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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Silva Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gabriel Allon Series Release Date: January 2002 ISBN: 9780736698191
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, Daniel Silva, comes a taut, lightning-paced thriller rooted assuredly in fact: Switzerland's shameful World War II 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.

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 brings his considerable talent to his latest tale of danger and deception. Tense, taut, expertly crafted, and brimming with unexpected reversals, The English Assassin is Daniel Silva at his storytelling best. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A cloak-and-dagger tale [that] moves at a brisk clip, with clean, lucid exposition and characters who are thoughtfully drawn.”

    New York Times

  • “The plot is rich, multilayered and compelling with issues as timely as the daily headlines and problems as old as humankind…Silva maintains tension and suspense.”

    Denver Post

  • “Enthralling…A thriller that entertains as well as enlightens.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Silva’s sophisticated treatment, polished prose, an edgy mood, and convincing research give his plot a crisp, almost urgent quality.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Thrilling…A good, cinematic story.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Silva, who writes with the atmospheric grace and whiplash tension of le Carré, brings something special to the spy thriller: a multifaceted, believable hero whose sideline, spying, is only as intriguing as his regular job, restoring Old Masters…[Allon’s] investigation leads to the English assassin, a rogue terrorist whose casual killings (his send-off gift to his lovers is explosives in their luggage) are breathtakingly orchestrated. Silva makes a stunning contribution to the spy thriller.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[A] spine-tingling plot…Fueled by intense, fast, and unrelenting action, Silva’s latest follows spies, sellers, lovers, and historians to a chilling climax.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2006 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chadron | 2/18/2014

    " I love this series and read them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pedro | 2/18/2014

    " Skillful writing. If you enjoyed the Bourne movies read the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/17/2014

    " Gabriel Allon, painter and restorer, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 2/15/2014

    " This is a marvelously written book about a professional assassin. We see the professional and personal sides of all involved. And what a sense of place. This book took place in Switzerland, Germany, Sicily and Italy. I could see the places so clearly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Adams | 2/8/2014

    " I have probably never read any books classified as political thrillers, but I absolutely LOVE the Daniel Silva series with Gabriel Alllon! I love the complicated plots and all the characters and stories going on... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/7/2014

    " Gotta love the Israeli intelligence guys! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/3/2014

    " This second book in the Gabriel Allon series deals, among other things, with the gnomes of Zurich and the role Switzerland played in WWII as ostensibly neutral but actually a facilitator of the Nazi looting of art and Jewish moneys. Reading this reminded me that I have intended for some time to read Lynn Nicholas' seminal work The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasurer in the Third Reich and the Second World War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis Vélez | 2/1/2014

    " The good thing about this series is that Daniel Silva makes a thorough research about actual events in history before writing, making it a great piece of read. A totally unexpected ending on this one, highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/22/2014

    " I liked this one a lot better then the first one. It makes me want to learn more about the Swedish banking system and all those stollen paintings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Ryburn | 1/9/2014

    " these are fun, fast reads. i enjoyed the connection with world war ii history in this one. silva's englishman provided an intriguing foil to gabriel allon as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 12/30/2013

    " A good one . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Schultz | 12/4/2013

    " a good read. I will continue with the series. it did get a little slow and predictable at times, overall an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeline | 12/4/2013

    " A good spy novel and historically very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 12/2/2013

    " Intellectual history is the best fiction! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Livia | 12/1/2013

    " This is a very good book, in spite of one character being a temperamental violinist. The topic of how much the Nazis stole is tragic and fascinating. Gabriel Allon is sometimes lost in the events surrounding him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 8/25/2013

    " This series continues to appeal... the main character reminds me somewhat of Jason Bourne in his attempts to escape his espionage/assassin roots and immerse himself in the calm beauty of art restoration. I look forward to more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jannene | 7/10/2013

    " It was ok. I hope the books get better. I really didn't like the characters. I did like the story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave M | 7/8/2013

    " Very good read, good story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl Van Valkenburg | 1/30/2013

    " Similar in depth to Jack Reacher novels "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/5/2012

    " Plenty of action and plot twists. Good page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 1/7/2012

    " will read more Gabriel Allon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances (Tootie) | 12/22/2011

    " This is an excellent series. Great mysteries, wonderful characters (the good, bad and ugly)and a learning experience. Read them and find out for yourself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 11/13/2011

    " I found this book pretty boring although my view of the Swiss has been substantially reset and not for the better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rudy | 6/16/2011

    " Kept going with the Allon series....quite compelling. Again the ending was a little difficult to believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 6/15/2011

    " Great ending!!! I didn't like Anna as much as I liked Jacqueline in the 1st book. Anxious to see how that pans out. On to the next..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 6/10/2011

    " Again names and places the writer thinks everybody should know, I couldnt relate though. Story line was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeline | 5/29/2011

    " A good spy novel and historically very interesting.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/17/2011

    " Great! I love it's fast pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luan | 4/27/2011

    " I realized that I had read this book before (or listened to it), about a third of the way into the book but I just kept listening, which says to me that I liked it before and I like it now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 4/23/2011

    " A good one . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryjo | 4/4/2011

    " Just a fun, mindless spy thriller to read. Will most likely continue to read the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arman | 4/3/2011

    " Nazis, Art, Deception, Crime, Switzerland, Venice, Secret agencies...this book couldn't have been any better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.R. | 3/17/2011

    " The Gabriel Allon novels by Daniel Silva are absolutely excelletn! Gabriel Allon makes Jason Bourne look way too meek and mellow. Silva's novels are better written, I would add. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 3/15/2011

    " Gabriel Allon is a super spy, almost indestructable, with a girl friend also a spy, an Israeli boss and and assassin that wants to take down Gabriel. Good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/1/2011

    " I really liked this one - better than the first. Maybe it was the places they travelled - Vienna, Venice, what's not to love about those two cities. Maybe it was the subject matter - atonement for Nazi art thefts. Regardless, this was a fun, quick, entertaining read. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva is the author of more than a dozen bestselling novels in the Michael Osbourne series and the Gabriel Allon series of suspense thrillers. He has twice won the Barry Award for Best Thriller for The Messenger in 2007 and The Fallen Angel in 2013. All of his novels have been New York Times bestsellers, with seven titles reaching #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.