Confessor, The
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Gabriel Allon, Daniel Silva's protagonist in an interesting series about a Mossad spy who doubles as an art restorer, returns in a fascinating tale of Vatican complicity in the Holocaust. Author Silva, a political journalist turned espionage writer, has done his homework on some recently unearthed documents and written a fast-paced novel that will reawaken the discussion regarding whether the Catholic Church turned a blind eye to Nazi atrocities against Jews in occupied countries during World War II, and if so, why. Allon remains an enigmatic figure whose desire for revenge against the Leopard, the assassin who killed his wife and child, compels him to put down his paints and brushes and take arms against Israel's past and present enemies. The Confessor is a solidly plotted, well-crafted story that will appeal to fans of Allen Furst, John le Carr¨¦, and other standouts in the international espionage genre. --Jane Adams

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 response to the Holocaust-while a powerful cardinal plots his next move. Now, as Allon follows a trail of secrets and unthinkable deeds, the lives of millions are changed forever-and the life of one man becomes expendable...'

Customer Reviews:

  • Love Daniel Silva's books
    Very exciting story and well written. I just love the Gabriel Alon stories. I can't focus my eyes long enough to read books anymore, and so I get audio books and listen to them when I am driving. Well read, so I hated it when I had to stop....more info
  • A must read......if you're about to have root canal surgery......
    because this book is so bad that it'll take your mind away from it.

    Sacre bleu! Someone reported all my previous 3 negative reviews of Daniel Silva books and got them removed! Hmm, I wonder who that could be.

    I am rather annoyed at this because I spent quite a lot of time detailing why I didn't like one of the books, reasonably, I thought. Apparently, someone had decided that they did not follow the review guidelines. I used no profanities. OK, there were some spoilers, but not more than I usually read in other reviews. Not single worded, no phone numbers, no solicitations, etc. Maybe whoever it was just didn't like me negatively reviewing Silva. Well, the last time I checked, the 1st amendment still applies in this country.

    OK, so let me try to post another review of why I didn't like this book without violating any review guidelines, and I'm not going to spend 30 mins on it like last time.

    I thought the book was very poorly written and very boring. I struggled through 1/3 of the book but the author could not capture my attention and I decided not to continue to the end. I've read a couple of other Daniel Silva books, but neither one of them could change my mind that he is an author that I don't like. I can say that I don't like the book, can't I? I will not be buying any more of his books.
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  • If only this were a true story and not fiction!
    Daniel Silva has taken a question which definitely needs to be resolved and has provided a most believable explanation. The actions, or lack thereof, of the Roman Catholic Church during the Holocaust of World War II have been questioned for years. Unfortunately, neither the Vatican nor the other parties involved have provided us with much in the way of credible answers to date.

    Silva provides us with an explanation that well could be very close to the real truth. He does this in a most exciting and believable manner which keeps the reader spellbound. Just as the reader thinks that the story could not become any more thrilling, Silva adds another wrinkle that notches up the excitement level even more. It is no exaggeration to say that the final 100 pages describe an outcome that I truly wish could become true....more info

  • Entertaining
    This is a very entertaining book, on par with others from Silva featuring Gabriel Allon. It doesn't hurt to read them in sequence, but he also makes sure the uninitiated will understand references to events in previous books....more info
  • I confess -- this is a great book!
    This book is chronologically the third in the Gabriel Allon series.

    Chronological Order:
    1. The Kill Artist
    2. The English Assassin
    3. The Confessor
    4. Death in Venice
    5. Prince of Fire
    6. The Messenger (forthcoming)

    In this book, Gabriel, a former assassin for Israel's foreign intelligence service, the Mossad (which translates into English as "The Institution") retired after the murders of his wife and son to lead a quiet life as an art restorer, one who fixes the wounded past. Gabriel's ex-boss, Ari Shamron, an Israeli spymaster a la George Smiley but far more treacherous, again draws Gabriel into the world of espionage and revenge by telling him (truly) that his old friend and fellow erstwhile assassin team member Benjamin Stern was killed by a professional assassin who calls himself The Leopard. Gabriel investigates to find out why Stern was killed.

    Stern was killed to stop his investigations about the Catholic Church's activities during World War II. Most people know that the Church certainly did not do enough to help prevent or lessen the awful toll of the Holocaust. What they did do, and Silva relates his sources in an epilogue at the end, is shocking and horrifying.

