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Famed British training camp Allon responds I once shot a Palestinian terrorist between the eyes from the back of a moving motorcycle When Keller basically says oh big whoop Allon continues to brag The terrorist was sitting in the middle of a crowded caf on the boulevard Saint Germaine in Paris Keller took the shot only because he won the coin toss The whole book is like this Allon the Big Man on Campus He s taking names and kicking asses It s so bad I m embarrassed for the author Allon either really is his Marty Stu or Silva created a character he could slavishly hero worship Either way it s crap When an author creates a character this fucking awesome ou pretty much know he s going to succeed at everything This takes away the tension of the novel Allon has no interesting flaws or weaknesses What he has instead is a sensitive soul tortured by personal misfortunes This doesn t make me like him any better or give his stunted personality depth I did not like the repeated scenes of Keller and Allon or Allon and another agent torturing a bad guy or Russian spy to get information Keller and Allon very neatly divide humans into worth living and not worth living and play god by torturing and then disposing of these people as easily as Who Is Esau-Edom? you or I may toss out an apple core I have a lot of problems with the torture scenes in the book Intellectually I understand that it s probably necessary to do it to get the information needed to find the girl I mean we can debate whether torturing a person will lead to helpful information there is no conclusive evidence that it does but I have other moral and ethical reasons to not support it but for the purposes of this crap ass novel let s assume it s a necessary evil It s been difficult for me to pinpoint exactly why I dislike these scenes because I watch tv shows and read books that have violent interrogation scenes I think the disconnect for me is how Allon is portrayed as the Righteous Avenger and he kills without mercy but he s so incredibly self righteous about Keller being an assassin for hire Here s a description of him as the Righteous Avenger For the next threeears Gabriel and the other Wrath of God operatives stalked their prey across Europe and the Middle East Armed with a22 caliber Beretta a soft spoken weapon suitable for killing at close range Gabriel personally assassinated six members of Black September Whenever possible he shot them eleven times one bullet for each Israeli butchered in Munich 27 Not only did Gabriel kill these men he shot them eleven times each Dead is dead Overkill thy name is Gabriel Allon The author reveals his personal feelings by choosing the word butchered That s in the exposition it s not a word Allon chooses I suspect Allon is a mouthpiece for the author s own feelings and prejudices not that this isn t uncommon or even a bad thing but if the other books in the series reflect the overall prejudices of this book Isreal good all other nations bad or incompetent then it could become distracting and annoying Allon makes flippant lame jokes when torturing the bad guys Gutter Kisses and a Hug on Garbage Day yet when Keller says goddamned in a Catholic church they re using as a covert meeting place to discuss the operation and for Keller to have a few chuckles about killing someone Allon scolds Keller Remember whereou are Christopher Really That s the line we don t cross The last thirty pages or so of this book are completely unnecessary They also contain a scene that pissed me off the most Allon and his lovely wife Chiara are having a pleasant holiday at Corsica now that everything has been handled successfully and according to his plans Allon is visiting with Keller trying to convince him to change his career path First he tries to make Keller feel guilty for having completed a business trip Allon asks him how many men he s killed and Keller understandably irritated shoots back I don t know How many have My Name Is River you killed So Allon replies Mine are different I m a soldier A secret soldier but a soldier nonetheless 512 He continues to tell Keller that if he joined forces with Allon he could be a soldier too as long as he becomes an Israeli citizen learns Hebrew and works for the Israeli spy service Wow I read this scene a few times getting angrier every time until I think my eyes were on fire What the fuck Moral relativism anyone Allon also says to him I didn t includeou on the team because I needed Crochet Pattern - Tutu Skirt for Onesie your help I wanted to showou that there s to life than killing people for money 511 No Allon Bad Pets you did need his help He found the house where the kidnappers were holding the girl He guarded the ransom money whileou were out running errands Keller was actually a big help to Running Your Best you In the course of this mission he and Keller murdered at least six people Granted in Allon s eyes their lives were meaningless but enlisting the help of a ruthless killer on a mission in which people were tortured and murdered without a second thought seems like a screwy way of trying to prove that there s to life than