The Confessor (Unabridged)
by Daniel Silva
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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.
Wow. Love love love.
I don't know how I missed this one. Your books are great and Alon's series is off the hook. Your devoted fan, Janet The Happy Banker!
A pastry laced with poison
I enjoyed this book until halfway through it. That is when the real slander against the Catholics becomes excessive. Silva had better have some strong support (other than the veneer of fiction) for alleging that the Catholics wanted to go MUCH further with the Holocaust, up the ante to 11 million with the blessing of Pope Pius. Conservative Catholics were/are as bad or worse than the SS with their own hit-squads. C'mon, that is so vile that it made me ill. It's like a form of the Protocols of Zion, Silva's own Protocols of the Vatican; with all the Jews saints and all the Catholics devils.
I'm no Catholic, for sure, but I don't tolerate poisonous slanders.
Why two stars? I enjoyed the soup until I found the cockroach.
One of my favorite Allon novels.
An intresting premise which has become more timely now with the new pontiff moving foward to right past wrongs. It is a fun read with some of my favorite characters being introduced and fleshed out.