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  1. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    First impression: Damn, the man sure knows how to write a dynamite first chapter! Last impression: Another outstanding book featuring my all-time favorite character, Israel's not-so-secret agent Gabriel Allon (the 15th in the series, I believe) - but it falls a wee bit short of 5 stars (for the record, I'd give it 4.5 if I could). That said, Daniel Silva may be the only writer on the planet who can make me want to read stories involving Hezbollah, al-Qaeda or the IRA. This book takes off where the First impression: Damn, the man sure knows how to write a dynamite first chapter! Last impression: Another outstanding book featuring my all-time favorite character, Israel's not-so-secret agent Gabriel Allon (the 15th in the series, I believe) - but it falls a wee bit short of 5 stars (for the record, I'd give it 4.5 if I could). That said, Daniel Silva may be the only writer on the planet who can make me want to read stories involving Hezbollah, al-Qaeda or the IRA. This book takes off where the previous one ended, with Gabriel planning to take over as chief of "The Office" - a role that presumably with put the brakes on in-the-field action. He's also preparing for fatherhood once again; his younger, beautiful wife Chiara is close to delivering twins (Gabriel's young son from his first marriage was killed in a terrorist explosion). But as one might expect in the world of espionage, nothing is a sure thing. An English princess (loosely based on the late Princess Diana, the author says) is killed while on a yacht by an assassin linked to the IRA. Against his will - Gabriel wants to finish restoration of a major painting and spend the final weeks with his wife before the twins arrive - he's coerced into joining forces with Christopher Keller, an Englishman who is being recruited as a spy for M16. The trail leads to Eamon Quinn, who excels at making highly destructive bombs that kill lots of innocent people; apparently, he was hired to blow up that yacht, so the two men set out to learn who put up the money for the hit. The chase takes them to a variety of settings, most of which have appeared in previous books, where they go gun-to-knife with a variety of characters (ditto). The whole thing seems to be a wrap-up of everything that's happened before in a neat and tidy (well, sometimes, messy) bow, thus freeing up Gabriel to take over a desk job and, perhaps, paving the way for future books with new M16 agent Chris Keller in the lead role. That being the case, you bet I'll be reading them - but make no mistake: He'll never top Gabriel as my favorite character. And that, I suppose, is why I couldn't quite muster up 5 stars; there were just too many characters and too much description of past situations (although, I admit, they were necessary to the tidying up process). Then too, the almost total absence of the Chiara was noticeable - I think I may have missed her even more than Gabriel does. I'll also note that there seems to be a bit more emphasis on politics than usual - on U.S.-Israel relations, for instance (for a while, I suspected that Silva was channeling another of my favorite writers, Brad Thor). But clearly, Silva has done extensive research on the subject, and for the most part, the political insights enhanced the story (and goodness knows, tensions between the US of A and Israel have been strained of late). On the plus side, Silva's writing goes way beyond excellent (as usual), and I enjoyed the occasional touches of spy humor: Chris to Gabriel as they abduct an errant bad guy: "I hope he'll fit in the trunk." Gabriel: "We'll slam the lid on him a few times if we have to." In the end, Silva has put forth yet another excellent work. Now I can't wait to see how Gabriel transitions to his new roles of team leader and dad to twins (a boy and a girl).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    In this 15th book in the 'Gabriel Allon' series, the Israeli spy is hunting the bombmaker Quinn, who is responsible for the death of his family and the bombing of a British royal entourage. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Israeli spy/art restorer Gabriel Allon is about to become the father of twins and the head of the Israeli spy agency when a British princess and her entourage are blown up. The perpetrator is Quinn, the expert bomb-maker Gabriel deems ultimately responsible for the d In this 15th book in the 'Gabriel Allon' series, the Israeli spy is hunting the bombmaker Quinn, who is responsible for the death of his family and the bombing of a British royal entourage. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Israeli spy/art restorer Gabriel Allon is about to become the father of twins and the head of the Israeli spy agency when a British princess and her entourage are blown up. The perpetrator is Quinn, the expert bomb-maker Gabriel deems ultimately responsible for the death of his first wife and child. So Gabriel goes back into the field with the goal of finding and killing Quinn. Gabriel teams up with Keller, an AWOL British soldier and skilled assassin - soon to be an agent of MI6 - and they're off on a multi-country adventure. Before long Gabriel and Keller are lured to the site of a major bombing and Gabriel is 'killed' (wink wink) which might just lower the guard of the bad guys. The story has a variety of interesting characters including a beautiful Russian agent who bedded the British Prime Minister - and was later sprung out of Russia by Gabriel; Angry revenge-seeking Russians; A cell of the Irish Republican Army (IRA); A double-dealing Iranian; A British mole; and so on. There's an interesting rivalry between the heads of MI5 and MI6, who have to work together but willingly sabotage each other when things go awry. During the course of the story the reader gets a seemingly authentic and fascinating peek into spycraft, running agents, exposing double agents, prying information out of people (Jack Bauer style) and more. This kind of thing is always fun to experience vicariously (well maybe not the torture). This is a well-crafted, fast-paced story that kept my attention from the first page to the last. Highly recommended to fans of espionage thrillers. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    In his latest book, The English Spy, Daniel Silva combines a spellbinding narrative together with historical content, this global and thrilling adventure, makes the 15th novel in his Gabriel Allon Series another incredibly suspenseful and intriguing story. From the riveting opening of chapter 1.... Stretched topless upon the foredeck, drink in hand, her flawless skin baking in the sun, was the most famous woman in the world. And one deck below, preparing an appetizer of tuna tartare, cucum In his latest book, The English Spy, Daniel Silva combines a spellbinding narrative together with historical content, this global and thrilling adventure, makes the 15th novel in his Gabriel Allon Series another incredibly suspenseful and intriguing story. From the riveting opening of chapter 1.... Stretched topless upon the foredeck, drink in hand, her flawless skin baking in the sun, was the most famous woman in the world. And one deck below, preparing an appetizer of tuna tartare, cucumber, and pineapple, was the man who was going to kill her. . - you will be kept glued to your seat whilst turning the pages, eagerly waiting for .....what happens next!!!! When the beautiful and beloved princess, who happens to be the ex-wife of England's future king is killed by a bomb placed on the yacht she's vacating on, Gabriel Allon, Israeli superspy, intelligence agent and world renowned art restorer, together Christopher Keller, ex British SAS veteran, now professional assassin, whom we met previously in The English Girl, are asked by British Intelligence to help them find the killer, Emon Quinn, who has a past history with both of them. The author has created a realistic and complex world that begins in the beautiful and glamorous Saint Barthélemy island to the iconic places in London, to the dark and mean and dangerous streets of Belfast, Vienna, Lisbon and the place that holds a special place and that we first discovered the 1st book in the Series - the cottage atop the Cornwall cliffs, with the most thrilling end in Argentina. One of the things I enjoy about this series is how each story feels so believable and plausible. The plot occurs over a period of time, showing both the exciting and the boring parts of the life of a spy.... “life of a professional spy as one of constant travel and mind-numbing boredom broken by interludes of sheer terror.” A riveting story that you won't be able to put down.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Well I have read some more (almost 100 pages in total) and I guess I've come to a decision about this book and series. I won't be finishing either. I can't escape the bad taste left by the opening premise and I think I'm tired of the need for revenge and the use of constant killing as payback even if those killed are very bad people. So, while the quality of the writing may be just as good as in past novels, it is the subject matter I am parting with, just as I did earlier in the case of the boo Well I have read some more (almost 100 pages in total) and I guess I've come to a decision about this book and series. I won't be finishing either. I can't escape the bad taste left by the opening premise and I think I'm tired of the need for revenge and the use of constant killing as payback even if those killed are very bad people. So, while the quality of the writing may be just as good as in past novels, it is the subject matter I am parting with, just as I did earlier in the case of the books of John Sandford. There are simply too many books of too many genres that are exciting, diverting, challenging for me to spend more time reading this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Terence M

