Another spectacularly entertaining read from a master storyteller and this time we get to experience Catholic bad guys for a change. An eye or an eye formula is still evident here but done in brilliant Silva style.
A good story embedded in historical truth. The story is fairly complicated with the tentacles of the vicious Crux Vera wrapping itself around all the characters. Initially I found the mix of fact and fiction distracting. I might have benefitted if I began by reading the Author's Note at the conclusion.
MY FAVORITE AUTHOR.
Silva is the master.
Great read and well integrated information about Catholic Church and Jewish history. Fast moving plot as always. This is the first hint and his recovery from the brutal assassination of his wife and son.
Whenever I go somewhere where the sun is hot, the beach is sandy and the water alluring the apple of my eye packs a handful of books to keep both of us occupied as we roast and toast ourselves till we are an all-over healthy brown. She packs and I co-read. Daniel Silva’s “The Confessor” was number one on my list of reads. The others , save one, were too obviously chick lits. But Silva’s cover promised “spy-fiction ace” and “compelling … superior entertainment” Both assessments were right on the money.
Silva has the recipe for a good read down pat. He takes a dash of dirty WWII Nazi secrets; mixes in a little Vatican skullduggery; a measure of rogue cardinals from the curia; a passel some Italian carabinieri of dubious loyalty; an aging author secretly writing a book that stirs up unwanted interest; a restorer of Re naissance art who is not who he appears to be; and a squadron of Israeli agents. Stir and then set the resulting batter in some mildly exotic and mildly glamorous locations: Provence; Ticino; and Rome. Add a good measure of gunplay; some fast cars and then bake and you’ve got “The Confessor”.
Silva writes well. This book was tough to put down. Riveting is the word. Maybe that’s why he’s got a number of other novels to his credit. He’s good. No Dan Brown, mind you, but good none the less. Good enough for me to make a point of putting him on my “other books to read” list.
For sure, Silva’s got a hit on his hands.
Very good book. I thought the author overdid the plot twist at the end, but still a very enjoyable book
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