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The Confessor | [Daniel Silva]

The Confessor

Detective Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds that takes the listener from Munich to Venice to the Vatican.
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Gabriel Allon returns in this stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds. In Munich, writer Benjamin Stern enters his flat to find a man leafing through his research. When Stern confronts him, the man shoots him, murmurs a few words in Latin, gathers the papers and leaves. In Venice, art restorer and Israeli agent Gabriel Allon reads a message saying that Stern is dead; can he leave immediately? At the Vatican, a priest named Pietro paces in the garden, pondering the discoveries he has made, the enemies he will make, and the journey he must undertake. Silva weaves these three threads into a multilayered mystery peopled with memorable characters and distinguished by rich prose.

© 2003 Daniel Silva; (P) 2003 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Silva...writes with the atmospheric grace and whiplash tension of le Carre." (Booklist)

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    Kev 03-09-04
    Kev 03-09-04
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    "No Silva Lining in This Cloud"

    Y'know, I don't demand much from pop lit, especially from genre stuff like spy novels, but Silva's "The Confessor" fails to come up to even my lowest expectations. Sterling prose is not necessary for a good spy thriller, but shouldn't Silva at least know the difference between the words "divisive" and "divided"? His writing is studded with gems like "he knew he was being deceived," (Hey, Silva, if he "knew" it, he wasn't "deceived," now was he?) and numbing cliches such as when a "Machievellian" Catholic Cardinal intones "We have ways... to bring journalists... into line..." (I guess the Church hasn't been using those "ways" too well lately.) And to make matter worse, Silva uses his novel as a pulpit to preach about... oh, who cares? What a stinker! I give it one star (instead of zero stars) only because of narrrator John Lee's brilliant reading.

    21 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    elker 08-12-15
    elker 08-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "FantAstic!!!"

    I thought this book was near perfect in terms of its suspense, its relevancy, it's charActers, its descriptions. I also thought john lee did a great job of simulating Israeli, Italian and German accents. In sum, for most of the reading my husband and I were spellbound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Greensboro, Georgia 08-07-15
    Ken Greensboro, Georgia 08-07-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story And Narration"

    Great fictional but history based story of Catholic Church and conspiracy with Nazi's "Final Solution " during WW II. Suspenseful and entertaining. Holds your attention throughout. Excellent narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anton 07-22-15
    Anton 07-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Good listen"

    Good story working in the Vatican and Pope and World War II and an art restorer.

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    FL42 07-16-15
    FL42 07-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Tame"

    The plot is thin and the characters are predictable. The Gabriel Alon series seems to be more formulaic than Bond. John Lee tries to in fuse color with voice characters in their native accents but we get caricature instead of authenticity--All Italians speak with the same awful english accent apparently - even the ones educated in England?
    Disappointing.

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    Cindy 07-06-15
    Cindy 07-06-15
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    Love Silva's stories. Lots of history, intrigue, and entertainment. I always look forward to the next one.

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    T E Weinshenker 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrific. Hard to figure out"

    Reader, John Lee, makes the story. Lots of fun. The accents of the reader are fun, and I prefer Audible to Kindle because the names are hard to pronounce

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Richland, GA, United States 05-19-15
    Amazon Customer Richland, GA, United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    worth the time and miney. well read. Silva does a great job. Narrated very well.

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    Donald Fugate San Jose, CA USA 05-02-15
    Donald Fugate San Jose, CA USA 05-02-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved it!"

    Daniel Silva is fast becoming my favorite author. Gabriel Allyon is the perfect protagonist. I felt like I was in the Vatican Square

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    frannie 04-27-15
    frannie 04-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    It was a real page turner. I love Gabriel It was very thrilling @ suspenseful a must read. Read them all !!!

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