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.
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Missed the Path
I have read/listen to all of Daniel Silva’s published books. Over the years I have looked forward to the next installment of Gabriel Allon….. each book in their own way provided me a great personal escape full of intriguing facts and details that made the twist and turns just that little bit more believable while directly adding to the story and characters and the reality they live in.
For me, this book missed that mark…. It felt like a little too much personal hatred bled through the writing that distracted from the story and the characters
I listened to this book during an 18 hour car ride with my husband. We both enjoyed it very much. We love the entire Gabriel Allon series written by DaSilva and always look forward to the next one. This did not disappoint. DaSilva deftly tied in events of the past year into other events in this novel.
After my disappointment with The Order I should not have purchased this one. Neither are of the same quality of the previous Gabriel Allon books. I don’t go to fiction for political opinions or lectures! I’m looking for entertainment and a break from all the wokeness and tiring political rhetoric! I won’t be rushing out to get the next Daniel Silva.