Sunday, September 5, 2010

Book Review "The Rembrandt Affair"

“The Rembrandt Affair”
We all seek balance in our lives - our Ying and Yang, our chocolate and vanilla, and our fiction and non-fiction. According to my brother-in-law my lit. list has been out of balance lately and is heavily leaning tower-of-Pisaish toward chick books. Within the pages of “The Rembrandt Affair” by Daniel Silva there are enough car chases, manly spies, and beautiful women to restore balance to the BookLook column.

I am a big fan of Silva’s series starring Gabriel Allon the reluctant Israeli spy/ art restorer. I could not put this latest one down! It has a little less violence and bloodshed than the past books (less parts for me to skip over), but the plot tension and fascinating characters remain extraordinary. He is one of the best spy fiction writers out there and this latest novel debuted at #1 on the NY Times Best Seller list. You don’t need to read the others in the series but as always if you read the first one “The Kill Artist” you will understand the back references.

Gabriel has once again retired as a Mossad assassin. He and his beautiful Italian wife Chiara have returned to the isolated coast of Cornwall. When a friend desperately needs his help to recover a stolen Rembrandt, Gabriel is compelled to take the case. The worlds of Nazi art theft and Iranian nuclear armament collide when a true villain is revealed and a trap is set. There is a good dose of history combined with current political themes to keep the international intrigue believable.

Although falsely accused by Peter of favoring the feminine reader lately, it’s true I have been reading more books about relationships than conquering evil empires. “The Rembrandt Affair” should set things right. It is so loaded with progesterone I won’t have to worry about PMS this month at all.

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