loaded several more of Silva's works and have not been disappointed.

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    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 11-20-13
    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.

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    "Terrible Ending. Worse Narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think someone who enjoys bad endings and poor narration would like this book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Daniel Silva? Why or why not?

    I have to, I bough them all at once on a recommendation.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    Look, it is a good story. A very cool plot... but the ending, it's like Silva just said... ahh, I quit. It was SO disappointing I actually want my credit back.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Why does a Jewish guy from Israel, who lives in England have a German accent... it seems like every character has a German accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I will never use all of my saved up credits on an authors series again. I had high hopes, but wow... Silva... could you have screwed up a great story opportunity at the end any more?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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