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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.

Critic Reviews

"A thriller that entertains as well as enlightens." (Orlando Sentinel)
"Superbly crafted thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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Daniel Silva never disappoints!

Wish I had a piece of fine art, so I could hire Gabriel to come restore it! Constructive criticism him would be that the story was a bit hard to follow. Sometimes I felt I needed a scorecard to keep up with the characters but as I said in my title Daniel Silva never disappoints!

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Just ok

I've been trying to get into this series and just can't. The hero is not compelling enough to encourage rapid listening. I found it very easy to walk away from this story (and the first) for long periods of time. I really want to like him, but he just doesn't compare to Rapp or Harvath.

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Yet another marvelous Gabriel Alon book!

Silva is presenting a great story. Though you need not to read Gabriel Alon books in order ( I started reading one down the line :-)), the story of our agent makes more sense it read in order.. The main story is captivating and exciting.
It was a good narration too. I strongly suggest the book.
Moving to next one in series :-)

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Great story, performance not so much

Only my second Silva novel, but the story was every bit as good as the first. Unfortunately, the narration really hurt the experience for me.

The narrator was good at many of the European accents, especially German, but since some primary characters are Israeli I thought the story really suffered because the narrator kept imbuing their voices with a German twinge.

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Not one of the better in the series

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John Lee's narration often left me confused as to which character was speaking- the vocal characterizations were sometimes too similar. I much prefer George Guidall.
Plot points were weak and poorly developed in several areas, unlike what I have experienced in the other Allon works,

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This is going to be a great series for me.

I like a series where you can watch the growth of the characters. This is a great read and I will purchase the rest of the series.

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Not up to usual standards

I did not like the reader and this, perhaps, clouded my engagement of the story. I am usually a great Silva fan. I'm glad that this wasn't my first exposure to his work.

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Espionage fans will love Silva

I'm hooked on Daniel Silva. He delivers international espionage in a grand manner. Excellent performance

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  • Mac
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  • 08-20-15

Fantastic and well executed

John Lee is an excellent narrator for an excellent book. Very exciting, wonderful characters, and art, and music. Very nice

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Good story. Accents often wrong.

What did you love best about The English Assassin?

Compelling story with good characterizations and some interesting twists.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was very good EXCEPT that he often used inappropriate accents. For example, the spymaster Shamron was voiced with a thick Russian accent early in the book but not later. The protagonist, Gabriel Allon, is voiced with a thick German accent. While the character knows German, he was raised in Israel and would have had an Israeli accent, or perhaps no accent.. Also the narrator mispronounces Israeli names as if they were French names. For example he pronounces "Allon" as if it were the French "Allons". These repeated inappropriate pronumciations were distracting.