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The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon Series #2)

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

learn history and current events while enjoying a terrific spy story

A very enjoyable read: well-framed action with the right amount of tension, interesting surprises, memorable characters, believable dialog. At the same time the book provides a primer in Swiss banking's profitable collaberation with Nazi Germany. There's also something...
A very enjoyable read: well-framed action with the right amount of tension, interesting surprises, memorable characters, believable dialog. At the same time the book provides a primer in Swiss banking's profitable collaberation with Nazi Germany. There's also something for those with an interest in Renaissance art, which is an integral addition that enriches the persona of Silva's fascinating protagonist. I liked Silva's writing so much that I bought all of his "Gabriel Allon" books and read them in the order they were written. (This one is #2) Every one of them was a page turner, and each provided a well-turned lesson in either middle east conflicts, radical Islamic enroads in Europe, Vatican history and politics, or WWII Europe's connection or reaction to Nazi Germany.

posted by llij on March 9, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Passable writing, predictable plot

I readily admit having a chip on my shoulder with Daniel Silva after reading the deplorable 'Unlikely Spy.' It's not that he's a bad prose writer -- it's simply that he mistakes cruelty for tragedy; he thinks he'll move a reader by killing off sympathetic characters, b...
I readily admit having a chip on my shoulder with Daniel Silva after reading the deplorable 'Unlikely Spy.' It's not that he's a bad prose writer -- it's simply that he mistakes cruelty for tragedy; he thinks he'll move a reader by killing off sympathetic characters, but only succeeds in making his stories ugly. With that in mind, I read 'The English Assassin.' His writing is fine, his characters are better played out than in 'Unlikely Spy' but the plot... oy! It's just so trivial. We've been here before in stories like 'The Fourth Protocol' and 'The Train.' The WWII terrain is rich with drama and romance; what it requires is originality of thought. Silva's just not the guy to do it.

posted by Anonymous on February 7, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2002

    Passable writing, predictable plot

    I readily admit having a chip on my shoulder with Daniel Silva after reading the deplorable 'Unlikely Spy.' It's not that he's a bad prose writer -- it's simply that he mistakes cruelty for tragedy; he thinks he'll move a reader by killing off sympathetic characters, but only succeeds in making his stories ugly. With that in mind, I read 'The English Assassin.' His writing is fine, his characters are better played out than in 'Unlikely Spy' but the plot... oy! It's just so trivial. We've been here before in stories like 'The Fourth Protocol' and 'The Train.' The WWII terrain is rich with drama and romance; what it requires is originality of thought. Silva's just not the guy to do it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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