Friday, March 14, 2014

THE ENGLISH GIRL by DANIEL SILVA


Set in Corsica we have a group of young people enjoying a perfect holiday. Then Madeline disappears. Abducted it seems and then absolute silence. No ransom note, no nothing.

The story of the young, vibrant Madeline, her connections to the British Prime Minister - the blackmail behind the abduction, the involvement of Israeli intelligence, the Corsican and the Marseillaise mafia, the involvement of the highest in the land and the final outcome which is so surprising it is unbelievable is the story.

Very difficult to review without it being a spoiler, this author is a must for anyone with a penchant for political thrillers, mystery, the workings of a Secret Service and the mafia and the rules and regulations under which each system operates. The intricacies of the British parliamentary system is particularly detailed in this book and one which I found very interesting. 

It was my first read of Daniel Silva and I now see that he is a prolific writer. Hopefully I will get to another book of his before I leave. Gabriel Allon our Israeli master spy is the hero of this book and is featured in his other stories as well.  

Reviewers of this book (some of them) have been blaise about the formula of the books featuring Allon saying that there is much of a sameness to the books. For me, however, this being my first read the book was stunning. 

6 comments:

vicki (skiourophile) said...

It's a good series tho there are two in the middle that were very the same. But I think an author can have a lapse occasionally. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Martha Eskuchen said...

Oh - I haven't read Silva in a few years. This does sound good. Glad you enjoyed it.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like a good one!

Laura's Reviews said...

I haven't read any Daniel Silva, but I always love a good thriller. This sounds excellent.

Melinda said...

It does sound interesting

stacybuckeye said...

Silva is an author I've been wanting to read for awhile. Good to see this one delivered.