They came for her in late August, on the island of Corsica. The precise time would never be determined - some point between sunset and noon the following day was the best any of her housemates could do. Sunset was when they saw her for the last time, streaking down the drive of the villa on a red motor scooter, a gauzy cotton skirt fluttering about her suntanned thighs...
In Daniel's Silva's latest adventure starring Gabriel Allon, we return to the Russian subplot that was first introduced in the eighth book Moscow Rules. Daniel Silva deals with the fallout of those events and others introduced in the later books in an exciting adventure that takes Allon from Israel to Corsica to London to Moscow and back.
I have only recently caught up with the Gabriel Allon adventures (having read the entirety of the series over the past two years) and yet I am still to read one of his books that bores me. Although Daniel Silva does return to some familiar elements in each, there are always enough twists and turns to keep the pages turning. Beyond that, though, he has made all of these characters so damned attachable, whether it be Allon himself or his wife Chiara, Shamron or Graham Seymour, Mickael or Uvi Navot. Every single one of them I am glad to see back in this new novel.
The English Girl itself refers to a young political activist who is kidnapped off Corsica. Allon is hired by MI5 director Graham Seymour to find and get her back. However, nothing is what it seems and Allon soon finds himself playing by Moscow rules once again. If you have read any of the other novels, though, you will know that Allon rarely plays by the rules.
Once again, Daniel Silva expertly juggles his world, his characters and his plot, providing enough info on Allon and his modus operandi to keep new readers up to speed, but constantly giving a new spin on it so that older readers don't feel bored.
A fantastic read, I personally cannot wait for next year's novel!
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