The Confessor (Gabriel Allon Series #3)

The Confessor (Gabriel Allon Series #3)

by Daniel Silva
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The Confessor (Gabriel Allon Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all the Gabriel Allon books and this one didn't disappoint me. Be sure to read it.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
trouble115 More than 1 year ago
I just love the author and the book is amazing!! Action packed all the way and a bit of ramoance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Anything written by Daniel Silva is exciting and beyond a great value in a reading experience. His characters are human and make you want to be friends with them. His stories are fast-paced and exciting. And even tho Gabriel Allon is a spy, Daniel Silva writes in such a way that anyone can easily follow along and understand what's going on and why. Gabriel is one of the most famous characters ever written about and we never want his story to end. The stories are so well written that you have finished the book before you know it. And to say that Daniel Silva is one of the greatest writers of our time, is probably a very big understatement. His writing is fluid and flawless and easy to read. You never have to read a sentence twice. If you haven't already read a Daniel Silva story, you are truly missing out on a great reading experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another thriller from Mr. Silva
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lv2readJT More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read! I have been all over Europe and the Middle East sitting in an easy chair unable to put this book down. Such a good author!
Barbaraketubah More than 1 year ago
Daniel Silva's books keep you on the edge of your seat, you want to turn the pages, but don't want the book to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As are all of Daniel Silva's that I've read!
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AR2014 More than 1 year ago
Came over to this series from Vince Flynn. Gripping, page turner, a main character you can get behind, foreign intrigue.
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