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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

From Washingtonian Magazine

Among secretive international organizations, few are as mysterious as the Curia, the ruling body of the Catholic Church¿a nest of political intrigue that protects the world¿s most powerful, carefully controlled religious institution. It¿s in this complex, sometimes dark...
Among secretive international organizations, few are as mysterious as the Curia, the ruling body of the Catholic Church¿a nest of political intrigue that protects the world¿s most powerful, carefully controlled religious institution. It¿s in this complex, sometimes dark empire that DC¿s Daniel Silva¿a former CNN producer¿sets his sixth novel. The Confessor opens with the murder of Jewish historian and writer Benjamin Stern in his Munich apartment. The killer covers Benjamin¿s walls with Nazi symbols but, before the coup de grâce, absolves him of his sins with a Latin prayer. Suspecting that the murder is more than the work of a neo-Nazi, the police call in Mario Delvecchio¿an art restorer who is really Gabriel Allon, an operative who once worked for Israel¿s secret intelligence agency. Gabriel learns that his friend Benjamin was writing a book that may have led to his murder. His quest to find Benjamin¿s assassin takes him from Venice¿s Jewish ghetto to Vienna to London to a convent on the shores of Italy¿s Lake Garda to the recesses of the Vatican. There, the real-life pontiff, John Paul II, has been replaced by a new pope who wants to open the Vatican¿s Secret Archives to bare the truth of the Church¿s role in the Holocaust. He believes it¿s vital for the Church to resolve the centuries of anti-Semitism it fostered and to move on to a unity between Catholics and Jews. But a conservative cabal within the Church is determined to stop the new ¿caretaker¿ pope as well as Gabriel, whose investigation is bringing him closer to the truth about an agreement between the Church and the Nazis that allowed Hitler¿s plans to eliminate Europe¿s Jews. The Confessor is carefully researched, and the historical information doesn¿t slow the slam-bang pace. It¿s one of those rare books that sweep you into forgetting to eat or sleep. Daniel Silva has now indisputably joined the ranks of Graham Greene and John Le Carré. Chuck Conconi, Washingtonian

posted by Anonymous on February 27, 2003

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Review of The Confessor by Daniel Silva

It was a Catholic bashing book with incorrect historical data. He used Archbishop Rembert Weakland, former Bishop of Milwaukee a confessed thief who forced his archdiocese to settle a sexual assault on a Marquette male gay student as a source. He failed to use any of t...
It was a Catholic bashing book with incorrect historical data. He used Archbishop Rembert Weakland, former Bishop of Milwaukee a confessed thief who forced his archdiocese to settle a sexual assault on a Marquette male gay student as a source. He failed to use any of the material available to him from Jewish material that cleared the Vatican of charges of assisting Nazi war criminals to escape and failed to assist Jewish refugees. Its too bad because Silva is an accomplished author and I have all his books. I have enjoyed all of them except this one.

posted by lawyerjw on November 3, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2003

    From Washingtonian Magazine

    Among secretive international organizations, few are as mysterious as the Curia, the ruling body of the Catholic Church¿a nest of political intrigue that protects the world¿s most powerful, carefully controlled religious institution. It¿s in this complex, sometimes dark empire that DC¿s Daniel Silva¿a former CNN producer¿sets his sixth novel. The Confessor opens with the murder of Jewish historian and writer Benjamin Stern in his Munich apartment. The killer covers Benjamin¿s walls with Nazi symbols but, before the coup de grâce, absolves him of his sins with a Latin prayer. Suspecting that the murder is more than the work of a neo-Nazi, the police call in Mario Delvecchio¿an art restorer who is really Gabriel Allon, an operative who once worked for Israel¿s secret intelligence agency. Gabriel learns that his friend Benjamin was writing a book that may have led to his murder. His quest to find Benjamin¿s assassin takes him from Venice¿s Jewish ghetto to Vienna to London to a convent on the shores of Italy¿s Lake Garda to the recesses of the Vatican. There, the real-life pontiff, John Paul II, has been replaced by a new pope who wants to open the Vatican¿s Secret Archives to bare the truth of the Church¿s role in the Holocaust. He believes it¿s vital for the Church to resolve the centuries of anti-Semitism it fostered and to move on to a unity between Catholics and Jews. But a conservative cabal within the Church is determined to stop the new ¿caretaker¿ pope as well as Gabriel, whose investigation is bringing him closer to the truth about an agreement between the Church and the Nazis that allowed Hitler¿s plans to eliminate Europe¿s Jews. The Confessor is carefully researched, and the historical information doesn¿t slow the slam-bang pace. It¿s one of those rare books that sweep you into forgetting to eat or sleep. Daniel Silva has now indisputably joined the ranks of Graham Greene and John Le Carré. Chuck Conconi, Washingtonian

