© 2003 Daniel Silva; (P) 2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Silva...writes with the atmospheric grace and whiplash tension of le Carre." (Booklist)
While the performance is excellent and Daniel Silva writes a very interesting story the plot is based on outrageous non-facts. As a Catholic who loves suspense and spy thrillers I was throughly distressed by this author's defaming a very holy and good Pope Pius XII-- as the crux of his plot. Historical facts decry the insinuations perpetrated by folks who are either ignorant of them or will to disbelieve them. I was looking forward to this book as I enjoy the charactor Gabriel Allon so much but I am sad to say I am left feeling insulted and betrayed.
It ranks very well
John Lee is quite annoying at first however it you stick it out he grows on you :) I did Like Jason Culp who did the first of this series he was awesome in the Kill Artist
I was floored by the vitriolic anti catholicism, the inaccurate made up history. His writting is insulting and disrespectful of Pope Pius and Pope John Paul as well as Catholics in general. He paints an insulting picture of the Jewish nation as well. the one star is for the reader John Lee.
I love to listen and read books. I don't waste a minute...I listen when I am driving, cleaning, getting my nails done, etc. Fiction books are my favorites.... mysteries.
I loved it. It was suspensful, had depth and handled a difficult subject very well. It starts out impactful and just got better abd better. I recommend it.
I found myself sitting in the car when I would get home from work just to listen for a few more minutes. This is an expertly written story and the narration is up to the task. I highly recommend this title.
I am a Silva fan but this book put me to sleep. The story never flowed and had few twists that were not well done. Also an anti-Catholic flavor to the book as a main theme. More time should have been spent on developing the plot/suspense. The narration was also mediocre. A better narrator could have brought this book up a star. Would not recommend unless you are in the process of following the lead character Gabriel from his beginnings with Silva. I do think Silva is a good writer and will keep listening to more of his books unless I get a repeat of The Confessor.
Say something about yourself!
Perhaps Daniel Silva's best - outstanding tale of Gabriel Allon investigating his friend's death, uncovers corruption inside the Vatican, and allies himself with the fictious Pope Paul VII. If you miss the clearly defined good vs evil of the Cold War, this one brings some of it back, as well as tells a wonderful tale, set in Europe, of the humble art restorer who moonlights as an Israeli Assassin.
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