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 liked everything about this one, the story, the players and as always the voices that really make it. I like hoe Allon is maturing as the stories go on.
This was a fast and interesting read. He was a bit heavy handed filling us in on the history of art theft from the European Jews and some of the horrors they endured. All true...and a story that can't be told enough. But it was just a little heavy handed.. Could have been done with slightly more finesse. Those are minor quibbles. My big quibble was with Phil Gigante. He is just not suited to this or any other Silva book. His accents are inconsistant withing the same person in different parts of the book. His Englishman was a caricature. His Israeli accents weren't even close. It isn't that this is essential.. but given that Silva's readership includes many people who would recognize an Israeli accent, it is very annoying. Some of the accents are what you might expect from someone imagining what an Israeli accent might be... namely a yiddishy Eastern European accent....very far from the Israeli type accent. The main problem is that the main character's accent wasn't close to Israeli...and wasn't distinctive at all. It was just watered down something... something I couldn't figure out... and not being distinctive in any way, it limited my ability to think of the character in any distinctive way. His woman voices are mostly pitiful. It was painful to listen to the main character's wife. The only ones he did well were the old Eastern European women....I think that is the only "Jewish" accent he knows. This has really pulled down the last 2 Silva books. I am sure Gigante would do fine with other books but he shouldn't read Silva's
Say something about yourself!
If you think you're going to hear about an interesting couple who have retired to Cornwall to order to put the past behind them, think again. These are old, world weary spies who SHOULD retire and let someone with more enthusiasm do the work. I found the book to be tiresome, especially the worldview that Israel is doing dirty work that must be done and should the mission fail, Israel will be blamed even though America and England are equal players. In fact, one old goat, responds to this observation by saying, with a heavy heart, sadly shaking his weary head, 'Yes, they always do....they always do.' There is a plot. It does involve art theft and art restoration but the heart of the story is the inevitable story of the jewish persecution this time set in Switzerland; what was taken, how it was found, where it had been and how things were put right. There was a twist there in that it wasn't strictly legal but it was probably morally justified. If you love everything Daniel Silva writes you will probably like this one too. I was disappointed.
This is an intelligent but fun ride. The characters are interesting and the reader gives them distinct and credible voices. Other than "The Mark of the Assassin," which was just so-so, you cannot go wrong with Daniel Silva.
The way I rate books, does it make me stay on the treadmill or my bike longer? I think I lost some weight with this one. Great old characters, could of used more action from Gabriel.
As a fan of Daniel Silva's and the Alon series which I've heard everyone, I waited with anticipation for this book to became available on Audible.com. I had read the reviews and they were mostly right on so I won't repeat what's already been stated. I will remain a fan and hope that the next book will redeem this one.
I love and have read all Daniel Silva's books, even going back to The Unlikely Spy. Really remind of the great John Le Carre. I literally ran to the books store to buy the paper copy of this book. Now I am "re-reading" the audio version because I like Phil Gigante as well.
My only concern is that Gabrial is getting old. By my math, If he was, let's say in 22 in 1972 on his first mission, he has to be close to 60. How much longer can he go? I hope Mr. Silva has another great hero in the works....
Not a good story. It isn't clever and compelling. Personally, I am tired of the Nazi war crime story lines.
I, too, have most of Daniel Silva's audios in this series. I realize it's a fine line, but one can go to the well once too often. You know Gabriel won't die because he is the linchpin to future serials. I personally like the author and his hero, but I'm now bored. I can just go back to early books and relisten. Readers want new stimulation.
If you wonder why the world will always be at war, all you have to do is listen to this book. Yes, the Holocaust was one of the great human trajedies of our time. Is it justification for every violent act of retaliation? No. Is it grounds for Restitution? No.
Behind every great fortune lies a great crime? The author doesn't even see the hypocrisy of the whole premise of his book.
I thoroughly dislike the narrator. His female voices are simpering and annoying. Sorry, I have nothing good to say about this book. I forgot I had listened to a previous novel by this author and was so sorry I wasted my money on supporting the Jewish rationalization of their continued violence.
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