Thursday, August 12, 2010
Two families, one terrible secret, and a painting to die for…
Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer, Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.
In the ancient English city of Glastonbury, an art restorer has been brutally murdered and a long-lost portrait by Rembrandt mysteriously stolen. Despite his reluctance, Gabriel is persuaded to use his unique skills to search for the painting and those responsible for the crime. But as he painstakingly follows a trail of clues leading from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires and, finally, to a villa on the graceful shores of Lake Geneva, Gabriel discovers there are deadly secrets connected to the painting. And evil men behind them.
Before he is done, Gabriel will once again be drawn into a world he thought he had left behind forever, and will come face to face with a remarkable cast of characters: a glamorous London journalist who is determined to undo the worst mistake of her career, an elusive master art thief who is burdened by a conscience, and a powerful Swiss billionaire who is known for his good deeds but may just be behind one of the greatest threats facing the world. Filled with remarkable twists and turns of plot, and told with seductive prose, The Rembrandt Affair is more than just summer entertainment of the highest order. It is a timely reminder that there are men in the world who will do anything for money... From the Publisher
Gabriel Allon and I have met before. I had picked up Daniel Silva's The English Assassin a long time ago because I was intrigued with the idea of an art restorer who was trying to leave his illustrious past behind, but couldn't quite put it all behind him. I didn't consider myself a "spy novel" reader, but with the opening of those pages of The English Assassin, Daniel Silva hooked me. With his great writing I was immediately drawn into the story, and all my illusions of what a "spy novel" was all about faded away. I was smitten with Gabriel Allon and loved what I was reading. So, when Lisa of TLC Book Tours asked me if I'd like to host Daniel Silva and The Rembrandt Affair, I jumped at the chance! I hadn't seen Gabriel in a while... Hey, he's undercover quite a bit! This Book Tour is a little different, because instead of the "normal" review, all the tour hosts are completing a fun 10 questions related to the book. So let's get to those questions...
1. If you were to write a blurb in fewer than three sentences for THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR, what would it be? The Rembrandt Affair is a fast-paced thriller that will put you deep in the world of art, assassins and family secrets long thought hidden away. Great writing, a story with amazing depth that touches on the horrors of the Holocaust and its lasting effects, and a hero that will hold your attention long after the sun sets.
2. Gabriel Allon is a talented spy and assassin, but also a master art restorer. If you could have two careers that sem to be complete opposites, what would they be? I would be a Art Historian for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a special agent with the FBI. Reading about what was happening behind the scenes in The Rembrandt Affair will make you want to be "007" too!
3. What three words would you use to describe the character of Gabriel Allon? Determined, Honorable, Highly intelligent.
4. THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR takes the reader all over the world. Of all the locations mentioned, which would be your ideal vacation spot? There are so many wonderful locations in the book, but I would love to visit Israel. Beautiful and rich in history I think it would make for a very special vacation.
5. Art theft plays a major role in the novel. If no crime were involved, what piece of art would you like to have in your home? Renoir, Picasso, or any painting by the French Impressionists would be welcome on my walls. A beautiful pastel by Mary Cassatt?! Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh or A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Seurat ?! But I think I would love to have The Dream by Henri Rousseau most of all. Henri Rousseau was a self taught artists and his jungle scenes are beautiful. The Dream was his last painting.
6. Zoe Reed is a powerful female character in the novel. Tell us about an influential woman in your life. My mother has been a powerful force in my life, giving me the tools and knowledge to be the creative woman I am today.
7.Who was your favorite "good guy" in THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR and why? Of course my favorite good guy would have to be Gabriel Allon, he is just the most honorable character with such a strong force within him to fight for what's right. But, I would also like to add Mikhail Abramov aka Mikhail Danilov to my "favorite guy" answer. Mikhail goes undercover in a very dangerous mission with Zoe Reed, and even in the face of death, Mikhail forsakes his own life to protect Zoe. That is dedication and makes Mikhail one amazing man.
8. All of the technology discussed in the novel is real. Does any of it surprise you? We are so bombarded with amazing technology every day that no, none of the technology in the novel surprised me, but I did enjoy learning the fact that when a cell phone or lap top, for example, was "bugged", that the agents referred to it as "owning" that piece of equipment.
9. What celebrity would play Gabriel Allon if THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR were on the big screen. I have always thought that Gabriel Byrne would make a perfect Gabriel Allon. I just loved him in Point of No Return, and in that movie he played a top secret government agent that recruited and trained assassins.
10. Which fellow book-loving friend do you think would enjoy THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR? Tag them here and we will mail a finished copy of the novel! My first thought of who would enjoy this was fellow blogger, Cym Lowell, because not only is he an author in his own right, but he has also written an international thriller. Enjoy Cym!
About the Author... Daniel Silva is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Price of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant, Moscow Rules and The Defector. He is married to NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel. They have two children, Lily and Nicholas. In 2009 Silva was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council.
Learn more about the author & his books at Daniel Silva's website! I want to thank Lisa of TLC Book Tours for inviting me to be part of Daniel Silva's book tour for The Rembrandt Affair! I really enjoyed the book. It was quite a page turner and I got to visit with my old friend Gabriel Allon again! And BTW, you can enjoy reading The Rembrandt Affair without reading any of the other previous Daniel Silva books, they are stand alone stories. Daniel Silva's Book Tour for The Rembrandt Affair is winding down, but you can check out the other Tour Hosts at TLC Book Tours. *P.S. This Book is Kindle Ready!