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2006

    Nothing Short of Phenomenal

    I loved this book. Silva has an incredible story that is well thought out and logical. He combines what seem like seperate incidents into a fabulous climax. This is the first Silva book I've read but surely won't be the last. This book makes the DaVinci code look like Dr. Seuss.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2004

    Didn't want to put this one aside at bedtime!

    My first Silva book was a total 'homerun'! It was difficult to put this book down at night and on a couple evenings I read until the early hours of the next day. One of the fascinating aspects of this tale were the chases, the streets and roads, and the various cities where the Leopard and Allon, et al, traveled to in pursuit of their victims, information sources, and finally each other. Having lived and traveled in Europe, much of the 'travel' and searching in the plot was on familiar grounds. This made the action really come alive and I found it integral to the story's action.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2004

    As good as the Da Vinci code

    I listened to this on tape right after the Da Vinci code and it made me wonder what the hoopla about the code meant, this was actually more compelling and moved faster. I am going to listen to the rest of his books as soon as possible. I particularly enjoyed the Vatican intrigue and the historical information about the Vatican and their actions during World War II, even though it is fiction.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2003

    Spy novels at its best!

    This was a fantastic book. I hope Silva brings back the same character in another book. I read the Kill Artist and English Assassin also, both great books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Thought Provoking

    "The Con­fes­sor" by Daniel Silva is the third install­ment in the fic­tional adven­tures of the reluc­tant Israeli agent Gabriel Allon.

    Work­ing as art restorer Mario Delvec­chio, Allon is called one more time into ser­vice to inves­ti­gate the mys­te­ri­ous mur­der of his friend Ben­jamin Stern. As the inves­ti­ga­tion pro­gresses, Allon dis­cov­ers that Stern has been work­ing on a book, that once pub­lished would cause a scan­dal in the Vat­i­can and do great harm to the Roman Catholic Church. How­ever a new era has arrived in the Vat­i­can, a new Pope has been cho­sen who has set his sights to "clean house" and set­ting the Church's WWII record clean by open­ing the Vat­i­can Secret Archives.

    As you can imag­ine, the pow­er­ful forces, espe­cially the secret soci­ety known as the Crux Vera, within the Roman Catholic Church are none too happy about the Pope's ini­tia­tive and are will­ing to go to great extremes in order to stop it. Allon is pulled into the inter­nal strug­gle through his inves­ti­ga­tion which takes him around Europe, dis­cov­er­ing well hid­den secrets of the shame­ful past.

    As I have come to expect from Daniel Silva, this book is well writ­ten, well plot­ted and the char­ac­ters are fan­tas­tic. Each book occurs in the Silva uni­verse with recur­ring char­ac­ters (from other series) , have sev­eral lay­ers of intri­ca­cies and thoughts, as well as smaller sto­ries which the reader has to keep track of in the fast pace which the book is told.

    This novel is also thought pro­vok­ing - what was the church's role dur­ing the holo­caust?
    We know that no action was taken and the Vat­i­can did open its archives sev­eral yeas back to six schol­ars who found the lack of doc­u­men­ta­tion avail­able astound­ing (the Vat­i­can vil­i­fied the three Jew­ish schol­ars with­out men­tion of the three Catholic schol­ars - all of whom came to the same con­clu­sions). There are a few pages in the end where Mr. Silva touches upon this sub­ject which are well worth read­ing and an excel­lent addi­tion to the book.

