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The English Girl

(Gabriel Allon #13)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  28,616 ratings  ·  2,342 reviews
Seven days
One girl
No second chances

Madeline Hart is a rising star in Britain’s governing party: beautiful, intelligent, driven by an impoverished childhood to succeed. But she is also a woman with a dark secret: she is the lover of Prime Minister Jonathan Lancaster. Somehow, her kidnappers have learned of the affair, and they intend to make the British leader pay dearly fo
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 482 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Marilyn Smith Yes. Absolutely. There is a progression with each novel, and reading them out of order would diminish your understanding. This is true of the Allon se…moreYes. Absolutely. There is a progression with each novel, and reading them out of order would diminish your understanding. This is true of the Allon series more than almost any series I've ever read, and I tend to read all of an author's work. The characters grow and age, and one novel builds upon another.(less)
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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
Melinda Barlass
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
“Humans are more resilient than you realize, especially women.” (3.5 stars)

With “The English Girl”, Daniel Silva continues his unflinching criticisms of Russia and the authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin. And I say, good on him!
This novel is the thirteenth in Silva’s Gabriel Allon series, and although it is formulaic, it seemed a little more upbeat than some of its predecessors. Gabriel is not beat to a pulp in this one, and for the most part he and his team get the job done without setbacks.
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story by an excellent author with an outstanding main character in Gabriel. 10 of 10 stars
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Despite not really loving the previous Daniel Silva thriller I'd read (The Heist), I decided to give him another chance for two reasons: first, The English Girl seems to be one of Silva's most acclaimed thrillers, so it had the best chance of being good; and because when I was browsing audiobooks on my phone, this one popped up.

I was immediately at a disadvantage when I started this book, because The Heist takes place after the events of The English Girl. Even though there weren't any serious s
Jim A
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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
kartik narayanan
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The English Girl is fun for the most part but the ending let me down.
On the plus side, it has Keller returning. And its written in the usual Daniel Silva style.
On the negative side, it has a predictable plot and a poorly crafted ending.
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dean Cummings
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I began to read about Madeline Hart, the girl who managed to rise above a troubled childhood to succeed in her career in Daniel Silva’s “The English Girl,” I couldn’t help recalling the story of the South African – American actress and film producer Charlize Theron.

Charlize grew up on her parent’s farm near Johannesburg. Her father was a violent alcoholic who physically abused and terrorized teenage Charlize and her mother. Eventually things got so bad that Charlize’s mother was forced to sh
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Patricia Williams
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
My mystery book club is reading this book and I thought it was a really good mystery/thriller. I was not familiar with the main character but I see there are others books and I want to read more. Really liked the main character. The reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is that I thought the story got really bogged down when the characters were in Russia with all the oil company stuff. But it was still a very good read.
Karl Marberger
A good thriller. Interesting touch on how the Russian Energy Industry plays into modern geopolitics.
Linda Root
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
John Connolly
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
L.A. Starks
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and well-researched as always. If anything the English-Russian ties are deeper than the fictional case here, though they are well-known and publicly-negotiated.

The scope is a bit off. 100,000 barrels per day is a lot of oil, but not government-shaking. And in the real world, the Chinese are the ones who acquire oil/gas overseas, not the Russians.

Silva has wonderful action and cadence. His books are always a pleasure to read and this fits his tradition.
Jan Rice
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it

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
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Style 10; plot 2. For the first 100 pages, I couldn't determine why I didn't care about a novel in the thriller/spy genre and then I figured it out. Silva never made me care about the subject of the book - the missing English girl. I didn't care if she lived or died, or if our main character found her prior to any unpleasantness. The odd thing is that this novel is divided into two parts - the before and after, so to speak. Once we got to the "after" period, the pacing picked up and I had no dif ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
The latest Gabriel Allon book.

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

Be aware that you really should read this series in order as there is ongoing character development.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
The 13th book in Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series is a political thriller. Allon is an art restorer in his public life but also works as an assassin and spy for Israeli intelligence. He is a master at all three roles.

Over the course of the series, Allon has forged relationships with both British and American intelligence. In The English Girl, he is called in via MI6 to find the missing mistress of the (fictional) current Prime Minister of Britain. The criminals behind the kidnapping of Madeli
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
An seemingly ordinary English girl gets kidnapped during her holiday in Corsica. What the general public do not know that this lovely English Rose is the secret lover of their Prime-minister of Great Britain. In order to keep this hidden a favor is asked and Gabriel Allon spy extra-ordinary gets to track down the girl and her kidnapper. During the exchange of the ransom everything goes wrong and Allon ends up empty handed.
The Israeli does not handle defeat very well and start looking into the ma
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first few chapters were compelling and exciting to read. After that, it was the same as previous books, when they find out who snatched the girl, Gabriel and his team try to infiltrate an organization. A fun read with some twist and turn in the end.
Christopher Bunn
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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,
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 Girl is 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 ...more
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mark Mitchell
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Daniel Silva was born in Michigan in 1960 and raised in California where he received his BA from Fresno State. 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 polic ...more

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