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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

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Humor from Gabriel Allon

I've read all but two of the Gabriel Allon stories but this one seemed to have much more humor than I have noted before. I enjoyed it and George Guidall did an excellent job of narration.

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This should be a movie

Vivid characterizations and action move this story along. It makes me want to know the characters better and see how they get along in their lives. I highly recommend this audiobook. It is even better the second time around.

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Never Finished

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Of no interest to me

What could Daniel Silva have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing, I just know to look for another author or subject of interest

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fucking bad ass

I had my suspicion on who was involved, but the ending still caught me off guard. amazing book. worth the buy.

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Fabulous on all fronts

Wow! Daniel Silva, you are genius!

The best of the series so far. Story is amazing; narration is just about perfect; surprises are many. On top of all that, Silva's ability to write awesome dialogue is highlighted in this book.

I have come to really like Christopher Keller. And the goat is wonderful.
I don't know how Daniel Silva can keep making his next books better and better but he does. And with THE ENGLISH GIRL he is at the top of his craft.

Nice ending, too.

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Fascinating spy story

Very interesting and contemporary story of international intrigue. Excellent performance by the reader, George Guidall.

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Awesome

I enjoyed this one just like the many before it by Mr. Silva and Gabriel Allon.

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Fortune teller spoilt it for me

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There is much to enjoy in this further episode in Gabriel's adventures. However, the occult/fortune teller theme is creepy and that is why I am giving it a thumbs down in both my Kindle and Audible libraries. Here's hoping Mr. Silva will write on for many a year, but avoid that kind of theme in the future.

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An Exceptional Spy

I stumbled upon the Gabriel Allon series, and it quickly became one of my favorite series in a long while. The English Girl is one of the best in the series. It combines international intrigue with politics and scandal, steering clear of predictable outcomes. Without giving away plot points, it deals with the very believable difficulties in investigating a time sensitive crime with serious political implications and high level officials helping or hindering the investigation. How did these criminals find out about the political scandal when no one else knew? Nothing is as it seems. While each of Daniel Silva's books are self-contained enough to be read by anyone looking for a good book, there is a great advantage of reading them in order. Silva rarely discards ingenious or unique characters he introduces into his books. They become part of the Gabriel Allon universe and pop up in future books in unexpected ways (the Pope and a Corsican fortuneteller are some of the more notable reoccurring characters). Silva doesn't give away too much of the action of earlier books, but there are Allon related life events (good and bad) that are referenced that are big plot spoilers if you plan on reading the earlier books in the future. From his striking green eyes to his incredible memory to his insight on espionage and terrorism, Israeli intelligence operative Gabriel Allon is extraordinary in all ways almost to a fault. He is a reluctant assassin with the heart and skills of a painter, haunted by personal tragedy. His talent shines so bright in the series that almost all other reoccurring characters pale in comparison. Unfortunately, Silva nearly cut and pastes his descriptions of some of the characters from book to book, they are so similar. Having been so enamored with the series, I read the majority of them back to back. Some of the characters seem to have so much potential for expansion (notably analyst Dina Sarid) that a stock description is a disappointment. Silva writes that Gabriel's love Chiara has "riotous hair", a remarkable description that catches attention when you first read it, but Silva uses it in multiple books. I'd like to hear more about her. It's hard to balance character development and keep a good pace in a thriller. Therefore, most of the character focus goes deservedly to Gabriel.

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Absolutely Great Listen

The English Girl was well worth the wait. I can't seem to get enough of Daniel Silva's writing and the excellent narration of George Guidall.

Gabriel Allon needs help from the man who lives on the island of Corsica. Allon realizes that the Prime Minister of England wants no scandal. He has been having an affair with The English Girl and if she is not found and tells her story, will he lose the confidence of the voters? If she were to be found dead, as her captor's have been instructed, wouldn't that make all things easier? But who has hired these thugs and why? Gabriel will find answers.

Gabriel Allon has gotten older in mind and spirit but he does continue to enjoy the thrill of being a master spy and the art restorer. Although he says he is done with working for the Office, when called he cannot turn away from knowing his destination in life. He will always want to know the story behind the crime. Allon is a gentle man at heart but cannot quell his need to make that which is wrong to be made right and consequences be dammed.

The characters are very well developed. George Guidall has given life to the character's. The reader will know who is talking. The feeling's of that person will be well understood. Would I recommend this book to other's, absolutely.