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The Confessor (Gabriel Allon #3)

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From the author who “ranks among the best of the younger American spy novelists” (The Washington Post) comes a stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal.

Munich: The writer Benjamin Stern entered his flat to see a man standing there, leafing through his research, and said, “Who the hell are you?” In answer, the man shot him. As Stern lay dying, the gunman murmured a
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Published November 29th 2005 by Random House Audio (first published November 7th 2002)
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Tim "The Enchanter"
Excellent Intellectual Intrigue - 4

Gabriel Allon is not the typical spy and assassin. I have enjoyed the intelligent tone of these books and the complex political, social and racial matters the stories discuss. The third installment of the series continues in this vein.

I enjoyed this nearly as much as the last book in the series but the subplot and resolution of the story was far too similar to the previous installment. Because of this, the book lost a star in my rating. Additionally, there
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Karen
I don't normally go for thriller spycraft fiction, but I confess I am totally addicted to Silva's spy novels about an Israeli assassin/spy and part-time art restorer named Gabriel Allon. The first book was written in 2000 and the latest in 2012 and in that time span, Silva draws a geopolitical arc starting with Nazi wartime crimes and the complicity of the Vatican and the Swiss in Nazi wartime looting. Then to the Palestinian conflict, Black September and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. And ...more
Filipe Miguel
Terceiro Allon

Livro número três da saga de Daniel Silva, utilizando os predicados do seu antecessor, focado naquilo a que se propõe, sem divagações excessivas.

Recorre-se de um enclave extremamente explorado, quiçá ao quase ponto de exaustão, mas de alguma forma afasta-se dos lugares comuns. Talvez por isso, para mim, tenha resultado numa leitura agradável com (esporádicas) passagens surpreendentes.

Não será certamente o melhor livro de Gabriel Allon, nem tão pouco o seu pior. Cumpre.


Apenas um hom
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
“The Confessor” by Daniel Silva is the third installment in the fictional adventures of the reluctant Israeli agent Gabriel Allon.

Working as art restorer Mario Delvecchio, Allon is called one more time into service to investigate the mysterious murder of his friend Benjamin Stern. As the investigation progresses, Allon discovers that Stern has been working on a book, that once published would cause a scandal in the Vatican and do great harm to the Roman Catholic Church. However a new era has ar
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Maria João Fernandes
O terceiro livro da série do charmoso Grabriel Allon, tal como os anteriores, leva-nos numa viagem pelo mundo. Desde Veneza até Roma, de Munique até um palacete de luxo na Suíça, de um convento ao pé do lago até Londres e França, o livro tem um ritmo extraordinário e a leitura decorre com naturalidade. E pronto, aqui terminam as minhas observações positivas.

Em relação às personagens, Daniel Silva não as apresenta com sucesso. Limita-se a bombardear o leitor com nomes e cargos profissionais e afi
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Kathleen Hagen
The Confessor, by Daniel Silva, b-plus, narrated by John Lee, produced by Books on Tape, downloaded from audible.com.

This is the third in the Gabriel Allum series. In this one, he learns that he is to go to Munich because a Jewish historian, has been murdered. Again we have a thriller with Gabriel, now partnered with another beautiful woman, another Israeli spy, and the two of them are not only supposed to find out who killed the historian, but why. After Gabriel visits a journalist who was know
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that cute little red-eyed kitten
I think it's interesting how each book treats one subject important to the world's (or Europe's) Jews and/or modern-day Israel. The last one was about the Swiss banks' role in and after the Holocaust and its plundering of Europe's Jews (along with the Nazis' physical elimination of them), this one about the Vatican and Pope Pius XII. I also liked the general plot of this one, although there are some parts I find a bit hard to believe in. They're details, but still annoying. Like, towards the end ...more
LookPla
เปิดเรืองมากไมใหเสียเวลาพิรีพิไร เบนจามินโดนฆาทันที
เกเบรียลถูกตามตัวมาหลังจากนันไมนาน
ชวงแรกๆ ของเรืองอานแลวแอบตามไมทันเลกนอย
มีคำเรียกในภาษาทีไมคุนเคยอีก เลยแอบงงเลกๆ
แตพอผานมาไดสักครึงทางเริมจับประเดนได
กเริมเขาใจทีมาทีไปของเรืองทีเบนจามินกำลังเขียน
เริมเขาใจสาเหตุทีทำใหเบนจามินถูกฆาตกรรม
ตองบอกเลยวาตอนเขาใจเหตุผลทังหมดแลวนีมันอึงนะ
เบืองหลังความลับของนาซีกับสำนักวาติกันในสมัยสงครามโลกครังทีสอง
เบืองหลังของการสังหารหมูชาวยิวในยุคนัน
ไหนจะหนวยงานลับในนครวาติกันอีก
ถาเรืองนีเปนจริงตามนิยายนีคือหมดศรัทธากั
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Dina
Daniel Silva’s book The Confessor, like most of his books, was an easy enjoyable political suspense story.

