© 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.
Though not my favorite Gabriel Allon novel narrator, John Lee grew bigger with his performance in the Confessor.
Plot is really strong and brings new and very rarely spoken Catholic church's role in WWII. I enjoyed every minute and wanted to consume all in a rush! Well done Daniel Silva. To the next book in the series I move :-)
As usual, I could barely set my IPOD down as I got caught up in the action. What I especially like about Daniel Silva's books is the enlightenment about little known historical events and behind the scene intrigue.
Of course, names and places are changed to build the entire story, but I had little knowledge of the involvement of the Vatican in the "Jewish Solution". While I'm not Jewish, this subject is always relevant especially in light of current events.
I also hope this newest love interest works out for Gabriel. He deserves a good woman.
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