    Review will follow shortly 😊 4Stars - I really liked it Audiobook - 12:06 Hours - Narrator: George Guidall (Previously listened to: #1, #3, #5-#11, #13, #14) It is more than eighteen months since I listened to "#14, The Heist" and I think I was a little out of my "Gabriel Allon groove" when I tackled "#15, The English Spy". My early thoughts were about complicated plots, complicated characters, and I was unsure of whether I was going to enjoy this novel or not. I was distracted by the fact that pret Review will follow shortly 😊 4Stars - I really liked it Audiobook - 12:06 Hours - Narrator: George Guidall (Previously listened to: #1, #3, #5-#11, #13, #14) It is more than eighteen months since I listened to "#14, The Heist" and I think I was a little out of my "Gabriel Allon groove" when I tackled "#15, The English Spy". My early thoughts were about complicated plots, complicated characters, and I was unsure of whether I was going to enjoy this novel or not. I was distracted by the fact that pretty much the whole story is set in Ireland and Northern Ireland, whereas I had been used to European and Middle Eastern locations in previous Gabriel Allon novels. George Guidall is a well-known narrator and I have listened to and enjoyed many of his audiobook readings in the past, but either my beautiful new Bose 700 headphones are faulty (they're not!) or George was not quite up to the task of producing even a small variety of Irish or English accents and characterisations for the narration of "The English Spy". Guidall's readings are not 'multi-dimensional' at the best of times, but he definitely misses the mark here. However, Daniel Silva's writing about one of my favourite fictional characters saved the day and I gave the book a well-earned 4Stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    L.A. Starks

