Book Review: The Confessor by Daniel Silva

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“The Con­fes­sor” by Daniel Silva (web­site) is the third install­ment in the fic­tional adven­tures of the reluc­tant Israeli agentGabriel Allon.

  • 480 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Signet
  • ISBN: 0451211480
Book Review: The Confessor by Daniel Silva
My rat­ing for The Con­fes­sor — 5

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Thoughts:
As I have come to expect from Daniel Silva, this book is well writ­ten, well plot­ted and the char­ac­ters are fan­tas­tic.  Each book occurs in the Silva uni­verse with recur­ring char­ac­ters (from other series) , have sev­eral lay­ers of intri­ca­cies and thoughts, as well as smaller sto­ries which the reader has to keep track of in the fast pace which the book is told.

This novel is also thought pro­vok­ing – what was the church’s role dur­ing the holo­caust?
We know that no action was taken and the Vat­i­can did open its archives sev­eral yeas back to six schol­ars who found the lack of doc­u­men­ta­tion avail­able astound­ing (the Vat­i­can vil­i­fied the three Jew­ish schol­ars with­out men­tion of the three Catholic schol­ars – all of whom came to the same con­clu­sions).  There are a few pages in the end where Mr. Silva touches upon this sub­ject which are well worth read­ing and an excel­lent addi­tion to the book.

The Con­fes­sor” had me gripped from begin­ning to end, a fan­tas­tic story.  The whole plot around the Crux Vera didn’t bog down the book and Silva did well by stay­ing away from con­spir­acy theories.

Syn­op­sis:
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 arrived in the Vat­i­can, a new Pope has been cho­sen who has set his sights to “clean house” and set­ting the Church’s WWII record clean by open­ing the Vat­i­can Secret Archives.

As you can imag­ine, the pow­er­ful forces, espe­cially the secret soci­ety known as the Crux Vera, within the Roman Catholic Church are none too happy about the Pope’s ini­tia­tive and are will­ing to go to great extremes in order to stop it.  Allon is pulled into the inter­nal strug­gle through his inves­ti­ga­tion which takes him around Europe, dis­cov­er­ing well hid­den secrets of the shame­ful past.

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