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 enjoyed the book but it wasn't as good as some of Silva's previous. The plot twists were ok but a bit formulaic. I think the idea of making Allon seem older was ok but a bit trite... It mirrored the last James Bond movie Skyfall where they did the same.
The reader wasn't terrible but his voicing and accents were very lacking. For a book like this with many international voices, you really need a reader that can do a passable Russian, Israeli, and English Accent. His were really poor.
It didn't ruin the reading but it certainly took away from it.
Finally, the last part seemed phoned in. Without giving away too much, all the events though the book had expected dangers and failures along the way. Once the major operation was pulled off, there were a few lame false foreshadows of danger to come (they might end up back in Moscow, the soothsayer saying Moscow would be Allon's death), the FSB staking out the airports.. Then.............nothing. No hitches at all. It seemed like Silva was all ready to make for a harrowing escape for the characters....but then ran up against a deadline... or a vacation... boredom... or something else... and then just quickly ended the book with an easy exit for the characters....no hitches whatsoever. It didn't match the rest of the book. It didn't seem realistic. I truly think the author just decided to end the book and stopped writing anything of substance after the main operation.
This was my first encounter with Daniel Silva.... and his most recent book in the series. The story takes many unpredictable turns and is a classic of the cold war era spy novel set in the 21st century. Even though there were 12 books to precede this one, the story moves quickly along without need of knowledge of the previous books. Thoroughly enjoyable entertainment, and I will certainly listen to more in this series
Yes. The plot and flow of the story are intense, satisfying and full of emotion.
For Gabriel Allon fans this is a real treat. Daniel Silva is remarkable in his ability to continue to evolve and nuture and grow this fabulous narrative.
the story is fine but i think it's real purpose is move the stories into gabriel's new life at the Office. can't wait! well done.
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
Maybe because I've listened to the whole series and I have really enjoyed it especially the art restorer side line. Seems its getting a tad too formulaic and predictable though I liked it and would recommend but just not highly as some of his previous efforts.
I think I've read or listened to almost every book in the series; this is one of the better ones. Interesting plot twists, intriguing new characters, no miraculous escapes that seem random.
I am not a George Guidall (the narrator) fan. I don't like him in the Mitch Rapp series, and the narration here, which requires much more subtlety, is deficient. The British accent is nearly indistinguishable from the French, from the Corsican. Basically, all accents sound the same and all characters sound the same.
For me, Phil Gigante has become Gabriel, and I was looking forward to another elegant read, assuming he was the reader. You know what they say about assuming and the error was mine.
Would I have bought the book if I looked and saw that Guidall was the reader? Probably not, but having listened to it, the story trumped the narration, and I'm glad I did.
So I wrote this as a plea to Silva, or whoever makes these decisions. Your characters and stories are far too subtle for Guidall. Please bring back Gigante, or someone with his breadth and depth. Your stories deserve more.
yes I have all the books in the series
he was fine it's the story that's the problem.
I kept waiting for it to get good and it never did.
Enjoyable but, as a reader of all the other books in this series, it is getting a bit stale. Gabriel Allon is becoming less likable and more arrogant. Too bad really because he had a great, if tortured soul. Perhaps, Silva is getting board of his series.
The ending was good. Also predictable.
He is easy to listen to. You can generally distinguish the various speakers.
No sure I would listen if there was. Certain parts, (two turns to the right, two turns to the left) got down right annoying.
How great it is to listen to the new Daniel Silva book. I just loved it!
Rather boring and extremely predictable
Character developments were lame, at best, and not completed
Guidall can do no wrong, in my opinion...each character is excellent!!!!!
... however, looking forward to next book (curious about Alan’s new position and father of twins!!??)
"Another excellent Gabirel Allon story"
I am a big fan of Daniel Silva's books. They are a little more quirky than the average spy novel. The main character is not some all-action hero like Mitch Rapp in the Vince Flynn books (although I am a great fan of these stories too). He is a more complex, rounded character but with his own personal demons.
The story itself is plausible, although some may think it a little far-fetched. I won't reveal any spoilers, but will say that it is a gripping plot with a number of unexpected twists to it.
The narration is good and up to the usual standards of George Guidell, who remains one of my top narrators.
"Good spy audio-book"
Very good audi-book for travels.
The rythem of this story keeps you awake for the entire story.
Surely i will letten to another of Daniel Silva audio-books.
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