Another “different” review for you this week. The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva is a another in the Gabriel Allon series. This is the first Gabriel Allon series I’ve read, so keep that in mind. Sometimes a series can repeat things about characters that are returning in order to help you remember, and from what I’ve heard there is a bit of that in The Rembrandt Affair, but I enjoyed the background on each of the characters. The combination of historical and political events both past and current were interesting, and of course the art history. Before I head into the questions, this is a great beach read to close out the summer!
If you were to write a blurb in fewer than three sentences for THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR, what would it be? Behind every fortune is a crime. Gabriel Allon returns to trace a missing painting through Switzerland, Buenos Aires, and Nazi Germany in order to find the truth and return the painting to it’s rightful owner from one of the most powerful men in the World.
Gabriel Allon is a talented spy and assassin, but also a master art restorer. If you could have two careers that seem to be complete opposites, what would they be? I’m really not making this up, but a spy and a dancer. I’ve always been good at playing parts, and trying new situations, so being a spy has always intrigued me. Being a dancer just seems like such a different world where you have to be more introverted and in tune with your feelings.
What three words would you use to describe the character of Gabriel Allon? Strong, Intelligent, Sordid. I’m not sure sordid is an actual descriptive character word, but it fits.
THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR takes the reader all over the world. Of all the locations mentioned, which would be your ideal vacation spot? Buenos Aires definitely! The food, culture, dancing!
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? Wow, I don’t even know how I could choose just one. You would understand if you ever saw my home, there is art everywhere. Okay, just one? Really? Um, let’s see, I’m going with the Sistine Chapel. Yea, it’s not really a “piece” but I can build a house to fit.
Zoe Reed is a powerful female character in the novel. Tell us about an influential woman in your life. My grandmother. She raised me, got up for 4 am bus trips, supported me in every swim meet, saw every symphony concert, picked me up from football practices (I was a ball girl, lol) and always has my favorite dinner waiting for me when I go home, ho-made pot pie and pumpkin pie for dessert.
Who was your favorite “good guy” in THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR and why? Seems like an easy out, but I’ve gotta go with Gabriel. I liked how Daniel showed both the hard and soft sides of him with his marriage.
All of the technology discussed in the novel is real. Does any of it surprise you? I’m not sure I can be surprised by technology, frankly I’m usually surprised to find out we don’t have something available. For instance, we can send a man to the moon but we can’t figure out how to make a road that doesn’t get potholes?
What celebrity would play Gabriel Allon if THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR were on the big screen? George Clooney, because he’s George Clooney.
Which fellow book-loving, blogging friend do you think would enjoy THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR? Barbara, a friend from GoodReads :)
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Novel Whore Rating: 4 Notches on the Bed Post
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* I received a review copy of The Rembrandt Affair from the publisher as part of the TLC Book Tour, go read more reviews!