The Confessor (Gabriel Allon #3)
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 Churc...more
By the way he writes, Mr Silva is following the footsteps of acclaimed international top notch thriller writers like (i.e) Federick Forsyth.
The Confessor exhibits a polished prose, good plotting, satisfactory outline of characters, and employment of resources to grab the reader attention
The core of this story is the willingness of the new elected Pope Paul the VII to release secluded key information and documents to prove the Church silence and Vatican-Na...more
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...more
This is spy work at its finest. This was a find, quite by chance. However, I plan to read all the rest of the Dan Silva's now that I have a chance to see his high level of creative writing!
This is the story of Gabriel Allon who poses as an art restorer in Italy. Since he is so skilled, he gets to work on Berninni et al.
However, in the...more
I guess what I dislike is the trend the novels of myste...more
Perhaps it was the fact that I have myself lived in a Catholic monastery in the Middle East for three months and still see and hear the main policy line of the Church towards Israel, all the fine talk about peace and tolerance covering up for either a delusional worldview or something much more sinister... The made-up meeting in a...more
Silva provides good insight into the Vatican, albeit biased towards Jews, expected considering the protagonist is a bitter Israeli.
How accurate his research is, will be forever questioned, but there is no doubting the role the Vatican played during the second WW, and the level of corruption that exists still, today.
Allon as a character is brilliant, the perfect mix of a cold-hearted killer and a man clearly hindered by hi...more
Gabriel Allon, the masterpiece restorer and Israeli spy, attempts to track down the murderer of one of his best friends, Benjamin Stern. In the process he uncovers documents that implicate members of the Vatican in the WW II Holocaust. He also uncovers a contemporary plot to take over the Catholic Church by people dedicated to restoring it to its medieval glory. He is confronted by an old foe, Eric Lange, an assassin for hire...more
But if you're looking for an excuse to paint Catholicism with a broad brush, this is a book that will help you do it. Silva, while doing a good job with minute details of his story that takes us from modern day Europe to Rome and Germany during the Nazi persecution in WWII, unfortunately - perh...more
Diesmal muss Allon nach Rom. Im Vatikan hat sich eine Geheimloge gegen den Papst, der vor hat sich vor versammelter Öffentlichkeit, für das Stillschweigen der katholischen Kirche während des 2. Weltkrieges zu entschuldigen, verschworen, und der Mossad Agent muss natürlich dafür sorgen, dass dem (fik...more
The plot is based on the silence of Pius XII...more
The Vatican & Ca...more
We are shown many facets of Gabriele's character, and learn...more
The added treat of Allon being an art conservator only adds to the charm of the books, but my sister w...more
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...more
The current Pope in this fictional story wants to address these issues, but a secret, powerful order within the Vatican fights...more
Reading the Gabriel Allon backlist in reverse order, I note that the author, Daniel Silva, improved as he progressed. For clearly this early (#3 in publication sequence) Allon is a developmental piece where Silva is still working on the style that would later enliven such work as The Fallen Angel. In The Confessor, Silva aims high and broad, in the all-encompassing scope and audacity of The Da Vinci Code, and in the wish-fulfilling formulation of the invincible, impervious and unerringly-accurat...more
This story depicts the omissions and commissions of the Catholic Church in regard to the holocaust. Some sections of the church are shown to have had active participation in the event that they colluded with the Nazis to accelerate the final solution found by Hitler.
I must admire the courage with which the successive generations in Israel have been fighting back for survival...more
I am now hooked on this series and look forward to future boo...more
Em relação às personagens, Daniel Silva não as apresenta com sucesso. Limita-se a bombardear o leitor com nomes e cargos profissionais e afi...more