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by Daniel Silva

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Title:The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon)
Authors:Daniel Silva
Info:Putnam Adult (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 496 pages
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Like most of Silva's works, this one belongs at the head of the class. Unlike some of his works, however, this one does not suffer from a thin plot. Rather, it has a decent set of layers to the story. And the cast of regulars continues to be a nice blend of competent and capable and flawed and damaged, starting with Gabriel Allon, the art restorer and occasional (and reluctant) Israeli spy and assassin. In this outing, Allon is on the trail of a story dating back to World War II, brought to his attention by a Rembrandt painting that had been out of circulation since it was stolen by a Nazi during the war. And in tracing the history of the painting, a present-day threat is revealed. Silva is another in the minority of thriller writer who avoids the cheesy and over-the-top plotting and the one-dimensional black-and-white characters that are far too common in the genre. His thrillers read more like literature, and this one is no exception. And while I would give it 4.5 stars if I could (since there is no thing as a perfect book), this one, in particular, deserves to be recognized for being a particularly good outing by a particularly good author, and four stars just don't seem fair. It can be read as a standalone or as the latest in the series (as long as you don't mind some spoiler-ish backstory summaries here and there), and I can't recommend it highly enough. Good stuff. ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
Quick read. Perhaps a little of a format, but Silva's books are exciting, fast moving, well verse. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
As enjoyable and complex and rapidly readable as previous books. I like this Gabriel Allon series! ( )
  Bruce_Deming | Feb 5, 2016 |
As The Rembrandt Affair opens, Gabriel Allon, expert art restorer and former Israeli intelligence agent, is enjoying a well-earned sabbatical in Cornwall, England, with his beautiful wife, Chiara. It won't come as a surprise that before long he will be dragged out of retirement because of a missing painting, a series of outrageous thefts dating back to World War II, and an international financier with a great deal to hide. The work of art is a portrait of Rembrandt’s mistress, which was once owned by a Dutch Jew. It subsequently passed through a number of hands until it suddenly resurfaced and was put up for sale.

Daniel Silva explores such themes as the lucrative world of art theft, the tragic fate of Jews living in Holland after Hitler’s invasion, international smuggling of weapons to rogue nations, and the ways in which Israel, England, and the United States reluctantly work together to protect their vital interests. There is the usual spy craft, including surveillance, safe houses, and interception of communication and computer data, but the personalities take center stage. They include Lena Herzfeld, a survivor of the Holocaust who is wracked by guilt and agonizing memories; Zoe Reed, a prominent and attractive investigative journalist who may be the ideal person to assist Allon; Paul Voss, the son of a vicious and unrepentant Nazi; and Martin Landesmann, a philanthropic billionaire whose generosity is designed to hide his corrupt business dealings.

With nonstop action bouncing from England to Amsterdam to South America and back, the pacing here is whirlwind. Although there are episodes of violence, they do not dominate the narrative. This is a literate, enlightening, witty, and entertaining work of fiction and one of Silva's best. I've read the whole series but am currently listening to the audiobooks, narrated by Phil Gigante, who does a great job. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys espionage thrillers. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
This is a fairly typical Gabriel Allon thriller. The first half is the "set-up" which is really interesting with lots of art history and restoration details followed by a story of The Holocaust. The second half is the operation, with all the usual crew plus a special addition. As always this is quite thrilling, but falls a bit below the level of the best books in this series. I've noticed that my "to read next" pile includes another Daniel Silva; definitely not a hardship! ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
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Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. - Honoré de Balzac
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When an art restorer friend is murdered and a Rembrandt painting with a mysterious past is stolen, Gabriel Allon and his wife, Chiara, come out of self-imposed retirement to investigate the crime. Allon, an art restorer himself and a master spy for the Israeli Mossad, is pulled into a race across the globe against powerful men who will do anything to keep the truth hidden. The complex plot twists and turns from one country to the next, from a Holocaust survivor's memories of being a little girl hiding from the Nazis to the present-day world of international high finance.
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Severing his ties with the Office to care for his traumatized wife after a violent showdown with Ivan Kharkov, Gabriel is reluctantly drawn into a case involving a murdered art restorer and discovers unsettling links between the killers and a recently discovered Rembrandt.… (more)

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