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The Confessor (Gabriel Allon Novels) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Daniel Silva , Arliss Howard
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29 Nov 2005 Gabriel Allon Novels
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 few words in Latin, then gathered the writer’s papers and left.
Venice: The art restorer Gabriel Allon applied a dab of paint carefully to the Bellini, then saw the boy approaching, a piece of paper in his hand. It would be about Stern, he knew. They would want him to leave right away. With a sigh, the Mossad agent finished his work, then began to pack his brushes.
Vatican City: The pope known as Paul VII–“Pope Accidental,” to his detractors–paced in his garden, thinking about the things he knew and the
enemies he would make. He believed he understood why God had chosen him for this job, but the road in front of him was hard and exceedingly perilous. If he succeeded, he would revolutionize the Church. If not, he might very well destroy it–and himself.
In the weeks to come, the journeys of all these men will come together, following a trail of long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds, leaving each one forever changed. Intrigue will dominate their lives and death stalk their paths, all of them in the shadow of the Confessor.
Filled with rich characters, remarkable prose, and an intricately woven plot suffused with surprise and intensity, this is an uncommonly powerful work by a new master of the art.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Abridged edition (29 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073932490X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739324905
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 15.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,287,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Silva is the bestselling author of The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, The English Assassin, The Confessor, A Death in Vienna, Price of Fire, The Messenger, The Secret Servant and Moscow Rules. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, NBC News Today correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

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"Silva . . . loads new excitement into the word thriller." -- "Library Journal" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Daniel Silva is the author of the bestselling novels The Unlikely Spy, The Mark of the Assassin, The Marching Season, The Kill Artist, and The English Assassin. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Daniel Silva brings back his enigmatic hero, Gabriel Allon, in "The Confessor," to investigate the mysterious murder of a dear friend, the unpopular aspirations of a newly elected Pope, a secret society in the Vatican, and long hidden secrets from World War II. Allon is a brilliant Israeli art restorer and a complex, melancholy man. He had worked for many years as an Israeli intelligence agent and assassin, (when necessary), losing his young son and wife to violence as a consequence of his work. Now he just wants to restore paintings and be left alone with his grief and his guilt.
Allon's boyhood friend and associate, Benjamin Stern, is murdered in his Munich apartment while writing a secret expose on the Church's involvement in the Holocaust. Ari Shamron, Gabriel's old mentor, former head of Israeli intelligence, and the father of Ben Stern, finds Allon in Venice, restoring a Bellini altarpiece. He has little difficulty persuading Allon to accept this assignment to find Stern's killer, even though it means leaving the Bellini, at least temporarily.
Although Allon runs into a stone wall with his investigation in Munich, he begins to discover clues to the secrets of his friend's manuscript. Stern had been writing about material taken from top secret Vatican archives. He also discovered evidence which points to a deadly secret Vatican society, the Crux Vera.
Pope Paul VII, known by his Vatican detractors as "Pope Accidental," has recently been elected to the Papal Throne. He has pledged to review the Church's alleged complicity in the Nazi extermination of the Jews, and make available the Secret Vatican Archives regarding the Holocaust - archives that certain Vatican officials would do anything to keep suppressed. Allon's life, and the Pope's, are in terrible jeopardy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING! Silva's best to date! 29 July 2005
Format:Hardcover
This book is outstanding. This book is Silva's sixth, and the third in the "Gabriel Allon" series, although it does not deal directly with the Middle East/Palistinian conflict directly, but rather takes an interesting twist and delves into not one, but two, very controversial relationships: between the Catholic Church and the Third Reich, and between the Vatican and the Jews, in particular, the handling of the holocast by the Vatican. Weaving the story in with the manipulation and intrigue for which the Vatican is famous, above all else, makes for a breathtakingly exciting plot, and the usual fasciniating cast of solid and well-developed characters for which Silva is renowned. For readers of The Kill Artist and The English Assassin, it is Gabriel Allon at his best, and the familiar cast of other characters previously introduced, like Ari Shamron, do not dissapoint, although this novel is just as good a read if it is your first Daniel Silva. The reader is taken on a fascinating journey through enchanting parts Venice and Rome, as well as the Italian lake district, amongst other exotic locations. The plot itself is solid and well-researched. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is one of very few books for which I have both awarded five stars, and have read more than once! My favourite Daniel Silva novel of them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING! Silva's best to date! 28 July 2005
Format:Paperback
This book is outstanding. Weaving the story in with the manipulation and intrigue for which the Vatican is famous, above all else, makes for a breathtakingly exciting plot, and the usual fasciniating cast of solid and well-developed characters for which Silva is renowned. For readers of The Kill Artist and The English Assassin, it is Gabriel Allon at his best, and the familiar cast of other characters previously introduced, like Ari Shamron, do not dissapoint, although this novel is just as good a read if it is your first Daniel Silva. The reader is taken on a fascinating journey through enchanting parts Venice and Rome, as well as the Italian lake district, amongst other exotic locations. The plot itself is solid and well-researched. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is one of very few books for which I have both awarded five stars, and have read more than once! My favourite Daniel Silva novel of them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Bring me the file on The Leopard." 4 Aug 2008
By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
(4.5 stars) The Leopard, an assassin who figures in a number of Silva novels, becomes a major player in this third Gabriel Allon novel, about the passive involvement of the Vatican in the Holocaust and its subsequent denial of all responsibility. Basing the novel on research by scholars like Susan Zuccotti (whom Silva credits in his acknowledgments) into the secret connections between factions within the Catholic Church and the Third Reich, Silva creates a chilling and utterly compelling story about the reasons that the Vatican might have feared the Jews were a threat to its own power and wanted to prevent the ultimate establishment of an Israeli homeland.

