The Cellist - Daniel Silva

The Cellist

By Daniel Silva

  • Release Date: 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
3.5
From 3,750 Ratings

Description

#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.

Reviews

  • The Cellist

    5
    By Booklove2
    One of the best. I couldn’t put it down!
  • Very Slow

    3
    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

    5
    By Doug Abbott
    Another great story by Daniel Silva.
  • Another great Allon plot

    5
    By MBSigler
    Fast paced, interesting read that was hard to put down. Kudos to the author for tackling the events of Jan 6 in the context of how they were seen abroad. Artists have a centuries long tradition of using art to express political views, and while there was some reality in the plot lines, it wasn’t so much as to overwhelm the main story.
  • Too much Covid

    2
    By BEH1961
    I am no fan of Trump, unlike many of those who posted negative reviews. I have zero doubt he authored a coup against the United States of America That said, I agree with the rightist reviewers that the constant Covid talk made was unbearable and unnecessary. One reference is fine: It was a cloudy day. But hearing how cloudy every other chapter just flat out kills the story. I have read or listened to every Allon book until now, but this might well be the last
  • Way to Political

    1
    By ckodom
    I read fiction to escape from the world for just a little while and unfortunately this book doesn’t allow you to do that with all the political overtones. First he starts with the mask mandates which have been proven don’t work, then he starts with the vaccines which have also been proven to not work and that they are causing people to die and then he starts with his total dislike of Trump and his absolute liberal love of obama, no excuse me biden who has proven in the year he has been president to be the WORST president this country has ever had, even worse than carter and obama. I certainly won’t be purchasing anymore of his books now that his true colors have shown through.
  • What a Crock

    1
    By Dcrashdavis
    I’ve read all the Gabriel Allon books—I enjoy political fiction, but I don’t enjoy political propaganda. It would seem that Mr. Silva researched a sizable portion of this book by watching CNN and MSNBC. If I want to be subjected to left wing propaganda, I’ll watch CNN and MSNBC or some of the other corporate media. I don’t need Mr. Silva interjecting it into an otherwise pleasant reading exercise.
  • Done with Silva

    1
    By cwaynefox
    Semi boring slow moving plot- definitely not action packed. I read fiction to escape the political crap going. If He wants to write about that fine but don’t pollute a great fiction series with it. He should have left Allon dead at the end and called it a career.
  • Terrible

    1
    By Austin WillytheP
    Author needs to stick to suspense and keep his leftist views to himself. Will never buy another of his books
  • Waste of my time.

    1
    By porhd99
    It sucked .