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The Confessor by Daniel Silva
If you're a fan of Dan Brown and looking for another author to try, consider Daniel Silva's paperback bestseller, The Confessor. The Confessor is the third in a series, following The Kill Artist and The English Assassin. I confess I did not read the two previous books, but I thoroughly enjoyed the third in the trio.
The Confessor is compelling spy fiction with the added intrigue of the inner workings of the Catholic Church. Silva takes us into the life of an Israeli spy, Gabriel Allon, who has been assigned to investigate the murder of a long-time friend and fellow spy. Through his investigation, Gabriel uncovers a conspiracy in the Vatican to cover up the Catholic Church's complacency regarding the Holocaust.
A new pope has just been seated, a humble man from Venice whose background as an orphan is not generally known. This new Pope has decided to take the Church somewhere it has never gone before - to complete disclosure of its failings to speak out against Hitler, failure to comfort and give asylum to Jews during World War II, and to ask forgiveness now for those sins of fifty years ago. Because of the Pope's decision, his life is in danger from forces deeply invested in keeping the secrets of the past secret.
I would give The Confessor a strong recommendation, probably not quite as good as Da Vinci Code, but close. Now in paperback, Daniel Silva's latest besteller is The Confessor. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I'm Amanda Dickson.