The Cellist - Daniel Silva

The Cellist

By Daniel Silva

  • Release Date: 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 3,863 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller

“The pace of “The Cel­list” never slack­ens as its ac­tion vol­leys from Zurich to Tel Aviv to Paris and be­yond. Mr. Silva tells his story with zest, wit and su­perb tim­ing, and he en­gi­neers enough sur­prises to star­tle even the most at­ten­tive reader.“—Wall Street Journal

From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author, comes a timely and explosive new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon.

Viktor Orlov had a longstanding appointment with death. Once Russia’s richest man, he now resides in splendid exile in London, where he has waged a tireless crusade against the authoritarian kleptocrats who have seized control of the Kremlin. His mansion in Chelsea’s exclusive Cheyne Walk is one of the most heavily protected private dwellings in London. Yet somehow, on a rainy summer evening, in the midst of a global pandemic, Russia’s vengeful president finally manages to cross Orlov’s name off his kill list.

Before him was the receiver from his landline telephone, a half-drunk glass of red wine, and a stack of documents.…

The documents are contaminated with a deadly nerve agent. The Metropolitan Police determine that they were delivered to Orlov’s home by one of his employees, a prominent investigative reporter from the anti-Kremlin Moskovskaya Gazeta. And when the reporter slips from London hours after the killing, MI6 concludes she is a Moscow Center assassin who has cunningly penetrated Orlov’s formidable defenses.

But Gabriel Allon, who owes his very life to Viktor Orlov, believes his friends in British intelligence are dangerously mistaken. His desperate search for the truth will take him from London to Amsterdam and eventually to Geneva, where a private intelligence service controlled by a childhood friend of the Russian president is using KGB-style “active measures” to undermine the West from within. Known as the Haydn Group, the unit is plotting an unspeakable act of violence that will plunge an already divided America into chaos and leave Russia unchallenged. Only Gabriel Allon, with the help of a brilliant young woman employed by the world’s dirtiest bank, can stop it.

Elegant and sophisticated, provocative and daring, The Cellist explores one of the preeminent threats facing the West today—the corrupting influence of dirty money wielded by a revanchist and reckless Russia. It is at once a novel of hope and a stark warning about the fragile state of democracy. And it proves once again why Daniel Silva is regarded as his generation’s finest writer of suspense and international intrigue.


  • Leave Partisan Politics Out

    By 4eversurfer
    No need for the hyperbolic divisive political references. I read for entertainment not to drink the kool aid of political viewpoints.
  • Right wing covidiots

    By avidread111
    Of course they don’t like this book. Homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, science deniers can stick with Cj box…..
  • Unnecessary Biased Political Commentary Throughout the Book.

    By Apple app rates/ Farmville
    Too much biased disparaging political comment . Completely unnecessary. The Author only proves throughout the book that he is a left wing anti Trump individual. Never read another of his books.
  • Superb intrigue

    By DrB1001
    Great twists and turns especially near the end.
  • Daniel Silva & Gabriel Allon Are Totally Woke

    By AutoDidact1
    I have loved all of Silva’s Gabriel Allon books up until The Cellist and the book before that, when he started to expose his anti-American conservitive views. In the Cellist he goes all the way, insulting and demeaning Trump and the 74 million people who voted for him. I read The Cellist up to Chapter 62, when I felt that I was reading a “best hits in lying” from the New York Times. I haven’t stopped before the end of a novel…ever. Silva is wrong about everything he preaches about: the Russian collusion hoax, Mueller “nothing here” investigation, the alleged “insurrection” where not a single gun was found and the only person killed was a petite unarmed female Trump supporter, what Trump said and did during the “insurrection,” the usefulness of masks and vaccines, and so much more. Then there is what he lieaves out of his one-dsided narrative: why no National Guard was there at the Capitol (Nancy Pelosi turned down Trump’s request), how Biden allegedly got 16 million more votes than Obama, how the left used the pandemic to illegally change the voting rules, why so many people at the “insurrection” were not arrested because of their connection to the FBI, why the FBI did nothing about the destructive, murderous riots by the left in 2020, why the FBI didn’t bring charges against Hillary Clinton for funding the fictional Steele Dossier, and deleting 33,000 emails from an unsecured server that she kept at her home. If you read the acknowledgments, everything becomes clearer. His wife works for CNN, which hasn’t told the truth since at least late 2015. His good friend is Jeff Zucker, who oversaw the demise of CNN. He is close friends with Liz Cheney, who is unhinged in her anti-Trump words and actions. And more. Silva kept his lunatic left-wing narrative at bay for years, but his true beliefs are now out in the open. Goodbye, Daniel. Even sadder, goodbye Gabriel. You were so good until you became so bad.
  • Disappointing

    By full signal
    While I have always enjoyed Silvia’s novels, this one dragged a bit with too much narration and some passages that went on a bit too long, making these sideline factual stories irrelevant to the overall plot. Research for a novel is one thing, but adding everything from it to a thriller takes away from the plot and characters. There are a few places that sounded familiar, and I wondered if Silva had taken pieces from previous novels.
  • The Cellist

    By mmeisey
    I see that many people were disappointed in the politics in the book. I'll bet all of those people were Trumper's.
  • The Cellist

    By Booklove2
    One of the best. I couldn’t put it down!
  • Very Slow

    By DenverTwin
    This book was my least favorite of the Allon series. The author repeated himself several times describing people, something like the woman with the cello sitting in the room next door. He did that with several characters and then repeated them on the next page. I don’t know if it was supposed to be suspense building, but it was very boring until the last few chapters.
  • Great read

    By Doug Abbott
    Another great story by Daniel Silva.