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The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon #10)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  15,256 ratings  ·  944 reviews
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.

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I've read every single Gabriel Allon book and The Rembrandt Affair (or as I call it "Gabriel Runs an Errand") is no exception. I read the entire book in the store and I'm now elated I didn't bother buying it. The plot moves along steadily enough and like most Allon books, this one WILL have you turning pages to the end. However, this book felt WAYh more formulaic than the previous ones and I feel that Silva has lost interest in these characters and just popping them out for profit.

Here is the fo
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
After reading The Defector, I didn't think Silva could get any better, but I think he did just that with The Rembrandt Affair. It's so smooth! He keeps things popping and exciting, and shares a wealth of research. I envy all the globetrotting he did to prepare himself to write this story.

It's been a while since I read a thriller that got my heart racing so hard that I was afraid to continue and see what would happen next. This book did that to me several times. Gabriel Allon is getting a little
Giovanni Gelati
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 Rem
Kelly Hager
This was my first Daniel Silva novel and I have totally been missing out! In case you are also in this boat, don't feel like you have to catch up--I followed the action in this book very well.

Gabriel Allon is an art restorer/expert assassin. He's retired (from killing), though, and looks forward to a peaceful retirement with his wife.

Of course, things don't go according to plan. He's recruited to help find a stolen Rembrandt painting, and all hell breaks loose.

At first I thought this might be a
3 Stars for my first Silva, The Rembrandt Affair kept me interested but it wasn't all that exciting. Connecting a painting seized in the Holocaust to the Iranian nuclear program was a bit of a stretch. I may need to go back to the first Gabriel Allon books to get a better feel for the characters. Not bad.
I really, really enjoyed reading this book. Gabriel Allon's character gets better with each book in the series and of course it is always fun to read about his lovely wife Chiara (who "ate in the same manner in which she made love, slowly and by the flickering glow of candles" - best line ever! hilarious). But actually the thing I do love about Daniel Silva's books is that in addition to being entertaining, fast-paced spy-ish books (which I so love to read at the end of a long day) - they are re ...more
The good news is that Silva's plot and style are both smooth and entrancing. The bad news is that his handedness is very uneven, blatantly labeling Israelis as heroic and Americans, British and other Europeans as either complicit or bumbling. Unfortunate as well is his characterization of Iran as a pocket of evil that will probably have to be expunged to save the heroic and eternally persecuted Israelis.
It's ironic that the idea that "the enterprise of the State of Israel" as a sanctuary for and
Jay Connor
The best writer of international intrigue has done it again. "The Rembrandt Affair" is a masterful redirection of a character and story line following the wonderful tandem offering of "Moscow Rules" and "The Defector." Daniel Silva has spun a completely different web of a story by going back to Gabriel Allon, his central character's, essence -- artist and Holocaust avenger.

After the powerful "Moscow Rules" and "The Defector," I passed Silva the mantel of modern-day Robert Ludlum, I am now prepa
Carl Brookins
Daniel Silva is an experienced best-selling author. He deserves his place on the NY Times list. His latest novel is a fascinating blend of lust, international espionage, art theft and sale, and murder. It is well-written, well-paced and almost insidiously compelling. It’s also long.
Silva has peopled his thriller with a remarkable cast of characters, including a towering Swiss philanthropist, a raffish cast of thieves and murderers who are on the side of the angels, a master logician who is also
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 ...more
Love Daniel Silva. Great escape reading and this was one of his best.
The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva (pp. 484)

