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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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    Bella United States 01-27-14
    Bella United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2015

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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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    "The English Assassin"

    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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    Shawn Pueblo, CO, United States 10-16-13
    Shawn Pueblo, CO, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "What was it all about?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The title would suggest that the main plot revolved around a British killer. That character seemed to play such a small part in the story as to be nearly irrelevant. Not only did we not learn much about the Keller character, but also, it never seemed that there would be any substantive interaction between him and Allon.

    Certainly, the thought that billions in stolen art and other cultural items may be secreted away in Swiss bank vaults is intriguing. I'm not sure that this book really brought that to the forefront, but almost gave this an "oh, by the way" kind of treatment.


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

    The character of Gabriel Allon seems deep and interesting enough as to warrant another try at this series. I have a few in my queue that I will listen to first, but I may come back and give it a whirl. So far, I prefer the thrillers from David Baldacci, Barry Eisler, and Brad Thor, so it may be a while before I get back to Silva's works.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly. I think the characters are interesting, though the jumping between European cities is dizzying enough in a book that it might be confusing in a movie setting.


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    Mel 10-10-13
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    "Really enjoyed this one."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I especially like stories where the authors mixes in some fact with the fiction and doing so in a way where the reader can't always tell where the line is between them.


    What other book might you compare The English Assassin to and why?

    Oliver North's books are ones to compare the fact mixed in with the fiction. The story of the covert operative compares with Mitch Rapp and John Wells.


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

    This is my first time listening to John Lee and I was very pleased. I especially like listening to George Guidall and listened to the ones in this series that he read first. While I was hoping the Mr. Guidall would be the one narrating the entire series, I wanted to listen to this book because I like the authors story. I will end up starting the next book in the series tomorrow and look forward to listening to Mr. Lee again. When I first started the book I did a double take thinking that maybe Mr. Lee was really Sean Connery, whom I really like too. The Sean Connery voice is that of the story narrator, the voice telling the story in between the voices of the various characters.


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    Gary 08-25-13
    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.


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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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