The Cellist

The Cellist Summary

#1 New York Times Bestseller

“The pace of “The Cel­list” never slack­ens as its ac­tion vol­leys from Zurich to Tel Aviv to Paris and be­yond. Mr. Silva tells his story with zest, wit and su­perb tim­ing, and he en­gi­neers enough sur­prises to star­tle even the most at­ten­tive reader.“—Wall Street Journal

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.

Book Reviews


So sad1 star

I’ve always enjoyed Silva. He is (was) a master story teller that always captured my attention and imagination. This book was trash from the beginning. A boring and weak storyline with little action. It was very clear from the beginning all he wanted to do was push a political stance. It was almost pathetic to see how low he went. It’s like he was writing angry and couldn’t see through the cloud in his brain. I hate all this country has been through as well but wow…to write a book so laced with political opinions was kind of shocking. Not the professional author I loved in the past. An avid reader, I always finish books. I made it through 90% before I was bored, annoyed and stopped reading. Don’t waste your time with this one.15


Beyond terrible1 star

An embarrassment. Is it a joke?15


Not his best2 star

Not his best work, plot was weak, ending strange and disappointing25

Papa Mitchee

The Cellist5 star

Outstanding as always .55


Political and Boring1 star

Why make it so political. We read these books for fun…just stop with the politics - it’s boring.15


Not up to usual standards3 star

Did not hold my attention the way many of his earlier books did. Pacing was very slow.35


Disappointing.1 star

I have read and enjoyed every Allon novel until this one. Way too much Covid fear mongering and anti trump cnn garbage. Honestly it was tough to read.15

Vikings 812

The Cellist1 star

So many great ones, I guess a dud happens once in a while.15


The Cellist1 star

Disgusted. So long Gabriel Allon!15


The Cellist3 star

Disappointed - same writing storyline formula. I have been a Daniel Silva fan since the beginning and ended speed reading thru certain parts of the story because of the familiarity of the characters and their respective actions.35

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