    I found some uncomfortable similarities between this book and *The Da Vinci Code;* however, considering the copyright date, it is unlikely that Silva had read the latter when he wrote this one. Here, Gabriel has to find a very, very blonde (though not quite albino) assassin working for a conservative Catholic group who are plotting to take over the Vatican by killing people and are covering up a horrifying secret about the Church. Hmmm. Again however, *The Confessor* is certainly better written than *The Da Vinci Code,* and the revealed secrets are more horrifying because they are demonstrably true.

    Also again, I reiterate what I have said in other reviews of Silva's books: that these are fantastic, wonderful books, somewhat like John Le Carre's work. Le Carre focused on character, deep character, to the detriment of plot. Though Silva definitely creates deep, beautiful characters, (and I refer to *all* of them, even the antagonists, who are fully drawn and capable of surprising humanity and choice,) his plot machinations twist and turn so much that they writhe.

    TK Kenyon
    Author of Rabid: A Novel and Callous: A Novel...more info
  • Allon series keeps getting better
    What an amazing read. Compelling from start to finish.

    Professor Benjamin Stern is found dead in his Munich apartment. He also happens to be a former Israeli intelligence operative and close friend of Gabriel Allon, a part time Mossad agent, part time world class art restorer.

    From there, some questions about the Catholic church's role in the Holocaust are brought into the light. Great reading throughout with a lot of historical information.

    I was kind of disappointed by the endings in the Kill Artist and the English Assassin, but this did not disappoint. Definitely Silva's best work to date. Can't wait to start a Death in Vienna....more info
  • A Real Page Turner
    Silva, again entertains us with the overtly dramatic, subdued, almost passionless protagonist, Gabriel Allon; a man who for these very reasons seems to have captured 'us' as readers.

    Per usual, the plot is layer and complex, but never difficult to follow though this journey weaves though the politics of the Vatican, more sinister secrets from the Nazi's and (of course) hidden documents...of the earth shattering kind.

    My only quibble is for an agent of the Israeli Intelligence, Allon seems to fumble a bit more than usual in The our hero's age catching up with him?

    Nonetheless, still, Silva is a must read who know his stuff and how to present it, making the impossible almost seem plausible!...more info

  • Polished, Evenly Paced Thriller
    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 does stretch credibility -- this despite the Pope's silence at the time and some clerics assisting war criminals to escape Europe just after the war. But willing suspension of disbelief can just about work in this case. Protagonist Gabriel Allon is a credible character with human emotions, despite his high body count. His direct nemesis, a shadowy assassin-for-hire known as The Leopard, is equally well developed as a character with bone-chilling inhumanity. The plot, characters, venues and dialogue all come together neatly to produce a gripping tale of conspiracy, murder and high political stakes.

    The one detraction I have in "The Confessor" centers on how Allon can fatally gun down a whole bunch of Italian carabinieri and then be able not only to remain in Italy peacefully, but even to work alongside Italian law enforcement in the climactic scene to protect the Pope from assassination. Sorry, but I cannot suspend disbelief to that extent. The real world just doesn't work that way.

    All in all, however, Silva holds to his solid track record of spinning a taut yarn that holds the reader's interest from the first page to the last. ...more info
  • What is this?
    It's not so much about spying as it is about redemption. Religion takes a back seat to politics and human ethics. Hatred alone doesn't cut it. Forgiveness was the the front burner issue. Crux Vera, the Holocaust, Nazi Germany,the Pope, assassins and lost lovers were plots and sub-plots fitted nicely together in this well written story.

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  • Gaberial Allon Rules
    I loved this book, I couldn't put it down, I was really surprised that is only took me 3 days to read it from cover to cover. I was hooked from beginning to end, it was filled with action and suspense. This is a must read if you love spy books. But I do suggest that you read "The Engilsh Assassin" first also by the same author...more info
  • Three and a half stars...
    The Confessor by Daniel Silva is a good companion book for The English Assassin and A Death in Vienna. All three books center on Nazi themes and all feature the Israeli art restorer and part-time agent, Gabriel Allon.

    In The Confessor, a visiting Israeli professor, Benjamin Stern, is murdered in Munich. Although the book never really makes it clear, it appears that Stern is the adopted son of former Israeli Secret Service chief, Ari Shamron. Shamron pulls Allon out his little church in Venice (where he is restoring a Bellini altar) and sends him to Germany to poke around. As with all Silva books, as soon as Allon discovers someone who can provide him with information, that person ends up murdered as well. The killers have made Stern's death look like a work of anti-Semitics. But the more Allon investigates, he discovers that Stern was working on an explosive and damaging book about collusion between the Nazis and the Vatican during World War II. He also finds out that a very rich and powerful secret organization within the church is trying very hard to keep this information from coming to light.

