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The Cellist

Written by: Daniel Silva
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
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Publisher's Summary

From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed number one New York Times best-selling 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.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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©2021 Daniel Silva (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Terrible

After enjoying most books in the series this one was a complete disappointment. A disaster. It was not a spy novel. Kind of a manifesto of Silva’s progressive liberal views and denunciation of anyone who is moderate or even god forbid conservative. The whole Covid thing was so over done that it completely detracted from the story which was thin to begin with. I truly wish I could get my money back. One thing is for sure, I will not buy any more of his novels which is too bad after 10+ books in the series purchased to date. I vote with my $.

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Primary story was pretty good

The first 9 hours was pretty good with the main story but after it concluded I think the writer should’ve stopped writing
The last hour or so was just politics

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Wonderful intrigue and memorable characters

Loved it. Narration was easy to listen to. Characters well developed. Looking forward to the next adventure

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Very Disappointing

The Cellist did not feel like a Dan Silva book at all.
It is a disappointing story all around, after having read 14 of his books, the Cellist is probably the worst work he could have produced.

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Compared to previous books, lazily written, short, no plot twists, no new characters. Very Sad.

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Disappointed

This book was more about propaganda. I don’t think Daniel even wrote it. I was really disappointed.

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A decent book in the series

A decent book in the series. I must say I was completely unprepared for the ending which was great.

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  • 2021-10-08

Lays down a line not to be crossed

I’m only writing a review because someone earlier reviewed this and said that Republicans wouldn’t appreciate this book, I think if you cherish democracy, you will. While the author has a perspective, it’s a reasoned and supported view.

It’s still a good story and lays bare the reality of foreign interference in democratic elections. Scary and perhaps a call to heed what is going on.

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Another engrossing Allon story.

Well-written and well-read by a narrator new to me. I was particularly relieved by his women's voices-just softer not strident.

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  • Kristine
  • 2021-07-14

Disappointing. The run stops at 21 books.

Disappointing. Truly disappointing. After 21 books I guess it’s time to retire Gabriel Allon. I didn’t think I’d ever say that, but it was a good run.

Unfortunately, this is just the latest entertainer, actor, sports person, now writer that thinks the public needs to see and agree with their political point of view. I’m so tired of this. I wish entertainers would understand that if they bring politics into things, you are going to alienate 50% of the public. You could still get your point across by using a fictional president like all of the other books in this genre. Did you really have to go to such great lengths to destroy years of readership? I’m just so tired of this. I never thought I would DNF an Allon book but after chapter 44, I just could not go on.

21 books - wow, it takes a lot to destroy a fan that completely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-07-14

Silva takes a hard left turn

I only finished this audiobook because I am a long-time Silva fan. The political lecturing was torturous, the story far too predictable. This will be my last purchase of Silva’s work. Goodbye, Allon, I enjoyed it while it lasted.

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  • DENNIS W.
  • 2021-07-14

Too political

The Trump administration was run down all through the book. I will not read this author again.

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  • Deed
  • 2021-07-15

Political commentary in disguise

I like Daniel Silva. I don’t like to pay to read a book of fiction where the author uses his earned reputation to make political comments about President Trump, Covid, Russia. Voting issues.
Very disappointed.

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  • Caleb-Matt Williams
  • 2021-07-15

The last Silva book I will buy

I didn't discover Daniel Silva or Gabriel Allon until May 14, 2021 and in the previous 2 months I listened to the first 20 books in the series and pre-ordered this one, the 21st.
I had enjoyed the series but this was the last one I will ever listen to or buy.
For 20 books I couldn't have told you much about the author or his personal domestic political ideology but he shoves his views down the reader/listener's throat in this installment.
What is particularly jarring is it is completely purposeful and absolutely extraneous to the actual story and plot of the book. He used the book to "virtue signal" and make completely clear his political affiliation at the expense of the book and his audience and in the process looks like a fool.

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  • travis chatham
  • 2021-07-14

Sad to say this is last Daniel Silva book for me

Always been a big fan but to stupe to this level I don’t do politics buts it’s disgraceful to bash President Trump like this. If you don’t like him fine but to ruin a book just to bash him is sad…
Last Silva book for me

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  • John Ferebee
  • 2021-07-15

Sad End to the Series

I missed George’s narration but understand time moves on.

It’s also time to move on from Silva.

He takes all his former characters, places, cars, cloths, and stories puts them in a blender and pours out a dud.

I was immediately suspicious when he dedicated the book to the capital police for “saving our democracy” on January 6th. Really?

He goes on to bludgeon Trump by inserting political commentary along the way.

When I read a mystery novel I want to escape and be taken away from the daily grind not be subject to MSNBC talking points.

Silva has a political viewpoint-fine. Write a book about that. Of course I won’t read or listen to it.

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  • Jacqueline Bernard
  • 2021-07-14

Tired and trite

This book is a stale rehash of many other stories. It is insufferable due to the authors political bent playing into every chapter.

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  • Wayne
  • 2021-07-14

Daniel Silva really hates Donald Trump!

THE CELLIST is a weird but interesting addition to the Gabriel Allon series. Narrator Edoardo Ballerini does a nice job but his voice is less than ideal for the Allon series. The voice is not deep enough. At 83 years old audiobook narrator George Guidall is narrating less and apparently Daniel Silva is not among the authors he chooses to continue narrating for. Maybe Guidall objected to the author's dishonesty about the relationship between Trump and Putin or his identification in this novel with extreme left wing conspiracy theories.

I enjoyed The Cellist but am fascinated by the author's efforts to make Donald Trump a part of his story. Some of his attacks on Trump are fair while others are so wildly overstated as to be fabricated. In general Silva's positions on Trump in the Cellist are in line with what one would expect from the worst of what one gets from MSNBC.

I have an issue with how to to rate this novel because of Daniel Silva's delving into US politics in such dishonest ways. Silva s obviously deep into political conspiracy theories to the point of being emotionally unbalanced. Parts 4 and 5 are gratuitous attacks on US politics that have little to do with the core story.

All 21 novels in the Gabriel Allon series in my Audible library. It is one my favorite series. It is unfortunate that author Daniel Silva has become an emotionally unbalanced conspiracy theorist. I wonder if there will be more novels in this outstanding series.

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 2021-07-13

Timely and entertaining, new narrator!

The award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva turns up the heat even higher this summer with The Cellist, book 21 in the Gabriel Allon series of espionage thrillers.

Art, classical music, murder, beautiful women, a global pandemic, politics, and the games of spies collide in this latest superbly written adventure featuring one of the most iconic main characters in the history of literature.

Audiobooks friends should be aware of the fact that series veteran voice and audiobooks industry legend George Guidall is no longer the narrator for this audiobook. His place has been taken by award-winning voiceover artist Edoardo Ballerini who does his best to fill these immensely renowned shoes.

I love both George and Edoardo, so I understand that the time has come for one of them to retire and for the other to pick up the baton. I can confirm that the performance is excellent although some listeners, especially those following Gabriel‘s adventures for the last 10 novels, could need some time to adapt and get themselves comfortable with the new Voice of this series.

Edoardo Ballerini does a fantastic job bringing each of the characters to life with distinct voices and accents. I’m really happy that he is the one to replace George at the helm of this always popular saga.

I don’t care about politics and personal views of the author about such matters, so I truly enjoyed The Cellist to the fullest, just as it was intended. I think it’s really timely, immersive, and entertaining fiction literature and the change of narrators wasn’t too jarring for me. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next from this extremely talented author.

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