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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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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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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    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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    Gordon Bailey 08-13-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent book, poor narrator"

    This is the second Gabriel Allon book of Daniel Silva's I've read, and even though I liked the storyline in this one better, the listen was not as enjoyable. John Lee seems to get his accents mixed up and it is often difficult to distinguish which characters are talking. His reading is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars.

    I'm hooked on the Gabriel Allon series. One other reviewer said they didn't like the finish, but I liked it, found it very poignant, and had tears in my eyes at the end. I agree that I would have liked to have a little more detail in the wrapping up, but all in all a good novel. I listened every chance I got...couldn't put it down.

    Unfortunately the next 2 Gabriel Allon books in the series are also narrated by John Lee, but the books are so good, I'm willing to put up with the weird narration. Hopefully his accents will not be too mixed up in the next one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Elkins Park, PA, United States 07-04-11
    Mary Elkins Park, PA, United States 07-04-11 Member Since 2014

    An avid listener of Audible whether I'm driving, cleaning or cooking. My children are frequently telling me to remove my earbuds!

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    "Another roller coaster ride!"

    This is an earlier Gabriel Allon novel that I recently found. As a previous review stated there is some minor and brief skipping. I enjoy the narrator and the different voices he gives to the characters. Once again the author takes us on a ride of many twists and turns as he once again is on the hunt for stolen art work. I hope that Daniel Silva goes on writing for many years to come.

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    Nathan E. Hatch 10-31-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Bad Narrator"

    I think this book would be a really great book, unfortuantely I could not handle the narrator. He was horrible, sure his accents sounded a little more authentic than most but the tones were terrible. He made the main character sound so feminen. The women characters had lower tones then gabriel, it was so difficult to imagine this guy as a counter-terrorist, because he just sounded so girly. I would like to read this book not listen to it because i think the story had potential to be great.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Melbourne, FL, USA 06-12-10
    Allan Melbourne, FL, USA 06-12-10
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    Excessively flowery pronunciation by the reader, John Lee, made listening arduous. A certain feminine atmosphere pervaded everything. Attempted accents seemed off the mark.
    Good story...George Guidall would have been perfect.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sean FISHERS, IN, United States 09-25-11
    Sean FISHERS, IN, United States 09-25-11
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    What did you love best about The English Assassin?

    I ran out of Vince Flynn books and saw this guy and thought id give it a try After listening o the first one I really enjoyed the narrator but this guy John Lee argggg he was awful!! Had a british cartoon villan voice or something, but I stuck it out and he seems to grow on you :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabrille Allon


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sigh I hated him at first he is very annoying with his british accent and cartoon like villon voice but after awhile as i got into the story he grew on me haah


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the rest of the series

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Bradenton, FL 09-11-09
    Rob Bradenton, FL 09-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Not so much..."

    I loved this book.

    HOWEVER ... John Lee's reading is overdone with accents. It detracts from the story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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