    Silva never disappoints, but this is one of his finest as he revisits the England-Northern Ireland Troubles in current day. He also has fairly blunt commentary on US-UK-Iran-Israeli-Russian geopolitics.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paula Howard

    It is with great sadness that I write this review as it means that once again I have finished my new Daniel Silva book and will need to wait an entire year to read another Gabriel Allon adventure. The English Spy is 15th book in the Gabriel Allon series. Each book gets better than the last. Gabriel is suppose to be starting, just starting, a new painting restoration and then heading to Israel to be with Chiara for the birth of their twins. But as always.... duty calls. Graham, head of M16, with t It is with great sadness that I write this review as it means that once again I have finished my new Daniel Silva book and will need to wait an entire year to read another Gabriel Allon adventure. The English Spy is 15th book in the Gabriel Allon series. Each book gets better than the last. Gabriel is suppose to be starting, just starting, a new painting restoration and then heading to Israel to be with Chiara for the birth of their twins. But as always.... duty calls. Graham, head of M16, with the permission of Mossad enlists Gabriel for one more mission before the birth of his children and becoming head of Mossad. The birth of his children he is looking forward to..... being chief of Mossad .... not so much. Graham needs him to find and eliminate Eamon Quinn, an Irish bomb maker, who is responsible for killing many in Ireland and believed to be responsible for recent death of the English ex-princess whose boat was bombed. The Princess is never named but I saw shade of beloved Princess Diana in her backstory. Gabriel recruits Christopher Keller to help find Quinn. He also, with Graham's encouragement, gets Keller reconnected to England and M16. It was great seeing Christopher Keller back in action. Keller and Allon both have personal reasons to go after Quinn. Sometimes.... revenge is good for the soul... for closure. The English Spy ends with the birth of the twins and Allon postponing for three months assuming control of the "Office". It will be interesting to see if Gabriel can put aside is adventures and remain in the "office". Only time will tell and book 16.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Anderson

    A perfect book to listen to while doing laundry and other boring chores.

