The Rembrandt Affair and Give-Away

This month I had the pleasure of reviewing The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva. It is the first novel by Silva that I’ve read, and I enjoyed it immensely. The publisher has given reviewers questions to answer regarding the novel, and at the end, the opportunity for one of the newly released editions to be given to one lucky winner.

If you were to write a blurb in fewer than three sentences for THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR, what would it be?

  • This is a heart-stopping, thumb-chewing adventure through Europe’s major cities in search of the missing Rembrandt painting and all it stands for. We slowly uncover layer after layer as to why it’s been stolen, and what it means, because of the people who have owned it before.

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 joke to my teaching partners that I’d always like to be a stay at home mom. The other career I’d love to try is to be a reader of audio books for the blind. Is there a name for that job?

What three words would you use to describe the character of Gabriel Allon?

  •  Restorer of women

THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR takes the reader all over the world. Of all the locations mentioned, which would be your ideal vacation spot?

  • It was particularly exciting to me to read this novel as I’ve been in many of the places Silva uses for the setting. Most endearing to my heart are the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, where I drank a fabulous cappuccino served with a square of Swiss dark chocolate, and Paris itself. (Too bad there weren’t cities in Italy!)

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?

  • I would love to own a Renoir; any that he has painted. I have several prints in my house, as well as on my blog, but they don’t compare to the real deal. Of course. The other piece I’d love to have in my home, planted in my mind by Suko, would be Michalangelo’s David.  

Zoe Reed is a powerful female character in the novel. Tell us about an influential woman in your life.

  • This would have to be my mother, dubbed The Queen of Smart by my son when he was three. Indeed she is: wise, perceptive, and above all, godly.

Who was your favorite “good guy” in THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR and why?

  •  Gabriel Allon, of course, would be my favorite ‘good guy’. Who wouldn’t be taken with someone who goes into the woods with the enemy’s henchmen to be “bruised up a bit” and comes out alone with all their weapons? Who wouldn’t respect and admire someone who stands for good and actually lives it? I love a hero and a conqueror, of enemies both physical and emotional.

All of the technology discussed in the novel is real. Does any of it surprise you?

  •  None of it surprised me. In fact, the older I get, the less I trust government. With technology, they have ever increasing power to gain access into people’s lives; I wonder if anything is private in American any more.

What celebrity would play Gabriel Allon if THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR were on the big screen?

  •  George Clooney? Do we have to make every action novel into a film?

Which fellow book-loving, blogging friend do you think would enjoy THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR? Tag them here and we will mail a finished copy of the novel!

  • Friends, I cannot begin to guess who would most love to read The Rembrandt Affair. If you would, tell me so in the comments, and we’ll see who shall be tagged to receive a hardcover copy.

My favorite quote from this novel: “But like most Venetians, Chiara regarded sporting contests as something to be viewed over coffee or a good meal. When one required exercise, one made love or strolled down to the Zattere for a gelato.” (p. 46-47)

Winner of The Rembrandt Affair: Lesley of Lesley’s Book Nook!

15 thoughts on “The Rembrandt Affair and Give-Away”

  1. I've never read anything by Silva, but your review has convinced me it might be time to try. I think my hubby might enjoy it, as well. And I love that quote!


  2. I have always wanted to learn more about reading audiobooks for the blind!I would love to read this novel because I enjoy mysteries, and art has become my newest passion. The combination of the two in one book makes it mandatory reading material for me :)Mstermind1 at gmail dot com


  3. Bellezza, this sounds like such a fun read. Something to help kick off these feelings that fall is near and hot chocolates are awaiting. Loved your review – I also like it when a book takes you all over the place (its a nice taste of a city). Definitely throw my name into the hat! Cheers!


  4. Bellezza, I thoroughly enjoyed this "review". Thanks for the mention! You chose a wonderful quote-I remember reading those agreeable words in the book. 🙂


  5. I think this book is meant for me. I have already had two conversations today about this author. I've heard of the book for a bit but thought he was a debut author. I love the pleasant feeling of people telling you you'd love an author only to discover a wealth of works by them! I can't wait to read it!


  6. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. The book tour was my first experience with Silva also. I love your pick for George Clooney for Gabriel but then again I would be happy to see George Clooney playing just about anyone!


  7. I am so happy that you enjoyed this book! 🙂 I am reading it at the moment. This is one of my all-time favourite series of books! I've read them all and they do not disappoint! Can't wait to see what is going to happen in the rest of this novel/series!


  8. Not sure if too late to throw my name into the hat, but I would love to read anything by Silva — I've read one previously and fell madly in love with it. Of course, I have a preference at times for stories that are thrillers, that feature art (especially), and thus I valiantly request consideration for this giveaway. Madly, madly in love with art, I am…


  9. I usually like action novels, but somehow Gabriel Allon just does not do it for me. If you liked this book, you should also try the writer James Rollins' books. I prefer his style of writing a bit more.


  10. Too bad I missed this post until now. I've read several of Daniel Silva's books and haven't read this one. Really like the character Gabriel Allon. This format of answering questions to review the book or elicit personal response is wonderful. Have a great summer Bellezza!


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