Death of a Pope
by Piers Paul Read
General / Favorable Reviews
In The Death of a Pope, the versatile Piers Paul Read, who has distinguished himself in many genres, returns to what can be called the ecclesiastical thriller. If the mystery looks to the past to explain a crime already committed, the thriller aims to prevent something from happening. When that something is a terrorist act, planned for the Vatican, drama is assured, and Read, writing in the present tense but in multiple viewpoint, takes us from character to character, from city to city, from continent to continent, with everything converging on the Vatican during the conclave following the death of John Paul II. To say more would rob the reader of his pleasure. The Death of a Pope is a great Read - in every sense of the term.
- Ralph McInerny
-Joseph Pearce, author The Quest for Shakespeare
Piers Paul Read has managed to combine sheer storytelling power with great learning and insight about the inner workings of the Church to fashion an entertainment of the highest order. If John LeCarre took on Vatican politics, his book of suspense might aspire to be much like this one.
-Ron Hansen, author Exiles
If you love the Catholic Church, you will probably love this book whether or not you love a good story. If you love a good story, you will probably love this book whether or not you love the Catholic Church. But if you love both the Church and a good story, you will certainly love this book.
- Peter Kreeft, author
Because God is Real
Read's latest worth a read
Complex plot, great pacing,
interesting characters...I couldn't put the book down. I recognized a lot
of people who could have been the inspiration for these characters. The
magnetic ex-priest-turned-political-warrior Uriarte as he grooms Kate to
participate in advancing his agenda; the chivalrous and straight-forward
British agent David; the kindly, conservative but marginalized priest
Luke: these people play out their roles in a classic good vs. evil tale.
Piers Paul Read does an excellent job of introducing, and then following,
all the threads of the story. It is not a huge, door-stopper of a book,
but it packs its punch concisely.
London, Rome, Kampala, Cairo, and
Multiple Layers of Cultural, Political, and Theological Currents
Best selling novelist
("Alive," "The Templars," "Alec Guiness:The Authorized Biography") and
playwright Piers Paul Read has written a gem of a thriller, "The Death of
a Pope." London, Rome, Kampala, Cairo and multiple layers of cultural,
political, and theological currents provide the backdrop for a suspected
terrorist's intent to change the future course of the Catholic Church with
the death of Pope John Paul II.
-Thomas M. Loarie
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