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The English Girl (Gabriel Allon #13)

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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
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Harper (first published 2013)
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Melinda Barlass
Damn it...I finished the book. Now I must wait for the next. I always enjoy reading about places I have been. It also references my favorite book/movie...A Room with a View. Overall a good read with the usual twists and turns, but lacking in the typical Allon antics, spyness, and restorations. I was really hoping for more in the English Girl. Overall I recommend, but if you have not read the Gabriel Allon series by Silva, do not make this your first read in the series. I began my obsession with ...more
Okay, this is it. I’m tired of reading bad fiction. I bought The English Girl at the Las Vegas airport because I wanted something fun and fast to read on the flight home. Wow, was I ever disappointed. This book runs an appalling 520 pages—about 200 pages too long and all of the pages are filled with clunky writing, uninspiring dialogue, woefully underdeveloped characters, and an incredibly convoluted holy-shit-can-this-book-just-stop-already?! plot. The further I traveled in this book, the less ...more
Perhaps it's driven by nostalgia but I'm surprised at how well rated this book is by other reviewers. I feel a bit differently. It had to happen sometime: after 13 books with the same character, this is the FIRST in the series that seemed like a "paycheck book" to me.

The Gabriel Allon series is one of my favorites which is odd considering most of what I read is outside of this genre (I prefer scifi). Gabriel's character has aged in the previous 13 novels so you cannot expect the character to rea
While all the Silva books tend to blend together in my memory, he has a great formula and sticks to it. His formula as I see it follows these steps:

1. Semi-retired Israeli spy (Gabriel Allon) has sworn off spying and is engrossed in his 2nd career as art restorer.

2. Someone from Allon's past asks him a favor to solve some international crime/stop some international terrorist.

3. Allon hems and haws, but finally agrees to do the work.

4. Allon determines the source of the crime/terror and vows pers
Daniel Silva is a rock star. He's an intelligent writer, he has both intriguing plot development and engaging characters, his main characters grow and evolve (and age!), and he always leaves me ready for the next book.

To me, one of his core strengths is that even though his characters are set in the world of espionage, they don't succeed because of the latest gadget or technological wonder. They use their brains, experience, wiles--and then the gadgets. They are good at what they do because of
I waited til the right time and place presented itself before settling in with my yearly Daniel Silva book ... This annual treat needs to be savored, knowing I won't get another update to Gabriel Allon's story until the following summer. But once started, I can never stop ... I read this book yesterday - all 496 pages. Last year, I enjoyed Silva's The Fallen Angel, but was reminded with every page that it was the TWELFTH in the series and it was feeling very formulaic and predictable. I don't kn ...more
Linda Root
It is hard to give less than five stars to any Gabriel Allon book. If I were rating this against any other writer, it would be a five. Unfortunately Silva himself has placed the bar so high that a five would be phenomenal. This is not the best of the Gabriel Allon books, but it does not miss the mark by much. I find myself waxing nostalgic for the melancholy art restorer persona of the early works or the damaged Gabriel hiding out in Cornwall until Chiara comes to save him from his ghosts. I mis ...more
Jan Rice

So now I've read a Silva.

I called this "genre literature." For me that means literature I typically don't read, for if I read it, it would be "cross-over" literature. It means looking down my nose at it. What I read is literature; what you read is "genre lit."

I'm teasing. And owning up--a little.

The purpose of this book is to give the reader thrills of suspense. The character development serves the plot, and sometimes the action serves to ratchet up another few seconds of suspense, whether it s
Jim A
It’s hard for me to describe my feelings about Daniel Silva’s latest novel, The English Girl. It doesn’t really fit the mold of other Gabriel Allon novels. This one starts with Allon doing a favor for Graham Seymour of British MI-5, who is doing something for the British Prime Minister. It seems the Prime Minister’s mistress has been kidnapped.

The first thing Allon does is take on a partner, but not one of the members of “The Office” that he usually uses. This time it’s a professional assassin
The latest Gabriel Allon book.

This is a very good book and still a wonderful series.

Beware that you really should read this series in order as there is ongoing character development.