  9. 4 out of 5

    GymGuy

    3.5 stars for this one. Can't seem to give it more because there were too many dead-end twists and turns and too much history/back story. I got really tired of all the explanations given to Allon, that he should have already known...after all, he is the Master Assassin/Sleuth. Should he not know of all the major dealings with Israeli national security? This seems to be a typical "thing" with Silva...lots of historical background. At times, I just want them to shoot one another and ask questions 3.5 stars for this one. Can't seem to give it more because there were too many dead-end twists and turns and too much history/back story. I got really tired of all the explanations given to Allon, that he should have already known...after all, he is the Master Assassin/Sleuth. Should he not know of all the major dealings with Israeli national security? This seems to be a typical "thing" with Silva...lots of historical background. At times, I just want them to shoot one another and ask questions later...ya know? I also got tired of all the dead-end chases and running around. Seemed just fluff to me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    Israeli spymaster Gabriel Allon is about to become a father again, with his wife Chiara carrying twins. And he is slated to succeed Uzi Navrot as head of "The Office," retiring as a field agent. However, he is drawn into a hunt for a master Irish bombmaker (Eamon Quinn), who is responsible for a contract killing of the former royal princess (basically Princess Diana), and many, many others. He recruits his brother-in-arms, Christopher Keller, and are led back to Ireland for the final showdown af Israeli spymaster Gabriel Allon is about to become a father again, with his wife Chiara carrying twins. And he is slated to succeed Uzi Navrot as head of "The Office," retiring as a field agent. However, he is drawn into a hunt for a master Irish bombmaker (Eamon Quinn), who is responsible for a contract killing of the former royal princess (basically Princess Diana), and many, many others. He recruits his brother-in-arms, Christopher Keller, and are led back to Ireland for the final showdown after a carefully orchestrated trail throughout Europe. Taught and well-written, Silva excels again. 4.5 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alex Cantone

    Seymour watched as the car turned onto the M2 motorway and headed north. That’s the wonderful thing about our business, he thought. Our mistakes always come back to haunt us. And eventually all debts come due. With a Gabriel Allon spy thriller there is no shortage of armchair frequent flyer points. “The English Spy” opens in the Caribbean, where (former) Real IRA operative Eamon Quinn puts a bomb under a (former) British royal, literally. But who hired the killer? In Rome, spymaster Graham Seymou Seymour watched as the car turned onto the M2 motorway and headed north. That’s the wonderful thing about our business, he thought. Our mistakes always come back to haunt us. And eventually all debts come due. With a Gabriel Allon spy thriller there is no shortage of armchair frequent flyer points. “The English Spy” opens in the Caribbean, where (former) Real IRA operative Eamon Quinn puts a bomb under a (former) British royal, literally. But who hired the killer? In Rome, spymaster Graham Seymour brings Gabriel Allon of Israeli intelligence’s “The Office” into the game. Years earlier the Israelis had offered to take Quinn out of the picture, and Seymour is keen to make amends while bringing former SAS turned assassin Christopher Keller, operating out of Corsica, into the MI6 fold. Keller has his own reasons to take down Quinn and this formidable pair arrives in Dublin to seek out republican heavy Liam Walsh, to track down the elusive bomb maker. ”They’re watching us,” said Keller. “You noticed that too?” “Hard not to.” … The traffic broke; they crossed the road and headed toward the entrance of the chip shop. “It might be better if you don’t speak,” said Keller. “This isn’t the sort of neighbourhood that gets a lot of visitors from exotic lands.” “I speak perfect English.” “That’s the problem.” The hunt takes them to Belfast, where a former shifty/ informant during “the Troubles” Billy Conway, now a bar owner, leads them to Quinn’s former wife and daughter... Aside from the Irish connection, an Israeli intelligence controller is in Vienna, monitoring his asset, an Iranian diplomat there for talks on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Vienna was Allon’s old stamping ground, where he lost his young son in an explosion that left his first wife a scarred and mental cripple. Daniel Silva takes recent conflicts in the Middle East and Northern Ireland and makes them flesh. His use of international idioms over Americanisms only boosts his readership. Adversaries Keller and Quinn, loners stalking each other, are men who alter course to changes in circumstance. Allon, Sinclair and their Russian counterpart, are constrained by their allegiances to their respective agencies, using misdirection and disinformation to their advantage. As The English Spy is “unfinished business” there are references to earlier books, but it works well as a stand alone, enticing the reader into more.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David

