The Cellist - Daniel Silva

The Cellist

By Daniel Silva

  • Release Date: 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 2,935 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.


  • I thought you were an author, not somebody who hates his readers

    By a former reader.
    It wasn’t that good to begin with and then it went downhill so badly. First time I’ve ever left one of your books unfinished. Your liberal elitist garbage has always been evident but you finally took it to an unprecedented level. I’m sure you feel very superior but I’m confident your income is going to plummet after this. You probably don’t care as I’m sure you’ve run out of ideas so you’re caving in and trying to go out with one last work that strangely offends the most ardent supporters of Israel. There’s tons more that could be said but you truly sold out on this one.
  • Cellist

    By Zanthe Rules
    Horrible. Congratulations Daniel you’ve sunk to new lows forcing your politics on your readers. Clearly the worse written book of your career. Very unlikely I’ll throw any more money your way.
  • Don’t waste your time

    By LandonBeard
    I loved this series and have read them all. This is a boring story and a stance on personal political beliefs. What a shame. How did he not know this would alienate half his audience at least?
  • The cellist

    By TGA1018
    Nothing worthwhile on this beloved character also gets strangely political in end with no real purpose
  • The Cellist

    By cartonpie
    I have always looked forward to Daniel Silva’s novels. I did not read the last one, and no matter how many times I tried to read this one, it was just too formula and boring. I won’t be purchasing anymore Silva books.
  • Excellent as usual!

    By un grand cygne
    It is fast paced, moving from one location to another, many of them my favorite European locales. The spate of negative reviews seems to me like a concerted effort to demean Silva for daring to criticize Trump and speak the truth about the current situation.
  • The Cellist

    By Staceyht
    Really Really REALLY good!!!
  • The Cellist

    By obiecatlynnemma
    Don’t bother to read. Very biased and I’ll informed.
  • Stick to Non Political Writing

    By Rheuwjwndjjd
    Your views on politics should not be embedded in your writing. Much of what you proclaim has turned out to be false and the current democratic President has one of the worlds worst credibility issues ever in a short period of time. Otherwise a descent book.
  • Political rant

    By Peppietoo
    I used to love Daniel Silva and his Gabriel Allon. In this book, however, the author has presented his political views based on unproven theories and lies. This has beclouded my enjoyment of the book, that, excluding the political bias, would have been quite enjoyable. The end rant against the past president has spoiled it all.