The English Girl (Gabriel Allon Series #13)

The English Girl (Gabriel Allon Series #13)

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by Daniel Silva

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Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the

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Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth…
Silva’s work has captured the imagination of millions worldwide; his #1 New York Times bestselling series which chronicles the adventures of art-restorer and master spy Gabriel Allon has earned the praise of readers and reviewers everywhere. This captivating new page-turner from the undisputed master of spy fiction is sure to thrill new and old fans alike.

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When the disappearance of a single woman threatens to bring down a government, Gabriel Allon is called in to solve the mystery as quickly and surreptitiously as possible. Daniel Silva's suspenseful novels about this most reluctant spy continues to gather new readers. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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The English Girl: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 257 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Another terrific adventure with Gabriel Allon. Great stuff.
ScottBrazil More than 1 year ago
"I'm Gabriel Allon. I only do big." That linefrom The Enlisg Girl pretty much sums up not only this book but the series as a whole for me. Unlike other novel series that seem to stagnate and become way too predictable, this one only gets richer and deeper with each addition to the collection. This particular installment includes a very creative and well thought out plot, and it was remarkable to watch how Mr. Silva brought so many threads together. What sets this one apart for me, however, is that this book leaves the reader with alot of questions regarding the future of a number of characters, including Gabriel, Chiara, Ari, Graham, Mikhail, Uzi and even Christopher Keller. I read the final line of this book and felt a renewed desire to go back and reread this entire series. Yes, this book was that good and I am excited to see what happens when the next installment comes out, presumably next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific characters & locations ... looking forward to Silva's next book in the series ... good twist towards the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Silva's books and The English Girl" is his absolute best..The main character in Gabriel Allon takes you on a ride you won't forget..Gabriel is a spy -personified..Silva has created a simple but fascinating plot that has an amazing twist at the end...,,,or the ultimate "double cross"...I'm not sure I agree with Silva's idea that Gabriel Allon will be promoted to Operations Chief in his next book..I hope the author will have a little talk with Gabriel before he accepts this position..Gabriel is a hands on operative..No way he will last as an administrator with the politics involved..
curtisaurus More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva maintains his high standard in this latest iteration of the Gabriel Allon sagas. The novel traces Allon's attempt to locate a young woman implicated in an affair with England's Prime Minister, who was abducted. The book is both an intricated vision of the world of art and of the world of the spy. It spans most of Europe and ends with a tension-filled forray into Russia. I am a fan of Silva's writing, and feel that this is one of his better works. Silva's insight into the insidious application of force by Russian oil moguls is up to his usual high standards, and his lingering theme which stars an old woman in Corsica. Her final revelation to Chiara makes this book worth the wait. As I look forward to the next Allon novel, I am aware that Silva is very cognizant of the process of aging, and watching Allon age is a marvel of literary content and insight. My thanks to Daniel Silva for many hours of intelligent and exciting reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish the author would write books more frequently! Who do you all recommend as a similar author??? HELP!!
prussblue10 More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to this author's work (series) only a couple of months ago and have completed the series to date (B&N shipped them as fast as I ordered them). They are not only well written but address things that concern us today especially the last, 'The English Girl.' I will find it most difficult to wait until July for the next title, 'The English Spy' and then wait for another (trying to have a positive outlook). I just ordered the non-series titles (3) by Silva. I might miss the characters from the Gabriel Allon titles but I suspect that Silva will not disappoint in these as he did not in the larger series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It holds your interest from the first sentence and continues until the last word -don't want to wait another year for the next one! Well wrtten down to the last twist
maplesyrupMI More than 1 year ago
I have most of Silvia's books. I particularly enjoy the Gabriel Allon series. Aside from being a very effective spy and assassin, Allon is a refined and cultured gentleman, which is probably why my wife also enjoys the stories. I think "The English Girl" is Silva's best yet. A real page-turner. All the characters are well fleshed out, especially Allon's "team", and there is always a lot of interesting historical information on the people, places and things that comprise the background of the stories. Makes me wish I could hop on a plane and visit some of the places where Allon has done his work. TR, Richmond
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars Love it! Love it! Loveit! Could not put it down! Up all night!
Dinia More than 1 year ago
This is classic Daniel Silva and more. Gabriel is once again dragged reluctantly into an adventure, but this time it is the British doing the dragging. It appears that Gabriel has found himself a new and intriguing sidekick as he maneuvers the many twists & turns of the plot. Along the way we see the very human side of him entering the storyline, and the ending is personally satisfying as well. Well done.
Celebri_la_vita More than 1 year ago
I just  started the book.  I like the way it's going, however in chapter one this sentence is written twice:  It had been that kind of summer, and Madeline was that kind of girl…” perhaps to make a point.  I would have overlooked it, but in another chapter, this sentence is duplicated within a couple of pages.  "Suddenly, the last thing he want to do was to leave Jerusalem and go looking for a girl he didn't know."  How can he "suddenly" feel the same thing twice within a short time frame?  It's a little frustrating to catch the duplicate sentences.  I'm wondering who edited the book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silva has written another great book, a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book exceptionally well plotted. The writing was up to the authors exceptional standard butbwhat made this book one of his best was the story just grabbed you and held you. Would highly recommend!
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
Well paced and authentic sounding story that centers around the race to dominate theworlds thirst for oil. This time it is not the middle East--It's Russia. the Israeli team is it's usual efficient self and Gabriel stumbles in the beginning but redeems himself once hefigures things out. Silva has opened up a whole new vista with Gabriel's looming promotion--all you have to do is look at the situation in the Middle East today and he has a wealth of material for future novels to challenge his main character and his team ahead of him. Looking forward to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are very few authors who consistently put out books that are unputdownable. Daniel Silva is one of the few. The English Girl is just another example of this. Gabriel Allon is one of the greatest creations in thriller fiction in the last 20 years. When reading his exploits, it feels as if you are reading about actual living breathing people. You care about these characters. As with the other Allon books, all is not what it seems. The story revolves around the British PM and the blackmail scheme surrounding him regarding his mistress who has been kidnapped and given 5 days to live if the ransom demand not met. With secrecy needed. Gabriel is asked to track down the kidnappers and save the girl. For long time Silva readers, the reemergence of Christopher Keller from The English Assassin is a welcome addition. (Mr. Silva, Keller needs his own series, please) Throw in the old favorites, Chiara, Eli, Mikail, Dina, Rimona and the rest of Gabriel's crew and The English Girl is thoroughly entertaining and one of the best books of the year. Shamron would be pleased.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book! Enjoy!
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Ridiculous plot, cliche. Pass.
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