The English Spy (Gabriel Allon Series #15)

The English Spy (Gabriel Allon Series #15)

by Daniel Silva

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue featuring the inimitable Gabriel Allon.


Then there was THE ENGLISH GIRL.

Now comes THE ENGLISH SPY . . .

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with seventeen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back—from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant hero, Gabriel Allon—art restorer, assassin, spy—has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

Following the success of his smash hit The Heist, Daniel Silva returns with another blockbuster—a powerhouse novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062320155
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: Gabriel Allon Series , #15
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 1,473
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Daniel Silva is the award-wining, number one 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, and The English Girl. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are bestsellers around the world. He serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and lives in Florida with his wife, Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

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The English Spy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva has done it again with The English Spy. Daniel Silva's research and excellent writing weaves a story of international intrigue with elements from the IRA, Russian intelligence, MI5, MI6 and The Office. Gabriel Allon fans will not be disappointed. Highly recommend.
librogattoRE More than 1 year ago
The English Spy is another multi-layered utterly riveting book from Daniel Silva, who is as knowledgable about his subject matter as he is deft in telling us the story. The English Spy, the fifteenth book in the Gabriel Allon series is set in a potpourri of cities - virtually all the sites of previous adventures - only a few months after the end of "The Heist." the previous Allon adventure. By doing this, the clever and witty Mr. Silva is buying both us and his main character, Gabriel Allon time before he must leave the field and take over The Office. As a result, we see relatively little of the lovely and intriguing Mrs. Allon, Chiara, who is heavily pregnant with twins conceived two books back, but to make up for her absence, we are reunited with an array of characters good and bad from previous stories. There are twists and turns galore, and with gore, and what you think you are seeing as you read may not be what you've got a few pages further in. Yes, the English Spy is Christopher Keller, who has become a reader favorite, but even the title can be interpreted in more ways than one. Even The opening series of events, though sensational and attention grabbing, is somewhat misleading, especially if the reader thinks this book is going to be about an unhappy English princess. It is not, and before jumping to conclusions, we would do well to think of another much loved British Royal who did die in a boat explosion. We also see less of Gabriel's well meshed "Office" team, and more of some old friends and many dangerous enemies from the first fourteen books, but Allon and Keller are an awesome team for which no evil doer can be a match on a permanent basis. First time readers will have no trouble jumping in at level 15 because Mr. Silva does give us back story, written in his usual graceful style, that informs but never bores. The pacing is perfection; the end of chapter hooks make it impossible not to read just one more, and the denouement is everything for which the reader could hope. The scenes with Leah, Gabriel's first wife, who has never recovered from their son's death or her own injuries in a car bombing, and Gabriel's painting of the nursery clouds will stay in my mind forever while Christopher Keller's final scene left me yearning for yet more of him. Gabriel Allon has occasionally been referred to as a 21st century James Bond so I will end with a nod to my previous favorite spy - when it comes to spy fiction nobody does it better than Daniel Silva, and he has done it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carefully researched Silva carefully weaves history and current events with the exploits of Gabriel Allon in often heartwrenching detail. Fans of Allon won't be disappointed.
WntrPkgrl More than 1 year ago
Another smart, well-written, keep you in the edge of your seat book of international intrigue by Daniel Silva! Mr. Silva weaves threads of stories ripped from the news all over the world into a masterpiece of a book that keeps your adrenaline flowing. Sometimes I had to stop reading to catch my breath before continuing. I don't normally read this genre - if fact, though I've tried other authors who write spy/international intrigue books, Daniel Silva is the only author of this type of book whose books I love. The reason is the human element. In addition to the smart plot, there are well developed, flawed but wonderful characters to root for - and villains to root against, of course! My only problem with Daniel Silva as an author is that we can't fast forward his writing process so we get more than one of his fantastic books a year. Great author, great book - you will love it!
anna_amato More than 1 year ago
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.
