The English Assassin
The Unlikely Spy, Daniel Silva's extraordinary debut novel, was applauded by critics as it rocketed onto national bestseller lists. Now Silva has outdone himself, with a taut, lightning-paced thriller rooted assuredly in fact: Switzerland's shameful WWII record of profiteering and collaboration... show more
The Unlikely Spy, Daniel Silva's extraordinary debut novel, was applauded by critics as it rocketed onto national bestseller lists. Now Silva has outdone himself, with a taut, lightning-paced thriller rooted assuredly in fact: Switzerland's shameful WWII record of profiteering and collaboration with Nazi Germany. When art restorer and occasional Israeli agent Gabriel Allon is sent to Zurich, Switzerland, to restore the painting of a reclusive millionaire banker, he arrives to find his would-be employer murdered at the foot of his Raphael. A secret collection of priceless, illicitly gained Impressionist masterpieces is missing. Gabriel's handlers step out of the shadows to admit the truth-the collector had been silenced-and Gabriel is put back in the high-stakes spy game, battling wits with the rogue assassin he helped to train. Tense, taut, expertly crafted, and brimming with unexpected reversals, The English Assassin is Daniel Silva at his storytelling best.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: February 25th 2003
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
Series: Gabriel Allon (#2)
Silva went to another level with this Gabriel Allon novel from his previous works. Great plot, great characters, great writing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this gem....and, the intrigue will continue with the next novel as this one sort of leaves a few things hanging. This one just clicked with me.
I did not like this one as much as the first and third in the series. The structure seemed to be a little loose, and some of the plot had too much of a Dan Brown/Illuminati feel to it. However, I liked the parallels between art restoration and atonement, as well as personal healing as restoration.
I don't enjoy reading about violence and murder, and there is a lot in this book. I read this for a book club, and the point was to try genres we wouldn't normally read. Even though it's not really my cup of tea, I still enjoyed the story and characters. If it wasn't for all the violence, it would p...
I think at first this book started a little slow for me. I like that the author didn't spend a lot of time going over the hero's past or what happened in the a previous book. In so many series the author recaps the past too much! But this book picked up pretty quickly. I love all the history in t...
This was my second Daniel Silva novel about the Israeli spy/art restorer Gabriel Allon. I enjoyed the book, but certainly don't think it was amazing. I find the characters Silva creates to be interesting, and the historical background of the Swiss involvement in the looting of both art and money o...