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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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    Gary 08-25-13
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    "fun read"

    I wasn't sure I was going to like this book the way it started (It started slow). But it built as I kept going. I'm looking forward to the next book in the seris now

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    mb 07-08-13
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    "Another winner!"
    Would you listen to The English Assassin again? Why?

    Love Daniel Silva and always hate to reach the end of his novels. This was no exception. Great plot with plenty of twists. So well written I would read any of Silva's novels again just to savor his skill.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-01-13
    Arthur Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Getting Better"

    2nd book is better than the first. Character development is richer. Good research in the points he makes.

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    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 03-26-13
    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A slow start."

    I'd heard good things about this series, and was prepared to enjoy it. Of course, I mistakenly started the series with the second book, but was a little bored at first. Then it caught my interest, and I had a hard time turning it off.

    Allon is a different kind of hero, an art restorer/Mossad agent/widower. He's also older, in this book he admits to being 50. The book moves from one place to another, one adventure to another, quietly.

    I'm currently listening to the first book and enjoying it immensely. I look forward to the rest.

    I judge all narrators by Scott Brick. John Lee is good, his voice is pleasing, his accents acceptable to an American who doesn't know accents. He has the right amount of expression to keep me interested.

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    Fredrick L. Dunlevy Greenfield, IN United States 03-25-13
    Fredrick L. Dunlevy Greenfield, IN United States 03-25-13
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    "Obsessed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The English Assassin to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. It is a lot more interesting in listening to a book rather than reading it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am obsessed with these spy novels. These are the best that I have ever listened to.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His performance is outstanding. He can change his voice for the different characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A masterful spy mystery that you will not be able to put down until the end.


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    Adger Ross 02-16-13
    Adger Ross 02-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or John Lee?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel Silva before, how does this one compare?

    haven't


    Could you see The English Assassin being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book ended abruptly. I'm wondering if my download was good as i don't see anyone else complaining. it seems like there were some chapters missing.

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    sharon TYLER, TX, United States 02-12-13
    sharon TYLER, TX, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "enjoy it for what it is"

    This is not greatness, it will not change your life. But it is easy listening and an enjoyable way to see the great cities of Europe.

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    Jerry Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-20-12
    Jerry Indianapolis, IN, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Getting Better!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The English Assassin to be better than the print version?

    Sorry I can't say, I have not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The English Assassin?

    The revelation of how the Swiss participated in WWII. Wow, as a kid in school I was always taught that neutral meant no involvement but a neutrality to both sides. I guess it depends on what you mean by the word "Is" oops! I'm sorry I mean the word Neutral!


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Every character and gender voice was almost perfect. He sways and moves from character to character so smooth that at times you forget that there is only one voice.
    Outstanding!!


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

    Yes the letter that was written to explain and apologize for the stealing of the paintings in the bank vault.


    Any additional comments?

    Daniel Silva is good. I mean really good. I love reading his books because I learn so much about the different society's that Gabriel visits.

    I also like him because I like how Gabriel Alon comes from a different world perspective than one of my other favorite espionage writers Vince Flynn's "Mitch Rapp" that stems mainly from the American CIA's point of view.

    Daniel Silva's Gabriel comes from the Israeli's secret service's point of view which is so intriguing. I love both of these writers that just don't tell a great story they transport you to that story!

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    KAREN LOVINGTON, NM, United States 10-22-12
    KAREN LOVINGTON, NM, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "FANTASTIC"

    GREAT SERIES EACH BOOK GETS BETTER AND BETTER DONT LET THE NARRATOR TURN YOU AWAY ALTHOUGH I LIKE JOHN LEE

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    Jan Houston, TX, United States 06-04-12
    Jan Houston, TX, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The Incomparable John Lee"

    Average story made better than average by John Lee's narration. Wonderful vocal intonation and accent delivery! Only problem I have is his pronunciation of "Chelmno." He uses the c-h sound when it's actually pronounced with a hard C. But that could just be a British thing!

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