The Cellist - Daniel Silva

The Cellist

By Daniel Silva

  • Release Date: 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 1,661 Ratings


#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.


  • Stupid

    By d epp
    I want my money back. My Israeli-American friends and I felt cheapened and betrayed that our escape into fiction was perverted to political commentary. And a poorly researched and biased one at that. The author should be ashamed to be stoking the fires of hate and division for profit.
  • Don’t bother

    By MS in Santa Monica
    This is the worst Gabriel Allon book ever! Who cares if the characters are social distancing and masking? These characters are risking their lives daily, and they are afraid of a virus that has a survival rate of 99,9% in there age group?
  • Gabriel Allison would be ashamed

    By jtmet5
    I’ve read every Gabriel Allon book and began The Cellist with the same excitement as the others. Daniel Silva is a gifted storyteller. However, he chose to cheapen all of his previous work with this crap. His obvious departure from the story (another good one), to sell us on his political views and hatred of Trump did a terrible disservice to the characters we grew to love in his previous novels. Daniel why couldn’t you just write some editorial that would certainly have been publish in the Atlantic or Bloomberg. This could have been another great read. So sad you chose to ruin Gabriel, Eli and the other great characters you created.
  • The Cellist

    By Granbarry
    The book was a great read. The characters, the storyline, the tie-in to current events. In a months time, I read many with mysteries and thrillers but this was the best in a while. Can hardly wait to see where Mr. Allon takes us next!
  • Political Rant spoils this Novel

    By Weebo08
    Instead of keeping in line with Silva’s hallmark gripping writings about the Gabrial Allon character, the plot deteriorates into a diatribe against ex-president Trump. The plot fizzles out during the last 3rd of this novel, morphing into a political rant one would expect to see in the NYT or Washington Post editorial section.
  • After several really good Gabriel Allon books this one is a disappointment

    By 83eagleeagle
  • Another timely and intriguing Gabriel story

    By cavaschnoo
    Silva didn’t let us down! Great character development and back story. Exciting all the way through.
  • Terrible.

    By don james.
    Terrible. Will never read another Silva novel again. You’re left wing liberal politics is disgusting.
  • The Cellist

    By sb6279
    Very disappointed. I have read all Silva’s books. My favorite author. No more. Radical politics. I am an independent in my political beliefs and found this book to be very biased.
  • The Cellist

    By Lews reviews
    Terrible anti trump rant unrelated to the plot in last chapters ruined the book. I won’t be buying his next book.