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.
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.
As an active / outdoor guy, I love listening to audiobooks while trail running, hiking, etc.
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.
While I am sure fans of Silva will enjoy this book, it is just not for me. I really don't want to read books about torture and trafficking in human beings. Just not to my taste at all. Perhaps such goes on in the world - I am not naive - but I choose fiction for entertainment and enlightenment. I do not choose to spend my leisure time with torture and violence. Just a personal preference, I am sure.
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.
This seems to me that it would be better reading than listening
I didn't finish it
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!
What a great read. I always look forward to Daniel Silva’s books and this one met the mark. Once again Gabriel Allon is hired to do what no one else can do and he does it with a self-confidence that none of us would have. And as usual, the unique twists and turns within the story keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I have to say that there were so many things that happened that I did not expect, but then I’ve gotten to where I expect the unexpected with Silva’s books. I started this book and went through it at a pretty quick pace, simply because of the entertaining writing. The narrator did an excellent job and listening to him was like listening to an old friend. Always love Daniel Silva’s books and I can’t wait for the next one.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I pre-ordered & finished reading/listening to this book not too long ago & was extremely happy with Silva's mew addition to the 'Gabriel Allon' series... Before I get into the review I want to send out my condolences & absolute shock at another's authors death in this similar writing genre... Vince Flynn will be missed & know after the next planned release of his last book before he died 'The Survivor' will be the last time we will truly read Rapp without another persons view, I just hope they don't turn it to absolute horrid ends similar to what happened to Jason Bourne, & all Robert Ludlums projects & legacy post death. Sorry for the tangent but the R.I.P. had to be written & I thought this would be a fitting place to put it in.
On to the book... The reason I enjoyed this book so thoroughly is because:
1. I felt the last few books (perhaps 3 out of 4) were not completely in line with the history of how Allon operates even though the books still ranged from pretty good to a great read. Too much Vatican, similar motives, etc... but it seems Silva is back to stories similar to 'Death in Vienna', 'Prince of Fire', etc... in my opinion a couple of his best novels. Part of the reason is because I read a more passionate, optimistic & wittier version of the Gabriel we know versus the one trapped in all the ghosts of past missions whether they were successful or not... I felt he was caught in a overall melancholy look on life & everything in it, not in this book!
2. A past character makes a major cameo in helping Allon, a person u would not think he would approach & what will happen when they interact & his 'partner' interacts within the country & his fellow countrymen he no longer acknowledges nor cares about?
3. The Allon series is not the same with many other series because Mossad or whoever is Allon is representing always involves a team... no entire 'lone rangers' compared to the 'one-man is an army' men-teal as Rapp (once again I cry for the series, Rapp is among the best if not my favorite counter-terrorism boogeyman). Allon & Mossad in general always has people that have purely one specific purpose, such as reconnaissance or target tracking, researchers that can be field operatives, triggerman or in Silva's description 'Allon without a conscience,' plus others that all work together to achieve the mission. Obviously Gabriel is the man moving the levers while in the field who always gives him the sense of team leader without ever having anyone even question this. I felt in the past few books their use was limited or called in after things happened to mop up. In this book u get to see all parts, Allon as a lone wolf & Allon within the constructs of his trusted team who Silva has done a great job creating in-depth backgrounds for by melding true history with some historical fiction.
4. The spy-craft we've come to love with Silva & Allon, there is a huge difference between the way a character like Gabriel Allon works & Mitch Rapp works (for anyone know doesn't know who Rapp is, read Flynn, Rapp is by far my favorite but that's because its almost like a recruiting book for readers who want to see how an operative can seriously 'bring the pain'). Rapp is similar but much more in ur face, systematically dismantling the opponent with extreme prejudice. Gabriel plays the espionage-counter espionage game, the 'cloak & dagger' fight with flair & a masters touch, just like the touch he uses when he restores art, the cover & work he could do at the top professional level even without any help from Mossad or any ABC agency.
I could go on about the subject of diff. characters from diff. authors for much longer but this is obv. about this particular book & not a discussion on Gabriel's specific prowess comparably speaking to other characters. I think it came to the surface mostly because of what happened to Flynn's untimely death & the noticeable change I saw between the last few books & how this book made a change that I felt was a positive movement. As the book starts all seems to be pointed on some type of hostage situation, but everything quickly disintegrates creating an iceberg like story, a small part of it on the surface but a huge portion under water, or in this case, the 'Russian/KGB' underbelly. There are many re-occurring characters friendly & deadly as Allon travels all over the world from England to Russia to find out who will feel his wrath but his character & team always ensures the reader knows that no well laid out plan ever survives 1st contact with the enemy. Its how they improvise, adapt, & finally overcome! The plot twits are done well & just like with all his books u feel the bruises he both gets & delivers... I couldn't put this book down or in this case I was always looking for a place to finish listening to the story, its just too bad the stories of many of these great authors are so quick when they are well written. Silva also ensures to involve a storyline with real world geo-political issues. Kudos to Silva for writing a superb book after a few above average ones that is almost re-creating Gabriel because his future is truly open to anything. Plus I don't need to mention Guidall is one of the best narrators... all of it equals a well written & entertaining espionage book.
"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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