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The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon) Mass Market Paperback – February 25, 2003
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Rolfe's daughter, Anna, is a world-class violinist attempting to rebuild her career after an accident that nearly destroyed one of her hands. But her physical scars are nothing compared to those on her psyche, left by her mother's suicide when Anna was a teenager. Temperamental and mistrustful, she nevertheless believes Gabriel's story, and reveals that Rolfe owned a secret collection of priceless French Impressionist paintings, apparently stolen by his murderers.
As Gabriel begins to put together the pieces of the puzzle, he faces two adversaries: a powerful group of men who would do anything to bury the past forever, and a hired killer who's planning a spectacular murder. Like The Kill Artist, The English Assassin balances fascinating characters, authentic-sounding historical detail, and plenty of glamorous international intrigue on the edge of a knife-keen plot. --Barrie Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I had underestimated Silva, or his publisher had misdescribed him. This is a delightful, deep tale of Swiss abuse of Nazi victims, a generation of Swiss cover-up to keep possession of the stolen goods, the Israeli effort to locate and track down the valuables from pre-World War II European Jews, and the level of violence some people will go to in order to keep what they have even if it was gained illicitly (or maybe even because it was gained illicitly).
Once you have entered the journey of the former Israeli agent turned art restorer and you have encountered the violence and mysteries which surround what should have been a simple trip to look at some art in need of repair, I think you will be as hooked as I was. The larger tale of what happened to Jewish and other goods during the Nazi era will also set you thinking and will put a human face to the stories several years ago of Swiss bank accounts and secrecy about the Second World War period.
This is a fascinating book and fully up to Silva's standards.
Gabriel Allon is a talented art restorer who lovingly repairs old paintings. In his other life, he is a spy for the Israeli government. He can kill expertly and without remorse when the situation calls for deadly force.
Ari Shamron, Gabriel's handler, has a new mission for him. Gabriel is to visit Zurich and speak to an old Swiss banker named Augustus Rolfe, a man who wants to reveal his secret activities during World War II. Gabriel soon encounters some violent men who will do anything to prevent the truth about Switzerland's sordid past from becoming public knowledge. He also meets Rolfe's beautiful and tempestuous daughter Anna. She is a troubled woman who, like Gabriel, is haunted by demons from the past.
Who is the "English Assassin" in the title? He is a former British soldier who has become a ruthless killer for hire. He also becomes involved in the Rolfe case, but his agenda differs markedly from Gabriel's. The English Assassin is a morally ambiguous character who is as fascinating as he is deadly.
What makes this novel better than most of the other spy thrillers around? It does not rely on cliches to keep the intricate plot moving along. The characters are sharply written and the dialogue sparkles with wit, humor and occasional poignancy. What elevates "The English Assassin" most of all is the issues that it tackles. Silva explores the culpability of the Swiss bankers, who apparently were indispensable to the Nazi's war machine.Read more ›
His latest novel, The English Assassin, centers around Gabriel Allon, the art-restorer-by-day, silent-killer-by-night from his previous work, The Kill Artist. The book begins with a flashback to the past centering around an unknown woman killing herself upon her discovery of one of her husband's dark secrets. The reader is then taken to the present day when Allon is sent to meet a client to restore a painting. He enters the client's home following a series of strange instructions and finds the man dead. The breakneck plot of the novel follows Gabriel on his quest to determine why the man was killed and how he himself is involved. At the same time, he must protect the man's estranged daughter while he and those with whom he comes in contact are being stalked by the shadowy figure known only as the Englishman.
Silva's writing is some of the most eloquent you will find in a book of this genre. His prose is clear and thoughtful and his characters take on dimensions that make the story all the more meaningful. Allon is a fine protagonist with many layers. The Englishman is a most worthy villian with both flaws and redeeming features that are capable of evoking sympathy from the reader. Silva's attention to detail for the settings of this book and the knowledge he possesses regarding the world of espionage make the reader feel totally enveloped in this book. This is a novel that can be read in a single sitting.
Highly recommended to anyone interested in international thrillers, spy or espionage related plots, or simply a well-written novel that will keep them interested.
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Good fast-paced story-telling makes great recreational reading.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good read. The end was kind of surprising for Daniel SilvaPublished 2 days ago by Richard E. Skewis
This is my second outing with Mr. Silva. Great spy premise: trade craft over gizmos. I WILL be finishing this series!Published 2 days ago by Arashi
I love the Gabriel Allon series. I loved the introduction of The Englishman into the series. Cannot wait to begin "The Confessor."Published 3 days ago by Sharon Thomas
Very complex plots woven with "historical" information. I know that I will end up reading everything this author has written.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Always exciting and this book is no exception. I will be waiting for the next novel.Published 15 days ago by MARY V LAZOR
Great read. Looking forward to the next in the series. Gabriel Alloy is quickly becoming one of my favorite literary characters.Published 18 days ago by Matthew Heissenbuttle