    "The Con­fes­sor" had me gripped from begin­ning to end, a fan­tas­tic story. The whole plot around the Crux Vera didn't bog down the book and Silva did well by stay­ing away from con­spir­acy theories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Great read for fun! Does a great job of presenting some enlightening facts that I have read in the past as non-fiction, in a fiction story.

    I have read several Silva books because I like his style. His stories are solid and his research tends to be good. He does tend to provide a very single-sided view of the world. Silva can do a better job of striving to be open-minded and accept that all things in this world are imperfect, including perhaps his own beliefs. Be less a victim and more a story-teller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2009

    Review of The Confessor by Daniel Silva

    It was a Catholic bashing book with incorrect historical data. He used Archbishop Rembert Weakland, former Bishop of Milwaukee a confessed thief who forced his archdiocese to settle a sexual assault on a Marquette male gay student as a source. He failed to use any of the material available to him from Jewish material that cleared the Vatican of charges of assisting Nazi war criminals to escape and failed to assist Jewish refugees. Its too bad because Silva is an accomplished author and I have all his books. I have enjoyed all of them except this one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

    Fantastic

    I just love the author and the book is amazing!! Action packed all the way and a bit of ramoance!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2007

    Make sure you are not busy!

    Make sure you can read this book without putting it down, it is really that good. I love the Gabriel Allon character, and I have read the whole series. This is my kind of book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2003

    Silva scores again

    Daniel Silva has written a shelfful of terrific novels, but The Confessor is the best yet. Gabriel Allon is back for another star turn as the anguished Israeli intelligence operative, this time on a mission to uncover the truth about wartime ties between the Vatican and the Nazis. Silva takes us on a spellbinding romp through Europe as Allon dodges murder and mayhem to uncover a desperate attempt by Vatican hardliners to hide the church's darkest secrets. Once again, Allon's tortured past and ambivalence about the present give this fascinating character an unusually rich patina. Silva's supporting cast is also brilliantly crafted and he's clearly done his homework on a complex, gripping and timely subject. No textbook stuff here, though -- the debate over the church's role in the Holacuast is vividly drawn and compellingly told, with more unexpected twists and harrowing turns than a mountain switchback. All in all, The Confessor is another winner from a now-established master of the craft.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2002

    Intriguing thriller

    At one time Gabriel Allon and Benjamin Stern were operatives in the Israeli security branch known as The Office. Now Gabriel, working as the great art restorer Mario Delvechio, is working on a Bellini masterpiece in a church in Venice. Ben is taking time off as a professor at the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich to write a book about the relationship between the church and the Nazi regime. When Ben is murdered, Gabriel is asked to investigate and he knows from the beginning that his friend died at the hands of a professional assassin. There is no evidence of a manuscript, notes or even a computer in Ben¿s apartment. Determined to find justice for his friend, Gabriel follows the trail into the very heart of the Vatican where he finds surprising allies and even more astonishing enemies. Daniel Silva¿s protagonist can turn from an artist to a killer in the blink of an eye yet the readers will find their hearts go out to this complex man who has known much pain and suffering. The inner workings of the Vatican are presented as a microcosm of any city in the world. With a strong story line to encase Gabriel and the Vatican, THE CONFESSOR will have a widespread appeal to anyone who likes a very good reading experience. Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Came over to this series from Vince Flynn. Gripping, page turner, a main character you can get behind, foreign intrigue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Check it out

    Once the characters were all in place the story became interesting. In this story the main character meets his future wife. I may read the next book in the series.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    Another great book by Daniel Silva

    Another great book by Daniel Silva

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Vivid

    Rome never looked like I thought it did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    As great as always!

    I love all the Gabriel Allon books and this one didn't disappoint me. Be sure to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Great Book!

    I really like Daniel Silva's books, especially the Gabriel Allon Series. Really well written with lost of action and suspense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Pretty good.

    Not bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Quick paced, never a dull moment novel that you have come to expect from Silva.

    A must read for Allon fans

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