killing Plus Allon states several times in the book that he sought out Keller because he is a ruthless killer So Allon is going to take the moral high ground and say well no because he Allon kills only people who deserve to be killed that makes him guiltless I don t think so What makes a person s life negotiable This person is an enemy ofour government Well maybe The Fall Of White City (Victorian Chicago Mystery Series Book 1) you are an enemy of his government Allon has as much blood on his hands as does Keller The difference is Keller knows it He doesn t try to excuse it Allon is smug and self righteous and excuses his murderous ways by claiming he is a soldier His world is so very comfortingly black and white Must be nice to be so sure thatou are on the side of the angelsAs for Madelineview spoilerokay so I will put a spoiler alert here Madeline is not only alive but she was never really kidnapped Not only that but she s a Russian spy So lots of people were killed lots of money was spentall to rescue a woman who is Russian and out to harm the British government But ha so what right Allon Israel is the only country that matters So Madeline pleads innocence The bad guys made me do itreally I love England and Allon rescues her from the bad Russians He spends an awful lot of time trying to convince her to seek sanctuary in Israel to the point where I thought what the fuck Is he in love with her Watch out beautiful ChiaraMadeline is beautiful too what Rescue a fat ugly girl No way man and she actually has something close to a personality But why didn t Madeline get shot in the head I mean look at all the trouble they went to and here she is a Russian spy the whole time You d think Allon would have tortured her merely because she inconvenienced him and pulled him away from his stupid painting But she s pretty and the bad Russians holding her bruised her a little bitawwdon t worry honey Allon will kiss away our boo boos hide spoiler While all the Silva books tend to blend together in my memory he has a great formula and sticks to it His formula as I see it follows these steps1 Semi retired Israeli spy Gabriel Allon has sworn off spying and is engrossed in his 2nd career as art restorer2 Someone from Allon s past asks him a favor to solve some international crimestop some international terrorist3 Allon hems and haws but finally agrees to do the work4 Allon determines the source of the crimeterror and vows personally to destroy them5 Allon assembles a crack team to surveil set up and take down criminalsterrorists6 Plan goes almost perfect but there with a few hitches Many many many bad guys die7 Wash rinse and repeat The English Girl follows these steps again For future novels Silva has set up his character to take over as the director of the Israeli intelligence service It should provide him fodder for many Gabriel Allon novels An excellent story by an excellent author with an outstanding main character in Gabriel 10 of 10 stars A good thriller Interesting touch on how the Russian Energy Industry plays into modern geopolitics. E Marselha a um vale isolado nas montanhas da Provença depois aos bastidores do poder londrino e finalmente a um clímax em Moscovo uma cidade de espiões e violência onde há uma longa lista de homens ue desejam ver Gabriel mortoDesde as páginas de abertura até ao chocante final em ue se revelam os verdadeiros motivos por detrás do desaparecimento de Madeleine A Rapariga Inglesa irá deixar os leitores completamente mergulhados na história.
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St of this review will discuss the ending of The English Girl so click only if ou re okay with major spoilersview spoilerI spent most of this book with a sense of dread because Silva telegraphs early and freuently that Madeline will not make it out of this book alive First there s the reference to the wrath of God mission which a character says was about vengeance not justice ie it didn t do any good to the Israelis who were already dead Then we have Gabriel restoring a painting of Susannah and the elders And of fucking course we have an old lady who tells fortunes and says that Madeline will die and of fucking course all of her predictions come true because this is a book and in books the psychics are always 100% real and never just con artists exploiting desperate people for money So I was sure that Madeline was going to die and I was sure that ultimately it wouldn t even be about her death but about how her death made Gabriel Allon feel bad Luckily Silva pulls a fast one on us and actually lets Madeline make it out of this book alive but it still felt deeply unsatisfying Silva doesn t fridge Madeline but he might as well have he presents us with this brilliant character who it turns out was a Russian spy all along and then doesn t let her do jack shit When Allon tracks Madeline down in St Petersburg and confronts her all she has to do is make doe eyes and claim that she never wanted to hurt anyone and the mean bad men made her do it and she totally wants to defect to England This is Allon s cue to reply bitch MTIV you were part of an international conspiracy to undermine the British government