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The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon #2)

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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
Paperback, 437 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by Berkley Books (first published March 4th 2002)
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Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
"Since when is it a crime in Switzerland to talk?"

“The English Assassin” is the second novel in the series by Daniel Silva that follows the adventures of ex Israeli agent (and art restorer) Gabriel Allon. This text has given me no reason to stop reading the series.
I am sure the series is a bit formulaic, it is becoming obvious even in book # 2 (there are 17 books in this series as of today) but that is to be expected with the genre. And I could do without the hero having a fling with the femme f
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.


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
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Again being the forever optimist I started reading the English "assassin" by Daniel Silva as a follow-up to his first book in the series about 'Israeli secret agent' Gabriel Allon. Mr. Silva's writing style is very ingenuous and descriptive and despite several lackluster plot scenes in the first book I wanted to give the series another shot.

Not good!

What followed in this book is Gabriel attempting to unravel some of Switzerland's most influential high-power political elite which had Nazi-affil
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I much enjoyed this second Gabriel Allon novel and note the beginnings of his ascension into a top notch defender of Isreal against murdering Nazi thieves and their allies. 10 of 10 stars
Filipe Miguel
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, thriller
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
Zohar -
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
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
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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?
Arun Divakar
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Scott Reighard
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Nancy Brisson
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have just finished reading the second book in the Gabriel Allon series, The English Assassin by Daniel Silva. One of the things that separates the Gabriel Allon series from other spy thrillers is that Gabriel works for Israeli intelligence. He is often considered such a good spy because he can kill without getting too emotional about it. In fact, critics say he may not have blood in his veins, which, I guess, is a way to say he is too robotic, or workmanlike. In the spy thrillers I have read, ...more
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
Karl Marberger
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fast paced, action packed, page turning fun! Great read.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime
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
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great story by Daniel Silva. This time Gabriel Allon finds himself in some trouble in Switzerland. The main topic being Switzerland's cooperation and trading with Nazi Germany during the Second World War and profiting immensely from it. Gabriel really has a hard time with this one but things end well with the help of an unlikely ally. It seems there's more than one assassin with a conscience.
Ana // TheBooktarian
Not as good as the first one, but still enjoyable.
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 I first read about the Holocaust in Daniel Silva's lesser known but his best book according to me - "The Confessor". It was also my first book by the author and quite different from the other Gabriel Allons, with the theme of the Church's guilty conscience in refusing sanctuary to Jews. And a bold ending.
Nobel laureate Mohammad Yunus's autobiography is called "Banker to the Poor". He is known for inventing micro-finance and alleiviating poverty in Bangladesh thru Grameen bank. I think a Sw
📚 Sam 📚
If you like spy novels and books about art, this one with those two in it. I highly recommend to read this book
Scott Rhee
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: espionage, mystery
Switzerland’s famous “neutrality” during World War II was, at best, imperfect and, at worst, an outright sham. Historians continue to argue the extent to which the Swiss government aided and abetted Hitler’s Third Reich, but some things are certain: improprieties did, indeed, take place. (

The banks of Switzerland, to this day, aid and abet criminals by providing safe havens that are immune to foreign government seizure. Everyone from drug cartels to Wall
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
In his second book of the Gabriel Allon series, Daniel Silva takes us to Switzerland. Gabriel has been sent on a supposed art restoration assignment to the home of private banker Augustus Rolfe in Zurich, only to find the man dead. As it turns out, Rolfe had requested the Israeli espionage office to send him a representative, so Gabriel had been dispatched by his longtime handler Shamron, the ruthless spymaster who calls on Allon when he needs something particularly dangerous carried out.

Barbara (The Bibliophage)
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Once again, Daniel Silva kept me on the edge of my seat with The English Assassin. Gabriel Allon leads a double life of art restorer and spy / intelligence officer / badass. He’s always getting caught up in righting the world’s wrongs. And, at fifty years old, he carries a lot of baggage. That’s a feeling I can relate to, although my baggage is certainly more benign.

I’m determined to write reviews of this series without spoilers, but it’s not easy. Gabriel goes
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
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, assassin, spy
I have started this book few years ago and couldn't finish it for some reasons. Not I have started again and I have to admit that I generally enjoyed this story. However, some parts are too dark, too sombre for my taste. (view spoiler)

I have also already read the first and the third book in this series, The Kill Artist and The Confessor.

Gabriel is send to Zurich to restore the mysterious painting for an unk
David Feinstein
Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
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
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Maria Carmo
I enjoyed this second Gabriel Allon adventure more than the first one. For me, there is always a sort of rawness and violence to the stories which is too much, but it is also understandable given the type of story. What pleased me especially in this one was the character of the English Assassin, who in the end used his compassion and fairness not once, but twice! Gabriel ows him one... Evm Peterson ended up being more noble than was expected of him ... and paid for it.

A good read.

Maria Carmo,

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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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“On Yom Kippur, it is not enough for one to feel sorry for the foul deeds one has done. To achieve forgiveness, one must go to the injured parties and make amends.” 4 likes
“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.” 3 likes
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