James_Reid More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Allon is Back – In Spades! Daniel Silva has brought the intrepid Gabriel Allon – spy/assassin/counter-terrorism agent – back in a tale filled with multiple twists and turns. It all begins when “the most famous woman in the world,” who is NOT QUITE Princess Diana, is murdered at sea. British Intelligence asks to borrow the talents of Gabriel from the Office (some call it the Mossad) of which Gabriel is soon to be the director. The princess’s murder turns out to be merely the entry point of a much more convoluted plot against the English and the Israelis. Gabriel enlists the aid of Christopher Keller, onetime adversary and lately ally (or at least co-belligerent) and eventually his usual support team from Israel. In this tale, in which the Israeli team members are less prominent than Keller, Allon confronts unrepentant members of the Irish Republican Army, Iran and Russia. People are seeking vengeance and most of them do not like Gabriel. The English Spy is told against the background of Gabriel’s career and details about his former antagonists of which Gabriel was never aware come to light. The story is also cast against Christopher Keller’s backstory; we learn more about Christopher and he becomes more human. Finally, a critical backstory is the impending birth of Gabriel and his wife Chiara’s twins Gabriel Allon is likable because he is a team player. (Admittedly, he leads the team.) There are more than enough stories about lone wolf spies who solve the world’s problems all by themselves. Lovers of Daniel Silva’s writing should proceed without delay to their nearest bookseller or ebook source, acquire a copy and start reading. People new to Silva should do the same. Anyone who has not read the author’s previous works should add them to the to-be-read stack. Full disclosure: I was able to complete this review this quickly because I received an advance copy of THE ENGLISH SPY as a gift; I made no promises of a favorable review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
DaveCurtis More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva is the one author I can purchase to read on my Nook and then not wish I had saved my money and waited to check the book out at the library. The English Spy is true to the Gabriel Allon tradition. Fifteen great stories and counting. If you're a Gabriel Allon fan, you won't be disappointed with this book. Keep up the excellent work Daniel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Gabriel Allon series! Again, this one again did not dissappoint! Fast pace and exciting. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author Daniel Silva pulls from his own credentials as a journalist together with his impressive network of global intelligence and art world sources for his latest international espionage thriller, The English Spy. It’s the most intricate adventure so far confronting Silva’s fictional but very believable protagonist, art restorer and legendary Israeli spymaster Gabriel Allon. With superbly colorful, accurate and flawlessly detailed storytelling style, Silva takes us along with Allon to track down what happened and eliminate those responsible for a massive and mysterious explosion that has destroyed a luxury yacht and killed all abroad, including “the most famous woman in the world.” An assassin with a background in IRA terrorism is suspected. But, that’s only the beginning in this fast-developing adventure that unfolds from the Middle East and Moscow through the back streets and cafes of Europe. The story is so engaging we can even imagine the pungent fragrance of Turkish cigarette tobacco used by Ari Shamron, Allon’s mentor. The English Spy is a labyrinth of some of the world’s most dangerous characters and the best sleuths in intelligence-gathering and terrorism. From the start, it is a personal race against time for the aging Allon. The clock is ticking. Silva’s remarkable series of Gabriel Allon international spy and intrigue thrillers is like getting the inside on real world events and news headlines that might appear tomorrow or next week or just yesterday. Silva’s global sources in the intelligence and counter terrorism community, journalism and world of art curators are exceptional … actually, astonishing. His books are factually grounded, intricate stories that center around a make-believe Israeli hero we – the readers - have grown to know, respect, and admire. It’s seems like we actually know Gabriel Allon and his dangerous world through Silva’s imaginative stories. And, we can’t wait for the next adventure to begin.
booksJT More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading The English Spy. It was another great international spy novel. This novel ties up all the loose ends from the other books. I hope this isn't the end of the Allon character. It is a page turner because you don't want to put it down until you find out what happens next. Don't put off reading this book. I can't wait until the next book comes out.
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ScottBrazil More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, the Gabriel Allon series is the best thriller series out there. "The English Spy" contains everything that fans have come to expect from a Daniel Silva novel: crisp and intelligent writing, wonderful characters, great use of setting and location, an intriguing story line inspired by real-life current events and, of course, non-stop action. If you have not read one of the previous 14 books, you can certainly jump in with "The English Spy," as enough backstory is provided. That being said, longtime fans of this series will be greatly rewarded, as a number of threads from previous books come together in this one. So, stop reading this review and purchase your copy of "The English Spy" NOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started and after one chapter i fell in love with it
DarkPrince More than 1 year ago
The best yet of the Gabriel Alon series. From the beginning, it is full of action and suspense. Each turn in the plot was a surprise, keeping me saying "just a few more pages" before I quit for the night. While Gabriel is still the main character, the return of a character from the past offers the thought that their may be a new player when Gabriel finally takes over the directorship of the Office.
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Great deries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva continues to draw us in...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual.
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Even though they can be read as stand alone books, read them in order. You’ll be drawn into Gabriel’s universe!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thi book is dum and stupid
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