Silva is an American former political journalist who gave up writing about politics to pen cracking espionage thrillers. It is twenty years since his debut novel, The Unlikely Spy; he has averaged nearly a book a year and all have been bestsellers. He is a master of intelligent but fast-paced story telling with strong, credible characters.
The English Spy is his fifteenth novel to star Gabriel Allon, an Israeli spy and assassin with a love of art restoration. The incongruity of Allon’s work and his passion are part of a richly drawn persona that develops through the earlier novels.
This time Allon is tasked by British intelligence with tracking down the killer of an iconic member of the Royal Family. Working alongside Christopher Keller, a former commando turned assassin on the British payroll, Allon follows the trail to an Irish master bomb-maker called Eamon Quinn, a mercenary with international terrorist connections.
With a twisting storyline that criss-crosses countries and a final confrontation full of action, suspense and surprises, The English Spy is a page-turner and definitely one of Silva’s finest novels. All the ingredients for a thoroughly enjoyable read are skilfully blended and served up with a dash of panache. Turn off the TV, put on your slippers and enjoy!
Title: The English Spy
Author: Daniel Silva
Reviewed by Nick K, Ranui Library
Nick K enjoys reading crime fiction, demonological adult and young adult fiction, classic children’s fiction like Arthur Ransome and picture books, especially those illustrated by Quentin Blake. He hates reality TV.