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The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon #2)

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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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Tim "The Enchanter"
A Wonderful Surprise - 5 Stars

My expectations were low going into this novel. I read the first in the series in 2013 and honestly I have completely forgotten the plot. The first story felt tired and average. Quite unexpectedly, the second book in the series blew me away and kept me interested from the start.

Plot

The world's most deadly art restorer is called into action when the Israeli government is contacted by Swiss banker who has some information he wishes to share. Sensing that there s
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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
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César Lasso
Este foi o primeiro best-seller que li de Daniel Silva. Por aquela altura, eu lia o que calhava nas mãos. Neste caso, direi que o livro não faz o meu género, mas deixa-se ler: acção trepidante, situada em vários países mas principalmente centrada na Suíça. Um assassino mercenário, uma organização racista da ultradireita suíça, um agente secreto especializado em arte... Dá para uma leitura rápida e entretida ao longo de dois dias. Ainda li posteriormente um outro livro do americano Daniel Silva, ...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
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
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Carolyn
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
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Manugw
ENLIGHTENING PAGE TURNER

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
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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
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Tony
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
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Jennifer
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
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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
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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
Shawn
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
 Olivermagnus
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
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
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Robert
When Gabriel is called to Switzerland could he be going for more than a restoration job on a Raphael? This is a really great spy type of series that gives the reader just enough but does not leave a person all twisted up. I have read some spy type of novels that by the end I begin to to question if I am who I say I am and begin to doubt my own familial lineage. The other interesting aspect of this book, being the second in the series, is that a reader would be able to get along without having re ...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
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Scott
Daniel Silva may not write the most complex thrillers around, but his novels are energetic, dark, and well-researched, and always compelling.

"The English Assassin" is the second novel to feature gifted art restorer and Israeli spy Gabriel Allon. Far from a "Jewish James Bond," Allon is an older, rougher, more reluctant agent. Still bearing the horrifying scars of watching his wife and son blown up in retaliation of one of Allon's most notorious "jobs," Allon nevertheless finds the strength to ve
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LA Carlson
Dec 21, 2014 LA Carlson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy lovers
Recommended to LA by: found at library
Shelves: fiction
Reading many of the genre NY Times authors leaves me feeling bored; the writing is either dumbed down or it's poorly written and edited. Michigan born journalist Daniel Silva brings something different to the table. His protagonist, Gabriel Allon, is Ex-Israeili intelligence who now restores art. He finds his current client dead and dominos begin to fall. I have to say I was intrigued from the beginning and feel this storyline flows at over 400 pages. It also has overtones with a very recent mov ...more
Quillracer
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
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Leftbanker
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
Valerie
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
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Pat
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
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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
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Sujith George
Entertaining read,Not up to the Kill Artist level though.
Jeffrey
After reading Ice Station, non-stop action has a different meaning for me. Nonetheless I enjoyed this second book in the GA series. It's a solid 3 or 3.5 stars. The writing is far above Ice Station. It is returning me to realm of writers who put a lot of emphasis on nuance, detail, history, and character development. That makes a good book (tho at times perhaps a tad tedious). And this one is a good book. It is average good if that makes any sense. I would have wished the end much more 'satisfyi ...more
Sherry
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.
Alex is The Romance Fox
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.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Gabriel Allon (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon, #1)
  • The Confessor (Gabriel Allon, #3)
  • A Death In Vienna (Gabriel Allon, #4)
  • Prince Of Fire (Gabriel Allon, #5)
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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.” 2 likes
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