© 2003 Daniel Silva; (P) 2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Silva...writes with the atmospheric grace and whiplash tension of le Carre." (Booklist)
Finally catching up on those I have missed reading until now. With the life of the Pope in the balance, and secrets the Vatican would rather be left buried, this one takes you on quite a ride. Again, I do so enjoy Gabriel Allon and Daniel Silva’s style. 5 stars.
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?
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.
Using historically accurate account of a tragic time in the history of Europe and the Catholic Church develops a wonderful mystery story. Narration is excellent, good character development, good twists and turns. Very detailed so it is a book that you need to listen to while not otherwise occupied.
Another great plot line from Daniel Silva! And Lee's reading is masterful! It's my second time to hear it and it was just as enjoyable as the first.
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