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The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  11,834 ratings  ·  590 reviews
Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. A prominent Swiss banker has called him to Switzerland to restore his Raphael. The problem is that Allon finds the banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter, wracked by guilt, tells him that ...more
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Published January 31st 2002 by Books on Tape (first published January 1st 2002)
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Filipe Miguel
Enorme salto de Daniel Silva

Resumindo: segundo livro da saga dos serviços secretos israelitas e alteração completa de ritmo e temáticas relativamente à obra original.

Daniel Silva doseou os tópicos abrangidos, centrou-se em um e ganhou com isso mais consistência. Se no primeiro livro abarcou um sem número de ideias que acabou por não conseguir concretizar na plenitude (conflito israelo-palestiniano, serviços secretos, passado de Allon, arte, religião), nesta sequela investiu menos na vertente pol
A very enjoyable fast paced spy thriller. The story centres around the Swiss bankers who colluded with the Nazis to smuggle works of art stolen from Jewish families out of Germany during WWII.

Gabriel Allon is an Israeli spy introduced during an earlier novel, but this book can be read as a stand alone. He is trained as an art restorer and uses this as his cover. He becomes involved in the affair when he is invited to restore a painting for a Swiss banker and walks in to his clients home to find

What I liked most about "The English Assasin" in terms of entertainment was its unrelentless action, chapter after chapter and of course its underlying message.
This very riveting fast paced novel begins when Israeli Mossad agent and art restorer by profession, Gabriel Allon, is assigned to go to Switzerland, to restore a painting of a very rich Swiss art billonaire and found that this man has been murdered at his residence

The dead man holds a secret that will be unveiled
Zohar -
In this second installment of the Gabriel Allon series we find our sensitive and scarred spy taking on the Swiss bankers who helped the Nazis during WWII and are still hiding old Jewish money and treasure under the boardwalks of Zurich.

As in the first novel, "The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon)", the reluctant Israeli spy Gabriel Allon is joined by a world famous woman, this time though she is a violinist named Anna Rolfe, on his adventures. As in his previous novels, Mr. Silva brings back characte
Daniel Silva- The English Assassin (Signet Books 2003) 3.25 Stars

Former Israeli spy, now turned art restorer, Gabriel Allon is being tossed back into a past he left behind. In Zurich, Switzerland he is called to restore a painting for a rich banker only to discover the banker dead. Framed for the murder he must dig through old Nazi history and Switzerland’s past connections to the old regime. Going against him is the English Assassin, someone he trained.

The introduction was pretty good. It got m
Just when the good guy is really in deep trouble, gun shots firing everywhere, my husband's lawn mower backfired giving me quite a start. That must be the mark of a good book, no?
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
This is the 2nd Gabriel Allon novel and it is very good. The suspense and action levels are off the chart and Silva doesn't ask his readers to suspend disbelief. It could happen and when someone gets hurts - no miraculous healing. I even rooted for the Englishman, the assassin that Allon is after, because he showed some moral code about his assignments - that was an interesting twist to a villain. The last 40 pages were fast in wrapping up the story, maybe a little too fast for my reading taste ...more
Arun Divakar
To me there have always been two classes of thrillers :

1. Too much carnage and mayhem : Where the key figures in the plot line go, bodies drop like flies swatted out of the air and things tend to get destroyed. The factor of disinterest that I have in such a genre is that the mind goes numb to all this damage.

2. The silent,subtle kind of a thriller : Not much of a noise & the plot drives the adrenaline rush through the reader's veins. Needless to say it requires the steady hands of a season
Scott Reighard
Some of my friends mentioned Daniel Silva, so I thought I'd give him a shot with The English Assassin. The title had a certain ring to it.

I would say my thoughts on this are mixed. As far as the plot goes, very compelling, but to me, there was a lot going on and so the story seemed to jump around. I am okay with jumping around from place to place, but timeline wise, I got lost and there were several chapters that went by before one chapter that introduced something was resolved, hence the timel
Maria João Fernandes
Não deverás ser apanhado! Deverás derramar sangue inocente, se necessário!"

