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The Confessor Hardcover – 1 February 2003
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- Publisher : Putnam Pub Group (T) (1 February 2003)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399149724
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399149726
- Dimensions : 16.1 x 3.51 x 23.83 cm
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Someone is assassinated --> Shamron involves Gabriel in the murder case --> it becomes clear that the victim was killed to prevent him from revealing an organization's involvement in the Jewish holocaust during WW2 --> someone central in the plot is targeted by a notorious assassin --> the threat is solved, but not by Allon -- it fits like a glove for both "The English Assassin" and "The Confessor". Most of the characters may be different and they may be travelling to different cities, but I had a constant feeling that I'd read it before.
Also, once again Allon is irrelevant to the story climax, which is a bit irritating. Had he not been there and the outcome would be the same, which is something that also happened in the first two books.
However, it's a fun book to read because it keeps a very high pace, the Catholic Church behavior during WW2 is a captivating theme, and there are also some very tense moments, such as the Rome shootout and the synagogue speech.
+: pace, tension and subject; believable plot from start to finish
-: unoriginal storyline; once again Allon is a non-factor in the book climax
=: If I hadn't read "The English Assassin" before, I would rate it 4 out of 5; even so, "The Confessor" is a book that thriller fans will certainly enjoy
As the new Pontiff attempts a final reconciliation between the Catholic Church and Judaism the resistance to his policy within the Curia grows; a number of murders inevitably follow and, since one of them involves a close friend of Gabriel Allon, both Gabriel and Israeli intelligence find themselves drawn into the unfold maelstrom.
I have just one relatively minor criticism: the way Gabriel deals with an attempt on his life - his rather indiscriminate use of both a Beretta and sub-machine gun leaves four members of the Italian police dead and six wounded - reduced a five star rating to four.
In the earlier books I felt both Gabriel Allon and Ari Shamron were slightly unbelievable characters and in need of further development. In `The Confessor', perhaps helped by the final appearance of the beautiful Chiara Zolli, Daniel Silva has deftly resolved that particular issue and given us a genuinely gripping thriller.
Read and enjoy.
Only surprise is Daniel Silva doesn’t get more recognition.
This one examines the ambivalence of the Vatican towards the plight of the Jews in Nazi run Europe, some unpalatable truths in engrossing fiction.