    This is my third Daniel Silva mystery, and they are becoming very formulaic. There always seems to be a secret society trying to protect long-held secrets. Spies and assassins lurk in every corner, and nobody can make a move without their activities being reported. Time and time again, Allon manages to remain safe, despite the fact that dozens of individuals are trying to kill him. The Confessor has a surprise twist at the end, although I wasn't much surprised as it is similar to the twist at the end of The English Assassin. Still, The Confessor provides some information about a part of the Vatican's history that is still very cloudy and very troubling to many people--their role (or lack of one) in helping to save European Jews from the Nazis. For a person who likes reading history, The Confessor provides more than just a routine tale of suspense.
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  • Captured from the beginning
    This fiction is a non-stop, roller coaster, always something else around the corner spy thriller. From the get go you are thrown into a world of spies, asassins, good and evil. For me to take the time to read a novel of any kind, it takes a hard grab of my attention at the first page. This book succeeded in grabbing me page after page. Daniel Silva is a master of the spy genre....more info
  • This could well be the truth, not fiction
    This was my second Daniel Silva novel and was riveted to it to the very end. Mr. Silva's research and writing style help to make ths subject of this book a spine tingling thriller, with no weak spots or dead ends. I was raised catholic and indeed wonder if half of what is illustrated in the book was true. That aside, I recommend this book to any serious reader who wants a high power book to enjoy. Once again, the most credible aspect of the book is the "humanity" that Mr. Silva has given to his characters. I can't wait to read "A Death in Vienna"....more info
  • Thriller writing doesn't get any better than this
    Daniel Silva is one of the best thriller writers currently working. His novels have it all- well fleshed out characters, exotic locations, nasty villains, and topically relevant pulse racing plots. This latest is no exception.
    A writer, Benjamin Stern is killed in his Munich apartment. The murder is made to look racially motivated in that Stern is Jewish. Gabriel Allon, Israeli Mossad agent and art restorer is called from his job in Venice to look into the death. It is soon discovered that the killer is an assassin for hire-- the same who might have been responsible for the death of Allon's young son and putting his wife into a comatose state. As Allon goes after the killer, he discovers that the reason Benjamin was killed is a plot that could severely discredit the Catholic religion.
    This is the second book published recently that deals with a secret society of the Catholic hierarchy that could place it into peril (with THE DaVINCI CODE by Dan Brown being the other). However, THE CONFESSOR is a much tighter work with the thriller elements more skillfully handled. Gabriel Allon is a compelling character with much human frailties, yet remains a mysterious loner to outsiders. Thriller writing does not get any bettor than this....more info
  • It's Not the DaVinci Code
    There's a lot wrong with this book. Chief among them is character development. In the editorial review written above, the author calls Gabriel Allon "enigmatic." I'll say! You can find nothing about this character's description, age, fears, passions (except for art restoration), what motivates him, whether he's strong, good, smart. Who IS this guy? Am I supposed to care about him and his cause?

    Silva seems to wrap other stories that were done better (The Day of the Jackal) around his "secret! finally exposed!": that Pope Pius XII was silent during much of the Holocaust, and that Nazi war criminals escaped after the war with the aid of the Roman Catholic Church. Ooooooo. That is SUCH a revelation.

    The other main problem I have with the book is the lack of action until most of the many, many characters are introduced. There are so many characters that I often had to page back in the book to see who someone was when they were later re-introduced into the narrative (Tiepolo, for instance). I don't think much action occurs until after you've read about 200 pages. And after that the action is spotty, not very exciting. There's no real tension built up at any point.

    The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons are much better books on similar subjects (not WWII or the Holocaust but evil within the Vatican). If you've read them and are looking for more on the same or similar subjects, I'd advise, keep looking....more info

  • Wonderful and moving thriller
    This is the second time that I've read Daniel Silva. He has written a wonderful book and I will certainly be reading more in this series. The characters are rich and he does a wonderful job of tying the loose ends together in a somewhat surprising and satisfying way.

    The protagonist Gabriel Allon is both an art restorer and an agent for the Mossad and the motif of making whole that which has been ravaged by the passage of time repeats itself in both capacities. The interplay between minor characters is quite entertaining as is the changes in focus between different groups and settings.

