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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Best Male Narrator, 2016

Number one New York Times best-selling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high-stakes international intrigue featuring the inimitable Gabriel Allon.

First there was The English Assassin.

Then there was The English Girl.

Now comes The English Spy....

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with 17 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant hero, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

Following the success of his smash hit The Heist, Daniel Silva returns with another blockbuster - a powerhouse novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination and is sure to be a must -listen for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

©2015 Daniel Silva (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Guidall's warm, lived-in voice brings so much to the experience, somehow always conveying understanding of and sympathy for the human dimension in the most terrible scenes of mayhem, the most morally ambiguous situations. His attention and pace never falter, and he is wonderful at the accents, including several flavors of Irish, along with Russian, Iranian, and an uncanny Israeli." (AudioFile)

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  • Daryl
  • Saratoga, CA, USA
  • 07-31-15

Disappointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was expecting a book like the others in the Gabriel Allon series -- interesting, engaging, hard to put down. Instead, this book is disjointed and hard to follow. It feels like it is three or four different books poorly spliced together.

Has The English Spy turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm certainly not going to stop listening to books in the genre, but it may be the last Daniel Silva book I buy.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

He's one of my favorite readers. If it hadn't been for him I might not have finished the book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzi
  • Sebastopol, CA, United States
  • 07-24-15

Convoluted, confusing, and boring.

Any additional comments?

Too little plot for so many hours. Jumped around and tried to connect every piece of past books into one story which was a stretch.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 07-06-15

Silva Keeps Allon Relevant & Current

Mixing a rich set of characters, both good and evil, with a fast-moving, intriguing plot, Daniel Silva once again keeps the deeds of Gabriel Allon fresh and interesting.

Moreover, George Guidall's performance makes this Allon adventure an excellent audiobook. Guidall's spoken command of gender, age and accents is superb. As a result, he really brings to life SIlva's knack for great dialogue between key characters.

In my opinion, the English Spy is one of Siva's best Gabriel Allon books!

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 07-23-15

Daniel Silva just keeps getting better

This is my only review of Daniel Silva book since my negative review of Marching Season which was written very early in his career. I am a fan of all 16 of Silva's Gabriel Allon series which started very well and has only gotten better as he matured as a writer. If more than 5 stars were allowed the English Spy would get more. The English Spy brings back one of my favorite Silva characters, the English assassin and ex-spy living on Corsica, and "rehabilitates" him to a British spy agency. Gabriel Allon, now in his 50's, simply gets better with age. He is supposed to take over leadership of the office, an Israeli spy agency, but we;ll have to wait for the next Silva book to see.

Of all of the well read mystery/thriller series Silva's Allon is the most complex and tragic. But with the children born to him and his young wife Chiara at the end of The English Spy there is hope. The tragic Leah remains in the picture.

This book confirms that Daniel Silva is THE master of the mystery/thriller/spy genre if any doubt remained.

George Guidall has one of the easiest to listen to voices of all narrators. He is, as always, excellent.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Thriller, little mystery. Predictable outcomes.

I enjoyed this addition to the Gabriel Allon series, but much of the text is background and recollections of events earlier books. That is necessary to make the book self-contained, but for those of us who have read/listened to them all, it is redundant. If I were reading, I could skip ahead, but that is hard to do when listening. Allon is as indestructible as ever, but he has aged and matured. By the end of the book, he's ready for a change of life. Does this signal the end to the series or the beginning of a new chapter?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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just couldn't get into it

I'm a big fan of Daniel Silva. I've read/listened to ask of his books. but this one never hooked me. the settings and characters changed too frequently and too quickly. the scenes were truncated and not well chronicled. I found myself regularly rewinding the book to try to catch up with the story, but it just never settled in.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Another great spy story from one of the best!

Would you consider the audio edition of The English Spy to be better than the print version?

George Guidall is magnificent as always.

What did you like best about this story?

An amazing plot line that's brings together England, Rusdia, Ireland Israel and brings the story full circle encompassing many details from previous novels.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

he is an amazing narrator and the range of voices and accents he uses in this book were just wonderful. Well done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes I couldn't wait for it to be released. I'm a huge fan of Daniel Silva and of of course Gabriel Allon and his team from the office.

Any additional comments?

as an Irish Jew I was disgusted at the very one sided view of the "troubles" in Northern Ireland. While there were many brutal members of the IRA who were terrorists it is unfair of Daniel Silva to paint the Irish with so broad a brush, even his description of present day Dublin paints a picture of thugs pushing drugs. Unnecessary could have been more even handed.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Terrific spy story

I enjoy returning to familiar characters yet the story changes. I'm looking forward to the next phase when he will be chief.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Terrible!!

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

My boss recommended Silva to me. She normally has very discerning taste so I bought The Messenger, did not like it. Next, I tried the Civil Servant-atrocious. The English Spy was my last attempt. These novels are beyond dull, and in all three, a beautiful woman is kidnapped and depending on Gabriel to save me save me, though they are all made of stern stuff, brave, and extremely beautiful. <br/><br/>There is all manner of stereotypical bad writing going on in The English Spy. The prose are okay, but none of the characters are likable, no people of color in any country, except Muslims and they are all bad, the novel bleeds the author's politics, the plot seem more Cold War than something that takes place in the Age of Information, and the plot is embarrassingly unrealistic. I understand countries cooperating with one another, but this guys waltzes where he wills around the globe doing whatever he wants. Then SPOILER: Gabriel fakes his death and the author goes on about the reactions of people once they see that he died on the news. REALLY! I thought one of the hallmarks of someone in his profession was the ability to blend in and not call attention to oneself. They showed his coffin being led onto a plane on television IN ENGLAND to trick his adversaries. This person and that person grieved. Uh, why do these people even know his real name, let alone what he does? And wouldn't the English people want to know why Israeli intelligence was in their country in the midst of a deadly incident? <br/><br/>At the end of this long snore, Gabriel made some comment about the American president being to blame for the rise of terrorism and leaving Israel to fend for themselves. More gratuitous politicking, but Gabriel's reaction does beg the question of why this bothers Gabriel so much. I know this is fiction, but as the narration says so many, many times you want to puke, he is legendary. He is so good that major world powers blackmail him into taking missions on their soil and agents in other countries lose their bowel when confronted with him, so why is he concerned about the U.S.? Apparently, all every country needs is him. <br/><br/>All these complaints pale before the incessant, obnoxious fawning over Gabriel by the author in the form of the narrator. It really is too much to handle, especially since none of it is backed up by action. <br/><br/>Guess I am going to have to change the subject when my boss asks how I am liking the Silva books. It is either that or break out with, "Are you serious?"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Weak plot

I got very disappointed with the lack of twists in this book.... The story is very predictable and it is not consistent with the other Gabriel Alon stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful