Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.
In the ancient English city of Glastonbury, an art restorer has been brutally murdered and a long-lost portrait by Rembrandt mysteriously stolen. Despite his reluctance, Gabriel is persuaded to use his unique skills to search for the painting and those responsible for the crime. But as he painstakingly follows a trail of clues leading from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires and, finally, to a villa on the graceful shores of Lake Geneva, Gabriel discovers there are deadly secrets connected to the painting. And evil men behind them.
Before he is done, Gabriel will once again be drawn into a world he thought he had left behind forever, and will come face-to-face with a remarkable cast of characters: a glamorous London journalist who is determined to undo the worst mistake of her career, an elusive master art thief who is burdened by a conscience, and a powerful Swiss billionaire who is known for his good deeds but may just be behind one of the greatest threats facing the world.
Filled with remarkable twists and turns of plot, and told with seductive prose, The Rembrandt Affair is more than just summer entertainment of the highest order. It is a timely reminder that there are men in the world who will do anything for money.
©2010 Daniel Silva (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Gabriel Allon must tread delicately while learning about the history of a beautiful painting if he wants to rip apart a pretty picture of the past, painted by greedy men and countries. The better to deceive you, my dear.
Daniel Silva will break your heart while he reveals the world's past, but he will also show you beauty and healing in unexpected places. His books are at the top of my Must-Read (or listen) list.
I've read (listened) to a number of Silva's books, and find he has a framework (that is repeated in each story) on which he hangs another storyline.
Frankly, it's getting boring.
I've now read a couple Gabriel Allon stories. Daniel Silva does a great job with the character. The other players are well fleshed out, as well. The story is once again steeped in history, but very current. The plot kept me guessing in a good way.
The book I had finished immediately before this one was a Jack Reached story. The Reacher character is bigger than life in an over-the -top way. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy Reacher, but I savor Gabriel Allon.
This one is read by Dick Hill. When it comes to these kids do of action-mysteries, he and Scott Brick are the best. Hill doesn't disappoint here. He's flawless.
Great storytelling, woven with historical references, avoiding many cliches of the spy genre. I am reading through the series in order, and it keeps getting better
I enjoyed 'The Rembrandt Affair' much more than 'the Defector'. Glad I didn't give up on the series as the last book was my least favorite thus far. I'm not big into spy thrillers but was taken with Gabriel Allon's story with the release of 'The English Girl' ( my absolute favorite in the series). I was pleased to discover that there were many more novels to be explored and I've nearly caught up.
Someone who likes complicated stories and is not interested in character development.
Confusing. It was like several stories were going on at once. I don't sit and listen to a whole book at once. When I stared to listen to it again, I couldn't figure out what was going on.
None. The story did not lead you to care about any of them.
All of them.
The narration is excellent. I read all of the Silva books on my kindle and am a devoted follower of this series. Cannot wait for another book, but thought I would try the audio version to compare. Found the book was just as enjoyable while listening as when reading and it was great to have the convenience of both the ability to listen or to read.
The entire book was excellent hard to pick out one incident or moment when following Gabriel Allon in his escapades/
a bit more emotion
I did not laugh or cry just another great book by Daniel Silva about one of my favorite characters.
Although this book follows a time tested Silva formula, it's still exciting. Nazis, betrayal, spies, art work, Iranian nukes and the ever present "office" make it so. The author admits that the Swiss connection is concocted, even though they did help in dissolution of the third reich. The conversion of a journalist to a spy is a fine touch--an oxymoron. The characters were fun, even the bad guys--some converted, some not. At the end, the reader wonders about the next time tested formula experience of our Israeli hero and his buddies.
It started in the previous book in the series and now I just cringe when even Alon's wife comes into the story . It kills the mood every time .agh!!' No more from this narrator.
Everyone sounds tired or whiney.
W the fast forward option, yes .
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