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The Cellist Paperback – 28 July 2021
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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
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Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including The Black Widow and House of Spies.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.
- Publisher : HarperCollins AU (28 July 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1460755537
- ISBN-13 : 978-1460755532
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 3 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.