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The English Girl (Gabriel Allon Series #13)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

28 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

I really tried to make this book last longer, but the story was

I really tried to make this book last longer, but the story was too intriguing, the chapter hooks to irresistible
and the characters too complex and compelling to abandon them for very long. I figured out a few twists, although perhaps we were meant to do that
but ther...
I really tried to make this book last longer, but the story was too intriguing, the chapter hooks to irresistible
and the characters too complex and compelling to abandon them for very long. I figured out a few twists, although perhaps we were meant to do that
but there were still several surprises including a lovely one at the end. I know many people start mumbling "formula" when a character and a series
 becomes as popular as Gabriel Allon and his adventures are, but we all want the main characters to survive to live and love in
another story,and if that puts a book in the formula category, it is inescapable and unavoidable.The Israeli "team mates" of Gabriel
Allon do not appear until the second half of the book.  In the beginning, he is working hand in glove with a former enemy,
Christopher Keller,and they certainly form a  delightfully dynamic duo. In the second half, Gabriel Allon rejoins his Israeli
 team along with the man who nearly had become his assassin in an earlier book. This delay in bringing in the Israelis made me realize
 just how much  I not only like each and every team member, but how fascinating  it is to read about the development of their
 strategies  and their deployment as the operation progresses. Although there is a strong sense that the main character will make it
through safely, there is plenty of tension and excitement as to whether all our old friends among Mossad, MI5 and the CIA  will do the same.
There is also humor bubbling up here and there to relieve the tension and make these characters even more human.The fact that Gabriel Allon is no longer a man in the full flush of youth, and
all the difficulties that aging entails even, or perhaps especially, if you are a legendary spy is handled intelligently without making the main
character one iota less fascinating. If you are a Gabriel Allon fan, you will not be disappointed, and if you have not met him yet, you can start here and then go ba
 to, "The Kill Artist", and follow Gabriel's progress through the years to learn how he got to his current place.This could be my favorite Daniel SIlva book - at least until
the next one.

posted by librogattoRE on July 16, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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Once again, rude plot spoilers ruin the book. Bn, why wont you do something to these ppl that rewrite the book in their reviews? They retell the entire story, giving away every detail. Cant they be banned and their posts deleted? Please do something to these rude poster...
Once again, rude plot spoilers ruin the book. Bn, why wont you do something to these ppl that rewrite the book in their reviews? They retell the entire story, giving away every detail. Cant they be banned and their posts deleted? Please do something to these rude posters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Tooooo drawn out

    I enjoyed ALL Silva books except this one. Too many characters and the plot is too drawn out.
    Hopefully hopefully the next book will be up to his usual style :-)
    Gibbi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    running dry

    Plot strains and peters out at end. A little too much "super spy" hype of Allon. Most members of his team are ciphers here. And it's about time to stop treating Chiara as a babe who cooks - she's supposed to be an agent too!

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    So very, very disappointed. Have been a big fan of Gabriel Allon

    So very, very disappointed. Have been a big fan of Gabriel Allon since the beginning. This must be the end. It was formulaic and contrived with the giveaway to the ending at the beginning.

    It also didn't improve my reading pleasure when I did the math and realized Gabriel is now 63 years old. Too many flashbacks, repetitious sentencing. I felt like Mr. Silva was being paid by the word.

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