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The Cellist Kindle Edition
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.
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#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.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition 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: 295 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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!
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.
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.
I used to be a big fan of Daniel Silva, but never again will I read one of his books.
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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.