hell noou don t get sanctuary in England and then he tortures her for information because that s exactly how the male spies get treated in this book But of course none of that happens Allon gets the whole team together and spirits her out of Russia on Israel s dime and convinces the British government to let her defect and gets her a lovely cottage in Cornwall as a safe house I was waiting until the very last page to find out that Madeline had played him like a fiddle and Allon had put the entire British government at risk because he was stupid enough to fall for her damsel in distress act But no Madeline is at the end of the day nothing than a princess in a tower needing to be rescued by Flawless Hero Gabriel Allon who tortures people and commits murder and conspires with criminals but for totally noble reasons so it s all okay Independent assassins are evil and government spies are good noble people who have International Organizations your best interests at heart and should be able to do whatever they want as far as Silva is concerned How s that for a bedtime story kids hide spoiler It s hard for me to describe my feelings about Daniel Silva s latest novel The English Girl It doesn t really fit the mold of other Gabriel Allon novels This one starts with Allon doing a favor for Graham Seymour of British MI 5 who is doing something for the British Prime Minister It seems the Prime Minister s mistress has been kidnapped The first thing Allon does is take on a partner but not one of the members of The Office that he usually uses This time it s a professional assassin who once tried to kill AllonSilva also writes the Allon character a little different than in previous novels Gabriel is a little full of himself I m Gabriel Allon I only do big He also gives Allon a bit of a sense of humor Jews don t camp Keller The last time the Jews went camping they spent 40ears wandering in the desert That uote makes my list of all time favorite book lines Halfway through the book the real Allon comes out and he decides he needs to go back to Moscow to continue looking for the kidnappers Those who are familiar with the series will know the danger with this decision It also comes with a personal price To get the sanction of the government of Israel for this mission Gabriel has to promise Shamron that he will seriously consider becoming the head of The Office Again long time readers will recognize the significance of this At this point all of Allon s merry band join him and the rest of the story plays out All in all it was a very enjoyable weekend for me spent with Gabriel Chiara and other familiar characters as well as what may turn out to be a new regular in Allon s adventures Keller the assassin Okay this is it I m tired of reading bad fiction I bought The English Girl at the Las Vegas airport because I wanted something fun and fast to read on the flight home Wow was I ever disappointed This book runs an appalling 520 pages about 200 pages too long and all of the pages are filled with clunky writing uninspiring dialogue woefully underdeveloped characters and an incredibly convoluted holy shit can this book just stop already plot The further I traveled in this book the less I liked it Madeline Hart the English girl of the book s title is vacationing on the island of Corsica She is a minor player in the British government but has the determination and intelligence to succeed One night she is kidnapped and a ransom demand is sent to Jonathan Lancaster the Prime Minister of England the man she has been sleeping with PM Lancaster wishing to avoid a scandal calls in a favor that eventually leads to Gabriel Allon the legendary Israeli super spy and Man Who Can Do No Wrong Even his work as an assassin is bathed in the glow of righteous goodness Allon reluctantly agrees to save this woman and his uest turns into an international thriller of bombastic and depressingly easy to guess proportions Five hundred twenty pages later Laurus you basically want them all to die but particularly the smug self righteous AllonI m not going to put spoiler alerts in this review so ifou have any desire to read this book stop reading I mean I m not going to come right out and give it all away but I may let a few things slide in my need to complain about the awfulness that is this book You ve been warnedThere are a lot of things I didn t like about this book Many many things Practically everything What I liked and it s seriously the ONLY thing so I may as well mention it first is the first chapter Silva does an excellent job of setting the scene in Corsica and describing Madeline the English girl The descriptions are vivid the friends Madeline is vacationing with come alive and are interesting people and the portrait painted of Madeline really grabs my attention I was excited to keep reading because I liked this Madeline I wanted her to be rescued and I couldn t wait for the fun to start Then I met Gabriel Allon an assassin and professional prig The book s overall self righteous attitude about characters deemed unworthy of living thus doomed to be killed by Allon and his helper Christopher Keller and the general attitude that Israel