The Confessor

The Confessor

Paperback - 2004
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Dark secrets are revealed in Vatican City in this Gabriel Allon thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva.

In Munich, a Jewish scholar is assassinated. In Venice, Mossad agent and art restorer Gabriel Allon receives the news, puts down his brushes, and leaves immediately. And at the Vatican, the new pope vows to uncover the truth about the church's response to the Holocaust-while a powerful cardinal plots his next move.

Now, as Allon follows a trail of secrets and unthinkable deeds, the lives of millions are changed forever-and the life of one man becomes expendable...
Publisher: New York : Signet, 2004
ISBN: 9780451211484


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Dec 29, 2017

Another spectacularly entertaining read from a master storyteller and this time we get to experience Catholic bad guys for a change. An eye or an eye formula is still evident here but done in brilliant Silva style.

Nov 30, 2017

A good story embedded in historical truth. The story is fairly complicated with the tentacles of the vicious Crux Vera wrapping itself around all the characters. Initially I found the mix of fact and fiction distracting. I might have benefitted if I began by reading the Author's Note at the conclusion.

Apr 30, 2017


May 30, 2016

Silva is the master.

Great read and well integrated information about Catholic Church and Jewish history. Fast moving plot as always. This is the first hint and his recovery from the brutal assassination of his wife and son.

Nov 20, 2011

Whenever I go somewhere where the sun is hot, the beach is sandy and the water alluring the apple of my eye packs a handful of books to keep both of us occupied as we roast and toast ourselves till we are an all-over healthy brown. She packs and I co-read. Daniel Silva’s “The Confessor” was number one on my list of reads. The others , save one, were too obviously chick lits. But Silva’s cover promised “spy-fiction ace” and “compelling … superior entertainment” Both assessments were right on the money.
Silva has the recipe for a good read down pat. He takes a dash of dirty WWII Nazi secrets; mixes in a little Vatican skullduggery; a measure of rogue cardinals from the curia; a passel some Italian carabinieri of dubious loyalty; an aging author secretly writing a book that stirs up unwanted interest; a restorer of Re naissance art who is not who he appears to be; and a squadron of Israeli agents. Stir and then set the resulting batter in some mildly exotic and mildly glamorous locations: Provence; Ticino; and Rome. Add a good measure of gunplay; some fast cars and then bake and you’ve got “The Confessor”.
Silva writes well. This book was tough to put down. Riveting is the word. Maybe that’s why he’s got a number of other novels to his credit. He’s good. No Dan Brown, mind you, but good none the less. Good enough for me to make a point of putting him on my “other books to read” list.
For sure, Silva’s got a hit on his hands.

Mar 30, 2011

Very good book. I thought the author overdid the plot twist at the end, but still a very enjoyable book


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