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The English Girl (Gabriel Allon 13) Hardcover – 16 Jul 2013

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (16 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007433409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007433407
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 4.2 x 16.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
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‘Allon is the 21st century Bond - elegantly paced, subtle and well-informed.’ Daily Mail

'Sexily brooding Allon… must be the most famous superspy not played by Daniel Craig' Daily Telegraph

'In true Bauer fashion, shoot-outs, kidnappings and international terror plots follow Gabriel Allon wherever he goes' USA Today

‘Silva builds tension with breathtaking double and triple turns of the plot’ People

‘A world class practitioner of spy fiction’ Washington Post

From the Back Cover

One girl

Seven days

No second chances

Madeline Hart is a rising star in British government: beautiful, intelligent, driven to succeed by an impoverished childhood. But she also has a dark secret: she is the lover of Prime Minister Jonathan Lancaster. When she disappears on the island of Corsica, it's clear her kidnappers know about the affair and intend to make the PM pay dearly for his sins. Fearful of a scandal that could destroy his career, Lancaster decides to handle the matter privately, and not involve the police.

Enter Gabriel Allon assassin, art restorer, and spy who must find Madeline within seven days before she is executed. With the clock ticking, Allon is thrust into a deadly game of shadows in which nothing is what it seems and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies is the truth. . . ." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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He does Krav Maga, he restores paintings and is still at the top of his game - another brilliant book.
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Great book quick delivery
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Another excellent read from Daniel Silva
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Hmm. A harsh rating. Silva writes well for the genre and, for an American writer, evokes European settings faultlessly. The story too isn't that bad. But as it twists and turns there are too many points where credibility is stretched beyond breaking point. The amount of Israeli resource devoted to finding a British citizen are beyond extraordinary. And to be in the English girl's council house in, er, Basildon at precisely the moment the KGB come to call is a coincidence too far but artificiallynecessary only in order for the story to proceed to Moscow.

And the characters are too pat. The Corsican don, the English hitman living in relative obscurity in Corsica, the plant in the Russian oil company - yes, secret services plant agents but the ease and rapidity with which this is achieved defies the laws of nature.

And then there's the occasional jarring detail that isn't quite right. There aren't first class flights between London and Marseilles. Nor do German passports get stamped at Heathrow. And no immigration officer welcomes you to Great Britain. To London possibly, to UK maybe, probably not at all actually. But certainly not to GB. Small points but these all occurred on one page and there's a few of them through the book. Found it unlikely that a 10 Downing Street press secretary would get their first wind of a story from a home-delivered first edition.

The charmed life of Allon continues. It's.a better yarn than many in the genre. Much of the spycraft rings true. But overall it lacked plausibility at the point the Russians took over from the French mafia.
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This is the second Silva novel I have read, and it is better than the first, "The English Assassin," though the title character of that novel makes a reappearance here as Gabriel Allon's helper in the attempted rescue of a young English woman seized by kidnappers who demand twenty million euros or they will reveal the young woman's affair with the Prime Minister, Jonathan Lancaster. The young woman, Madeline Hart, had been an up-and-coming star in the ruling party (Conservative, though not identified as such except by Baroness Thatcher's portrait in a room an 10 Downing Street). Allon is, of course, a spy working for Israeli Intelligence, and an art-restorer on the side (a very good one, apparently), who is brought into this case by an old friend, Gerald Seymour, who works in British Intelligence and who knows Gabriel's skills . . . and his discretion.

In the interest of avoiding spoilers, I'll just make some general comments. First, there's an unusual double plot structure here -- unusual in the sense that double plots usually run simultaneously, but in this case, they run sequentially, so that it's almost as if you get a story and its sequel in one novel. The action of the first takes place in Corsica and France. The action of the second is mainly in London and Moscow. In both halves of the book, there are brief excursions to Israel, but in neither story is a danger posed to Israel. As Gabriel makes clear, when seeking permission from his Israeli superiors to undertake what he does in the second story, his motives there are personal. They are personal for two reasons -- the first relates to some unsatisfactory occurrences in the first story which in turn trigger memories of traumatic events even earlier in Gabriel's life.
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In the thirteenth thriller in the Gabriel Allon series, Silva has the art restorer/supposedly retired spy-assassin involved in investigating the kidnapping of a young woman who is a rising star in Britain's governing party -- and who is also to mistress of the Prime Minister. This investigation, which Allon is quietly handling as a personal favor to the Prime Minister in order to try to avoid a scandal that could destroy his career, leads Allon, and eventually his usual team of Israeli Intelligence operatives, on a mission that will take them to Marseilles, Provence, London and,finally, to Moscow. Typical in all books in this series, Allon and his team devise intricate, down-to-the minute plans laden with risk throughout the complex, multi-layered mission. Also reminiscent of most books in this series, the plot in Silva's The English Girl seems to be ripped from today's newspaper headlines. And, of course, consistent in a Silva thriller, his latest book is one of slow-building but non-stop tension and suspense that will likely make the reader anxious to turn the pages to find out what happens next.

In the absolute, I enjoyed The English Girl very much and consider it, as I have all of the other books featuring Gabriel Allon, to be very engrossing, well-researched and well-written. However, on a comparative basis, while I enjoyed The English Girl, my level of enjoyment was somewhat lower than in some of the earlier books in this series. In small part, this is due to the action that occurs being not quite as intense.
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