The Cellist

By Daniel Silva

The Cellist - Daniel Silva
  • Release Date: 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 842 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.


  • 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.
  • Oh, so good!

    By SBonner
    Excellent writing and one of his best.
  • The Cellist

    By Tiho-JB
    Hysterical wokeness killed this novel. Mr. Silva had me worried he was going woke in “The Order” but after the end of this book, I’m done. I’ve faithfully and eagerly read every Gabriel Allon novel, many more than once, but what a disappointment. It’s like he had CNN ghost-writing the end of the novel. I wish I could get my money back.
  • Classic Daniel Silva

    By deltad46
    I enjoyed the book up until the political commentary regarding the past and present presidents. I read for entertainment and to escape MSM news and commentary.
  • Superb in today’s environment

    By Dibarto
    Silva does a great job highlighting the perils of COVID and the political disaster in Washington while weaving together another excellent thriller. Allon never fails to entertain and you’re unable to put the book down during the last two hundred pages.
  • Huzzah

    By poohmom
    I have loved all Daniel Silva’s Gabrial Allon books but this one is spot on and on point with what we have lived through the past 4 years.
  • Very disappointing

    By Economan1
    This is by far my least favorite of his books. The story and suspense were OK, and the dialogue clever and tight as ever. But the political commentary was gratuitous and very biased. Could he find not one good thing that Trump did? (Hint: The Abraham Accords) The ending was absurdly improbable.
  • Political hack job

    By Jtbocaraton
    Silva has gone political. Daniel: get over your bad case of ‘Orange Man Bad’ and get back to delivering great stories. You ruined this book.