Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

“Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Young Woman, oil on canvas, 104 by 86 centimeters” holds a deep dark secret. A secret if told could destroy many lives and cause catastrophic events to three major world powers. Since it’s existence lives have been altered through no fault of it’s owners. But a painting such as this, brings monies into the millions. What is it about this painting that everyone wants and yet, no one wants the secrets inside revealed? Who holds the key? Only one man can find this key an expert art restorer by the name of Gabriel Allon.
Gabriel Allon  is very well known for his work in restoring old paintings  from Van Gogh to Rembrandts. He has restored paintings in the past that seemed doomed to be tossed into the fire. But as a lover of beautiful things no job is too difficult or unpleasant a task.
Julian Isherwood a well known art dealer has a client ready to buy the painting for $35 million. He hired Christopher Liddell to restore the painting and now Liddell is dead and the painting missing. Julian feeling there is something a miss calls on a friend from the past Gabriel Allon. For not only is Gabriel an art restorer, but also a retired Israeli Agent. Julian has worked with Gabriel in the past and he knows that Gabriel is the right man for the job. How to convince him to assist? Maybe if Gabriel knew the history behind the missing painting.
Martin Landesmann a wealthy billionaire is interested in finding the painting, Peter Voss is a man not wanting the painting to be found, and Lena Herzfield never wants to see this painting again. Their lives are intertwined in the mystery behind and the unveiling of “Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Young Woman, oil on canvas, 104 by 86 centimeters”.
Daniel Silva captivates the reader with his style of writing and experience to detail. Though this is fictional work some of it is real and leaves it to the reader to decipher. However, the experience of Lena Herzfield and the art dealers depict the tragedy's that occurred during World War II and continue to occur in this present day.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


First published in 1972 but written as if today in mind. Desmond Bagley writes an interesting spy spoof which includes double agents from three major powers Americans, Great Britain, and Russians.
Set in the isolated country of Iceland with it’s volcanic rock and geysers. Desmond Bagley brings this country to life with such clarity allowing the reader to feel and view every green scene, every treacherous road, and every sulfuric smell.

Alan Stewart ex-British Agent now retired was recruited as a messenger boy to deliver a package to a Russian agent. This package was small and sealed. He was not allowed to ask questions nor open this package. However, people are trying to kill him before the package is even delivered. Why? And who can he trust?

Alan and his fiancĂ© Elin are caught in the middle of this intrigue espionage that takes them to the back roads of Iceland and with every turn he finds himself in a “cat and mouse” game. And all he has as a weapon is his sgian-dubh-the black knife of the Highlander which he inherited from his grandfather who inherited from his grandfather. [[Sgian-Dubh]]

Great read and with the view of Iceland and it’s peaceful inhabitants Running Blind brings chaos to this peaceful country.