The English Girl

The English Girl

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Seven days

One girl

No second chances

Madeline Hart is a rising star in Britain's governing party: beautiful, intelligent, driven by an impoverished childhood to succeed. But she is also a woman with a dark secret: she is the lover of Prime Minister Jonathan Lancaster. Somehow, her kidnappers have learned of the affair, and they intend to make the British leader pay dearly for his sins. Fearful of a scandal that will destroy his career, Lancaster decides to handle the matter privately rather than involve the British police. It is a risky gambit, not only for the prime minister but also for the operative who will conduct the search.

You have seven days, or the girl dies.

Enter Gabriel Allon--master assassin, art restorer and spy--who is no stranger to dangerous assignments or political intrigue. With the clock ticking, Gabriel embarks on a desperate attempt to bring Madeline home safely. His mission takes him from the criminal underworld of Marseilles to an isolated valley in the mountains of Provence to the stately if faded corridors of power in London--and, finally, to a pulse-pounding climax in Moscow, a city of violence and spies where there is a long list of men who wish Gabriel dead.

From the novel's opening pages until the shocking ending when the true motives behind Madeline's disappearance are revealed, The English Girl will hold readers spellbound. It is a timely reminder that, in today's world, money often matters more than ideology. And it proves once again why Daniel Silva has been called his generation's finest writer of suspense and foreign intrigue.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780062073167
Branch Call Number: FIC Silva 21058
Characteristics: 482 p


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Jun 16, 2019

Enjoyed English Girl. Good Silva...will keep going with rest.

Apr 14, 2019


Dec 22, 2017

I like Silva's bland titles which are so unlike Robert Ludlum's - understatement is the way to go. Salman Rushdie playing a game with Christopher Hitchens said if Ludlum wrote Hamlet it would be titled 'The Elsinore Vacillation.' About halfway through the novel, after all that Allon is put through you feel betrayed by Silva. But as you read on, Silva delivers a plot twist that slams you in the gut and takes your breath away.

Jun 27, 2017

Returned but will try again.

May 12, 2016

Gave up after first 45 pages. The writing style makes it difficult to follow. The author goes off on rambling tangents, leaving behind characters you at first thought might be important, overdeveloping new ones (blah, blah, blah), until you get to the point that you cannot remember what the point was.

Aug 01, 2015

Daniel Silva captures our attention again with this riveting political thriller that spans multiple countries. I always learn about other cultures and the corruptness in the world through his books.

Jul 30, 2015

Excellent book. Good writing, good plot, and Gabriel Allon is in fine form

Apr 11, 2015

The first part of this novel appeared to be written by another person. The flavor of returning characters went on a slight tangent. I certainly liked Silva's other works a lot better than this.

Apr 06, 2015

A good thriller, fast-paced with a tight plot - particularly the first half of the book. It bogged down for me during the second half, but still was a satisfactory read. This was my introduction to this series featuring Gabriel Allon & may not be my last, however, I wish I had started with book #1, as characters & plots from previous novels are referred to frequently in this one.

This was my first book by this author and I was completely smitten. A writer in the gender of Dan Brown, fast paced, good character development and respect for reader's intelligence to put some clues together, but still be amazed by the ending.

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Feb 26, 2014

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Feb 26, 2014

a Christian forgives, an idiot forgets.

Feb 26, 2014

and, as Stalin liked to say, death solves all problems.

Feb 26, 2014

...what was said behind a man's back was often times much more important than what was written about him on the front pages.

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