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Von cbaumeister Am hilfreichsten 06.11.2007
An outstanding superb thriller!
This book is chronologically the third in the Gabriel Allon series.
1. The Kill Artist
2. The English Assassin
3. The Confessor
4. Death in Venice
5. Prince of Fire
6. The Messenger
Unfortunately Audible has 'The Kill Artist'only as abridged version. 'The English Assassin' is available unabridged.
Gabriel, a former assassin for Israel's foreign intelligence service, the Mossad retired after the murders of his wife and son to lead a quiet life as an art restorer. Gabriel's ex-boss, Ari Shamron, an Israeli spymaster draws Gabriel into the world of espionage and revenge by telling him that his old friend and fellow former assassin team member Benjamin Stern was killed by a professional assassin who calls himself The Leopard. Gabriel investigates to find out why Stern was killed.
I found some uncomfortable similarities between this book and 'The Da Vinci Code' however, considering the copyright date, it is unlikely that Daniel Silva had read the latter when he wrote this one. Here, Gabriel has to find a very, very blonde (though not quite albino) assassin working for a conservative Catholic group who are plotting to take over the Vatican by killing people and are covering up a horrifying secret about the Church. (Hmmm sounds again very much like 'The Da Vinci Code'.) However, 'The Confessor' is certainly better written than 'The Da Vinci Code', and the revealed secrets are more horrifying because they are demonstrably true.
Hopefully the other stories with Gabriel Allon will be available as unabridged audiobook soon!
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Von Tino Am hilfreichsten 04.11.2015
Sprecher nervt total
So ein übertriebenes, affektiertes Gehabe habe ich von einem Hörbuchsprecher selten gehört. John Lee scheint davon überzeugt zu sein, dass die Geschichte dazu da ist, seinem exaltiert-britischem Gehabe einen Inhalt zu geben. Vielleicht erklärt ihm einmal jemand, dass die Story im Vordergrund stehen sollte. Leider zerstört er die gute Geschichte total.