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.
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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