The Confessor

The Confessor

Book - 2003
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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 response, the man shot him. As Stern lay dying, the gunman murmured a few words in Latin, then he gathered the writer's papers and left. Venice: The art restorer Gabriel Allon applied a dab of paint carefully to the Bellini, then read the message thrust into his hands. Stern was dead; could he leave right away? With a sigh, the Mossad agent began to put his brushes away. The Vatican: The priest named Pietro paced in the garden, thinking about the things he had discovered, the enemies he would make, the journey before him. Men would surely die, and he wished another could take it for him. But he knew that was not possible. In the weeks to come, the journeys of all three men will come together, following a trail of long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds, leaving each one forever changed. And with them, the lives of millions . . . Filled with rich characters, remarkable prose, and a multilayered plot of uncommon intensity, this is the finest work yet by a new master of the art.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2003
ISBN: 9780399149726
Branch Call Number: FIC Silva 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 401 p


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Dec 29, 2017

Another spectacularly entertaining read from a master storyteller and this time we get to experience Catholic bad guys for a change. An eye or an eye formula is still evident here but done in brilliant Silva style.

Nov 30, 2017

A good story embedded in historical truth. The story is fairly complicated with the tentacles of the vicious Crux Vera wrapping itself around all the characters. Initially I found the mix of fact and fiction distracting. I might have benefitted if I began by reading the Author's Note at the conclusion.

Apr 30, 2017


May 30, 2016

Silva is the master.

Great read and well integrated information about Catholic Church and Jewish history. Fast moving plot as always. This is the first hint and his recovery from the brutal assassination of his wife and son.

Nov 20, 2011

Whenever I go somewhere where the sun is hot, the beach is sandy and the water alluring the apple of my eye packs a handful of books to keep both of us occupied as we roast and toast ourselves till we are an all-over healthy brown. She packs and I co-read. Daniel Silva’s “The Confessor” was number one on my list of reads. The others , save one, were too obviously chick lits. But Silva’s cover promised “spy-fiction ace” and “compelling … superior entertainment” Both assessments were right on the money.
Silva has the recipe for a good read down pat. He takes a dash of dirty WWII Nazi secrets; mixes in a little Vatican skullduggery; a measure of rogue cardinals from the curia; a passel some Italian carabinieri of dubious loyalty; an aging author secretly writing a book that stirs up unwanted interest; a restorer of Re naissance art who is not who he appears to be; and a squadron of Israeli agents. Stir and then set the resulting batter in some mildly exotic and mildly glamorous locations: Provence; Ticino; and Rome. Add a good measure of gunplay; some fast cars and then bake and you’ve got “The Confessor”.
Silva writes well. This book was tough to put down. Riveting is the word. Maybe that’s why he’s got a number of other novels to his credit. He’s good. No Dan Brown, mind you, but good none the less. Good enough for me to make a point of putting him on my “other books to read” list.
For sure, Silva’s got a hit on his hands.

Mar 30, 2011

Very good book. I thought the author overdid the plot twist at the end, but still a very enjoyable book

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