is the country of Good Peopleand everyone else sucks irritated the snot out of me What I dislike the most about this book is the macho bullshit and Marty Stu thanks Ferdy factor of Allon s character He is Invincible He is Legendary He is the Best Spy Ever Oh and the Best Killer of Bad People Ever He s the Smartest the Bravest the Spy Who Gets Shit Done And be warned bad guys if Silk and Steel you mess with him or any of his friends or any Jewish people in general he will fuckou up Badly Pair this extreme macho awesomeness with Christopher Keller a former British citizen and Extra Special Military Forces guy He was supposedly killed in a FUBAR friendly fire incident and has chosen to remain dead He now works as an assassin for hire the Best Most Talented assassin for hire He even tried to kill Allon but his code of conduct wouldn t let him complete the mission so Allon lives These two Most Awesome Men work together to track down the bad guys who kidnapped Madeline and it s often a non stop dick dueling match I m manly No I am On page 152 these two idiots argue about who gets to shoot first each of them trying to out dick the other Keller reminds Allon that he achieved the highest score ever recorded during a live fire military exercise at Itânica Trata se de uma decisão arriscada não só para si próprio como para o agente ue conduzirá as buscasTens sete dias depois a rapariga morre Entra em cena Gabriel Allon assassino implacável restaurador de arte e espião para uem as missões perigosas e a intriga política não são novidade Com o relógio a contar Gabriel tenta desesperadamente trazer Madeleine de volta a casa em segurança A sua missão leva o do mundo criminoso
Perhaps it s driven by nostalgia but I m surprised at how well rated this book is by other reviewers I feel a bit differently It had to happen sometime after 13 books with the same character this is the FIRST in the series that seemed like a paycheck book to meThe Gabriel Allon series is one of my favorites which is odd considering most of what I read is outside of this genre I prefer scifi Gabriel s character has aged in the previous 13 novels so Het Reservaat Van Ward Ruyslinck you cannot expect the character to react to situations in the same fashion as when he wasounger Also there are only so many times that a character can be brought back in for one jobWhile I did find the character development to be interesting and the author does a pretty good job of explaining the backgrounders for other relevant characters that pop in to this particular storyline the story itself was pretty predictable a first IMO after reading this seriesGiven how things end I hope the author has the good sense to allow Gabriel Allon to retire soon The overall body of work is uite good Daniel Silva is said to have reinvented the spy thriller genre with this series and I wholeheartedly agree so I hope he doesn t drag the series out in the name of paying off the author s pied a terre or country home see also the first three novels of the Dune series vs the crap Frank Herbert s son puts out g The English Girl is fun for the most part but the ending let me downOn the plus side it has Keller returning And its written in the usual Daniel Silva styleOn the negative side it has a predictable plot and a poorly crafted ending Daniel Silva is a rock star He s an intelligent writer he has both intriguing plot development and engaging characters his main characters grow and evolve and age and he always leaves me ready for the next book To me one of his core strengths is that even though his characters are set in the world of espionage they don t succeed because of the latest gadget or technological wonder They use their brains experience wiles and then the gadgets They are good at what they do because of carefully honed skills and that sets him apart from other writers who rely on superhuman heroes with rippled abs and talking watches I also like that his plots are well crafted with enough detail to support the story but not so much that it appears he s trying to impress with his latest research those paragraphs that cause me to flip to the next page He seems to understand his readers interest in knowing just enough but not too muchIf I were starting to read Silva for the first time I d go back to the beginning of Gabriel Allon s story rather than starting here Even though there is backstory in each book the real depth of his writing skill becomes apparent across the series Damn itI finished the book Now I must wait for the next I always enjoy reading about places I have been It also references my favorite bookmovieA Room with a View Overall a good read with the usual twists and turns but lacking in the typical Allon antics spyness and restorations I was really hoping for in the English Girl Overall I recommend but if Rumunia. Koniec złotej epoki you have not read the Gabriel Allon series by Silva do not make thisour first read in the series I began my obsession with The Defector and hen started from the beginning Despite not really loving the previous Daniel Silva thriller I d read The Heist I decided to give him another chance for two reasons first The English Girl seems