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 got hooked on Daniel DeSilva with his first novel -- The Unlikely Spy. I do not think the Gabriel series is of the same caliber. However, the narrator is always good and the stories always full of action and tension. This makes them quite enjoyable.
Daniel Silva didn't disappoint as this story weaved its way through the storied history of the Holocaust to the affairs between Israel and Iran then back again. It flowed easy and the main character, Gabriel, served as both an easy to love protagonist and narrator of the past. I was on the edge of my seat when it could have been so easy for Silva to kill off a decent character, the Russian Mikael, but spared him to likely make an appearance in a later installment. The narrator's intonation the female voices was like listening to a drag queen but otherwise took on the smooth, debonair attitude of Gabriel with expected accuracy. Very enjoyable to those seeking a decent historical fiction.
I loved this book - and was sorry to have finished listening to it this afternoon. This is my first Daniel Silva book and I'm now adding his others to my wish list and eager to listen to more of them. The characters are well developed, the plot is interesting and captivating, and stays on target without wandering into subplots that complicate. Even though I have not read any of the previous novels I did not feel as though I missed a beat in Gabriel's story and what brought him to where he was in the beginning of this book. Phil Gigante - just the BEST narrator I have listened to so far - his voices are distinct, accurate, but not too over the top (except for maybe his depiction of Zoe).
Just a brilliant book!
The Gabriel Allon series was great, but this assassin is way past his prime. The plot of this book is virtually identical to at least two others and the repetitive and hackneyed language was cringe inducing. How many times in one novel do we have to hear that Gabriel's eyes are green, the bad guy has icy blue eyes, etc.? The narrator is irritating in the best of circumstances - especially with women's voices - but when given such bad material, he's simply not bearable. Let Allon retire!
Silva is a fantastic author. This is simply a continuation of greatness. Gabriel is back and is as good as ever. I cannot brag on this book enough!
Amazing. Simply amazing. Silva has done it again. Fine writing weaving the famed fictional Israeli agent, Gabriel Allon, into current events. I love this series.
Unless your Frank Rich the drama critic of the NYT looking to nitpick on small insignificant negatives. This is a great audiobook than any true Gabriel Alon fan will enjoy.
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.
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