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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (20 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062333410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062333414
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.3 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As usual, Silva takes the reader hostage from page one with his canny mix of spy craft and suspense....Silva's ongoing ability to combine le Carr?-like texture with high energy plotting has produced a string of commercial and critical successes. Chalk up another one."--"Booklist"

"Fast-paced intrigue and provocative characters make this a fine addition to an outstanding series."--"People" Magazine, 4 stars

"Allon is a great political operative, but Silva is an even greater writer. That is what makes THE ENGLISH GIRL a must read."--HuffingtonPost.com

"Although Gabriel's adventures are set in the real world of greedy politicians and grabs for control of a diminishing supply of natural resources, 'Israel's avenging angel' has the superhuman abilities that make for a satisfying fantasy."--"Columbus Dispatch"

"[Silva's] 13 Gabriel Allon novels have both entertained and informed tens of millions of readers about the realities of world in which we live more than any other writer over the past decade.... You will read the book in at most a couple of sittings."--"The National Examiner"

"This is thriller writing at the highest level, offering up a tight plot, believable characters, and an ending that even the most jaded of readers probably won't see coming."--"Denver Post"

"Someone once said that their favorite books are ones that entertain and inform at the same time. "The English Girl" is one of those novels....A top-notch, old-fashioned East-meets-West, cloak-and-dagger thriller."--Bookreporter.com

"[A] roller coaster ride....Silva is an excellent storyteller."--Judith Reveal, "New York Journal of Books"

"Top-notch action."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"One of the more unusual literary spies is Gabriel Allon, an Israeli intelligence officer who wants to retire so he can continue as an artist restoring damaged master artworks. But life interferes, and thank goodness, because otherwise we wouldn't have such great novels from Daniel Silva."--"Lincoln Journal Star"

"Spectacular....This captivating new page-turner from the undisputed master of spy fiction is sure to thrill new and old fans alike."--"D.C. Spotlight"

This is thriller writing at the highest level, offering up a tight plot, believable characters, and an ending that even the most jaded of readers probably won t see coming. --"Denver Post""

As usual, Silva takes the reader hostage from page one with his canny mix of spy craft and suspense .Silva s ongoing ability to combine le Carr?-like texture with high energy plotting has produced a string of commercial and critical successes. Chalk up another one. --"Booklist""

Fast-paced intrigue and provocative characters make this a fine addition to an outstanding series. --"People" Magazine, 4 stars"

Allon is a great political operative, but Silva is an even greater writer. That is what makes THE ENGLISH GIRL a must read. --HuffingtonPost.com"

Although Gabriel s adventures are set in the real world of greedy politicians and grabs for control of a diminishing supply of natural resources, Israel s avenging angel has the superhuman abilities that make for a satisfying fantasy. --"Columbus Dispatch""

Someone once said that their favorite books are ones that entertain and inform at the same time. "The English Girl" is one of those novels .A top-notch, old-fashioned East-meets-West, cloak-and-dagger thriller. --Bookreporter.com"

[Silva s] 13 Gabriel Allon novels have both entertained and informed tens of millions of readers about the realities of world in which we live more than any other writer over the past decade . You will read the book in at most a couple of sittings. --"The National Examiner""

[A] roller coaster ride .Silva is an excellent storyteller. --Judith Reveal, "New York Journal of Books""

Top-notch action. --"Kirkus Reviews""

One of the more unusual literary spies is Gabriel Allon, an Israeli intelligence officer who wants to retire so he can continue as an artist restoring damaged master artworks. But life interferes, and thank goodness, because otherwise we wouldn t have such great novels from Daniel Silva. --"Lincoln Journal Star""

Spectacular....This captivating new page-turner from the undisputed master of spy fiction is sure to thrill new and old fans alike. --"D.C. Spotlight""

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. . . ."

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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Very gruesome, with gratuitous killings. There's a surprise ending with an interesting statement from the author. I won't spoil it!
I gave only 4 stars because of the seemingly gratuitous killings that occur. Of course, the author wants to show the brutality of paid killers.
The story is well packed with events and takes you to many surprising places. Worth reading, if you don't mind the killings!
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Israeli superspy Gabriel Allon is on loan to the British Prime Minister to discreetly hndle negotiations with the mystery man who has kidnapped a parliamentary assistant on holiday in Corsica. The kidnapper knows - and has a video to prove it - that Madeline Hart is the PM's mistress. A career, as well as a life, is being ransomed for ten million euros.

Daniel Silva's spy stories always have a cracking pace. This one moves from Tel Aviv to Corsica and Provence, with several visits to Downing Street. The fictitious prime minister doesn't particularly resemble any recent resident of Number Ten, although his Machiavellian chief-of-staff, fond of junketing on Russian oligarchs' yachts, has a faintly familiar ring.

After the dramatic resolution of the ransom handover, Gabriel sets out to hunt down the mysterious kidnapper, helped only by an ex-SAS soldier whose retirement consists of doing dirty work for an ancient Corsican Mafia Don. The second half of the book moves more slowly and reads like a John Le Carre, with diplomatic manoeuvres and covert intelligence operations being employed to locate the man behind the kidnapping. Allon meets an old ally from the East and also an old enemy. The final game-play involves a pleasing if somewhat implausible "sting". And the ending produces a nice surprise.

Gabriel's previous missions have involved tracking down Bin Laden-league Arabic terrorists. THE ENGLISH GIRL has a slightly low-key feel to it, and I'm probably not the only reader to wonder why Facial Recognition software was not used to identify the kidnapper much earlier. Stylistically speaking Daniel Silva is arguably the best thriller writer since Peter O'Donnell (creator of Modesty Blaise), who I always thought was at least one notch above Ian Fleming. With vividly evoked locations and colourful characters - a Gabriel Allon thriller always delivers the goods.

[Reviewer is the author of SHAIKH-DOWN]
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