The Rembrandt Affair

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Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.
In the ancient English city of Glastonbury, an art restorer has been brutally murdered and a long-lost portrait...
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Overview

Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.
In the ancient English city of Glastonbury, an art restorer has been brutally murdered and a long-lost portrait by Rembrandt mysteriously stolen. Despite his reluctance, Gabriel is persuaded to use his unique skills to search for the painting and those responsible for the crime. But as he painstakingly follows a trail of clues leading from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires and, finally, to a villa on the graceful shores of Lake Geneva, Gabriel discovers there are deadly secrets connected to the painting. And evil men behind them.
Before he is done, Gabriel will once again be drawn into a world he thought he had left behind forever, and will come face-to-face with a remarkable cast of characters: a glamorous London journalist who is determined to undo the worst mistake of her career, an elusive master art thief who is burdened by a conscience, and a powerful Swiss billionaire who is known for his good deeds but may just be behind one of the greatest threats facing the world.
Filled with remarkable twists and turns of plot, and told with seductive prose, The Rembrandt Affair is more than just summer entertainment of the highest order. It is a timely reminder that there are men in the world who will do anything for money.
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Gabriel Allon's attempts to extract himself from secret agent activities have intensified since incident recounted in The Defector (9780451230669) that traumatized his wife. At the time quitting the super-secret Office seemed relatively simple, but refusing to get involved with a case involving a Rembrandt art restorer is impossible. A Barnes & Noble Bestseller, now in a mass market paperback and NOOK Book. (Hand-selling tip: Daniel Silva is one of the best spy novel writers alive today. One reviewer recommends his novels "for readers who crave both deft characterization and old-fashioned, spy-novel action.")

The Kansas City Star
Of those writing spy novels today, Daniel Silva is quite simply the best.
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The perfect book for fans of well-crafted thrillers ... the kind of page-turner that captures the reader from the opening chapter and doesn't let go.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469272153
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Series: Gabriel Allon Series , #0
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Moscow Rules and 10 other international bestselling spy novels. Best known for his Gabriel Allon series, his books are translated into more than 25 languages. Silva lives in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC with his wife, NBC Today National Correspondent Jamie Gangel and their twins Lily and Nicholas.
Photo of the author: John Earle, photographer

Biography

Daniel Silva was attending graduate school in San Francisco when United Press International offered him a temporary job covering the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Later that year, the wire service offered him full-time employment; he quit grad school and went to work for UPI -- first in San Francisco, then in Washington, D.C., and finally as a Middle East Correspondent posted in Cairo. While covering the Iran-Iraq War in 1987, he met NBC correspondent Jamie Gangel. They married, and Silva returned to Washington to take a job with CNN.

Silva was still at CNN when, with the encouragement of his wife, he began work on his first novel, a WWII espionage thriller. Published in 1997, The Unlikely Spy became a surprise bestseller and garnered critical acclaim. ("Evocative... memorable..." said The Washington Post; "Briskly suspenseful," raved The New York Times). On the heels of this somewhat unexpected success, Silva quit his job to concentrate on writing.

Other books followed, all earning respectable reviews; but it was Silva's fourth novel that proved to be his big breakthrough. Featuring a world-famous art restorer and sometime Israeli agent named Gabriel Allon, The Kill Artist (2000) fired public imagination and soared to the top of the bestseller charts. Gabriel Allon has gone on to star in several sequels, and his creator has become one of our foremost novelists of espionage intrigue, earning comparisons to such genre superstars as John Le Carré. Frederick Forsythe, and Robert Ludlum. Silva's books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have been published around the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2010

    Lucky enough to get an early review copy!

    A smart, funny page-turner Daniel Silva fans will love this. Art theft meets terrorism. A secret in a missing painting. Gabriel Allon takes on a Swiss banker who will do anything for money and to protect his reputation. We need a movie!

    34 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    Daniel Silva at his best

    The Rembrandt Affair is Daniel Silva's most engaging work yet. He manages to wrap one of the Great Masters, the horrors of the Holocaust, and modern day terrorism into a thrilling package. I've found all of Mr. Silva's books to be page turners, but this one grips you from the first chapter and won't let go. Silva has a true talent of storytelling that engages the reader and draws them into the book. Inevitably current events mirror the terrors that Silva describes in his books. I recommend reading the entire Allon series, but it's not necessary to read them in chronological order; Silva gives each book its own identity and its own crisis to conquer.

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

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    terrific Allon thriller

    Art restorer and retired Mossad agent Gabriel Allon and his agent second wife Chiara retreat to Glastonbury, England for some R&R and a return to normalcy after the recent near fatal abduction of her (see The Defector). However, the respite ends when Allon learns a dear colleague was murdered and the Rembrandt painting the victim was restoring was stolen. Unable to hide on the sidelines, Allon investigates.

    Allon's inquiry into a theft turned ugly takes him into the underbelly of capitalism as European firms clandestinely and illegally are selling reactor centrifuges to Iran. He realizes all nuclear waste in this case leads to Switzerland. Knowing he cannot go it alone, Allon calls in his former crew mates.

