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Silva's spy, assassin, and art-restoring protagonist, Gabriel Allon, returns in a fresh--and thrilling--international adventure. When an art restorer friend is killed and the Rembrandt painting he was working on stolen, Allon is lured out of a self-imposed retirement to investigate the crime. As the complex plot flips and twists from one country to the next, Phil Gigante keeps the plot moving forward with a calm, thoughtful reading that coils around the reader. His characters are perfectly drawn; the suspense, taut; and each individual is rendered distinctly: his reading of a Holocaust survivor's remembrance of being a little girl hiding from the Nazis is particularly effective and moving. A Putnam hardcover. (Aug.)
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About the Author

Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules and The Defector. He is married to NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel. They have two children, Lily and Nicholas. In 2009 Silva was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council.

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Product Details

  • Series: Gabriel Allon
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399156585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399156588
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (723 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He has been called his generation's finest writer of international intrigue and one of the greatest American spy novelists ever. Compelling, passionate, haunting, brilliant: these are the words that have been used to describe the work of #1 New York Times-bestselling author Daniel Silva.

Silva burst onto the scene in 1997 with his electrifying bestselling debut, The Unlikely Spy, a novel of love and deception set around the Allied invasion of France in World War II. His second and third novels, The Mark of the Assassin and The Marching Season, were also instant New York Times bestsellers and starred two of Silva's most memorable characters: CIA officer Michael Osbourne and international hit man Jean-Paul Delaroche. But it was Silva's fourth novel, The Kill Artist, which would alter the course of his career. The novel featured a character described as one of the most memorable and compelling in contemporary fiction, the art restorer and sometime Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon, and though Silva did not realize it at the time, Gabriel's adventures had only just begun. Gabriel Allon appears in Silva's next nine novels, each one more successful than the last: The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, and Prince of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules, and The Defector. Silva's forthcoming novel, The Rembrandt Affair, will be published on July 20, 2010.

Silva knew from a very early age that he wanted to become a writer, but his first profession would be journalism. Born in Michigan, raised and educated in California, he was pursuing a master's degree in international relations when he received a temporary job offer from United Press International to help cover the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Later that year Silva abandoned his studies and joined UPI fulltime, working first in San Francisco, then on the foreign desk in Washington, and finally as Middle East correspondent in Cairo and the Persian Gulf. In 1987, while covering the Iran-Iraq war, he met NBC Today National Correspondent Jamie Gangel and they were married later that year. Silva returned to Washington and went to work for CNN and became Executive Producer of its talk show unit including shows like Crossfire, Capital Gang and Reliable Sources.

In 1995 he confessed to Jamie that his true ambition was to be a novelist. With her support and encouragement he secretly began work on the manuscript that would eventually become the instant bestseller The Unlikely Spy. He left CNN in 1997 after the book's successful publication and began writing full time. Since then all of Silva's books have been New York Times and international bestsellers. His books have been translated in to more than 25 languages and are published around the world. Silva continues to reside in Washington with his wife and teenage twins Lily and Nicholas. When not writing he can usually be found roaming the stacks of the Georgetown University library, where he does much of the research for his books. He is currently at work on a new Gabriel Allon novel and warmly thanks all those friends and loyal readers who have helped to make the series such an amazing success.

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288 of 306 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Sakey on July 20, 2010
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Too few of today's espionage novelists deliver well-drawn characters, rich prose, or depth of philosophical thought. Daniel Silva, like John le Carre or Alan Furst, is an exception to that rule.

The plot follows the search for a lost Rembrandt portrait, a masterpiece with a legacy of bloodshed. But what makes the book special is that Silva uses this straightforward device as a springboard to explore issues ranging from the value of art--both fiscal and emotional--to international financial scams to global politics, all without ever letting the tension lag. The prose is exceptional, the research impeccable, and the characters compelling.

If you like your thrillers relentless and smart, this is one for you.
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111 of 116 people found the following review helpful By PatM on July 21, 2010
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I am a long-time fan of this series; the quality of Mr. Silva's writing has reached a very high level, and remains there with The Rembrandt Affair. There's a little less action than in some of the recent books, but the read is still quick and spell-binding. I fear that the series will be winding down soon, but I hope it continues for at least another ten books, especially if the quality remains as high as exemplified by The Rembrandt Affair.

Several commenters have given the book a single star rating for issues they have with the pricing of the Kindle edition. I don't think that is fair, since the quality of the writing is so extraordinary. I think the reading value of this book justifies the price. Incidentally, I bought the hardback edition, but I think the Kindle verison is fairly priced too. I use the ratings a great deal, but I use them to judge the quality of the product; pricing you can always evaluate yourself, but that shouldn't be a factor in the rating of the product quality.
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211 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Julia Walker VINE VOICE on July 20, 2010
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Whew. I remember this guy, Daniel Silva. He wrote the most marvelous thrillers -- action plus ideology, art, politics, a strong sense of place, memorable minor characters. Then he took a sabbatical that lasted 3 novels. Three novels in which the hero became a self-involved action figure.

But now he's back. And Gabriel Allon is back in Cornwall, although not yet out to sea or in the studio. He's tracking again, but tracking down a missing Rembrandt, a portrait of the artist's mistress, a never-displayed lost treasure. Julian Isherwood is much in evidence and the watching little boy of the early novels, Peel, is now a young man and back in the picture. The coast is described in general, if not in loving particular, and it looks like Gabriel is taking on an investigation that is personally significant, but not significantly personal.

While Silva -- a former reporter -- is always good at investing his plots with current issues, this meditation on the economics of art in a time of financial distress is particularly shrewd. The gap between rich and poor is exacerbated by those private collectors who buy paintings stolen from museums, only to hang them on the walls of their private galleries. So much more than monetary value is the world's loss to the Museum of the Missing.

Giving his reader non-stop-thrill-ride-nail-biting-OMG action has never been a problem for Silva. (The only problem has been giving so much of it that there's no room for anything else.) Here the background and subject matter of the painting itself are gracefully woven into the fabric of the story so that the reader learns and thinks while also being riveted.

The plot is more like the early books than the last 3: there's more thinking and less blood.
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110 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Gary Griffiths VINE VOICE on August 2, 2010
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I'm a Daniel Silva fan - have read all his books, and love Israeli assassin/fine art restorer Gabriel Allon's stoic, focused, and brutal efficiency, as well as the authenticity and passion Silva brings to the genre. As LeCarre drifts further away from the spy craft that made him a near-household name, we are certainly fortunate to have Daniel Silva filling the void. But he does tend to be formulaic: a reluctant Allon is lured from retirement, and after assembling his crack team of brains and brutality, he dispatches the latest threat to Israel's existence with neat technology and clever plot twists worthy of the original "Mission Impossible" stunts. So "The Rembrandt Affair" followed that formula faithfully, but unlike previous installments - which blazed through the journey to a climax still stirring despite knowing the ultimate destination - "Rembrandt" fell flat for me. A more world-weary Allon and a relatively less despicable villain that combined with Silva plugging new names and places into his standard template resulted in a mostly uninspired tale.

This is not to say "The Rembrandt Affair" did not have its moments. This was one of his more poignant efforts - a well told yarn of the suffering of Dutch Jews under Nazi occupation rings as True as Anne Frank. In a recurring Silva theme, the role of the Vatican in the Holocaust is told with unvarnished and unapologetic distain. And Iran's nuclear threat is as current and topical as it is frightening, and as usual, Silva buries some well-researched fact and background into his fiction tightening the credibility while heightening the suspense.
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