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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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Formulaic but fun.

Exotic settings, luxury lifestyles, noble hero, beautiful lady, lots of blood. A tasty bag of potato chips.

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Weak plot

The narrative wasn't as gripping as the first book. A Le Carré story without the philosophical insights

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  • Ken
  • Greensboro, Georgia
  • 05-11-15

Thriller with historical WWII background

Suspenseful Silva thriller with interesting insight into Switzerland 's not so well known involvement with Nazi Germany during WWII. Easy read that holds your interest throughout.

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Good "page turner"

Not Silva's best Gabriel Allon but quite entertaining. Lee's Israeli accent needed work (sounds too mittel European).

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Excellent

Story was compelling. I wish there was possibly not so much truth in it. But sadly I guess that is not the case.

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Gabriel Allon at work.

This is a great audiobook, gripping and very well read by John Lee. I listen in the car, and had that feeling more than once that my destination was approaching too fast. Time, I need more time. Can't stop listening now!

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  • anthony
  • santa rosa, CA, United States
  • 02-05-15

Absolute tripe

What would have made The English Assassin better?

Decent writing.

Any additional comments?

Terrible book. I cringed throughout. The dialogue and writing were so predictable and formula. Who gives these books 5 stars?

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Good Story, But Slow

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the story, but sometimes too much explanation and I would lose the momentum of the action. The reader is ok, but again slow.......

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Understanding the intriguing plot was fun, because of excessive explanations I tended to lose interest at times and would have to replay a segment as I just knew I missed something.

What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

Read a bit more upbeat

Was The English Assassin worth the listening time?

Could have been a bit shorter.....

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Entertaining and educational!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you're a fan of international espionage, you'll enjoy this. Lots of travel, intrigue and great characters.

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Good but could be better

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes- I would . I love the lead character. However the plot was not as powerful as I thought it would be. It was a good story line... interesting.. and with a lot of movement. It is nice that Daniel has a way of keeping his characters varied but simple ... so one does not get too lost with them and in them...

Which scene was your favorite?

most of his scenes are very descriptive and so very enjoyable..

Do you think The English Assassin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really.. it had a good ending. :)

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to my next listen ...