    The latest Allon thriller is a terrific tale that has a different feel to the story line. The tale starts off as a mystery, but the clues turn the plot into an action-packed espionage thriller. Fast-paced regardless of genre, The Rembrandt Affair has the hero doing his usual quality job as he comes out of retirement to try to prevent the illegal sales to Iran. The escapades never stop until after the final confrontation; yet the key that refreshes this entry is Allon, who on the surface seems the same as in his previous appearances, but long time fans will notice subtle but fascinating differences.

    Harriet Klausner

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

    The phrase ... "latest and greatest" comes to mind...

    I've been a fan of Daniel Silva and his Gabriel Allon series, so know that up front.

    Regardless, I could not put this down! I was anxiously awaiting its publication, and was not disappointed.

    BN does a great job with the details around plot, characters, etc...

    So I'll say this - I picked up one of his books, mid-series at an airport, and read through the flight and didnt stop reading in the ride home! Since then, I absolutley HAVE to read each Silva book as they come out.

    The story line is always so believable - the characters so developed (I have a great image in my mind as I read these).. and if you've traveled the world Daniel Silva brings places youve been to life again - even places you've never been. He draws you in quickly and keeps you hooked thorough the end... The story is detailed and involved, but as a reader, easy to follow.

    I read a lot .... A LOT... and have never posted up a review before... but I couldnt help myself.

    If you are looking and wondering if you'll enjoy this - wonder no more!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2010

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    THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR, by Daniel Silva,

    Gabriel Allon has decided to retire on the peaceful coast in England, but his retirement is interrupted by an old acquaintance, art dealer Julian Isherwood, who owns a fashionable gallery in London. He's in big trouble as a newly discovered Rembrandt entrusted to him for restoration is missing leaving him holding the bag for forty five million dollars...and the fun begins.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2010

    Masterpiece!

    This is a sophisticated thriller that is also a page turner. Everyone in my family is addicted to the series. My teenagers love it, so do my parents. And then we sit and discuss how they reflect the real world. The thrills dont have to be bloody fight scenes, because the real world threat is scary enough. Once again Silva makes incredible connections of how history repeats itself... and the characters in his books are so real you cant call them characters. Long live Gabriel Allon and his team. They are members of my family.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

    Gelati's Scoop

    I have had a nice run of finding really good novels to read and post on this summer. The Rembrandt Affair is like holding 480 pages of energy in your hand. It was an awesome read for many reasons. Daniel Silva has crafted another fine piece of work, but as many of his fans have commented on already, you were waiting impatiently for this novel and expected nothing less to be delivered. I was surprised by the size of the novel but he used every page and every word to the reader's advantage.
    The Rembrandt Affair starts out simply and then picks up the pace as we think we can see how the plotline is unfolding. Guess again. Silva shifts gears and directions in a way that makes it very hard to put this novel down. My best advice, don't have much to do when you crack this open. This is a piece from the jacket that will give you a little flav of what is contained in pages of the novel: " Before he is done, Gabriel will once again be drawn into a world he thought he had left behind forever, and will come face-to-face with a remarkable cast of characters: a glamorous London journalist who is determined to undo the worst mistake of her career, an elusive master art thief who is burdened by a conscience, and a powerful Swiss billionaire who is known for his good deeds but may just be behind one of the greatest threats facing the world. It is a timely reminder that there are men in the world who will do anything for money."
    I think women will do anything for money also, but that may be just my opinion, but I digress. Daniel Silva hits another home run with The Rembrandt Affair. The novel is heavy at 480 pages of fun, but don't take it lightly, this hits the mark and then some .Gabriel is back in the saddle doing what he does best. Silva presents us with another novel that has been crafted with all the right elements and does not feel that he just followed a recipe. Instead this read is fresh, unnerving, and original. Does anybody expect any less from a writer of this caliber? What is your favorite Daniel Silva Novel?
    What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Book Blogs, and also look for our posts on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and the Bucks County Library System. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati's Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; we will see you tomorrow. Have a great day.
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    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

    Loved it !

    Once again Daniel Silva book delivers a brilliant thriller. His carefully constructed plot and well-developed characters make for an intriguing and thrilling reading experience.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Love of money, the root of all evil. A beautiful smile and terrible secrets that only Gabriel can untangle.

    Once you pick up this book you will be unable to put it down. Gabriel comes out retirement to help a damaged soul and find a missing painting .
    Prepare for sleepless nights as you follow Gabriel in this great spy thriller.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

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    A NAIL-BITING THRILL!

    This is a nail-biting thrill, philosophical thought, well-drawn, compelling characters, fabulous settings, holocaust history sensitively presented, and an extremely clever plot! The plot follows the search for a lost Rembrandt portrait, a masterpiece with a history of bloodshed. Former Israeli Secret Security Agent, Gabriel Allon, is now living with his wife in Cornwall and trying to enjoy retirement..but..on with the story.
    It is just so exciting!

