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The Confessor

(Gabriel Allon #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  21,860 ratings  ·  969 reviews
Dark secrets are revealed in Vatican City in this Gabriel Allon thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva.

In Munich, a Jewish scholar is assassinated. In Venice, Mossad agent and art restorer Gabriel Allon receives the news, puts down his brushes, and leaves immediately. And at the Vatican, the new pope vows to uncover the truth about the church's res
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Published April 1st 2004 by Penguin (first published February 24th 2003)
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Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"He wanted to be a statesman when what the world needed most was a priest."

I tore thru this novel. Read it in a day or so. This is the third novel in Mr. Silva's Gabriel Allon series, and the best of the three so far. Don't get me wrong, this is not great literature. However, it is decently written, has a great premise that has some basis in historical fact, and brings together facets of the Jewish state, the Holocaust, and the Vatican. There is a lot of hay to be made from those ingredients.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I admire Mr. Silva's writing more with every novel he pins that feature Gabriel Allon. I realize I have not appreciated them all the same, but that's because some are better than others. 9 of 10 stars
Karl Marberger
Very terrific! This series does well with the exploration of wounds of people through history and the deception and violence used to keep the past buried. As a Catholic, I felt particular empathy with this particular case of Allon’s. My view of the Holy See has always been one of benevolence, and although I always knew that it had some skeletons in its closet, it was never something I went out of my way to read up on. Although this was fiction, it was in a way pretty eye-opening and introduced m ...more
kartik narayanan
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another excellent entry in the Gabriel Allon series. As always, there is a holocaust-nazi connection but this time the Vatican is also involved in it. I was getting the Day of the Jackal vibes when I was reading it.
Daniel Silva's third novel in his Gabriel Allon series takes place mainly in Rome, where a new (fictional) Pope has plans to reveal the complicity between the Catholic Church and the Nazis during WWII as regards the Final Solution. It is a gripping and well-written thriller.

I am enjoying this series because it gives me insight into the Jewish point of view, at least as regards the Israeli secret service. Truthfully, as I have learned in the many spy thrillers I have read, the secret service of
Another really good entry in the Gabriel Allon series. This starts with the murder of one of Gabriel’s friends and The Office’s desire to find out why. It ends up revolving around the Catholic Church and it’s “involvement” with Nazi Germany during WWII. A very interesting story. I will have to do some research about the subject. We also meet Gabriel’s future wife Chiarra. A really well written book. I will continue this series.
Scott Rhee
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thousands of Jews were saved from the Holocaust by Catholic priests, nuns, and laypeople who, out of the goodness of their hearts, offered safe harbor and protection at the risk of being caught and killed by roving gangs of Nazis. These were people simply following their hearts. Imagine, however, the dramatic turn in history if the Catholic Church, as led by the Vatican, had issued an official decree to all Catholic parishes to open their doors to Jewish refugees. Imagine if the opposite had hap ...more
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“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
Kitty Red-Eye
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
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Interesting and very informative; a current day Israeli agent tracks the killer of a close friend and colleague, uncovering the sins of The Vatican during WWII. A fictional story with factual history. The story is not so much an indictment of the Vatican, but a revelation of how any religion can put politics and greed above the church's (any faith's) mandate.
Carol Mothersill
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always enjoy this author for the page turning story (I read 1/2 of it today). It's not going to win literary awards but I enjoy learning more about the character Gabriel Allon and his cover as an art restorer. Interesting story focusing on the involvement of the Catholic Church in WWII and the persecution of the Jewish population in Italy. I have read the latest books in this series and now return to the beginning. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Once again, our hero Gabriell Allon is called back to investigate the murder of a Jewish professor named Benjamin Stern in Munich. It seemed he was not killed for being a jews but for his current research on the Holocaust on Jewish people. A powerful secret society Crux Vera is behind it and their aim to defend the reputation and power of the Catholic church at all cost. Not as good as the first two books but still enjoyed it.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great thriller -I will read more of this series
Nancy Brisson
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favorite book of the Gabriel Allon series, The Confessor by Daniel Silva should not be skipped if you want to do justice to the chronology. In Munich a Jewish professor and scholar, Benjamin Stern, is murdered and the manuscript he is working on is stolen. In Rome a Pope is elected who is not well loved by some of the Cardinals. He chooses the name, Paul VII. What is the connection between a Jewish professor/doctor and the Vatican in Rome? That is the business of this Silva thriller.

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Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reluctant four stars

Reluctant because I have problems with the usual obligatory love interest for Gabriel Allon written into the narrative. Let's just say that author Daniel Silva does not shine when writing female characters. I get the impression he does so half-heartedly. At least I hope so. Chiara can't be his best effort. Also, cutting fifty or so unneeded pages wouldn't hurt either.

That said, what a good story! Israeli spies work to save the Pope from evil Cardinals and priests. WWII hist
Art restorer Mario Delvecchio, aka Israeli agent/assassin Gabriel Allon, is engaged in the meticulous and tedious task of restoring a Benini altarpiece in a church in Venice when his friend and fellow Israeli agent Benjamin Stern is murdered in Munich. Benjamin was a history professor there who had been in the process of writing a book. The subject of the book had been kept secret by him, but all of his notes and the draft of the book were stolen from his apartment by his killer; thus, it seems ...more
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
Kathleen Hagen
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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
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first Silva book that I read, much, much later in the series, involved the Pope, so it was great to read this book where we see the seeds of that relationship being sown. The story, itself, was very intricate and in many ways, Gabriel was a side player. What if, during WWII, the Pope at the time, had reasons why he didn't condemn the Holocaust or the Nazis and those reasons were a committed secret society within the church, the True Cross, who made a deal with one of Hitler's top officials. ...more
I don't know why I wait so long to read the next in book in this series. They are fantastic. Everything you could possibly want from a spy thriller. A wonderful, broken main character. A plot full of intrigue and history. And the secondary characters aren't too bad either. I could take or leave the subtle love interests in every book, but I guess you need a bit of romance to spice things up, eh? In this book Gabriel is brought back into the spy fold to solve the mystery of the death of one of hi ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Jim A
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a re-read for me after about 12 or so years. The third of the Silva/Gabriel Allon series.

Very well written novel about the role of The Vatican and Pope Pius XII in the Holocaust. If a person likes intrigue as well as a good action story, I highly recommend this novel by Silva.

May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good novel around the Catholic church's role during World War II, and its attempt to come clean.
The ending was a surprise, didn't see it coming.
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moving relatively slowly through this series, but I definitely see the attraction. This one flew by after the hook was planted early on. I even liked the tidy little bow added at the end, almost as a zinger.

As airplane (or relatively light) reading goes, I've found these to be a safe bet.

The international angle is fun - there's lots of border crossings and interesting cities and venues to visit. There's lots of Munich and Venice and Rome in this one, which was fun for me since I read most of it
Luke Walker
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite Daniel Silva book to date. It did take some time to get into the book, but when it hooked me I couldn’t put it down. I love it and highly recommend this book. If I could I would give it 4.5 stars.
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites, so far. I love reading anything featuring Vatican-centered espionage -- and this book does not disappoint.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I am always amazed at how many books I read deal with the Holocaust in some fashion. I guess maybe it's like that for many historical events but I'm just not reading about them.

Another decent novel by Silva with strong characters. I look forward to reading more in this series.
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Daniel Silva was born in Michigan in 1960 and raised in California where he received his BA from Fresno State. 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 polic ...more

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“Only a man with a damaged canvas of his own can truly be a great restorer.” 13 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.” 1 likes
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