This may be one of Silva’s best yet. In the 11th installment of the Gabriel Allon series wraps art provenance with holocaust mystery and spins it into modern-day thriller involving multiple secret service organizations and a James Bond backdrop amongst the elite and privileged. As the makings of a great spy thriller go, he’s not lacking in the classic elements and again deftly weaves them in a fast moving, smart tale that leaves you satisfied and wis
Fiona Ingram
This is the first time I have read a Daniel Silva novel and I was not disappointed. I'm only sorry I picked up on Gabriel Allon's eventful career so late into the novels. Gabriel Allon is a retired Israeli secret agent/assassin, living with his beautiful second wife Chiara, off the coast of Cornwall. But do secret agents ever retire? Not likely. And do art restorers ever manage to hang up their brushes? Also, not likely. For Gabriel is an art restorer as part of his cover. He also happens to be ...more
James Schubring
Gabriel Allon is busted up by this point in his long career. He's an art restorer by day, but an Israeli operative of the highest caliber when recalled to duty. At the start of this tale, he's trying to recover in the U.K. when another art restorer dies protecting a precious Rembrandt from a would-be thief.

Nothing is so simple, however. It's not just a Rembrandt. It's a piece of art stolen during World War II. And not just a painting, but also a rather expensive envelope for a series of Swiss ba
Mais uma vez Daniel Silva brinda-nos com um excelente romance policial tendo como protagonista Daniel Allon, o restaurador de arte que, apesar de querer afastar-se do departamento é sempre chamado para investigar o caso. Penso que aí, Daniel Silva peca pela repetição do início de cada livro seu, o que pode começar a deixar os seus leitores da saga Allon aborrecidos com a óbvio início de cada aventura.
Refugiado nos penhascos da Cornualha com a sua bela mulher e a chorar o ter perdido o filho que
I am a full out Gabriel Allon fan, so considering I was very disappointed with the last book, it is a pleasure to assert that Daniel Silva has once again wrote a timely, engaging, intriguing excellent novel that the reader will surely enjoy. Although the novel packs a hefty punch at 484 pages, it is well worth the investment of time and money. I never once, felt the book moved slowly or rushed through the pages trying to finish. As a plot, the Rembrandt Affair is interesting, intriguing and poli ...more
M.M. Silva
Good Sunday morning! It's a brisk one today in the Boston area, and it would be a great day to cuddle up with a good book. Just sayin'...

This week's read was The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva (no relation), and it was GREAT. Main character, art-restorer, and butt-kicker Gabriel Allon, who's supposedly retired from the "Office", finds himself on a hunt for a missing Rembrandt, lost now for several decades. That quickly leads to his "un-retirement", as the search for the painting leads him down
I loved it! It has been six months since Gabriel Allon and his wife Chiara and their team were nearly killed by Ivan Kharkov and the couple have retreated to Cornwall to retire. But NO! Gabriel is again sought to investigate another art theft, a small portrait of Rembrandt's mistress. And so the tale goes from there. You KNOW he cannot simply find the painting, restore it, and settle back down on the cliffs of SE England! And you know he involves both the USA and England with the Isreali Office ...more
Rusty Dalferes
I really enjoy the Allon series, and I love how he blends art (and art history) with modern politics and spy action. And for anyone interested in both, a modern spy thriller with ties to the greatest art theft in history (Nazi Germany, followed closely by Napoleon's looting of everything) should be a home run. It's a good, but somewhat tired effort.

There was great travel to farflung locales, and some great history describing those locales and the reasons for being there, but ultimately it suffe
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In this latest entry in Silva's Allon saga, Gabriel and wife Chiara have hidden themselves away on a remote cliff in Cornwall, recovering from his last clandestine operation in Russia. Gabriel has no intention of coming out of retirement, but the murder of a fellow art restorer, and the theft of the masterpiece he was working on, bring him back into business as usual. What transpires is a full blown investigation replete with international arms dealings and the repercussions of Nazi war crimes. ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Gabriel Allon is one of my favorite characters of all time, and this story doesn’t do anything to tarnish that feeling for me. Mr. Silva weaves a wonderful and interesting plot of intrigue and political suspense and deception from the painting world where there’s been a huge rush on stealing priceless paintings from museums and private collections that are never seen again. To a nuclear ambitious Iran looking to spread its brand of terrorism throughout the world, as well as a multi-billionaire G ...more
Ricardo Mendes

Mais um livro de Daniel Silva.