    This novel is #15 in the Gabriel Allon series. It is a fast-paced, thrilling, and almost-believable story about a pair of spies. Gabriel Allon is in the Israeli secret service, who teams up with British commando/assassin Christopher Keller to hunt down an Irish mercenary-terrorist. They run around the world trying to piece together this puzzle of the terrorist's whereabouts. I enjoy novels with plots that are unpredictable, and this novel certainly fits that bill. There are plenty of twists and This novel is #15 in the Gabriel Allon series. It is a fast-paced, thrilling, and almost-believable story about a pair of spies. Gabriel Allon is in the Israeli secret service, who teams up with British commando/assassin Christopher Keller to hunt down an Irish mercenary-terrorist. They run around the world trying to piece together this puzzle of the terrorist's whereabouts. I enjoy novels with plots that are unpredictable, and this novel certainly fits that bill. There are plenty of twists and turns in the story-line, and the action is gripping. There is a lot of "need for revenge" in the story, but the reasons for this revenge are not fully explained until late in the book. I didn't read this book; I listened to it as an audiobook. George Guidall is an excellent reader, and he brought the story to life for me. He applies a light touch to differentiate voices for the different characters, but it was always enough to help me distinguish who was speaking.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Another road trip, another series of flights, a couple more nights in a hotel, and another return to what has become a now largely familiar, but nonetheless satisfying installment in one of my most reliable (which must mean, at some level, favorite, even if I don't really love them), yet increasingly predictable, primarily-when-I'm travelling serial fiction series. Quirky reviewer's random, unhelpful perspective: My perspective on this was likely skewed because, unlike many of the Israel-centric Another road trip, another series of flights, a couple more nights in a hotel, and another return to what has become a now largely familiar, but nonetheless satisfying installment in one of my most reliable (which must mean, at some level, favorite, even if I don't really love them), yet increasingly predictable, primarily-when-I'm travelling serial fiction series. Quirky reviewer's random, unhelpful perspective: My perspective on this was likely skewed because, unlike many of the Israel-centric installments, this one (not surprisingly, given the title), is very much UK focused, with more than a healthy dose of Ireland animating the story line. Reading these in order - and just starting the next one in the queue - I hadn't expected that, and was somewhat amused because I'd just finished another installment in Tana French's (always satisfying) Dublin Murder Squad novels; while ... on the literary fiction side of things ... I'm about to finish Anna Burns' Booker Prize winning Milkman.... And all this within striking distance of, and overlapping, St. Patrick's day... Go figure. This book was more of the same in most ways - and that's perfectly OK - with a few basic twists (none of which I found uniquely compelling). To the extent that the story focused less on the Israel-Middle East history or current tensions (other than to rehash and refresh previously tilled soil), it felt ever-so-slightly out of character, but, of course, it built upon - and went far towards humanizing - one of the series' later-coming, non-conventional, alternative protagonist, more-than-a-sidekick players. It wasn't my favorite, by any means, but nor was it one of the more disappointing ones, either. It is what it is... I'm now well past a dozen books into the series, and I'm confident I'll eventually get through to the end (or until the author gives up). Repetitive non-spoiler warning: I understand that plenty of readers consume these out of order - or even randomly - based, for example upon which can be found on the library or airport book store shelf, but I can't imagine starting with this book - for me, it makes sense to consume them in order, particularly to the extent that most of the cast returns (even if only for cameos), and, like the story line, evolves from book to book. But, particularly in light of the the protagonist's evolving family and professional status, well, it just seems like a lot of the self-referential stuff wouldn't resonate without prior investment in Allon's past, community, and orbit.