The main character Gabriel Allon, an Israeli assasin/spy/art restorer, who for me is always the big attraction. Allon was assigned to investigate the murder of Benjamin Stern in Munich with virtually no clues.

A second story line involves the death of a pope and conspiracy to hide secrets surrounding how the church handled the Holocaust. Crux Vera, a secret church organization, further compl
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Renowned Art Restorer and sometimes Israeli Agent and Assassin is in Venice restoring a Benini Altarpiece when word comes to him that his friend and fellow Office Agent has been murdered in Munich, Germany. Beni is also the son of Gabriel Allon's boss, Ari Shamron. His mission is to sanitize Stern's apartment and find his killer. The killer is The Leopard - a man with no face, a mercenary for hire, a myth to most countries' Intelligence Services. He works for a super secret group within the Cath ...more
James Bruno
Daniel Silva is among the top five or six living political thriller writers. Each of his books exhibits polished prose, multidimensional, sympathetic characters, good pacing and meticulous research. "The Confessor" has all of these, though perhaps not as gripping in plot as "The Marching Season" and "The English Assassin."

The premise of the story, that the Vatican was complicit in the Holocaust and that a shady group called Crux Vera acts as a Mafia-like killing machine within the Holy See truly
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Paul
Daniel Silva still writes a finely-paced thriller, but this one was simultaneously over-the-top and somewhat rote. The main plot thread and the coincidences needed to resolve it strain credulity, while the mechanics of getting from point A to point B - not to mention the villain - have all been done as well or better elsewhere, and sometimes by Silva himself.

Worth reading for fans of the Gabriel Allon series, but not a book that will be remembered in the same breath as the first two novels about
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Shawn
An exciting, intriguing thriller focused on the Vatican and the Shoah. I like Allon as spy thriller hero. The use of art restoration as a metaphor for Allon adds an element not often seen in spy thrillers. The self-reflection about his past and the way it affects him also adds an interesting element. This particular story was well-crafted and exciting with several twists. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I will say the ending (epilogue really) could have been its own book; Silva didn' ...more
Lisazj1
I always have problems reviewing this series because the plots are so damn intricate and twisty and awesome.

I really loved this one. It was amazing in every aspect, plot, characterizations, writing, pacing. Everything works together so seamlessly, something that seems to be effortless for Daniel Silva.

Gabriel Allon is such a complex character, I like him more and more with each book. I hope he finds a little true peace and happiness somewhere along the line.

Looking forward to the next one!
 Olivermagnus
The Confessor by Daniel Silva is the third installment in the fictional adventures of the reluctant Israeli agent Gabriel Allon. Working as art restorer Mario Delvecchio, Allon is called one more time into service to investigate the mysterious murder of his friend Benjamin Stern. As the investigation progresses, Allon discovers that Stern has been working on a book, that once published would cause a scandal in the Vatican and do great harm to the Roman Catholic Church.

At the Vatican, the new po
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Gabriel Allon is assigned to investigate the murder of his friend and historian in Munich.
He soon discovers that his death may be linked to the Vatican. Back into the dark and shadowy world he knows so well, he unearths a conspiracy involving the church’s collaboration with a secret organization during the Holocaust.
Again, great characterization fast paced plot set in different locations.
Ila Jean
In general (based on 4 books in series I have read), Silva writes espionage thrillers with a pro-Israel slant. Interesting stories. Great locations. Lots of tension. The main human character in this series is Gabriel Allon, master spy and assassin for the Israeli Intelligence Service, who dashes around Europe and the Middle East "like a Jewish James Bond." He often serves reluctantly as he's content to also live a peaceful life as one of the world's best art restorers. Israel is a character in h ...more
Airgator007
I have read almost all of Daniel Silva's books and this would be my least favorite. The first 150 pages are tough to get through because you expect the plot to take off and it doesn't.
I think Silva was so determined to expose the Catholic Church's failings during the Holocaust that his plot was derailed. Try any other Gabriel Allon book. Skip this one. You can live without it.
Marcia Pottenger
I'm not good at writing reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book so will attempt to articulate why I gave it 4 stars. The details are rich but Silva doesn't get lost in them at the expense of keeping the plot moving at a quick pace. He is a master of suspense. The setting is all over Europe and involves a plot to kill the Pope.
Peter
The third of Daniel Silva's long-running series featuring Gabriel Allon, The Confessor focuses on the untold story of the Vatican's failure to speak out against Nazism or to encourage Catholics in Europe to save Jews. I'm a huge fan of Silva's writing, but I'll only mention two features that deserve attention. Throughout these books Silva builds an alliance with the Vatican founded on the common heritage of Catholics and Jews and the need of the Church to redeem itself not only for its failure t ...more
Candace
This one was my favorite out of the first three. I loved Chiara and hope she sticks around. It was confusing and understandable all at the same time. I love the intricacies of his plotlines. They scramble my brain and make me think, great things in a book. On to the next.....
Beau Braswell

I have mixed feelings about this book. 3.0 stars seems right because I enjoyed it but was left feeling like I would not have missed much had I not read it. I was not a big fan of how much it focused on the Vatican and Catholicism as a whole. The intricacies of that world felt bland to me. There were some "oh come on" moments where unrealistic things happened that would have certainly been avoided in real life. And finally the end of the book was extremely anti-climactic. A major aspect is resolv
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Bruce Mohler
A secret society within the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church and the Italian government is fighting to return the One True Church to its glory and restore its equality along side secular governments. It stops at nothing to protect the Church against the truth. It reminded me of the Crusades when other people claiming to be Christians acted in a very decidedly non-Christian way. Daniel Silva makes it so real that he's compelled to remind the reader at the end that this secret society is no ...more
Jeffrey
First and foremost I loved the narration of this book. It made listening to the story engaging and enjoyable. Really well done. It also brought out the good prowse of the book.

