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The English Assassin Hardcover – 1 Feb 2002

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group; First Edition edition (Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399148515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399148514
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.3 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Abundant action."--The Washington Post "A cloak-and-dagger tale [that] moves at a brisk clip, with clean, lucid exposition and characters who are thoughtfully drawn."--The New York Times "The plot is rich, multilayered and compelling with issues as timely as the daily headlines and problems as old as humankind...Silva maintains tension and suspense."--The Denver Post "Enthralling...a thriller that entertains as well as enlightens."--The Orlando Sentinel "Smooth and compelling."--Detroit Free Press "Silva's sophisticated treatment, polished prose, an edgy mood, and convincing research give his plot a crisp, almost urgent quality."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Silva knows how to plot...[he] will draw you in--and you'll learn something at the same time."--Rocky Mountain News "Thrilling...a good, cinematic story."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch "In the style of authors like Frederick Forsyth and Ken Follett, this is a book that opens with a scene that grabs your attention and never lets go...highly imaginative fiction set against a nonfiction will want to read this one straight through once you've started."--New York Law Journal "Cleverly intelligent thriller of the old school and one that will satisfy Silva's fans and earn him many new ones."--Chattanooga Times/Chattanooga News-Free Press "Silva, who writes with the atmospheric grace and whiplash tension of le Carre, brings something special to the spy thriller: a multifaceted, believable hero whose sideline, spying, is only as intriguing as his regular job, restoring Old Masters....[Allon's] investigation leads to the English assassin, a rogue terrorist whose casual killings (his send-off gift to his lovers is explosives in their luggage) are breathtakingly orchestrated. Silva makes a stunning contribution to the spy thriller."--Booklist (starred review) "The spy novel is ali

About the Author

Daniel Silva is the bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Price of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant,Moscow Rules and The Defector. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

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By Terry D VINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2014
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A long time ago, when I first discovered Daniel Silva, I started by reading the eighth Gabriel Allon thriller `Moscow Rules'. Seven books later I decided it would be an excellent idea to go back to the very beginning, read `The Kill Artist' and find out how it all started. I wasn't disappointed and `The Kill Artist' easily merited those five stars. `The English Assassin' is the second book in the Gabriel Allon saga but, unfortunately, it fails to live up to the promise of the first book.

It starts well and, within a few pages, Gabriel is commissioned to restore an Old Master in Zürich on behalf the client of a London art dealer he's worked with on many occasions. His life quickly become very complicated: the Raphael painting is most definitely there but his erstwhile employer is lying on the floor clearly assassinated.

The story takes Gabriel and Israeli intelligence into the murky world of Swiss banking and the search for paintings looted by the Nazis during World War II - paintings that have either vanished or hidden in the vaults of various Swiss private banks. If Daniel Silva had simply developed this theme, including that secretive cabal of Swiss bankers/industrialists determined to protect the historic status of Swiss banking, I'm sure we have ended up with a first-class thriller.

But, as we finally meet Otto Gessler, the mastermind banker behind that secretive cabal - plus the English assassin of the title - the story loses continuity and deteriorates sharply.
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I became hooked on Daniel Silva's work after someone loaned me "The Unlikely Spy" (which I have read three times!). "The English Assassin" was my first introduction to Gabriel and I was hooked from beginning to end. Although the ending threw me a little - why did the assassin act the way he did? Silva doesn't quite explain it and we are left wondering. Nevertheless, a great book and highly recommended! I guarantee you won't look at Switzerland the same way again!
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In the second book of the series, art-restorer and former Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon is hired by a swiss banker to work on an old painting. When he gets to the banker's mansion, he finds him shot in the head and gets arrested by the police. After being released, Gabriel starts investigating the murder with the help of the banker's only daughter, Anna. Both of them find some obscure business deals from the past that a group of powerful people tries to protect at all costs, including hiring a notorious assassin known as the Englishman to stop their investigation permanently.

Given the book title, I was surprised by how the Englishman thread turned out to end. It was as surprising as disappointing, because in the end if we took the Englishman chapters off the plot wouldn't suffer a bit. It would be enough to know a hit had been ordered on Gabriel and Anna, and we'd be spared to a superstitious near-mystic assassin figure that turns out to have a strange moral conscience.

I also found unsatisfying the way Mr. Silva solved the difficult situation Gabriel was put on near the end. It had happened before in "The Kill Artist" and it happened again here, as the most difficult knots were untied by unlikely actions made by his opponents.

Anyway it was a pleasant book to read. The immoral business relations Switzerland had during WWII is a quite interesting theme and the pace keeps us wanting to read the following chapter.

+: pace and subject

-: the english assassin character is as odd as inconsequent to the plot; incoherent actions have huge implications on how the story ends

=: nice thriller story that made me want to read the series' next books
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The "English Assassin" was my introduction to author Daniel Silva, and to his protagonist, Gabriel Allon expert art restorer and occasional Israeli spy. This intelligently written, international espionage thriller, filled with intrigue and vengeance, is as good is it gets. Mr. Silva's style is reminiscent, but not derivative, of Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth and John LeCarre. He is definitely in their league and oh, so original, with his 21st century relevant storyline. I have waited for a long time for an author of this caliber to appear and keep me on the edge of my seat, reading through the night. I was unable to put this book down.
Gabriel Allon is a brilliant Israeli art restorer, residing in Cornwall, England. He is a complex, melancholy man - not much humor here. Allon had worked for many years as an Israeli intelligence agent, and assassin, (when necessary), losing his young son and wife to violence as a consequence of his work. Now he just wants to restore paintings and be left alone with his torment and his guilt.
Allon is coerced back to active spy duty when he is asked to go to Zurich to clean the work of an Old Master for a Swiss millionaire banker. He arrives at his clients house only to find the man dead at his feet - murdered, obviously. Allon has too much of a history in Switzerland to call the police, so he attempts to flee the country. He is caught within a half hour, (pretty fast, even for the Swiss), and framed for the murder. Thus begins a chain of events that pairs Allon with the dead banker's beautiful, violin virtuoso daughter, as they seek the killer and the motive.
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