Tal como no "O Artista do Morte" também a acção de o "O Assassino Inglês" se desenrola no meio da Arte. O que não me surpreende, afinal Gabriel Allon é mais do que um espião, é um restaurador que não vive sem o seu oficio. E quem melhor para se juntar à lenda viva nesta história do que uma mulher que toca violino?

Em 1975, na Suíça, uma mulher cava a sua própria sepultura e suicida-se sem motivo aparente. A sua filha, com
I really enjoy Silva's Allon novels: exciting, intelligent spy thrillers. They have well-drawn characters and unpredictable twists. That said, the these twists sometimes aren't that convincing, but only in minor ways. In this novel, two of the characters have changes of heart that were a little too quick for my taste. I thought that the background drop of the collaboration of the Swiss with the Nazis during the war provided a good canvas for the plot of this story. The Gabriel Allon character is ...more
David Feinstein
The English Assassin is another fine novel. Daniel Silva provides the reader with his usual blend of action, excitement, intrigue, and plot twists -- all set within the historical context of the secret world of the Swiss banking system from WWII to the present.

In a reprise of Gabriel Allon, the art restorer and sometimes Israeli spy from the Kill Artist, Silva spins a tale of a secret Swiss society, long-ago collaboration with Nazi Germany, and a quest to recover art treasures plundered by the
Chad Sayban
Of the first three Gabriel Allon books that I have read (and loved all of them) The English Assassin is my favorite. There is a certain nuance to the storytelling where everything ultimately makes complete sense, but the twists and turns are completely unexpected. Gabriel's spycraft is as much intellectual as it is physical - and this is what makes these stories so gripping. He isn't just another superhero. He makes mistakes and he doesn't win every fight. But he perseveres and ultimately makes ...more
Maryclaire Zampogna
This is a well researched book about the Nazi art theft during the war. The Gabriel Allon is a spy art restorer. He is sent to Zurich to restore a painting and finds the owner dead. He is accused of murder and is on the run to prove his innocence and find the art work which was stolen. He is pursued by the English Assassin who he trained.
A very educational, fast paced book. Switzerland has been considered the main trade area of the art, during the war. Many of these art works still remain missin
While I realize Silva’s main character is an art restorer, his constant references to painters became tiring after a while.

Silva also included several long sections a friend calls ‘Well, as you know, Jim…’ passages, which are info dumps disguised as dialog. One particularly long one was about Switzerland’s somewhat shady relationship with Germany during WWII.

Almost every person in this book who wore glasses wore them perched on the end of his or her nose. I noticed it especially here but have se
Gabriel Allon arrives in Zurich to restore the work of an Old Master for a millionaire banker named Augustus Rolfe and finds himself standing in the dead man's blood and framed for the his murder. In order to extricate himself from a web of suspicion, the art restorer and sometimes Israeli spy must find the murderer. His investigation leads to the English assassin, a former British soldier who has become a ruthless hired killer and a morally ambiguous character who is quite fascinating. Gabriel ...more
The second in this series and once again I just couldn’t find anything resembling pacing in the novel. He just goes back and forth between characters and the story is more or less a minor feature—lightning-paced thriller indeed. Why an entire series is based on this Gabriel Allon guy is a mystery to me because he’s not very interesting and just a pastiche of burned-out spy characters from other spy novels. The action is even less well-crafted than the plot and the characters. In one scene he’s r ...more
Daniel Silva was born in Michigan, USA in 1960. He was raised in California, a Roman Catholic but converted to Judaism as an adult. His book The Messenger won The Barry Award for best thriller, but this book, The English Assassin was the first book by this author I had read. I enjoyed it. Silva began his writing career as a journalist at United Press International in 1984. He covered the Democratic National Convention and his position was made permanent. Only one year later, Silva was transferre ...more
Carol Moffat
Apr 11, 2014 Carol Moffat rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: Wolfe Moffat
Gabriel Allon is a former Israeli spy turned art restorer, who gets pulled back into the spy business to investigate, Switzerland’s collaboration with Nazi Germany in the plundering of untold art treasures during WWII.

The settings for all of Gabriel’s adventures are nothing but stunning. I want to go there. I want to eat there. I want to see the sights. And Gabriel himself, is quite a guy. He’s got integrity and humor and guts. He’s handsome and smart. He also has a tragic past that makes him my
While waiting for Brad Thor's next thriller, I've been reading Daniel Silva. His stories are about as good as Brad Thor's, but the main character isn't as "hot":) This is book 2 of the Gabriel Allon series. I read the latest ones out and now am backtracking.