I give this book 5 stars because I can not give it 4.5. The only thing wrong is a slight bit of implausibility. But hardly a huge problem because it IS fiction. Geez people, I hate to break it to some of you, but fiction means its 'not real' (for one thing).

The prose is very good. The book has soft spots and action spots
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Speesh
I will admit that I’d not come across Daniel Silva’s books before, despite having ‘aquired’ a few along the way. I don’t know what his reputation is, if I’m supposed not to like his stuff, or if I’m supposed to think he’s the best in his field.

So…I will admit that this gripped me from the off, only loosening its grip a couple of times along the way. It is, or at least started off being, right up my street - with an old, Jewish, veteran of World War II being killed and the killing made to look li
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LA Carlson
Jan 03, 2015 LA Carlson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy enthusiasts
Recommended to LA by: fan of the author
Shelves: fiction
The Catholic Church is the background for this 3rd installment of Israeli Operative/Art Restorer Gabriel Allon's latest assignment. It reminded me heavily of the movie version of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code; a book I have not read. Sophisticated, elegant and wisely written Silva unravels the story through his practice of titling chapters in locations. As in most good spy novels there's gun play and chases through historic streets and The Vatican figures prominently in this fictionalized story. ...more
Marilyn
I listened to an abridged version of this book on cd. This is my first Daniel Silva book. I was intrigued when I saw it in the library and remembered seeing Silva interviewed by Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." It was an intense, exciting story that held my attention, something that doesn't always happen when I listen to books on cd. The characters were believable and the plot was great. The language was a bit strong at one point, but I admit that it fit the character and the moment, even if ...more
Mike Harper
Why do I read this stuff? These thrillers are all the same: same hero, same devastatingly beautiful (and deadly) girlfriend, same leathery old Office spook, same nasty villains (whether Crux Vera, PLO, Saudi, they are all despicable) and same one-dimensional plot. I know I ought to read Middlemarch instead, thus improving myself and proving my education wasn't entirely wasted. Still ...
There's a kind of simple-minded pleasure to be gotten from these Silva page-turners. They may not be great lite
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Richard Barnes
This is a cracking read - on one level it's a taught action thriller, with a man on a mission to investigate and take revenge for his friend's assassination; on another level, the conspiracy behind the murder raises real issues around how complicit the Catholic Church was in the holocaust.

Silva skilfully walks a line a between the action and exotic locations of a Bond novel, and the slow, cold grit of a Le Carre spy story. It's serious and believable, but still has car chases and shoot-outs.

Gabr
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Jeanette Walker
Daniel silva does not disappoint in this book. This book is about the holocaust and the catholic church's role in it. I learn so much about history in these books. It is fiction based on past events and it piques my interest to know more. I like the way that the story is layered. All loose ends are tied up and the reader is not left wondering. If you have not read any of the Gabriel Allon series and enjoy spy novels I highly recommend Daniel silva. I've read some books out of order and this mast ...more
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Daniel Silva began his writing career as a journalist for United Press International (UPI), traveling in the Middle East and covering the Iran-Iraq war, terrorism and political conflicts. From UPI he moved to CNN, where he eventually became executive producer of its Washington-based public policy programming. In 1994 he began work on his first novel, The Unlikely Spy, a surprise best seller that w ...more
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“Only a man with a damaged canvas of his own can truly be a great restorer.” 7 likes
“IN THE fifteenth century, a swampy parcel of land in the sestieri of Cannaregio was set aside for the construction of a new brass foundry, known in the Venetian dialect as a geto. The foundry was never built, and a century later, when the rulers of Venice were looking for a suitable spot to confine the city’s swelling population of unwanted Jews, the remote parcel known as Ghetto Nuovo was deemed the ideal place. The campo was large and had no parish church. The surrounding canals formed a natural moat, which cut off the island from the neighboring communities, and the single bridge could be guarded by Christian watchmen. In 1516, the Christians of Ghetto Nuovo were evicted and the Jews of Venice were forced to take their place. They could leave the ghetto only after sunrise, when the bell tolled in the campanile, and only if they wore a yellow tunic and hat. At nightfall they were required to return to the island, and the gates were chained. Only Jewish doctors could leave the ghetto at night. At its height, the population of the ghetto was more than five thousand. Now, it was home to only twenty Jews.” 0 likes
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