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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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Amazing story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

You absolutely cannot believe this story line. It is so fabulous, and yet, as a student of history, his premises are very believable. The story has amazing details without ever being boring. It is incredibly hard to put down.

What did you like best about this story?

The details.

Which scene was your favorite?

In and out of the Vatican and around Rome

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

You simply cannot deny the plausibility of the plot.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next in the series.

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solid

story for a little off track, but great fan of the series. can't wait for the next one

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Favorite so far

I have enjoyed the stories about the Israeli assassin and his art restoration avocation. I like the characters and places described. Just enough action to wet my appetite for an adventure story but sufficiently thoughtful, and introspective characters . These are not deep novels they don't provide enormous background of the locations, or characters, but they're nice comfortable easy reads. My favorite thus far.

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Terrific historically based story

With the Vatican's role concerning the Holocaust as the key, this is another great spy story by Silva. Highly recommended.

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Beautifully plotted

This is another excellent entry in the Gabriel Allon series. Silver plots beautifully and writes deftly. I am moving on to his next novel.

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Riveting thriller

What did you love best about The Confessor?

Fast-paced, lots of intrigue and World War II history, Vatican, Roman Catholic history

What did you like best about this story?

Made me want to learn more about the Vatican and how it operates.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is an excellent narrator and his English accent gives the book a touch of class.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No; but it stirred up anger about the Nazis.

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  • John
  • Shelbyville, MI, United States
  • 11-14-13

Far less intrigue than the typical Silva.

It's not a bad story at all and John Lee always does a great job with the reading. But, I found it to have no thrill factor at all. No suspense. Little action. Nothing that made me want to switch it on.

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A bit over the top.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would first have them read the preceding two. This is not Silva's best work, they get better later on. In this book he seems to be about to hit his stride. The ending is overdone and while the premise of the Vatican's part in WW II is true, I doubt Cardinals plotted murder.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Make it a bit more ambiguous regarding culpability and behavior of the protagonists.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This reader is excellent. Better than another one who reads some of them with exaggerated accents that I found rather annoying.

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An interesting theory, and a possible one.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would. A most interesting idea.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Confessor?

The Leopard being made to change his plans and murder some Krux Vera members.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

He's very good with accents.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The church's past revealed at last.

Any additional comments?

A possible theory, and one that may have merit.

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  • Arthur
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 04-01-13

Well Written, Excellent Reseach

Really interesting writing. If you are Catholic, elements will be hard to read. At the end of the book it hits a point where I had to suspend disbelief. Otherwise, it is a really solid, interesting book.