  14. 5 out of 5

    James Scheid

    A well written thriller. Mr Silva, however, seems to view Israel as a nation beyond reproach and does not approve of the Iran Nuclear Arms Treaty. In discussing Israel he mentions the rocket attacks from Hamas into Israel but does not even mention the settlements that are encroaching on the Palestinian Territories, the conditions that people live in in Gaza and dismisses the bombing or a school filled with women and children in Gaza as untrue without mentioning any evidence. (This was reported t A well written thriller. Mr Silva, however, seems to view Israel as a nation beyond reproach and does not approve of the Iran Nuclear Arms Treaty. In discussing Israel he mentions the rocket attacks from Hamas into Israel but does not even mention the settlements that are encroaching on the Palestinian Territories, the conditions that people live in in Gaza and dismisses the bombing or a school filled with women and children in Gaza as untrue without mentioning any evidence. (This was reported to have happened during the most recent war in Gaza) He seems to view the world as split into good and evil. Israel is good, Palestinians, Iranians bad. This view strikes be as being overly simplistic. The novel seems to be a lobbying effort for congress to kill nuclear arms control treaty. Indeed, in his afterward, he states this view clearly. Mr. Silva may have valid concerns about this treaty, but if you read this, remember that it is a work of fiction.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Edward Goetz

    Silva writes good books, but I need a break. It's not overly political, however, it is there and assumes nothing will ever change, while I desperately want to believe that is not the case. I want to be the optimist and see hope where few do. Silva writes good books, but I need a break. It's not overly political, however, it is there and assumes nothing will ever change, while I desperately want to believe that is not the case. I want to be the optimist and see hope where few do.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna Amato

    DISCLAIMER*********I RECEIVED THIS ADVANCE COPY BECAUSE I ENTERED A CONTEST However, a free book is not a guarantee of a good review with someone who is brutally honest and passionate about books. That being said I’ve read all of Daniel Silva’s books and have enjoyed them all but some of them hold a special place in my heart because they’ve touched a personal chord. This will most likely be one of them. The beginning is totally unexpected; I mean, you kill a princess the world loves? Really? Now t DISCLAIMER*********I RECEIVED THIS ADVANCE COPY BECAUSE I ENTERED A CONTEST However, a free book is not a guarantee of a good review with someone who is brutally honest and passionate about books. That being said I’ve read all of Daniel Silva’s books and have enjoyed them all but some of them hold a special place in my heart because they’ve touched a personal chord. This will most likely be one of them. The beginning is totally unexpected; I mean, you kill a princess the world loves? Really? Now that will keep me interested from page one for sure! I was certainly expecting something else! No art theft, no dictator doing something repulsive? Well, not yet at least (unless you count the murder of a Princess) and now there’s a totally new story and I’m not going to be able to read three chapters and put the book down to run errands and come back later. This book takes us to a part of the world that Gabriel has not been in before so of course he needs someone who knows the lay of the land. So the English Spy is not SPOILER ALERT Timothy Peel as long time Silva readers were thinking; it is the man Gabriel has had to use in his role of a an Assassin in several of his other books. See how I just mix Daniel/Gabriel, ah, in my mind sometimes they are one and the same. The man that Gabriel wants back in The Family both figuratively and literally. The man who is Gabriel’s last restoration. The suspense would have me attached to the book like it was a lifeline and then I would put it down and pretend to do something else because I am that passionate about his writing and do read every word and look for every clue it contains so I had to give my brain a rest. But I had to return to it because I HAD to know what happened next because that’s how well written this was. There was not one page or one chapter that left you saying, “I can come back to this tomorrow”. The writing left you saying “I need to know now what is going to happen” because this story is unlike any of the others. I needed to know who planted the spy in MI6, I needed to know who killed Jonathan’s girlfriend in Ireland and how in God’s name did this tie in to Gabriel. This was written in a way that I absolutely NEEDED to know these things. This story ties up so many loose ends from the other books and the other parts of Gabriel’s life – Leah – and Jonathan Keller’s life. In the end it also shows the very human and personal side of Gabriel, but it doesn’t end the series, it just leaves us wanting to know where Gabriel and Chiara and the State of Israel go from here. Daniel Silva is the best of his genre to say the least and this book takes us into the next phase of Gabriel and Chiara’s life.

