The Cellist - Daniel Silva

The Cellist

By Daniel Silva

  • Release Date: 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 903 Ratings


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.



  • The Cellist. Superb.

    By Seamus Ahoc
    Timely, engrossing, tale as only Silva can produce.
  • The cellist

    By sez Mers
    I have read and loved every Gabriel Allon novel Silva has written! But this is my last! When an author drags political rhetoric into his work I will move on to another author. Whether I agree or disagree with his opinions has no bearing on anything. I do not read novels for that. So goodbye!
  • Spy novel meets MSNBC

    By Scott Yates
    I love the Gabriel Allon book series but this will be the last one I read. I don’t need left-wing political commentary in my spy novel.
  • The cellist

    By flightrisk123
    Disappointing. Additionally, it’s possible to get identical propaganda free from CNN, so why buy?
  • Very Disappointed

    By ski florida
    Unfortunately, I can’t get back the time in my life that I spent reading this book. It’s sad when an author can’t tell a good story without throwing in his politics which did little for the storyline. Sad way to end my 10+ years of reading Gabriel Allon.
  • The Cellist

    By lad9391
    Really wanted to like it but I didn’t. Not up to his last books
  • So disappointing

    By jhapa texan
    You should stick to writing good stories and leave politics at home. I always have enjoyed your books but I guess you like the NFL,NBA, Hollywood, olympics, awards shows…just can’t let us enjoy entertainment. You feel politics (your politics) has to permeate all aspects of our lives.. it makes me a bit sad that I won’t have your books to look forward too any more. It won’t because I choose to not buy them. It ends up you are just another political hack.
  • Pure genius and exceptional craft!

    By DHP2
    A perfectly crafted tour de force. Interweaving global actors — institutional and individual — the author seduces the reader into a tryst of suspense and character and the tide of history. We can only wish the author has the genius to carry the narrative forward for another (or a dozen) chapters, each a book of such precise and welcome force.
  • The Cellist

    By Rosimom
    Way too political! We now know the Authors political leanings. I just want to read a good book. Daniel Silver has been my favorite author for a long time. This was very disappointing!
  • Should have called it the Anti-Trumpist

    By An avid former reader
    I really loved all of his other books in this series for his ability to intertwine spy craft, arts and Jewish history. This book could have been titled The Anti-Trumpist for its extremely biased and gratuitous anti Trump tirades, regardless of which political party you belong to.