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The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon)

A book by Daniel Silva

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  • Oct 14, 2010
 In this latest entry in Silva's Allon saga, Gabriel and wife Chiara have hidden themselves away on a remote cliff in Cornwall, recovering from his last clandestine operation in Russia. Gabriel has no intention of coming out of retirement, but the murder of a fellow art restorer, and the theft of the masterpiece he was working on, bring him back into business as usual. What transpires is a full blown investigation replete with international arms dealings and the repercussions of Nazi war crimes. And the world is once again on the brink of nuclear threat. Silva also brings to light the incredible, truly chilling role played by supposedly tolerant, peaceful Switzerland in preventing Holocaust victims from recovering stolen property and money. What he does best is recount his characters' stories, both happy and tragic, in such a way that they seem to be real living persons. The complications in this plot are provocative, seemingly taken from last night's newspaper headlines. Overall, however, most of the books about Allon follow fundamentally the same lines, and the narrative extols Gabriel's professional virtues to the point where he sounds like the next messiah. But Silva is a master, a very gifted writer, and the flaws inherent in this series are not serious enough to preclude reading each and every installment. ( In his afterword, he describes the sources that he used in writing Rembrandt, and he is unflinchingly pro-Israel. )

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October 14, 2010
The idea of pillorying Switzerland's part in sheltering Nazi's ill-gotten gains from the Jews during the Holocaust is getting to be an EXTREMELY recurring theme in Silva's novels. I'm beginning to tire of the idea and I wonder whether I'll bother with this one at all. Thanks for the review, LInda.
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review by . August 07, 2010
From the opening pages until the final page, I was snagged in the page-turning excitement of Daniel Silva's writing. I've read the other dozen Silva novels and enjoyed each one of them. I had a high level of expectation for THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR and the author delivered with excellence.     If you are looking for some great storytelling and entertainment, you need to get this book.
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"Of those writing spy novels today, Daniel Silva is quite simply the best."
-The Kansas City Star

"The perfect book for fans of well-crafted thrillers ... the kind of page- turner that captures the reader from the opening chapter and doesn't let go."
-The Associated Press

Gabriel Allon, master art restorer and assassin, returns in a spellbinding new novel from the #1New York Times-bestselling author.

Over the course of a brilliant career, Daniel Silva has established himself as "the gold standard" of thriller writers (Dallas Morning News) who "has hit upon the perfect formula to keep espionage-friendly fans' fingers glued to his books, turning pages in nearly breathless anticipation" (BookPage). But now, having reached "the pinnacle of world-class spy thriller writing" (The Denver Post), Silva has produced his most extraordinary novel to date-a tale of greed, passion, and murder spanning more than half a century, centered on an object of haunting beauty.

Two families, one terrible secret, and a painting to die for ...

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...
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ISBN-10: 0399156585
ISBN-13: 978-0399156588
Author: Daniel Silva
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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