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.
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Another terrific effort by Daniel Silva... another great narration by Phil Gigante. This book was a little slow getting out of the gate, but once the horse let loose, the suspense and action really heated up. Interesting, but sad story, about the fate of people during WWII,
I love to listen and read books. I don't waste a minute...I listen when I am driving, cleaning, getting my nails done, etc. Fiction books are my favorites.... mysteries.
It was captivating. I almost believed there was a Rembrandt out there. The story was really held your interest, and it was believable. Great job. I usually listen to my books in the mornings when I am taking my 5 mile walk. I found myself not being able to wait till the next morning... I had to listen as I worked around the house. The narriator, (Phil Gigante) was excellent as well. Bottom line.... I really enjoyed the book.
It was suspenseful and exciting. I really thought there was a nother Rembrandt out there the way this read. I would recommend it.
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.
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