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The Cellist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon, 21) –…

The Cellist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon, 21) (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Daniel Silva (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Gabriel Allon (21)

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Teoksen nimi:The Cellist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon, 21)
Kirjailijat:Daniel Silva (Tekijä)
Info:Harper (2021), 480 pages
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Viktor Orlov has been murdered. Poisoned by a nerve agent spread on documents particularly damning to the Russian Oligarchy given him by Russian journalist, Nina Antonova. Gabriel Allon joins up with Christopher Keller, his lover Sarah Bancroft, and Swiss Intelligence operative Christoph Bittel to search for the person who provided the documents. A person called "Mr. Nobody," whom, they discover is Cellist, Isabel Brenner, and that the documents are records of large amounts of money stolen from the Russian government and hidden abroad. It is Allon's task to retrieve that money and weaken the man who ordered Orlov's death.
Along the way, and particularly near the end of the novel, there are several allusions to the Trump administration and to the former President himself. For example: " 'Do you remember that code-word operation I was running in Syria against the Islamic State? The one your boss (Trump) described in great detail to the Russian foreign minister in the Oval Office?' " Some of the events of January 6 are also detailed.
  RonWelton | Nov 11, 2021 |
I’m a Daniel Silva fan. I’ve read the other 20 books in this series. The material is unoriginal and if I’d wanted to read propaganda about current events I’d read the news. It’s a shame but I nearly didn’t finish this one and may not read another new Silva book ever again. Feels like a total waste of energy. I never write book reviews and I’m truly disappointed. I’ve learned so much from reading his previous books and this one had the opposite effect. ( )
  LadyHMac | Oct 23, 2021 |
As I waited for my turn in line at the Library for this book, I glanced over the reviews being posted. So many low marks for this one I began to get worried. Bah! IMHO people are too quick to waggle their finger at authors who choose to insert their views on the world we live in, into their stories. Author's prerogative, I say. And just like in real life, if you disagree with an author's viewpoint, state why and move on. Silva is not the only author who has recently been brow-beaten for this. It only proves how divided our country is at this point in history. The Gabriel Allon series is set in our world, and in our era, avoiding what is happening in the world would seem out of place.

I will get off my soap box now.

I love Gabriel and his gang at The Office. All the characters have become close summer friends of mine. I wait anxiously, each summer, for the new installment. This one did not disappointment. So many characters from past books were included in the story. A man who Gabriel owes his life to is murdered and The Office devises a "gotcha" for the Russians. Fun, fast paced and an enjoyable read while I sat on the beach and took in the last days of summer. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
Took way too long for character development. I finish what I start. Didn't really get into this book until 2/3 through. ( )
  terry135 | Sep 19, 2021 |
How to be a spy while a pandemic is raging everywhere? Just ask Allon - it did not even slow him down.

Viktor Orlov, the Russian oligarch who saved Gabriel and Chiara's lives once, is killed in his own house. Even if anyone had any suspicion of who was responsible, the method itself makes sure that everyone knows - Kremlin finally extended its hand and silences its ex-child. That murder gets the Israelis involved; what Viktor had been doing in his last days gives them the weapon they need.

A woman working for the dirtiest bank in the world had been leaking documents to a journalist - and the journalist asked Viktor to look at them. As it turns out, this is the proof everyone had been looking for to prove who owns and operates the Russian money in the West. And Allon finds a way to make her into a spy.

Silva had used the plot before (including the discovered painting...) - so some parts of it sounded familiar. But there are also enough differences not to sound as a repetition. Add Anna Rolfe (still unhappy with Gabriel - and being helpful because the woman who leaked the secrets is a talented cellist), the Swiss and French police, Keller and Sarah Bankroft (now dating), the whole Israeli team (complete with Natalie now), a few Russian journalists we had met before, Ari Shamron and the Allon family and the book feels like a reunion - the series gets more and more tangled in this secondary characters to the point of being overcrowded in places.

Silva's world had always paralleled ours - except for the Vatican story, most of his world can almost fit in our world. This one takes it to an extreme - while the Russian president depiction had always been a very slightly veiled representation of the actual occupant of Kremlin, the US one had been a bit more removed. The last few books moved it a bit closer but this book pulls all the stops - there are no names (not for the presidents anyway - but Liz Cheney name IS there) but the 6th of January and QAnon and other details and comments are there and can as well be from a news article. Of course, there is the usual note about everything being fictional...

The later part of the book feels rushed - especially the Washington story. According to Silva's note, that was not supposed to be the end of the book - he rewrote a lot of it when the US Capitol get attacked. It ties into the story and it actually works but it feels too close to home to be comfortable.

Still a good entry in the series. I am curious where we are going from here though - Allon cannot keep getting shot for much longer... ( )
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