The Cellist - Daniel Silva

The Cellist

By Daniel Silva

  • Release Date: 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 742 Ratings

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From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author, comes a timely and explosive new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon.

Viktor Orlov had a longstanding appointment with death. Once Russia’s richest man, he now resides in splendid exile in London, where he has waged a tireless crusade against the authoritarian kleptocrats who have seized control of the Kremlin. His mansion in Chelsea’s exclusive Cheyne Walk is one of the most heavily protected private dwellings in London. Yet somehow, on a rainy summer evening, in the midst of a global pandemic, Russia’s vengeful president finally manages to cross Orlov’s name off his kill list.

Before him was the receiver from his landline telephone, a half-drunk glass of red wine, and a stack of documents.…

The documents are contaminated with a deadly nerve agent. The Metropolitan Police determine that they were delivered to Orlov’s home by one of his employees, a prominent investigative reporter from the anti-Kremlin Moskovskaya Gazeta. And when the reporter slips from London hours after the killing, MI6 concludes she is a Moscow Center assassin who has cunningly penetrated Orlov’s formidable defenses.

But Gabriel Allon, who owes his very life to Viktor Orlov, believes his friends in British intelligence are dangerously mistaken. His desperate search for the truth will take him from London to Amsterdam and eventually to Geneva, where a private intelligence service controlled by a childhood friend of the Russian president is using KGB-style “active measures” to undermine the West from within. Known as the Haydn Group, the unit is plotting an unspeakable act of violence that will plunge an already divided America into chaos and leave Russia unchallenged. Only Gabriel Allon, with the help of a brilliant young woman employed by the world’s dirtiest bank, can stop it.

Elegant and sophisticated, provocative and daring, The Cellist explores one of the preeminent threats facing the West today—the corrupting influence of dirty money wielded by a revanchist and reckless Russia. It is at once a novel of hope and a stark warning about the fragile state of democracy. And it proves once again why Daniel Silva is regarded as his generation’s finest writer of suspense and international intrigue.


  • Huzzah

    By poohmom
    I have loved all Daniel Silva’s Gabrial Allon books but this one is spot on and on point with what we have lived through the past 4 years.
  • Very disappointing

    By Economan1
    This is by far my least favorite of his books. The story and suspense were OK, and the dialogue clever and tight as ever. But the political commentary was gratuitous and very biased. Could he find not one good thing that Trump did? (Hint: The Abraham Accords) The ending was absurdly improbable.
  • Political hack job

    By Jtbocaraton
    Silva has gone political. Daniel: get over your bad case of ‘Orange Man Bad’ and get back to delivering great stories. You ruined this book.
  • Ultimately, Bias Will Out

    By RedDog1
    The Gabriel Allon series of novels has been masterful through out. The substance of The Cellist, too, was compelling as well. The blatantly political and horrendously biased conclusion, the hysterically generalized anti-Trump screed, and the re-hashing of the completely debunked “Russia collusion hoax” at the end, spoiled the experience entirely. I was flabbergasted that as meticulous a literary craftsman as Silva would slither to those depths, until I read the CNN-heavy acknowledgements. Quite simply, that explained it neatly. As failed an enterprise as CNN is, the depths to which their journalistic professionalism has sunk (see: Chris Cuomo, Don Lemmon, Anderson Cooper, Jim Acosta, Maggie Haberman, Brian Stelter, et al), and the fact that they are not surviving without 100%, non-stop Hate Trump programming makes one wonder why in the world Silva would choose to look to its members to vet his newest creation. So very, very disappointed in an author I used to respect.
  • Very disappointing:

    By Quad T
    Unlike Silva's earlier Allon books, this one reads as a non-escapist, vaguely entertaining, re-run plot entirely from the viewpoint of the Democrat Party.
  • The Cellist

    By Gary43
    The Cellist would have been a far better BOOK had Silva not rewritten the ending into a gratuitous tirade against Donald Trump, no doubt at the urging of Silva’s wife who is employed by CNN.
  • Cellist

    By Plano skywatcher
    Boring!!! Starts out well, but trends down and gets mired in unnecessary details of music, art and wealth!! Get on with the main topic!
  • The Cellist

    By keenatb
    I enjoyed the spy part of the novel, I read for pleasure and the part that got into US politics ruined the story for me. I am living it and don’t need it in my escape reading.
  • A masterfully written tale .

    By Democraticus
    What I did like is spectacularly informative plot lines that define our actual world experiences. If there was something not to like, I’ll let you know when I find it.
  • Unhappy

    By victorialmc
    I cannot believe I will not finish a Daniel Silva book. So disappointing. I want to be entertained not politically lectured to.