The Confessor : Gabriel Allon

  • by Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: Gabriel Allon
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Detective Gabriel Allon returns in this stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds. In Munich, writer Benjamin Stern enters his flat to find a man leafing through his research. When Stern confronts him, the man shoots him, murmurs a few words in Latin, gathers the papers and leaves. In Venice, art restorer and Israeli agent Gabriel Allon reads a message saying that Stern is dead; can he leave immediately? At the Vatican, a priest named Pietro paces in the garden, pondering the discoveries he has made, the enemies he will make, and the journey he must undertake. Silva weaves these three threads into a multilayered mystery peopled with memorable characters and distinguished by rich prose.

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What the Critics Say

"Silva...writes with the atmospheric grace and whiplash tension of le Carre." (Booklist)

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No Silva Lining in This Cloud

Y'know, I don't demand much from pop lit, especially from genre stuff like spy novels, but Silva's "The Confessor" fails to come up to even my lowest expectations. Sterling prose is not necessary for a good spy thriller, but shouldn't Silva at least know the difference between the words "divisive" and "divided"? His writing is studded with gems like "he knew he was being deceived," (Hey, Silva, if he "knew" it, he wasn't "deceived," now was he?) and numbing cliches such as when a "Machievellian" Catholic Cardinal intones "We have ways... to bring journalists... into line..." (I guess the Church hasn't been using those "ways" too well lately.) And to make matter worse, Silva uses his novel as a pulpit to preach about... oh, who cares? What a stinker! I give it one star (instead of zero stars) only because of narrrator John Lee's brilliant reading.
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- Kev

Great characters

I like spy thrillers but so many of them are populated with unbelieveable characters in weak plots. The confessor had a very interesting story, with people I developed an affection for. It is definitely worth listening to.
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- Sebastian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2003
  • Publisher: Books on Tape