The English Assassin

The English Assassin

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From the New York Times -bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy , Daniel Silva, comes a taut, lightning-paced thriller rooted assuredly in fact: Switzerland's shameful WWII record of profiteering and collaboration with Nazi Germany.

The Unlikely Spy , Daniel Silva's extraordinary debut novel, was applauded by critics as it rocketed onto national bestseller lists. "Briskly suspenseful, tightly constructed...reminiscent of John le Carre's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold," said the New York Times . "Silva has clearly done his homework mixing fact and fiction to delicious effect and building tension - with the breathtaking double and triple turns of plot - like a seasoned pro," praised People. Now, Silva brings his considerable talent to his latest tale of danger and deception, The English Assassin .

When art restorer and occasional Israeli agent Gabriel Allon is sent to Zurich, Switzerland, to restore the painting of a reclusive millionaire banker, he arrives to find his would-be employer murdered at the foot of his Raphael. A secret collection of priceless, illicitly gained Impressionist masterpieces is missing. Gabriel's handlers step out of the shadows to admit the truth - the collector had been silenced - and Gabriel is put back in the high-stakes spy game, battling wits with the rogue assassin he helped to train.

Tense, taut, expertly crafted, and brimming with unexpected reversals, The English Assassin is Daniel Silva at his storytelling best.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, 2002.
ISBN: 9780739349991
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Aug 03, 2015

The English Assassin is the second in Silva’s Gabriel Allon series and my first exposure to the writer and the series. At the time of writing these comments a subsequent series entry The English Spy was on the bestseller lists. Silva’s writing has more depth than spy novels by the late Vince Flynn or Brad Thor. The message that violence begets violence is a key part of Allon’s being. Additionally I liked the fact that Allon begins the series as a middle-aged man, not as a young man. The reader can’t expect any elite athleticism from him. He has to think his way through problems. The story itself unfolds into an indictment of the Swiss banks which became rich pocketing the money and treasures of Jews who were desperate to escape the Nazis. It’s a good story and I’m going to read more of this series.

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