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
Gabriel Allon is finally aging, and finally realizing his human limitations. This story moves him around the board, and promises to change his career and family life. It is a great deal to accomplish in one book. The shows, as usual, an unwilling Gabriel called into action. But somehow he appears more human in this. By teaming up with former enemies who showed themselves to be as good as he was, he improves what the author tantalizingly alludes to as perhaps his last "secret" assassination assignment. All of Silva's books are excellent. It is interesting that he is allowing his protagonist to age and perhaps mellow. It will be interesting to see how far he carries that drift in subsequent books.
I would totally recommend this book to a friend that enjoys international thrillers. Daniel Silva does not disappoint and neither does George Guidall in his performance. All of the characters, even though I have heard about them before in other Allon books, come to life in audio version. A very excellent entry.
I liked the fact that it was not another painting based story. Art and artist played a part but Gabriel being a restorer was not the central element. Great change of pace.
I like everything about George Guidall. I often look for books he read/performs to pick my next audio book. I listen to at least 3+ a month and the performance of the reader is key to my enjoyment after content of the book.
Read it and you will not be sad- it is not a weak entry by Daniel Silva. In fact it might be one of his better entries.
Absolutely. If you like spy adventures - Allon, and this book, are one of the best (thus far)
Gabriel Allon, of course
If you like this series, you will most likely find this to be your favorite.
Well-paced, understandable (if you read/listen to spy novels, you'll know they can easily become convoluted) plot, and believable characters. Allon was his intense but in-control self, Chiara a bit more involved in this one. A few new characters were introduced, and I hope to see them again in future books. Interesting and for the most part, unpredictable. As usual, George Guidall's narration was perfect. He can read his grocery list to me and I'd probably be riveted.
Of course - I'm addicted to the Gabriel Allon series.
Yes - you're so involved with the characters you've come to know through the years that you worry for their welfare and the mission.
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
I read almost every Silva book and this one was weak in plot, characters and suspense. George Guidall did a fine job with the narration as usual, but this one fizzled and died for me.
The plot revolves around a kidnapped woman and what happens to her and why. The "what" is predictable and the "why" is lame.
Not even a good filler book.
Yes, I enjoy the whole Gabriel Allon series, although they're all pretty much the same. Gabriel is dragged into a situation after "retiring" with his wife, chaos rules, he gets permission to assemble the same crack team, it gets dicey at the end, but all comes out okay after some very rough going. I like it, but ya gotta put up with the VERY pro-Israeli, focus. An idealistic and wish list approach with a Pope and President on Gabriel's side (oh, wish it could be true!), and the ever present dangers of either Islamist extremists taking over "civilized" life with sharia law or else it's the evil Russians reverting to Cold War totalitarianism. All the while the rest of the world is all against Israel despite all the good they do to save us from the extremists.
If you're a Gabriel Allon aficionado, you'll surely like the book. I'm one and I did!
Most any of the more recent Silva novels
The real negative of the past two novels have been the narrator, George Guidall. A decent narrator of other novels, his voice and style are totally inappropriate for the Gabriel Allon series. It requires the deep resonance of a European voice from John Lee, Phil Gigante or even Simon Vance (who sometimes made the Israeli accent sounds like Romanian Vampires). For Guidall, the voice is too shrill and he made mincemeat of one of a returning character from the past. I couldn't tell the difference between Gabriel and Shamron. His style just doesn't go with these characters and Silva's style. Bring back the English actors!
This seems to me that it would be better reading than listening
I didn't finish it
Yes, I would have chosen a different narrator, with a British accent who was able to better impersonate the different accents (mostly Israeli, French and Russians)
The development of the characters was inadequate to like or dislike anyone. The narrator tone made it all rather boring.
His voice was tired, his intonation off, he was not able to replicate the accents and made a poor attempt at even trying.
I discovered Daniel Silva about a year ago and promptly read everything that was available unabridged. So, I'm a fan!
I enjoyed what was new in this book, which was a 'buddy' aspect with a new character (love/hate relationship) and the more up-to-date concerns on the world stage. I found some of the old aspects not boring at all, as it gave me that cozy feeling of familiarity and, of course, allows a new reader to have enough background without reading all the books. The narrator, George Guidall is marvellous. He can say "Let's go outside" and it resonates with layers of meaning.
To me the mark of a good writer is that you enjoy hearing the words no matter what the topic because they are so rich and entertaining. Daniel Silva definitely has that for me. I don't enjoy the violent parts, but for me, they are little enough in his writing that it's manageable. I do believe in the axiom that "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf". That certainly sums up Gabriel Allon. What is most important to me is that there is a moral centre in a book and there always is with Daniel Silva. Looking forward to Summer 2014 for the next one!
"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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