Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…
Silva’s work has captured the imagination of millions worldwide; his number-one New York Times best-selling series, which chronicles the adventures of art-restorer and master spy Gabriel Allon, has earned the praise of listeners and reviewers everywhere. This captivating new pause-resister from the undisputed master of spy fiction is sure to thrill new and old fans alike.
©2013 Daniel Silva (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
I may have spelled FF's name wrong, my point is that Daniel Silva writes like some of the great old writers of espionage and thrillers. The plotting, characterization, and settings and action are gripping. The hero, Gabriel, is a tough but believable Mossad agent, tracking down the kidnappers of a young English woman. The kidnapping looks at first like a standard grab for money, but as the story unfolds it becomes much deeper and more sinister. I like the hero's sidekick, a former SAS soldier who is a contract killer for the Corsican mob when introduced, but turns out to have some integrity and honor.
I have missed having an author to read that I enjoy as much as I did the great John D. MacDonald, but I may have found one.
13 times I've walked beside Gabriel Allon. Never perfect, never indestructible, always honourable and consistently brilliant. Allon is a hero for an adult. He falls, he fails and he strives and he wins.
Considering the history, there are two long anticipated outcomes pending, not yet delivered. This is one of my very favourite Gabriel Allon stories. It's written in three parts, the first two stand alone, and the final is the way a wrap up should be done.
Daniel Silva's characters are real, they're believable, and his insight into how the professional service agent's mind works is very compelling. We are so accustomed to western heroes being American or British, the slight Israeli provides a nice balance and his humanity makes him a joy to read and encourages anticipation for the next story.
Daniel Silva's Allon is not James Bond, he is not any of the Seal/Ranger/Force Recon/SAS/SBS/Delta warriors. He is an artist, and art restorer, who also happens to be the best that Mossad fields. If you've never read Silva, you're missing a great deal, but start at #1 and work through the series. You'll be very glad you did.
George Guidall is truly masterful in this book. His expressed emotion, dialect and pace of script were perfect. He breathed believable life into each of the characters.
Gabriel Allon is the best. I love every Silva book as much as the last. They are all so well written and by now I feel I am part of the team. Hopefully they keep sucking Gabriel back in.
Another good Gab story. A lot more dry humor then in the other books. New character introduced that should prove interesting. Story is not as cutting edge as the other books and seems a little lighter. Still worth getting
character voices are really very good and support the image in your minds eye
Yes and I have
YES, just when I thought it was wrapped up in a nice neat bow.... boom, here we go again with a twist.
George is my favorite narrator for this series. He uses proper Yiddish inflections and pronounces the Hebrew with the correct accent. The drollness of the characters humor comes across easily.
Very good book with a rich story line, the overall complexity, detail and story were as expected for this series and I will continue to read/listen to Allon's continued escapades.
I didn't find the whole group of characters completely believable but that didn't detract at all.
I would probably not read another book by this author, but George Guidall remains one of my favorite readers.
Mr. Silva spent the majority of the book describing things that had already taken place and backgrounds of people that were unnecessary, both slowing down the forward progress of the story. Additionally, the story did not feel cohesive. It felt like two lesser books combined, the first a story about a kidnapping , the second about a crooked oil business. They never felt to me as if they were proberly combined.
As always, Mr. Guidall is excellent.
I would have cut the cast in half by combining characters, eliminated the Kiara scenes and eliminated the art restoration aspect. Seems like a cheap author trick to me. Tough international spy/killer goes home to lovingly restore classic art in his spare time - just to make him seem like a rounded character.
The story could use ewer characters that are more rounded out and real.
Very well written
Connecting the dots at the end
The realization at the end
Simply enjoyed listening to the entire novel
Perhaps less fast paced than his earlier works, I enjoyed it nonetheless
Aside from the fact that Gabriel occasionally speaks with a Brooklyn accent, he just isn't himself in this story. Maybe the aging spy is slipping, but he appears to take unjustfied risks and often dialogues in a style that seems out of character for the Gabriel of times past. On many occasions, I believed that this latest sequel - for the first time - had been written by someone other than Silva. I've read, or heard, all the Silva books - many a couple times over, but one more like this and I may not bother with future sequels.
Characters have unfamiliar voices and Gabriel has lost his Israeli accent. His New York English dialect and conversational style are disappointing.
Bring back the old Gabriel and Daniel Silva!
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