The Cellist - Daniel Silva

The Cellist

By Daniel Silva

  • Release Date: 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 4,258 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.


  • The Cellist

    By janu0114
    Silva is a left wing loon and shoves his opinions down the reader’a throat. Don’t waste your money.
  • The cellist

    By Gr8flredr
    I never would have anticipated such a clunky plot with contrived twists that try to create suspense, but defy logic. It’s as if the author wanted to tell a story that promotes his view of January 6, 2021 events. And then struggled clumsily to make it interesting. To adopt a phrase- history will not be kind to this book. Even now (December 2023), relations between Israel and the USA administration Daniel Silva champions are unraveling at an alarming rate. Silvia’s statement “in the end we all become liberals” has to be bitter crow. I suppose the best thing I can say about my reading experience with this author is that it won’t ever be repeated —ever😂
  • Leftist drivel

    By Camahan
    Embarrassing leftist drivel when not developing the plot
  • Personal politics

    By Swan 69
    Personal political views at the end of a fictional book are unbecoming of an international bestselling author.
  • Couldn’t read it.

    By Paleo Schnauzer
    I tried but too many poorly defined characters dumped on the reader all at once made me feel like I must have a book with pages missing. I just couldn’t get past the first few chapters.
  • Current political affairs

    By M&A
    Well written and spot on topic. Throughly enjoyed.
  • Great story, Bad politics

    By Fuzz6656
    The story itself is another classic but then the author interjects a political ending (his privilege.). Then this fiction is carried over to the author’s comments, most of which have been debunked. The “past administration” was the best friend Israel has had and Gabriel would agree. The current administration supports Iran, sworn enemies of Israel and the U.S. I guess the author can be excused if he has gathered his information and opinions from CNN, which has been wrong on every major political story.
  • Excellent Read but…

    By cjmullysr
    Excellent read though I didn’t appreciate the overly partisan theme at the end.
  • The Celist

    By Critical Cal
    A real disappointment. Too many stories crammed into one book and overly politically biased.
  • Not his best piece

    By PF72239