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.
The author continues to amaze me with his ability to weave a story. I absolutely cannot get enough of Gabriel Alon. Each story in this series is as good as the next. Highly recommend this book.
This was a really enjoyable book. I am working my way through the Allon Series and it was refreshing to get back to art, AND to have the story traverse Nazi Germany again.
Well written with multiple story peaks. I binged this one!
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Gabriel Allon has once again attempted to retire from his position as Israel's foremost spy, but every time he tries to get out, they pull him back in. As in the past ("The Heist"), a stolen painting is the lure, but the plot pivots to Middle Eastern politics (Iran's nuclear ambitions). As in other Allon affairs, he has to send a woman in to do the inside work, then he has to go in and save her.
I've only read three Silva-Allon titles, but this is a recurring formula. The first two didn't work -- in The Heist, Allon proved to be the worst spy ever and Silva proved to be a lazy writer, his poorly constructed plot full of more holes than the Albert Hall. But this affair works. Allon accomplishes his mission(s) this time, though not in the predictable manner of cookie cutter espionage thrillers, and Silva does some good work as a writer.
Most satisfyingly, Silva incorporates research into interesting real life history -- Nazi looting of art, Dutch collaboration, a personal story similar to Anne Frank (diverging in important ways), Nazis hiding in South America, collaboration of Swiss bankers with Nazis, and present-day collaboration of European financiers and industrialists with Iran in their pursuit of nuclear weapons.
There is also an examination of how the sins of the father may be visited upon the son (or vice versa) and how people of different character react differently to learning about the flaws of their forebears. No coincidence that a character invokes that well-known biblical aphorism, and that the book concludes with Allon reverentially invoking the term "Abba", the Hebrew word for father.
I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!
This story has a very interesting part about stolen Nazi art. It also has a big fat violent part that isn't believable.
The narrator is melodramatic in his delivery and does very bad English accents.
j love allon his mix of bad ass vs restorer what a good cover for a spy as always the characters are very interesting and well thought out , look foward to the next one
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
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