Okay, so this is another spy novel with lots of assassin killings; not my favorite things. But the difference between this one and the Mitch Rapp series is that the main Office of CIA types is not American but from Israel. I take it Silva is Jewish. And certainly, we do feel much more confidence in the Israeli intelligence group than our own CIA/FBI or even the British MI5/MI6 folks. Why? Because they do what they say they are going to do, and they act out of intense self preservation (think Hol ...more
A rising young party star on vacation in Corsica disappears and is presumed murdered. Weeks later a ransom note is delivered to 10 Downing Street, for the missing girl is the mistress of the popular Prime Minister. Wishing to avoid a political scandal on the eve of an election, the PM and his Rovian political advisor with some off the record help from a senior MI-5 official, enlist Gabriel Allon to deliver the ransom.

This is a breathtaking novel which rolls convincingly through the Corsican unde
Gabriel Allon has been my July companion for several years running. When the galley comes I hide it from myself until we leave for vacation. And then, oh what a treat. Silva has delivered his best thriller yet. From Corsica to London, from sprawling villas to Number 10 Downing Street , the geographies in The English Girl are as capitivating as the thrills. This one has the old KGB back in action and a puzzle that will keep you guessing and reading late into the night. Thank you Mr Silva. You hav ...more
As promised, this is a decent thriller that will probably please fans of the author. I was a little hesitant to start book 13 of a series and while it is a stand alone book, I think the character development has been stretching over the series so much that I was left a little cold by all of them. The back stories for the characters are included, and in fact were kind of an issue for me. If I had read all of the books I think I would have been annoyed by the regular retelling of long past events. ...more
Christopher Bunn
I recently retreated to a beach in the company of my wife and two books. The weather was excellent, the beach was composed of fine-grained sand, and the waves advanced and rolled back in a peaceable manner. In short, the lark was on his wing, the snail on his thorn, and God was in Heaven.

The second of the two books was Daniel Silva's new story in the Gabriel Allon series. I read The English Girl quickly, as I don't think Silva ever intended his books to be read slowly. It was an enjoyable read,
In the increasingly crowded thriller genre, Daniel Silva is an author to count on.

While Silva's last book delved into a smuggler plot at the Vatican, Allon shifts gears here to the kidnapping of Madeleine Hart, who is the mistress of the English Prime Minister. The girl is being held for ransom. The Prime Minister does not want to reveal the affair so he wants to pay, but is willing to let Gabriel Allon try to find the girl.

Allon has 7 days.

Although Allon gets close to freeing Hart, the time per
Do you like spy thrillers, but feel they lack culture? Do you ever wish your spy characters were skilled in music and art as well as clandestine intrigue and killing? It's time to start reading Daniel Silva's spy thrillers starring Gabriel Allon, master art restorer/forger and Israeli assassin/spy!The English Girlis the 16th Gabriel Allon now, but Silva does a good job filling in key elements of the backstory in a few lines. This novel starts with a kidnapping for ransom, gets tangled up with th ...more
Mark Mitchell
Gabriel Allon is the rare series character who seems to get better in each new novel. Yes, the usual tropes (Gabriel's reluctance to be involved in the latest operation, Sharon's chain-smoking, Chiara's beauty, and the memories of the tragedy that left Gabriel without a son) are all present. But, Gabriel seems to have become a wiser, deeper person as the series developed.

In this latest installment, Gabriel -- that improbable combination of art restorer and secret agent -- gets involved in the bi
John Connolly
I’m something of a fan of Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon books, even if, as often happens with an ongoing series, the structure of each novel is pretty standard: Allon, an art restorer and Israeli agent, is pulled reluctantly into some case of international terrorism; bad things happen; he gets his gang together; and vengeance is meted out. Actually, leaving out the international terrorism element, that could describe most mystery novels, my own included. In Silva’s case, this is all accomplished ...more
Scott Parsons
Another brilliant novel by Daniel Silva. Superb writing, plotting and characterization. This is the thirteenth in the Gabriel Allon series. Familiar characters like Shamron and Chiara and the team from the Office (Israeli intelligence) but others like characters from the Corsican underworld and Keller the English assassin who once had a contract to kill Gabriel but didn't carry through.

