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The Rembrandt Affair

(Gabriel Allon #10)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  26,642 ratings  ·  1,338 reviews
Two families, one terrible secret, and a painting to die for ...

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
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Hardcover, 484 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Brian
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
“Time was his most implacable foe.” (3.5 stars)

There is nothing spectacular about “The Rembrandt Affair” but I enjoyed it a bit more than the last couple of books I have read in Mr. Silva’s Gabriel Allon series. Taking this novel for what it is, and getting past a few eye-rolling moments and some bits of lazy writing, this is one of the better efforts of the last 4 novels in Mr. Silva’s Allon series. The plot is slightly less serious and I guess I was just in the right mood for this kind of
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Arjun
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
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Lynne
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
David
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of the Gabriel Allon series that I have read--and it was quite a ride. It starts out a bit slow. Gabriel Allon is a first-class art restorer, and he is asked to help find a stolen painting. Allon says that in order to find where a piece of stolen art is going, it is usually worthwhile to find where it has been. So, he looks into the history of the painting, and finds out that it was stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

As it turns out, Gabriel Allon is not only an art
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kartik narayanan
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Rembrandt Affair is another entertaining entry in the Gabriel Allon series. It follows the same formula as the previous books but there a few beats that are different. The most notable ones beingThe place where Gabriel starts from and where he ends up at, the effects of the incidents from the previous book on the characters as well as the ending - which was surprisingly pragmatic.
Steve
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Installment number 10 - this one - sat well with me, fully meeting my needs for entertaining (and not terribly taxing) airplane-train-and-hotel reading (particularly when jet lagged). To the extent I've made it through number 10 in the series - oooh, as of right now, am I really more than halfway to being caught up? (to the extent that Silva and his protagonist Gabriel Allon are only up to number 18 in the series) - I guess that means I'm still enjoying Silva's output....

While this
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Alex Cantone
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘The only thing more secretive than a Swiss bank is a Swiss art gallery.’

Always good to catch up with a Gabriel Allon, Israeli masterspy / art restorer thriller, and this one revolves around an “unknown” painting of Rembrandt of his mistress (Hendrickje Stoffels), to round off my trifecta of Dutch art of the golden age (Girl With A Pearl Earring, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos).

Gabriel and Chiarra are (allegedly) retired and living in Cornwall when he learns thorough London art dealer Julian
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Giovanni Gelati
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Mark
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enter a Rembrandt painting that is being restored and its restorer gets killed when the painting gets taken.
Gabriel Allon and his gorgeous wife Chiara are staying in England somewhere under the radar living their lives outside of the Intelligence world. However Gabriel being a talented restorer himself the person responsible for the Rembrandt painting asks Gabriel to look into the theft.
We find that once Gabriel starts hi investigation that the sins of our forefathers will feature majorly in the
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Kelly Hager
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jeanette
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
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
"Though the stranger did not know it, two disparate series of events were by that night already conspiring to lure him back onto the field of battle. One was being played out behind the locked doors of the world’s secret intelligence services while the other was the subject of a global media frenzy."

Of course the 'stranger' is Gabriel Allon - Art Restorer and sometimes an Israeli Spy and Assassin. He is coaxed out of retirement to find a stolen Rembrandt. A painting that has cost so much blood.
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Carl Brookins
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Mike
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have read all Gabriel Allon's books and have enjoyed them...but The Rembrandt Affair I struggled to finish it.
Slow, very little dialogue.
I think that the writer has become bored with this character.
I missed the sparkle in the previous books
Nadim
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The stranger has returned.
An art restorer has been murdered, and painting is missing. Gabriel Allon and his team must find the lost painting whose previous owners were holocaust victims and Nazi war criminal. The first part of the book was exciting to read when Gabriel Allon and Chiara investigate the lost painting. The second part story on billionaire man named Martin Landesmann who is an art collector, also interested in the missing painting and sells a nuclear component to Iran, was a bit
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Shincrackerfarm
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Jim
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, fiction, thrillers
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
Jay Connor
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Tim
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Second half MUCH BETTER than the first. Author Silva gets too wrapped up in the holocaust that adds little to the intelligence thriller and in fact distracts from the main plot. 7 of 10 stars
Laura
A good entertainment book.

4* A Death in Vienna
3* The Rembrandt Affair
TR The Kill Artist
TR The Marching Season
Pcmitchell
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Daniel Silva. Great escape reading and this was one of his best.
Nancy Brisson
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book 10 in the Gabriel Allon Series, The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva, begins with Gabriel back in Cornwall, England by the sea and this time he is with Chiara. They have been released from the Israeli Secret Service, now being run by Uzi Navot from the “Office” on King Saul Boulevard. There is something quite romantic about Cornwall but also simple and rugged that seems appropriate to a man like Gabriel.

The problem with writing a long series of books with basically the same cast of
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Dick Reynolds
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Rembrandt painting called Portrait of a Young Woman goes missing and London art dealer Julian Isherwood is on the hook for it. Scotland Yard and various other law enforcement agencies are called into action but Julian adds one more investigator to the mix, Israel’s secret agent Gabriel Allon. Gabriel is a renowned art restorer and has helped get Isherwood out of earlier predicaments.
Gabriel, who happens to be on holiday with his wife Chiara in England’s Cornwall area, readily joins the
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Nila
As with many readers, this is my first Daniel Silva book. I found it engaged my interest and was on a par with the mid-quality range of other excellent authors of espionage thrillers.

Two things bother me: women are beautiful or plain with brains or have suffered and have a tale to tell. I would have thought a paragon like Gabriel Allon might have accorded his wife some virtues more than masses of hair, long legs and a know-it-all attitude. My second issue is really making me wonder: Who, why,
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Fiona Ingram
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jerry B
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
We’re not wildly enthused about Silva’s 18-book Gabriel Allon series, exactly half of which we’ve now read including “Rembrandt” (#10). We do like the Israeli super-spy protagonist, and find his avocation of being an accomplished fine arts restoration expert often adds interest to the plots of these international thrillers. That the author’s story-lines sometimes approach mirroring real-world events tends to add to (or detract from, depending on your viewpoint) his tales.

Fundamentally, this
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Elizabeth
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 52-in-2010
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
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Linda
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
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
James Schubring
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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