    Unlike many other books of the adventure/mystery genre I was moved to tears - the description of the (fictitious) struggle within the Catholic Church to confront its complicity in the Holocaust was handled beautifully in terms of writing style. On the other hand the sex scene between two terrorists was clumsy and poorly written. Not that terrorists can't have sex, after all where do little terrorists come from, but it just wasn't written that well - it serves to introduce another useful character but the introduction of Antonella Huber which was structured in a similar estate setting (w/o sex) was much more natural. Writing about sex can be difficult for some authors and Silva appears to be one of these.

    Recommended for mystery buffs who enjoy a series with recurring characters.

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  • Silva keeps getting better.
    Art restorer and occasional Israeli spy Gabriel Allon is back. He was introduced in The Kill Artist and it is one of the most interesting characters in recent literature.

    The Confessor brings him back in a new; better story and we continue to discover new layers in this complex character. Also, many of the secondaries introduced in Kill Artist are back. The book can be read on it's own, but be advised that it is the middle part of a trilogy dealing with Nazis and the Holocaust. The other two books of the trilogy are "The English Assasin" and "A Death in Vienna". It is advisable; but not necessary to read them in order for better enjoyment and the sake of continuity.

    If you are looking for a thriller, not too heavy in the action scenes and with a better character development and plot than the average this should be your choice. You will be back to visit with Gabriel Allon.
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  • Excellent Book!
    The Confessor kept you captivated and provided a never ending urge to read on. It was a very enjoyable read!...more info
  • Adequate Airplane Book, Not Top-Notch Fictional History

    There is a great deal of potential in fictional history books, such as the Da Vinci Code, and there is no more exciting topic for such books than the cross-over between espionage, religious conspiracy, and genocide.

    Unfortunately, while this book is adequate to an airplane ride, it is not as good as the author's stunningly good earlier work, "The Unlikely Spy", and it is disappointing in terms of its coverage of the Israeli Mossad, the Catholic Church (for a better non-fiction read, see "The Keys of This Blood"), and its over-all lack of critical detail.

    One small example: intelligence professionals do not throw radios (usually with embedded encryption) into the ocean because their subordinates have annoyed them. This was just one of several details that were off-putting, and that made it clear the author was rushing a book out and not doing the homework--nor being held accountable by the publisher for being serious....more info

  • Brilliant and gripping
    As always, author Daniel Silva has crafted a compelling story in THE CONFESSOR, bravely tackling a topic that is bound to be controversial.

    THE CONFESSOR again displays the careful and scholarly research that Silva's works always evidence. While the book is fiction, it is completely fact-based.

    Here, he has constructed a fictional tale revolving around a significant contrast. He distinguishes between the phony assistance that the Vatican pretended to the world to be giving, albeit passively, to the Jews of Europe during World War II and the active, but hidden, way in which the Church actually supported the Nazis.

    He examines the scholarly evidence in this murder mystery set in the present day. His story is gripping and compelling, so much so that a reader cannot wait to turn the next page.

    THE CONFESSOR proves that Daniel Silva must be included in any current list of that group of leading authors of thrillers....more info

  • Gabriel Allon goes to Vatican: another great book by Silva
    I have listened to the audio version of the book (using and found it as entertaining as the rest of Gabriel Allon series. The plot is exciting and dynamic throughout the book. In the book, Mossad investigates the murder of one of its covert agents, and walks into a power struggle between the newly selected Pope and a secret Catholic society opposed to him. Although the story takes place in recent years, it is set against the background of the events of World War II, the Holocaust and the role of the Catholic Church in it. The plot is vivid and imaginative (if not somewhat improbable at times), but ultimately it kept me entertained to the last page. Some turns of the events could be predicted if you're familiar with the rest of Silva's books, but that was not a major issue. If you enjoy political intrigue, espionage, and Europe's 20th century history, you will also enjoy this book....more info
  • A spy/thriller backed up by good research
    "The Confessor" is another enjoyable Silva spy thriller. The author's historical research sets his book apart from much of the spy thriller pulp fiction that is turned out these days. The highlight of the book was the rich descriptions of the inner workings of the Vatican, while the details were great; it is getting a bit too common to write books beating up on the Catholic Church these days. The Israeli secret Agent Gabriel Allon is by far Silva's best character. The author's knowledge of Israeli culture makes the characters seem deep and textured. I wish I could say the same about the villains. Like many of Silva's other books the "bad-guy" is a cold emotion-less assassin who comes across fake and plastic. This was my second "Gabriel Allon" book. I look forward to more, but I hope they do not become too formulated. ...more info
  • Another great effort by Silva!
    I read the English Assassin a few months ago (loved it) and just finished this one. It is an interesting follow-up, with a wonderful plot. It is an intelligent, compelling read, with great characters. It was definitely worth the money!...more info
  • A thriller all the way to the very last page.
    This is the third book in a series and Silva finally has done everything right even including a good ending. It not only has many twists and turns but has some great surprises; many of them just when you think you have it all figured out. Each layer as it is uncovered brings more questions than answers but art restorer and sometimes spy, Gabriel Allon keeps searching for the answer to who killed his childhood friend and more important why?

