Book Review: The English Assassin by Daniel Silva

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I bor­rowed this book from the local library.

Book Review: The_English_Assassin by Daniel Silva
My rat­ing for The Eng­lish Assas­sin — 4

About:
"The Eng­lish Assas­sin" is the sec­ond install­ment of the fic­tional Gabriel Allon series, where 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.

Buy The Eng­lish Assas­sin today — he's English…and an assassin

Thoughts:
Mr. Silva's nar­ra­tive is fast paced and unclut­tered. The book's descrip­tions are detailed but not over bear­ing and the action sequences are bru­tal and effec­tive. The char­ac­ters do not get lost within the book's descrip­tive prose; they are all indi­vid­u­als, rich and well rounded. The incred­i­ble his­tor­i­cal research is pour­ing out of the book, the insight into the world of art restor­ing is dis­tinct and refresh­ing, but still man­ages to be engross­ing as well as entertaining.

I felt that the first half of the book was much bet­ter than the sec­ond half which seemed, to me, to be stretched. How­ever, this is a delight­ful read and as in the pre­vi­ous Silva books keeps the char­ac­ters full of shades of gray — it's dif­fi­cult to say who is the good guy or the bad guy because Silva makes a won­der­ful, even though not too con­vinc­ing case, for each (except the Nazis of course).

Syn­op­sis:
As in the first novel, "The Kill Artist" (Book Review), 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, author
Daniel Silva brings back char­ac­ters he cre­ated in the "Silva Uni­verse" which are always a plea­sure to reac­quaint with. The novel is a mys­tery within a mys­tery — after recov­er­ing some miss­ing paint­ings Allon goes after the Swiss bank­ing car­tel that has been hid­ing them. In the midst of the all the glo­be­trot­ting, Allon has to avoid assas­si­na­tion attempts from a wor­thy adver­sary, an Eng­lish assas­sin, how­ever the least said the bet­ter in order to avoid spoil­ing the story.

Buy The Eng­lish Assas­sin today — he's English…and an assassin

Zohar — Man of La Book

 

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