The English Assassin

The English Assassin

Book - 2002
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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 Carré'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 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 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 Assassinis Daniel Silva at his storytelling best.
Publisher: New York : Putnam's, 2002.
ISBN: 9780399148514
0399148515
9780451208187
0451208188
Characteristics: 386 p. ;,24 cm.

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Sidus
Sep 30, 2018

Fast moving, well written suspense!
Couldn't put it down.

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cambridgedon
Dec 15, 2017

Eminently readable and a cut above as always and Silva takes pains to go into the war history concerning the missing art. Characters are well drawn and I find Gabriel's failure in his final mission in the book only adds authenticity to the tale. Too often in real life, the bad guys always win.

Great read as always and an interesting background on the Nazi art theft scandals which continue into the 21st century. A backhanded critique of the Swiss bank system which allowed this crime to continue as well as an expose of the self serving political system of the Swiss during WWII and their so-called neutrality in the war.

Mick8 Jan 03, 2012

Very life like read.

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sharlkan
Jun 22, 2011

This is exceptionally well done by Silva.

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RicardoEdm
Mar 25, 2011

Very entertaining book, well developed plot and characters

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