The Cold War has ended. With a scope
and daring not possible until now, an unlikely international alliance of
top-level political, financial, and religious interests sees the way clear
at last to its ultimate goal: the establishment of a single global
These are men with nothing in common but immense power and a towering
ambition for still more. With world unity and prosperity as their
slogan--and with betrayal, scandal, and murder as their ready
weapons--they have the means and the will to capture as their own the
perfect global machinery for their plans: the oldest, wiliest, and most
stable political chancery in the world--the Vatican.
At the vortex of this lethal struggle stands the embattled Pope, a
geopolitical genius whose elimination is the short-term solution to a
long-term goal, and two American brothers, Paul and Christian Gladstone,
one a lawyer and the other a priest, who appear to be the perfect pawns.
One falls prey to the sharp teeth of greed for power. The other will
become one of the Slavic Pontiff's closest allies...and will discover the
darkest secrets at the very heart of papal Rome.
From America to Europe to Russia, in broad landscapes and clandestine
corridors, a rich and varied cast--presidents and politicos, simple saints
and savvy sinners, popes and pope-makers--clash with one another amid
dramatic and sometimes bloody events that will affect the destiny of every
person alive today.
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