- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The English Girl (Gabriel Allon 13) Hardcover – 16 Jul 2013
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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
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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this a twist in the story line here compared to previous books….still gripping though.Published 8 months ago by lynn gibson
I never know what to put in a title, but "Classy intelligent and thrilling!" just fits the bill for this very accomplished and unusual novel. Read morePublished 11 months ago by tessa st john
I have greatly enjoyed all of the Gabriel Allon books, this one is no exception. Whilst perhaps parts of the plot are a little predictable, the story draws you in and keeps moving... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr B in MK
It's dark: it's morally questionable, but it's a great read and totally gripping.Published 16 months ago by danzdanz