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.
I love the Gabriel Allon series and The Rembrandt Affair is probably the most interesting story line yet. Mr. Silva brings out the injustices done to the Dutch Jews during the Holocaust at the hands of the Nazi's and the local population occupied by the Third Reich. Hatred and distrust may have been the main reason for the Dutch to sell out their Jews, but money and opportunity was nipping right at it's heels. The story opens with a modern day murder over a little known work by Rembrandt that was stolen from Julian Isherwood, a friend and cohort of Gabriel Allon. Julian is an art dealer, who is threatened by ruin if the painting is not recovered. Thinking this was a relatively simple investigation, Gabriel agrees to look into the matter. What he and his usual team of spies uncover is a complicated and twisted story about greed, sorrow, guilt and redemption for those who were connected to the painting and the great crime that is uncovered by a secret it holds. As always, Allons' powers of deduction and total commitment to the task at hand, makes for a fast paced and often violent story with a bit of Jewish wit and wisdom thrown in for good measure. As a result, I could relate to the characters because I grew up Jewish and understand the mentality, even though I'm not a famous spy and assassin. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Allon Series.
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
I have read all his books, by far his best book is Mark of the assassin it is still his best. This book is much better than some of his, how silva ties in a missing painting that this time starts the mystery makes it a much better read and storyline. Silva for some reason, I assume personal, always is bringing the story line of Jewish persecution and the Nazi’s into his books. In this book he does not go overboard as he had in some of his other books. It’s a good read.
I've read all the Gabriel Alon novels and have enjoyed then thoroughly but this one just seemed a bit too formulaic thus predictable. I continue to be intrigued by the character so I look forward to more Gabriel Alon stories.
I think this is a great series, I like the writing, the art lessons, and the ride through espionage. The bad characters are well done and truly a menace.The good guys are heroic for all the right reasons. If you want to start reading a good series, start reading Daniel Silva.
Maybe it is just me, but I didn't get involved in this audio book as I usually do with books from this author. Usually I can't stop listening...to even sleep or eat, but this one just didn't hold my attention. I will listen to it again, to see if maybe I missed something early on that would have roped me into the storyline.
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 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.
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