    I thought I was well versed on the holocaust but the way Silva interspersed this history as the plot unfolds made it clear how it all happened. It was like there were two stories playing out as I was reading. A must read for anyone that is looking for a book that just can't be put aside until the last page has been flipped.

    Author of al-Qaeda Strikes Again...more info
  • Vatican Complicity in Holocaust

    This is the third, and arguably the best, in Silva's continuing series of Nazi plundering, and their denouements in post WW II Europe. Using his fictional art restorer, Gabriel Allon, which is loosely based on one of the assassins, "Avner", turned loose by "Grandma" Golda Meir in a Sabbath meeting with Zi Zamar, head of Mossad, and hero-general-future-prime-minister Ariel Sharon in the wake of Black September's Munich massacre of eleven Israeli Olympic contenders [George Jonas, Vengeance].
    Building on Pius XII's known desire to favor Hitler's Nazism as a bulwark against the Jewish Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union, [Pacelli, architect of the Concordat with Hitler, which sacrificed the Christian opposition party, is alleged by his long time housekeeper, La Popessa, to have funded Hitler after the Munich Beer Hall Putsch of 1923], Silva builds a strong circumstantial case that Pius had his minions meet with the architects of the Final Solution after the Wannsee Conference. They apparently came to a tacit understanding that the Vatican would not condemn/excommunicate the ordinary Germans who were killing all Jews in Eastern Europe in the Wehrmacht killing squads. Pius himself tacitly approved, by his silence, the removal of the Rome Ghetto, when Germany took over Italy.
    Interestingly, newly deposed Cardinal Sodano blocked access to the Vatican Archives during the recent historical examination of the Vatican's role, and blamed the three Jewish historians, but not the other three members of the commission, for making unreasonable demands. Benedict XVI, whilst functioning as head of the Holy Office, slapped Brian Ross, for his ABC reportage impertinence. Ratzinger himself was a member of Hitler Youth during WW II.
    Among the well known Catholic authors whose works furnish a background for Vatican Activities, are Garry Wills, Thomas Reese [deposed Jesuit editor of America] and Peter Hebblewaithe. He cites Tad Szulc, whose work disposed of the Claire Sterling/CIA black propaganda that the attack on John Paul II was the result of the KGB instructing the Bulgarian Secret Service to hire a right wing Turkish fanatic member of the Grey Wolves. [Occam's Razor would seem to indicate that the present day Cathars, the excommunicated Pius X minions mounted that operation.]
    Lurking in the background of Silva's The Confessor, is Efraim Halevy, under the nom de plume of Ari Shamron. Efraim is noted both for the capture of Adolf Eichmann, cf. Isser Harrel, The House on Garabaldi Street, and the running of Jonathon Pollard, cf. Wolf Blitzer, Territory of Lies.
    So in summary, Daniel Silva has spun a fine five-star tale of a possible and reasonable conspiracy, which in the guise of fiction, tells a great deal of truth about Catholic complicity concerning the Shoah during WW II, and "the sanctuary and aid given by Church officials [and the CIA] to Adolph Eichmann and other prominent Nazi murders [Mengele] after the defeat of the Third Reich [via the Convent Rat Line]." [cf. Daniel Silva, The Messenger]
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  • A Great Thriller
    This book certainly lives up to its genre. The story is as fresh as current headlines concerning Jewish and Catholic relations and what happened during the Holocaust. Author Silva has written a timely novel and one that delves deeper into the psyche of his main character art restorer and secret Israeli angent, Gabriel Allon. Silva does an excellent job of creating three dimensional characters that become easy to root for. My only negative about the book is the pace of plotting. Mr. Silva moves it along so quickly that at times it becomes choppy and a little over the top. That does not detract from an overall good effort....more info
  • Silva triumphs again!
    Reviewers claim "The Confessor" is Daniel Silva's "best." Could be. The author of the very successful "The English Assassin" has a well-timed book that also involves the Church (did somebody say "The Da Vinci Code"?) and whispered (perhaps actual) conspiracies.

