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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 January 16, 2002

    Engaging thriller

    English art gallery owner Julie Isherwood obtains a commission for Mario Delvecchio to go to Zurich to restore a painting. Mario has no idea who the client is or what painting he is to clean, but the money is too good to ignore. In Zurich, Mario finds his host is not at his villa and learns from Julie that there is a change of plans. Julie provides Mario with the security codes to enter the villa. Inside Mario learns he is to restore Raphael¿s Portrait of a Young Man from the early sixteenth century until he finds the murdered body of his client. Relying on his stealth as a former Israeli operative, Mario sneaks away, but is caught by the police as he tries to leave town. <P>Mario¿s former boss Ari Shamron obtains his freedom. Ari had arranged for Mario, who is actually Gabriel Allon, to do the restoration job. He wants Gabriel to meet with Anna Rolfe, daughter of the deceased, to see what she knows. Reluctantly, Gabriel becomes involved once again in the deadly world of professional assassinations even as art crimes from the time of the Nazis threaten his life. <P>The first half of THE ENGLISH ASSASSIN is as good as any thriller readers will find as Daniel Silva sets up his plot with historical references and moral predicaments. However, the latter part of the novel is loaded with action, but turns into a more typical 'shoot-em-up' espionage chiller. Overall, fans will enjoy this story, but will feel a bit shortchanged because the second half fails to attain the incredible levels of the first part of the book. <P>Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    Another Good One by Silva

    When art restorer and troubled sole Gabriel Allon is sent to Zurich, Switzerland, to restore the painting of a misterious millionaire banker, he arrives, is told to let himself and given alarm codes, only to find his would-be employer murdered at the foot of his Raphael. His instincts kick in and he runs only to be caught by a ruthless Swiss policeman. As the plot unfolds, a secret collection of priceless, illicitly gained Impressionist masterpieces is missing. Gabriel's finds himself battling wits with the rogue assassin he helped to train

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    If you like thrillers. this is for you!

    Very engaging book, couldn't put it down. Mystery and history all in one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    A superb blend of Israeli, WWI and II and Jewish history and suspense

    I think I read the last one of the series first and was then hooked. I've read four or five more. Each one is great, and Gabrielle Allon is fascinating character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Hypnotic.

    The action draws you in. You become part of it and the rest of your world stops...until the next novel.

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