  17. 5 out of 5

    B.R. Stateham

    I'll just say it up front and get it over with. The English Spy is excellent. Fast moving, great characters, Silva's Israeli assassin Gabriel Allon has a counter-part Englishman who is just as deadly and just as capable. Thank goodness the two have a working relationship with each other. The English Spy is like, I think, number 16 in the series (but don't quote me on that; numbers and things like that are alien to me). We've met the Englishmen in a few previous adventures with Allon. If I were yo I'll just say it up front and get it over with. The English Spy is excellent. Fast moving, great characters, Silva's Israeli assassin Gabriel Allon has a counter-part Englishman who is just as deadly and just as capable. Thank goodness the two have a working relationship with each other. The English Spy is like, I think, number 16 in the series (but don't quote me on that; numbers and things like that are alien to me). We've met the Englishmen in a few previous adventures with Allon. If I were you, I'd say go find the lot of'em and start from the beginning. They are that good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Madgwick

    Every year I'm amazed by the power of Daniel Silva's words. Once again he has reminded me of my love for literature. Any Gabriel Allon novel is great but the last three have really shown the power of Silva. I cannot wait for next year and to see what Gabriel Allon will do next. Every year I'm amazed by the power of Daniel Silva's words. Once again he has reminded me of my love for literature. Any Gabriel Allon novel is great but the last three have really shown the power of Silva. I cannot wait for next year and to see what Gabriel Allon will do next.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maria Carmo

    An excellent thriller with all the ingredients of a Gabriel Allon adventure! A bit rougher than the previous volume, where violence had been (mostly) absent, but a very credible plot, as usually full of clever twists. maria Carmo, Lisbon 3 April 2017

  20. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

    Silva is a great writer, who can weave interesting plots. In the past, I've put up with his insistence on incorporating politics into his novels, using the excuse of "this is how Allon would think". However, there's a few moments in this book that I just couldn't stomach, and which in my opinion turn it from a novel to a work of propaganda, such as offhandedly claiming that reports of Israeli bombs killing innocents are simply made up. Very disappointed Silva is a great writer, who can weave interesting plots. In the past, I've put up with his insistence on incorporating politics into his novels, using the excuse of "this is how Allon would think". However, there's a few moments in this book that I just couldn't stomach, and which in my opinion turn it from a novel to a work of propaganda, such as offhandedly claiming that reports of Israeli bombs killing innocents are simply made up. Very disappointed

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Love all of his books...He is a character that is always interesting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Cats’ Mother

    I’m finding it increasingly hard to read paper books now, because I far prefer reading ebooks, but with Book Club only a week away, and only one in the bag, I knew this would be a good option from the collection on the shelf awaiting my attention. I have only read one other book by this author, The Heist, which happened to precede this. I am definitely keen to go back to the start and read them all in order, as while I will be partially spoiled, my inability to remember plots will for once stand I’m finding it increasingly hard to read paper books now, because I far prefer reading ebooks, but with Book Club only a week away, and only one in the bag, I knew this would be a good option from the collection on the shelf awaiting my attention. I have only read one other book by this author, The Heist, which happened to precede this. I am definitely keen to go back to the start and read them all in order, as while I will be partially spoiled, my inability to remember plots will for once stand me in good stead. I haven’t had any difficulty reading these as stand-alones. This begins immediately after the end of The Heist, with legendary Israeli Fine Art-restoring Super-Spy Gabriel Allon counting down the days to the birth of his twins with excitement, and his ascension to the Head of Israel’s Spy Service with apprehension. When the ex-wife of the future King of England (based very obviously on Diana) is killed in an explosion on a pleasure cruiser in the Caribbean, the head of MI6 asks Gabriel to lead the hunt for the bomb maker, Quinn, a notorious Irish Republican who is now a terrorist for hire. Teaming up with ex SAS soldier turned assassin, Keller, who has his own reasons to want Quinn dead, the pair will follow a trail of clues across Europe to discover a conspiracy that will rock Britain. An advantage of coming to this series late is that Silva, in this 15th outing of his hero, has mastered his craft and produced another perfectly plotted thriller. I love his storytelling style - and would almost consider trying an audiobook for the first time, if the narrator has a voice that comes close to how I imagine it. I was hooked from the start as the series of events unfolds, even though we are several chapters in before Gabriel makes an appearance. I appreciated the historical information provided, especially about the Northern Irish Troubles, as I was too young to understand it all, despite growing up in London during the 80s where bomb threats were a constant worry. The author provides an afterword explaining which events were true, but clarifying that all the characters mentioned here are fictional. I have no idea how plausible any of this book actually is, as really, who knows how much is going on in the shadowy world of International Intrigue, but it certainly makes for compelling reading. Some reviewers complain about the exclusively pro-Israel focus of these books, but I think it makes a nice change to have a protagonist who is not British or American and to read about geo-politics with a different focus. 9.5 rounded up for excellent writing and a satisfying ending.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael Martz