    Silva's "art restorer" Gabriel Allon is called into play once again. We know Allon well from "Assassin" and here he is, once again, "recalled into service." The Mossad agent is the perfect man for this job. Again, combining the fine arts, religious concatenations, and 21st century conspiracies, Silva makes his latest well worth the read. In this one, three central personalities figure in: Allon, the writer Benjamin Stern (or rather the life of Stern!), and the newly-elected Pope Paul VII.

    It is difficult to find a more mesmerizing theme today than that of the Church's "conspiracies." That said, of course, Silva's book is not entirely devoted to such a story line. In addition, the book is a Rand-McNally of Europe, as the characters bounce back and forth and across Europe's most exiting easels, and Allon is determined, that again, h e is not to be framed, chiseled, buffed into submission.

    Excitement abounds (not to mention quite a few humanities/fine arts lessons). Highly recommended! ( info

  • The Next Generations' Maro Puzo, perhaps? WOW!
    I am impressed with Daniel Silva's use of characters, plots, politics, intrigue,world events, and action! I truly wish that he would think about becoming the new author for James Bond novels... I have not had this much fun reading since Ian Fleming, Mario Puzo, and Trevanian! Keep your typewriter singing-it is beautiful compositions that you are producing!
    The last part of the book really and truly touched me-may ALL Christians and Jews be able to work, live, and love together as in the manner of Gabriel and the Pope. It touched me deeply. Excellent work-a true Masterpiece!...more info
  • Engrossing
    This book by Daniel Silva is among the most engrossing you are
    apt to read for awhile. His hero, the art-restorer Gabriel Allon, who still does the occasional very secret job for the
    Israeli Secret Service, learns that one of his best friends
    was murdered while working on a top-secret book.
    The search for the truth quickly becomes quite complex, as this
    talented spy searches for answers, and he is directed to an obscure convent along one of Italy's northern lakes, where the
    answers to his questions are really suspicious non-answers.
    His quest send him to locales through Germany and Italy, as well
    as into France and other places, and the tension mounts as Gabriel has to shoot his way out of a couple tight spots, and he
    begins to wonder just who his enemies are.
    Some of the highest leaders of the Roman Catholic church have
    parts to play here, as the search begins to focus on WWII and
    the part the church played in the Nazi's attempts to eliminate
    the Jewish population of Europe.
    Whether the premise, of Catholic indifference to the plight of
    the Jews in WWII Europe, is accepted or not, the story is very
    fascinating, and this author does a magnificant job detailing
    possible scenarios, and his characters are believeable to the
    point of the reader worrying and caring about some of them,
    and hoping for the worst for some others.
    Silva creates both characters and places that are easily visualized, and we do feel we are working along with these people as they are shot at, race around back streets of German
    and Italian cities, and meet with mysterious figures.
    The atmosphere the author creates cannot be beat, and this book
    will end too fast for most readers.
    Grab this one as soon as you can....more info
  • Strong plotting, poor background research
    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-Nazi links during the Holocaust of the Jews at the time of the Second World War.

    The new Pope also wants to follow a policy intended to foster better relationship with the Jews and the first step of his project is to go and visit the Great Synagogue of Rome on the other side of the city, however his efforts will be confronted by the conspiracy of an influential inside Catholic sect called "Crux Vera" adamant to maintain the status quo so as not to undermine the world political power of the Church, the reader is then presented with two antagonist factions from beginning to end

    To carry out his idea, Silva resorts to alluring elements typical of this type of novels, the Israeli Spy Agency Mossad, the evil maneuvers of the Priests of the Vatican Curia, first class murderers and terrorists for hire, etc

    And here comes the weak point (the missing star), if you dare to include in a novel powerful spy features like the Vatican and the Mossad that means you are playing heavyweight, and the only way to exploit them efficiently is long serious background research, something I have never noticed

    Lack of research is manifest since most chapters are short when the first half of them should have been devoted to detail the exploits of the research and the last half to tell related actions and events or even they could be mixed up, that would have rendered a longer fruitful captivating story

    If Mr Silva makes the big effort to include more enlightening research in his work, he will become a top international thriller, good research is his missing link up to date...more info