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The Cellist Kindle Edition
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Master of international intrigue Daniel Silva, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, comes an explosive new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon.
The most beautiful music hides the deadliest secrets ...
Viktor Orlov had a longstanding appointment with death. Once Russia's richest man, he now resides in exile in London, where he is waging a crusade against the kleptocrats who have seized control of the Kremlin. His mansion is protected by armed bodyguards. 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 by one of Orlov's employees, a prominent investigative reporter. And when the reporter vanishes hours after the killing, MI6 concludes she is a Moscow Center assassin who penetrated the billionaire's formidable defenses. But Gabriel Allon believes his friends in British intelligence are dangerously mistaken. His search for the truth will take him to Geneva, where a private intelligence service is plotting an act of violence that will plunge an already divided America into chaos. Only Allon, with the help of a brilliant young woman employed by the world's dirtiest bank, can stop it....
Praise for Daniel Silva:
'Fascinating, suspenseful and bated-breath exciting' Publishers Weekly
'One of the greatest spy novelists the genre has ever known' CrimeReads
'Daniel Silva is that rarity of rarities, a writer whose stories just keep getting better' Huffington Post
'If you like Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher, get to know Gabriel Allon' Australian Women's Weekly
Praise for House of Spies:
‘A tense, thrilling adventure’ Huffington Post
Praise for The Black Widow:
‘Not only gripping but works as an IS history primer’ Sun
‘It is Silva’s creative genius that keeps it all moving, as well as his mastery of storytelling that keeps the intense momentum of the plot ever pushing forward’ Huffington Post
‘A fitting final mission for one of fiction’s greatest spies… A dark thriller for difficult times’ Kirkus Review
‘Fascinating, suspenseful, and bated-breath exciting’ Publishers Weekly
‘Silva builds suspense like a symphony conductor… A winner on all fronts’ Booklist
Praise for Daniel Silva:
‘A truly talented writer’ Sun
‘Allon is the 21st century Bond – elegantly paced, subtle and well-informed.’ Daily Mail
'Sexily brooding Allon… must be the most famous superspy not played by Daniel Craig' Daily Telegraph
'In true Bauer fashion, shoot-outs, kidnappings and international terror plots follow Gabriel Allon wherever he goes' USA Today
‘Silva builds tension with breathtaking double and triple turns of the plot’ People
‘A world class practitioner of spy fiction’ Washington Post
‘Silva is a master of suspense’ Barbara Taylor Bradford, The Week--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the beloved Gabriel Allon novels, including The Black Widow and The Cellist. His books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than thirty languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08VKK94MZ
- Publisher : HarperCollins (1 August 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3590 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 480 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,345 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I may not finish reading this book. I'm so terribly disappointed. I did like the music.
I decided to finish reading this novel and some of what was missing earlier reappeared. The 20 + chapters before that, though were hard work.
I have to say that the references to COVID seemed like something that for some reason needed to be mentioned from time to time, simply as a reminder of what the world is going through, but with little real impact on the story. I found that it actually detracted from the story, and wondered why it was included in this way.
On the other hand, it was a great read, and I am pleased that Allon lives to fight another day!
Almost all the main characters have now become caricatures: the leading women are all stunningly beautiful and accomplished and the men are either equally handsome or reduced to a few cartoonish characteristics. Oh, and they generally move in glamorous, wealthy and privileged circles. The premise of the plot is interesting and I liked the way it wove in with the news of recent years. But, in keeping with the last couple of Allon books, it's entirely predictable that one of the beautiful women becomes the instrument of the villain's downfall but in the process falls into his clutches and has to be rescued by Allon's team. It also has some fairly large holes which I won't mention to avoid spoilers, but the biggest and most obvious is Silva's efforts to keep Allon's original team together in the field despite the fact that Allon is now Director-General of The Office and the others have risen to become section heads.
However, the thing I liked least in this latest book was the tedious product placement. The reader is constantly assailed by the brand names of pianos, clothes, shoes, cars, cigarettes and even lighters (eg "His Dunhill lighter flared"). Allon now flies everywhere in a Gulfstream GS 50, "of astounding comfort and murky registry," and the ex-SAS soldier Christopher Keller (who spent years working under cover in various guises) now announces his presence to friends and enemies alike by driving around in a Bentley.
Hyped and hyper-expensive products may well be ubiquitous and perhaps expected among the uber-wealthy, but I really don’t care. It would be ok if all this conspicuous consumption was described ironically, or in such a way as to highlight its crassness and emptiness, but one feels that Silva himself is in thrall to it all. Even the world of art and music - one of Silva’s constant themes - is portrayed almost solely in terms of fame and fortune and glamour. We know these are features of the commercial art world but Allon himself is supposed to be a painter and it would be nice to get a glimpse of some higher aspiration every now and again.
This superficiality has been a growing theme in the Allon series of books and I find it quite off-putting. It's all very James Bond, especially in the most recent manifestations of that franchise, and it's a waste of Silva's obvious writing talent. I'm sure this book will earn him a lot of money and perhaps glitz and glamour is what his market wants, but personally I hope he brings his plots and his characters closer to earth in future.
I used to be a big fan of Daniel Silva, but never again will I read one of his books.
Interesting characters, a riveting plot and hints of world wide current affairs, make this instalment hard to put down.
I always dread the long wait for the next book to be released, but it’s always worth the wait.
Bravo Mr Silva.
Top reviews from other countries
Whereas Silva's background as a journalist brought his previous novels to life, The Cellist reveals a mastermind who no longer endeavors to (or is no longer able to) distinguish between fact and fiction. Even at Silva's best, he's been unable to resist the temptation to inject himself into his stories. I don't mean in the sense that all authors are reflected in their works; every character, after all, reveals something about its creator. But I've always gotten the impression that Silva is absurdly pleased with himself: little comments here and there throughout the series seem designed to jerk the reader from the narrative and remind them of the genius behind the fiction. And in the case of The Cellist, the fiction simply isn't all that great. I kept waiting for the real Gabriel Allon to show up. About halfway through my slog-of-a-read, I came to the sinking realization that he'd been there all along. And that I no longer care for him. Gabriel hasn't aged well; he's a shell of his former intriguing self. No-- not a shell. A puppet. Gabriel Allon has become little more than the mouthpiece of his creator. The author's prerogative, to be sure. But it's not the reader's joy.
Perhaps it really is time for Gabriel to ride off into the Venetian sunset.