A rising party star in the UK, Madeleine Hart, who happens also to be the mistress of PM Jonathan Lancaster is
The English Girl is author Silva's thirteenth novel featuring Gabriel Allon, the brilliant, honorable, and ruthless Israeli intelligence operative. The book opens with a summons from number 10 Downing Street. The PM has been conducting a secret affair with Madeline Hart, a political aide who was just kidnapped while on holiday in Corsica. Hoping to keep this potential scandal from the press, the Brits are calling in a favor, asking Allon to find and rescue Madeline. Reluctantly, and against his ...more
Traci Slatton
There's a particular joy in getting engrossed in a really great novel. I felt it for the first time when I was 6 years old. At that age, I progressed in a few months from reading "See Spot Run" to reading 'big books,' that is, chapter books for much older kids. My rapid evolution wasn't due to anything special about my intelligence, alas. It was due to the joy...the delight and pleasure...of being grabbed by a well-told story.

That joy inspired me with a longing: the longing to write novels. It's
Robert Intriago
Mr. Silva finally takes a turn away from his usual plot of Muslim terrorists and deals with a different story. The prime minister of Great Britain is being blackmailed for his involvement in an extramarital affair. Gabriel is asked to investigate and try to rescue the prime minister's girlfriend.
The book is divided in two parts. The first part deals with the rescue and it is quite light and humorous. The second part deals with the heavy and serious action of finding the actual kidnappers. I enjo
The English Girl by Daniel Silva, was a good solid read. It featured Gabriel Allon, Silva's mossad agent/fine painting restorer. The book was well plotted, had Silva's typically interesting characters and a significant twist at the end. Having said that, I would also say that it is not Silva's best work. That is not to say that I did not love - I did - BUT, with most Silva books, I truly look forward to going to bed each night (which is where and when I read) so I can continue reading. With The ...more

Os primeiros capítulos poderiam perfeitamente ser o início de um qualquer romance policial britânico, lembrando até vagamente Agatha Christie, a eterna Dama do Crime! Prende imediatamente! E arrasta-nos para os meandros da alta política com mão de mestre!
Depois… entra Gabriel Allon, o meu sempre preferido espião israelita! E aí começa mais uma fantástica aventura sabiamente escrita por Daniel Silva, o mestre dos thrillers de espionagem...
Desde a Córsega, onde s
Toni Osborne
Book 13, in the Gabriel Allon Series

Nothing is straight lined in Gabriel Allon sagas we have more twists to divert the trajectory of the story into different directions than we see in a lot of thrillers. This is one of the reasons I have stayed faithful to this series throughout the years.

I can hardly find faults with this one after all it was a hard one to put down. Mr. Silva is an excellent storyteller and knows how to keep his readers turning the pages. His writing style is mostly active, ve
Kevin Scott
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It's very refreshing when a successful series isn't afraid to mix up the regular formula and head in some different directions and Daniel Silva pulls off another winner with a fresh twist. Gabriel Allon - Israel's avenging angel - is always trying to walk away from his former life as a spy and assassin but chance and circumstance always seem to pull him back in.

This time, it is the British Prime Minister who is in a bit of a jam and Gabriel's unique skills are put into play again. Like most titl
Morgan Mussell
This was my first encounter with Daniel Silva's work but the 13th in his spy thriller series featuring Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and master spy for the Israeli Secret Service. Few audio books are exciting enough to make me regret arriving at my destination, but this was one.

A beautiful woman, with a promising career in the British government, is kidnapped during a holiday on the island of Corsica. A month later, a message arrives at 10 Downing Street with a ransom demand and a recording of
When it comes to books, not much thrills me as much as learning Daniel Silva has produced another one featuring art restoration expert and Israeli super-spy Gabriel Allon. No surprise, then when I couldn't wait to get my Kindle stylus tapping on the latest adventure. That said, I always open them with a sense of hesitation; I'm always fearful (make that scared to death) that something awful will happen to him and/or his beautiful wife Chiara.

So, as each chapter opens and Gabriel's always comple
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Daniel Silva began his writing career as a journalist for United Press International (UPI), traveling in the Middle East and covering the Iran-Iraq war, terrorism and political conflicts. From UPI he moved to CNN, where he eventually became executive producer of its Washington-based public policy programming. In 1994 he began work on his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, a surprise best seller that w ...more
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