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The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon #10)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  22,021 Ratings  ·  1,181 Reviews
It has been six months since Gabriel's showdown with Ivan Kharkov. Now, having severed his ties with the Office, Gabriel has retreated to the Cornish coast with only one thing in mind: healing his wife, Chiara, after her encounter with evil. But an unspeakable act of violence once again draws Gabriel into a world of danger when an art restorer is brutally murdered and the ...more
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Published July 28th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published July 20th 2010)
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Ben House There is some profanity in the book. Compared to much popular fiction, it is very limited. Also, it fits the characters of the ones who use it, but it…moreThere is some profanity in the book. Compared to much popular fiction, it is very limited. Also, it fits the characters of the ones who use it, but it is sprinkled here and there in the book. Silva is not crude or vulgar in his writing, but he deals with vicious characters whose talk reflects their worldview.(less)
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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 fo
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David
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 r
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Lynne
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Giovanni Gelati
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kelly Hager
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  "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
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Mike
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.
Carl Brookins
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Shincrackerfarm
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jay Connor
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jim
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, ebooks, fiction
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
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.
Laura
A good entertainment book.

4* A Death in Vienna
3* The Rembrandt Affair
TR The Kill Artist
TR The Marching Season
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, w
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Fiona Ingram
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wis
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Maria
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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James Schubring
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Lori
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jimmy Osorio
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Mais um enorme obra que nos faz repassar a memória sobre os incidentes e abusos dos direitos humanos no Holocausto.Outra vez Allpn muito bem a conseguir prender-noa desde o início. E com este ja vão em 10.

Após o assassinato de um restaurador de arte e o roubo da obra em que ele trabalhava no momento – um quadro de Rembrandt nunca exposto – Gabriel Allon é chamado para recuperar a pintura. As razões que fazem de Gabriel o homem ideal para a missão são muitas: além de ser um restaurador de arte e
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Skip
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Gabriel Allon, retired spy, is coerced by his long-time friend Julian Isherwood to retrieve a undiscovered, stolen Rembrandt, being prepared for sale to a NY museum. As he delves into the history, he uncovers a twisted tale of Nazi theft and Swiss complicity, bringing his back to his old alliances and role. Enlisting the assistance of a British TV personality, Gabriel battles a deified Swiss philanthropist, who is as dirty as they come.
Tim
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vivone Os
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Druga Silvina knjiga o izraelskom špijunu Gabrielu Allonu, deseta u serijalu. Prva koju sam pročitala bila je Prebjeg i bila je deveta u serijalu, znači ova se pomalo nadovezuje na nju. Slučajno mi se poklopilo da se nadovezuju jedna na drugu.
Nisam ih čitala po redu jer tu u Hrvatskoj nisu po redu prevedene, ne znam zašto. Oni tako nelogično prevode i izdaju knjige.
Uglavnom, knjiga je odlična. Radnja je spora, Silva jako ide u detalje, ali detalji nisu dosadni (ne priča recimo 56 stranica o prir
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Shelley
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
Lynn
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best of the series, but still an excellent read. I love this series!
Stephen Lake
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bounce back of sorts from #9 (which, while suspenseful, devolved into the formulaic and had far too little descriptive prose). Silva recaptured something of the story-telling muse in Rembrandt Affair--maybe it's that fresh air Gabriel is breathing on the wind-swept Cornwall coast?!
Joana Fernandes
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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No Verão, é costume dar-me uma súbita vontade de ler thrillers de espionagem, um livro daqueles que a pessoa não consegue poisar. Talvez seja apenas uma sobremesa de consumo rápido e da qual não nos vamos recordar com grande pormenor passado um tempo, mas na hora, é o que apetece. E foi assim este ano.
Já conheço as capas dos livros de Daniel Silva há anos, tropeço nelas muitas vezes em diversas livrarias. Criei a ideia de que Silva era melh
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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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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
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Daniel Silva was born in Michigan in 1960 and raised in California where he received his BA from Fresno State. 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 polic ...more
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