Esta é uma frase que mais descreve os meus sentimentos finalizada a leitura do Caso Rembrandt. Na primeira vez que escrevo sobre este autor tenho de dizer que não sou grande fã do mesmo, mas ainda assim tenho lido um ou outro livro da saga Gabriel Allon.

Para os amantes de espionagem Daniel Silva é o ex-líbris da leitura actual sendo comparado com grandes nomes do género literário e alcançando os topos das tabelas de venda cá e pelo mundo fora. E isso tem de ser cons
Jennifer (JC-S)
The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
‘..he had accepted a portrait by Rembrandt in exchange for the life of a single child.’

A man is killed, and a Rembrandt painting is stolen. Julian Isherwood appeals to Gabriel Allon for help in recovering the painting. Gabriel Allon and his wife Chiara have been living on an isolated cliff in Cornwall where Allon (now retired) is recovering from his last clandestine operation. Allon is reluctantly persuaded out of retirement to search for the painting and to t
Jul 26, 2010 Claudia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Claudia by: Todd
Shelves: suspense-fiction
Oh how I love Gabriel. Even when he's tried to retire from the spy business after the trauma in Russia, his good friend Julian draws him back. Is there,indeed, a lost Rembrandt? Does she hold Nazi secrets? OF COURSE!!

I read a scathing review of the book on goodreads, and the reviewer listed plot points that are similar in all the books...and inadvertly he listed the quest pattern -- the hero is called, he resists the call, he accepts, he has's all there!

I liked this one because
Joel Margolese
Silva and Allon are still at the top of their game. This is a slightly different story from the rest of the series. The opposition is not a terrorist group, rather a business enterprise. The formula remains comfortably familiar and it's great to see all the usual gang helping Gabriel. Even knowing (anticipating) how things will turn out, Silva manages to build the suspense beautifully.

The core of the book is the education the author provides us on the perfidies of the Swiss both in World War II
This is the first Daniel Silva spy thriller novel I read in the summer of 2011. I found this discount at Target, and very much enjoyed it, to the point where I decided to look into and read more of Daniel Silva's spy thriller novels. This was the most current of the Gabriel Allon (Avenging Angel of Israel) character novels available at the time I found it, so I started reading the Gabriel Allon series in reverse, but changed my direction after and read The Unlikely Spy next, followed by the rema ...more
Peggy Bird
In "The Rembrandt Affair" Silva does his usual good job of making the reader turn pages trying to keep up with his hero, Gabriel Allon, art restorer, spy and assassin. In this adventure, Allon has retired to Cornwall with his beautiful wife Chiara. But a friend asks him to help recover a stolen Rembrandt, a painting no one knew existed until recently, which has already been the cause of one person's death. Intrigued, Allon agrees. The trail leads all over the world from Europe to South America t ...more
Daniel Silva writes solid spy novels. We both share a love for art as well that always seems to show up as a theme in his books. His art research is fairly in depth. This book is another in the Gabriel Allon series that you do not necessarily need to read in order. It has references to the book before in the series, The Defector, which I am now about to start. Always a smart read for the thinker rather than simply dumb action. His new book, A Portrait of a Spy, looks good too!
Michele bookloverforever
another tale of gabriel allon, art restorer and sometime Israeli/Mossad operative. The rembrandt turns out to be loot from nazi confiscation of jewish goods..involves complicity of the swiss banks, a nefarious businessman selling illicit technology to iran for their nuclear program and briefly mentions how the vatican ennabled the escape of thousands of nazi war criminals after WWII...Gabriel saves the day after much drama.Good story, great characters, melodramatic.
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Daniel Silva began his writing career as a journalist for United Press International (UPI), traveling in the Middle East and covering the Iran-Iraq war, terrorism and political conflicts. From UPI he moved to CNN, where he eventually became executive producer of its Washington-based public policy programming. In 1994 he began work on his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, a surprise best seller that w ...more
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