Gabriel Allon is sent to restore a painting in Switzerland, but finds the owner of the painting dead when he arrives. His daughter is a world-famous violinist, whom he then has to protect while finding out who killed her father. Art stolen b
Patricia Ogden
Gabriel assists a temperamental violinist whose father was involved with the Nazis pillaging art. Switzerland's hanky-clean image is deeply soiled after the role the country played as Nazi banker, and its refusal to release Holocaust survivor funds deposited there.

Gabriel's enemies stalk him relentlessly, and Silva gets out of the corner he's painted Gabriel into twice with a plot device no mafioso would ever use - an assassin and captor don't kill their targets. Go figure…

The art history, and E
Just rediscovered Daniel Silva and he writes a good, complex, tense, tale. Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and in Israeli intelligence is apparently an on-going character. In this book he tracks down one of the major art thieves from the WWII era. This was facilitated by the Swiss banking system so there are many reasons people do not want these works returned to their rightful owners.
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Another multi-layered, action packed story, drawing Gabriel Allon, super spy and art restorer into a world of intrigue, secret agents, Swiss banks cover-ups of their collaboration with the Nazis, and stolen art.
Weaving past and present, we are taken on a roller-coast ride into the shadowy world of corruption, greed and deception.
Another page turner in this series.
A fair to middling thriller. Interesting for it's take on Switzerland. I don't think any one can argue with the general thrust of the author's argument that the country did very well out of WW2, thank you very much. I assume he is right in his description of Swiss law, although some of his other egregious mistakes bother me and are sadly typical of American authors. He has a British soldier dressed in 'olive drab'. The British Army wears khaki as any quick perusal of Wikipedia will tell you. The ...more
This was what turned me on to Daniel Silva. The Gabriel Allon series is intense and rich, written with great detail and fabulous character development. Not for everyone as some might find this just too much and too wordy, but I love his work.
Judy Hall
An Israeli spy by trade and art restorer by preference, Gabriel Allon arrives in Zurich to restore the work of an Old Master for a millionaire banker—and finds himself standing in blood and framed for the man’s murder.

This was a well plotted espionage novel. I found it reminiscent of Deighton and LeCarre. I love those books.

I do feel like many modern writers get a little heavy-handed with explaining their theme or message. As good as this book is, teachers will not be debating the message behin
Haider Hussain
After having read Forsyth, le Carré and Follett, I have developed a certain taste for spy fiction. So this is perhaps only natural that I find myself unintentionally comparing a spy thriller in hand to such masterpieces as The Day of the Jackal (Forsyth); The Spy Who came in from the Cold (le Carré) and Eye of the Needle (Follett). English Assassin is pretty basic stuff and definitely not in the same league.

In contrast to the novel's title, Silva's English assassin is not the lead character. Wh
B.R. Stateham
The Gabriel Allon novels by Daniel Silva are absolutely excelletn! Gabriel Allon makes Jason Bourne look way too meek and mellow. Silva's novels are better written, I would add.
Greg Destro
The English Assassin continues the story of the now reluctant spy and assassin Gabriel Allon, and does so in a way that is both interesting and informative. What I enjoy regarding novels such as these is that they provide intrigue, excitement, and good pacing, while at the same time allow the reader to learn some very interesting, (and at times disturbing) facts.

IMHO, the fact that Gabriel Allon is very skilled, yet at the same time very fallible, also makes for a much more realistic story. Alth
OK second book in the Gabriel Allon series. A few too often there was a deus ex machina that just saved the hero, and once or twice I was reminded of the scene in Austin Powers where Scott Evil is complaining about the overly elaborate deaths his father is planning on carrying out against the heroes: A lot of this could have been wrapped up sooner. And I wasn't entirely persuaded that of one character's change of heart that was important to the story. Maybe it was setting something up for a late ...more
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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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“When you're dealing with Switzerland, Mr. Allon, it's best to keep one thing in mind. Switzerland is not a real country. It's a business, and it's run like a business. It's a business that is constantly in a defensive posture. It's been that way for seven hundred years.” 1 likes
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