Gabriel Allon, an assassin for the Israeli Mossad (in his secret life) and a talented restorer of paintings and sculptures in Venice, often for the Vatican (in his public life as Mario Delvecchio), is working in Venice when he receives word that Ben Stern, the son of his Israeli mentor Ari Shamron, has been murdered in Munich while researching a book. The subject of his book is so secret that not even his Munich university department head knows what it is. Gabriel leaves Venice for Munich and discovers nothing, though phone records suggest that Ben has been investigating a secret church conference that took place at a convent in Brenzone, Italy, during the Holocaust.

Further investigation brings Allon into contact with members of Crux Vera, an ultra-conservative organization within the church, with their leaders well entrenched in positions of power close to the Pope. These must publicly hide their involvement because the new, liberal Pope Paul VII is anxious for transparency and reconciliation with the Jews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
Love the author and am working through his earlier stuff. Book was in good condition for 2nd hand and no complaints there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Glenda Brett-Holt
3.0 out of 5 stars Neutral Element
"The Confessor" is the third book of the Gabriel Allon series and in my opinion it's the best so far. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pedro
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Great reading, did not want to put it down. Intricate story, so got a bit lost at times, but worth the effort
Published 19 months ago by K.R.Holland
4.0 out of 5 stars reliable as always
I have enjoyed Daniel Silva since I first discovered him when someone left one of his books a t a holiday villa we stayed at. Read more
Published 20 months ago by yorkie kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Silva's Allon triumps again!
This review is from: The Confessor (Hardcover)
Reviewers claim "The Confessor" is Daniel Silva's "best." Could be. Read more
Published on 10 July 2012 by Billy J. Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping spy novel. Got me hooked on Silva.
I rarely write reviews but I loved this book. It was the first Daniel Silva novel I have read. I have since read two more and they have both been very good. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by P. Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great read
Having read all of Silva's books in the last 2 months I am now an avid fan. Great read - cannot wait for him to write more!
Published on 17 Jun 2011 by Sunrise
3.0 out of 5 stars Slowing down after a hectic start
It's a good job reviewers do not not assess books each in a similar way. I thought this book was far from bettering the previous two Allon stories. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2010 by Michael Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner.
Great Page Turner, Set in Rome, Terrific Atmosphere,
Most Enjoyable, Would Recommend.
Published on 28 Jun 2009 by Wwk Lawlor
4.0 out of 5 stars A Knock-em Dead, Unbelievable Thriller
Gabriel Allon restores fine paintings by day but is a secret Israeli agent by night, or whenever, ready, willing and able to do battle with Arab terrorists. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2008 by Laurel Whitehead
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