The Cellist - Daniel Silva

The Cellist

By Daniel Silva

  • Release Date: 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 1,083 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller

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.


  • Who wrote the last chapter ~ ruined the whole story ~ will never read another Daniel Silva book ~

    By BookClub53
    Who wrote the last chapter ~ ruined the whole story ~ will never read another Daniel Silva book ~
  • The Cellist

    By cg342
    I have read every book by Daniel Silva and thoroughly enjoyed them until this one which was entertaining but turned totally political. I read books for pleasure, not politics so I don’t expect to buy any more of his books which is a shame because I have so enjoyed them in the past.
  • The cellist

    By Cajun in PA
    Not up to his normal high standards. Disappointed
  • Thrilling Tale, as Always

    By Trosecat
    Another fast-paced adventure with Gabriel Allon and company, with interesting new characters joining in. The blending of fiction and recent history worked very well and lent another fascinating layer to the plot, despite what fans of the insurrection might say. Can’t wait for Silva’s next book!
  • Once again he got me.

    By pw!642
    The book actually caused fear as I relived November through January 2021. Will we ever heal.
  • The cellist

    By Johntdoc
    The political ending? Hope you enjoy the next few years of political stumbling.
  • Meh

    By Husker reader
    I’ve enjoyed most of the Gabriel Allon series, however, this latest installment gave me COVID fatigue. Not to mention a constant barrage of anti- Trump politics. I purchased this novel to read about Gabriel Allon and his Israeli operatives, not to rehash 2020.
  • excellent read

    By McP31
    Wonderful, fast paced story as usual from Silva. He nails the Covid disasterous response from the putz Donnie perfectly. Highly recommended for Americans who dont require a blue stripe in a perfectly fine American flag.
  • Worst book in series

    By Samnite100
    Mr Silva, you can do better, focus on post Allon world.
  • Lackluster Silva

    By TD's music
    Lots of good Allon here but too much going down political rabbit holes. Silva lost his edge in this one. Maybe he’ll rebound…hope so