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The English Spy (Gabriel Allon Book 15) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, The Defector, The Rembrandt Affair, Portrait of a Spy, The Fallen Angel, The English Girl, The Heist, The English Spy, The Black Widow, House of Spies and The Other Woman. He is best known for his long-running thriller series starring spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon. Silva's books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas. For more information visit www.danielsilvabooks.com--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 989 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 544 pages
- Publisher : Aus CoPubs (1 July 2015)
- ASIN : B00TQK7HXS
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 25,614 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My main criticism is of the opening section ‘Death of a Princess’ in which a top-flight chef conveniently joins the crew of a luxury yacht in the Caribbean the morning before the divorced Princess – obviously Princess Diana – boards the yacht for a fortnight’s cruise. During that first night there’s a big explosion and the yacht is subsequently discovered by a French navy submersible lying beneath 2000 feet of seawater. There’s also, of course, a missing Zodiac dinghy, a missing chef and a deeply troubled Royal family and Prince of Wales. OK, someone's trying to send a message. But who? And why?
It’s utterly implausible – and completely out of character with Daniel Silva’s proven skill as a writer.
The opening section would have been vastly more believable had Eamon Quinn (the IRA bomb maker turned chef) simply stayed – using his false Venezuelan passport – at the Paris Ritz hotel on that fateful August night. Security cameras could have recorded him chatting to Henri Paul, Dodi Fayed’s chauffeur and then, a few hours later, an explosion could have destroyed the Princess’s car in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel. The remainder of the book would flow smoothly from that point.
I have another problem with ‘The English Spy’. The book involves both the Russian and the Iranian intelligence services (plus the Russian president himself) and badly needs a prologue summarising the way in which (see The Rembrandt Affair ) Gabriel Allon thwarted the development of Iranian centrifuges. In addition, that prologue could usefully include a summary of how Gabriel and Madeline Hart (see The English Girl ) infuriated the Russian president by aborting Russian aims to secure a lucrative oil-drilling contract in the North Sea. Both were enough to put Gabriel Allon (plus the defecting Madeline Hart) on their death lists.
But, unfortunately, that critical ‘what has gone before’ information lies buried in a few casual conversations.
We meet all our old friends from various – friendly and otherwise – intelligence agencies and, for the first time, from the IRA. There’s also several car chases, a number of gun battles and, of course, the obligatory collection of corpses with bullet holes in their head. The storyline is pure Daniel Silva although, in places, it gets both complicated and enigmatic.
‘The English Spy’ fails to live up to many of the Gabriel Allon thrillers and their well-deserved five star rating. For some time a four-star rating was on the cards but, after reading the book a second time, my qualifications and concerns justified nothing more than a three star rating.
The plot involves M16, the CIA and Mossad working to help Allon achieve his objective. They are up against the Russians and Iranians
who have employed the assassin. Plenty of action and intrigue in this well constructed story.