to be one of Silva s most acclaimed thrillers so it had the best chance of being good and because when I was browsing audiobooks on my phone this one popped up I was immediately at a disadvantage when I started this book because The Heist takes place after the events of The English Girl Even though there weren t any serious spoilers for The English Girl there are plenty of references to the case in The Heist so right from the beginning I had a vague idea of where the plot was headed But Silva still manages to throw in some twists that I didn t see coming so if Simply Irresistible (Girl Friends you re reading the Gabriel Allon books out of seuenceou can still enjoy this one The plot here was definitely coherent than The Heist which started out as a fun art caper and then turned into a dreary political thriller two thirds of the way in The English Girl luckily has enough of a plot for Silva to stay focused for the book s considerable page count The story starts when Madeline Hart a minor level employee in the British government is kidnapped while on vacation in Corsica A ransom video is delivered to the Prime Minister Seven days then the girl dies A possible justification for Madeline s kidnapping soon becomes clear she and the Prime Minister were having an affair Desperate to keep the kidnapping and the reasons behind it out of the news the British government recruits Israeli intelligence agent Gabriel Allon to find Madeline and get her back With the help of his Israeli team a former British soldier turned assassin and a Corsican mafia don Allon has six days to find the missing English girl And of course finding her is only the beginning This was a fast paced well written thriller with good characters and good twists Overall I liked it I liked how Silva lets us enjoy the long careful planning that goes into even the simplest operations and it s a nice blend of exciting shoot em up action scenes and subdued passages about the bureaucratic side of espionage Also this book features appearances from Allon s super cool wife Chiara who is probably my favorite character in the series Because Chiara is also a spy she and Gabriel get to talk about his work honestly instead of doing the tiresome bit where the husband has to protect his sweet innocent wife from his dangerous work by never telling her the truth about anything I do wish that Chiara had actually gotten to do something in this book her job in The English Girl is mainly to act as a sounding board for Gabriel and then cook dinner for everyone and have lots of sex with her husband Also she really wants to have a baby and has an eye rolling line where she describes being on a flight with a crying baby and says that the mother was the luckiest woman in the world Ugh Another unfortunate thing I noticed in this book Gabriel Allon is not as great as Silva thinks he is Gabriel has a lot of conversations with the assassin Christopher Keller where Silva tries desperately and repeatedly to show the reader that Allon somehow has the moral high ground over Keller Look buddy at the end of the day they re both hired guns It doesn t make much difference that one works for the Israeli government and one works for criminals All cats are grey etc speaking of uncomfortable moments Silva s politics are definitely showing in this book First there are the subtle and freuent anti Muslim lines that Silva has his characters recite and then there s a bit at the end where Allon is trying to convince a defecting spy to come to Israel and work for him because that s what we do in Israel We give people a home Cue me Miracles in Unexpected Places yelling from the balcony Unlessou re Palestinian Also there s an oh so charming scene where Allon is searching a female criminal for weapons and uses the opportunity to grope her and then makes a joke about it Jesus say what Entdeckungsreise nach Tahiti und in die Südsee 1772-1775 you will about James Bond but at least he knows he s an amoral asshole Allon s holier than thou attitude and characterization really started to grate on me by the end of this book But the most annoying aspect of the book is the title character Madeline Hart is set up as this brilliant ambitious resourceful character who is also smokin hot because we can t possibly be expected to care about the kidnapping of someone who is notoung thin and beautiful who has so much promise and potential that she s been tapped to be groomed as a future Prime Minister And then after that great introduction Madeline gets kidnapped and disappears from the narrative Characters spend a lot of time talking about Madeline she herself has maybe two scenes where she gets actual dialogue the re. Madeline Hart é uma estrela ascendente no partido britânico no poder bonita inteligente motivada para o sucesso por uma infância pobre Mas Madeleine tem também um segredo sombrio é amante do primeiro ministro Jonathan Lancaster Os seus raptores descobriram o romance e decidiram ue Lancaster deve pagar pelos seus pecados Receoso de um escândalo ue lhe destrua a carreira ele decide lidar com o caso em privado sem o envolvimento da polícia br.
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