    Others I will share, RETRIBUTION, CRACKED HEARTS, EXPLOSION IN PARIS, 7th VICTIM.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    A maturing Gabriel Allon shows new depth

    "Rembrandt" is reminescent of the earlier Gabriel Allon exploits, in that the plot never entirely leaves the world Allon seeks --the world of art -- and it is in Allon's abiity to function in that mileu as well as in the world of international intrigue that sets Allon apart from the heros of Silva's colleagues. While the plot eploits Allon's abilities to travel to far off destinations and hobnob with the rich and famous of the covert world, it never loses its tie to the basic conflict that connects Silva's more recent novels --the war between the avenging Israel angel and the art restorer who seeks a quiet life in the hills of Umbria or aat a cliffside Cornwall cottage. Another rewarded aspect of this latest endeavor is the appearance of the old standbys, Julian Unsherwood especially, and the young boy who had been befriended by Gabriel during his first retreat to Cornwall. But the new people are also there, notably Mikael who nearly died with Gabriel and Chiara in Silva's penultimate work. There is a touch of pathos that is not overdone in the characters of Lena and others who were victims of the Holocaust,including Allon himself. The addition of a female journalist who is recruited into the action is necessary to the plot, but the least innovative part of the work. We are perhaps getting bored with the insertion into every spy novel's plot of an astonishingly beautiful, innocent and heroic female amateur who gets highjacked into the action because she has shared a bed with a bad guy.
    There is a hint that this may be Allon's swansong, and if it is, the reader should unselfishly relinguish Gabriel and Chiara to the queit life they crave. But if Shamron is right and there is always a new threat emerging, then I will again purchase and read the newest adventure on its first day of availability, as I did this time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

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    Rating Rembrandt

    With so many of the submitted reviews here giving The Rembrandt Affair five stars,it is hard to understand how it only comes up with 3 stars after taking into consideration the reader ratings that do not provide reviews. How could the 2 groups be so far apart? I found myself in the middle, wanting at points to give it five stars, but finally deciding on three for the reason that the novel has no sophisticated writing- one can whip through almost 500 pages quite quickly. The way the story wraps up is nothing short of cheap, in my opinion. But, in that quick reading, I did enjoy the story, and the turns of events kept my interest. After 10 Gabriel Allon novels, something else is due.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2010

    Another Great Book by Silva

    If you have read Silva's previous books you need to give this one a little time to develop. Once you get into the plot line, it takes off and doesnt stop. This is a great book and the facts and plot are woven very well! I give it two thumbs up with two big toes up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2010

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    The Rembrandt Affair

    I have not read Daniel Silva in the past and the The Rembrandt Affair has made me a follower. Maybe it is the combination of artwork, Nazi Germany or just the whole spy game, but this novel kept me interested right up to the last sentence.

    It begins with the murder of an art restorer and a long lost Rembrandt painting stolen once again. What is the secret behind this painting and why was the restorer killed? Gabriel Allon is brought in to investigate and soon learns that it more than just a stolen masterpiece with links to Nazi looting. Somehow involved are links to terrorism. Following Allon and he travels across the globe from one clue to another made it an intense read.

    Silva creates such colorful characters and interesting locales, that I must go back and read his other novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2010

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    Riveting

    Once again Daniel Silva maintains the elegant balance of characters, plot, action and thought-provoking issues that we have come to expect and love.

    The Rembrandt Affair, like the rest of his books, pulls historical issues into the present as new generations of characters deal with the issues for good and for evil. As always, the book makes us ask questions of ourselves as well as of our times.

    If you're looking for riveting action and entertainment, you will find it here. If you're looking for more, you will find it in spades.

    Mr. Silva's books get better and better. I devoured The Rembrandt Affair in one sitting and am looking forward to hearing the audio version and to re-reading the book just in case I missed something. Get your cheese, crackers, grapes, and a pot of coffee ready. Settle into your favorite chair. You are in for a wonderful evening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2010

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    As always, Daniel Silva delivers!

    One can always count on a Daniel Silva book to deliver a provocative - and often emotional - thriller. His elegant voice, carefully constructed plot and well-developed characters make for an intriguing and often thrilling reading experience. This time, Silva throws readers for a loop with a story that combines looted Holocaust art, the painful story of a hidden child and the maddening complexities of looming terror threats. Instead of following a single plot thread from the start, he tosses several seemingly disconnected story lines our way, leaving the reader hungry to see how they will come together - at times it is almost impossible to figure out how the author might make this happen. But Silva does weave them together, with skill and subtlety, in a series of exciting events that eventually end the book on an emotional scene that leaves the reader wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Always a great read!

    I love Silva's books...always a interesting plot....I did download it to my iPad and had no problem..like the other 2 reviews....we are suppose to write a review on the book not the Nook!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Very good read

    Well paced and excellent storytelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    ENGROSSING

    Very good - absorbing - as good as all the other Allon books

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    adictive

    This series is great, well written, entertaining and informative. Can't be a better beach book than this series.n

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