    Daniel Silva's "The English Spy" brings us nearly up to date on the career of one of the genre's best characters. Gabriel Allon, Israeli spy, art restorer, and soon-to-be intelligence chief, finds himself in the middle of an investigation into the bombing death of a Lady Di like British figure. The bomber is someone who Allon's familiar with, as is his partner in the investigation, Keller, a former British special forces-type turned professional hitter. The fellows make progress in their trackin Daniel Silva's "The English Spy" brings us nearly up to date on the career of one of the genre's best characters. Gabriel Allon, Israeli spy, art restorer, and soon-to-be intelligence chief, finds himself in the middle of an investigation into the bombing death of a Lady Di like British figure. The bomber is someone who Allon's familiar with, as is his partner in the investigation, Keller, a former British special forces-type turned professional hitter. The fellows make progress in their tracking and soon get a fix on the killer's whereabouts, but are duped into a near-fatal terrorist bomb attack. Or were they the targets and the dead tourists just collateral damage? The action in The English Spy hops all over the place, from London, Portugal, Moscow, Corsica, Ireland, Northern Ireland, to remote Cornwall, but the elusive bomber and his beautiful assistant are always a step ahead, leaving breadcrumbs for their trackers to follow in hopes of springing a final trap. In the interim, Allon and the always dangerous Keller suspect they're being led along, but realize it's their only hope to catch the killers. The ending isn't exactly how you'd picture it, but is satisfying nonetheless. Silva's plot is solid, with a usual dose of violence and a bit less unrealistic superman action than usual. Allon's a fine character and Keller seems to be a perfect fit for the series, ultra competent, principled, and a stone-cold killer. Silva writes with a flourish, which is distinctive and very enjoyable when compared to many of the practitioners in the genre. All-in-all, a nice addition to the Allon series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Spy versus spy novelist Silva includes spies from the U.K., Israel, Iran and Russia in his 15th installment in the series featuring the Israeli operative, Gabriel Allon. The action begins with the assassination of the ex-wife of the future king of England and moves quickly on from there. Silva is the master of an intricate, fast-moving plot. Borrowing from current headlines, Silva includes the negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear weapon aspirations. Deserving of its best seller status. Spy versus spy novelist Silva includes spies from the U.K., Israel, Iran and Russia in his 15th installment in the series featuring the Israeli operative, Gabriel Allon. The action begins with the assassination of the ex-wife of the future king of England and moves quickly on from there. Silva is the master of an intricate, fast-moving plot. Borrowing from current headlines, Silva includes the negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear weapon aspirations. Deserving of its best seller status.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I enjoyed this book and I think that it is my favorite in the series. I enjoyed the characters and I enjoy the action. The author always does a good job of including historical background in his story so that you can put things into context.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    I love Daniel Silva. Every book gives me another piece of history

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lewis Weinstein

    Another great Silva adventure ... with some story lines very close to present day reality ... lots of violence and some emotion

  28. 5 out of 5

    Harold Kasselman

    Daniel Silva is simply the best in this genre. He does it again in the English Spy and weaves together a Russian, IRA, and Iranian connection right out of the foreign policy manual. I loved it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    I’ve enjoyed these audiobooks immensely.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    No one does it better than Daniel Silva. Another winner! Enjoy.

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