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In the tradition of the classic bestseller The Shoes of the Fisherman, this evocative and moving novel takes you deep inside the inner world of the Vatican and the American branch of the Holy See to dramatize the great moral issues dividing the Church.

The passing of humble and beloved Pope Gregory XVIII brings the Lords of the Church to the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome to meet in ...

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Overview

"Has drawn comparisons with The Shoes of the Fisherman and The DaVinci Code."
-Connecticut Post

In the tradition of the classic bestseller The Shoes of the Fisherman, this evocative and moving novel takes you deep inside the inner world of the Vatican and the American branch of the Holy See to dramatize the great moral issues dividing the Church.

The passing of humble and beloved Pope Gregory XVIII brings the Lords of the Church to the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome to meet in its secret recesses and elect a new pope. They find they must choose between a caring, but guilt-ridden, American cardinal (the very same young priest who made a heart-rending confession so many years ago) who would bring reforms to the Church, or a cardinal whose soul belongs to the Inquisition. At stake-the future of the Church itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402202452
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

David Osborn is the author of nine published novels, including the bestselling Open Season, Heads and Murder on Martha's Vineyard. He has also written 24 screenplays, including Chase a Crooked Shadow, which is listed by the British Academy of Motion Picture Science as one of the 10 best suspense scripts ever written. His original screenplay for The Trap was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Osborn lives in Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    Couldn't put it down

    David Osborn's The Last Pope is a fascinating read about the Catholic Church in todays society, and a book that I highly reccomend

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    To have not received any hype, this book belings on everyone's b

    To have not received any hype, this book belings on everyone's book case. It's an amazing story, clear and well written, as well as gutrenching.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    Good Reading for All Faiths

    Devout Catholics may be a bit put off by the author's depiction of the greed, corruption, and dirty politics behind the scenes at the Vatican, but this tale of opposing spectrums of the Church is riveting for all readers. David Osborne's style of writing is straightforward and not particularly intellectual, but he does show great compassion for the truly needy among Catholics, and conveys how poorly their needs are being met. He also movingly conveys how far the Church has strayed from the clear and simple message of Jesus Christ, 'Love one another as I have loved you.' I highly recommend this for all readers, regardless of faith.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2004

    Reminiscent of The Shoes of the Fisherman

    Osborne's foray into the inner workings of Vatican politics and the Roman curia packs a powerful punch, ultimately delivering an optimistic message about the future of the Roman Catholic Church. After the death of gentle Pope Gregory XVIII, the College of Cardinals convenes in Rome to choose a successor to the throne of Peter. Poised at opposite ends of the theological spectrum are traditionalist Cardinal Agosto Mancini and progressive Cardinal Ignatius Heriot. As Mancini maneuvers behind the scenes to manipulate the election in his favor, Heriot remains curiously aloof from the entire process, harboring a dark secret that he believes precludes him from serious consideration. Meanwhile, a charismatic American priest preaching a seemingly radical brand of Catholicism rooted in love, tolerance, and spirituality, seems to hold the key to the papal legacy. Reminiscent of The Shoes of the Fisherman (1991), this evocation of one of the world's most influential institutions pits the pious against the venal in suspenseful battle for power and control within the church hierarchy. -Margaret Flanagan for BOOKLIST

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2004

    Interesting, but nothing exciting

    After reading the jacket and the first few chapters, I was expecting a mystery-thriller that held on to the reader for the rest of the book. What I got, however, was far from it. At times, the various flashbacks of the characters become obsucre and most of the supporing characters are never given enough time to grow. Overall, the novel was decent, but nothing outstanding.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    Last Pope

    Wow! In the Last Pope, the writer examines all the current sins of the church. He must have spent a lot of time researching it. Some of the scenes in a papal conclave are so real you think you're there. It's one of those books that when you finish it you want to read again.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    Last Pope

    The Last Pope is a thriller with a message that doesn't get in the way of the story. It asks for much needed reforms in the Church and leadership from the Vatican that is more in tune with what people think and want today. The American candidate, cardinal Heriot has nightmares that are truly disturbing. Francesca Berenson, a prostitute servicing millionaires only who renews her faith in a momentous conversion after we are treated to one of her typical nights of sex is someone i'll never forget. David Osborn is a really good writer and this is a really good book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    Couldn't put it down

    A thoroughly intriguing book on many levels. A gripping plot, but even more gripping are the characters. These fascinating characters compelled me to read on. And I hated to leave them at the end. If only there were a sequel! Just as fascinating are the detailed information about the Catholic Church and the author's insights into its workings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2004

    My Favorite Book This Year

    The Last Pope is a combination novel, thriller, and romance that brings to life the passions,controversies, and politics surrounding the election of a new Pope. It includes a handsome American Cardinal and a jetset Mary Magdalene who is a high-priced prostitute and undergoes a religious conversion when her life hits bottom. It also includes a young rebel priest who is filling stadiums across America with followers who are attracted to his demands for Church reform. Their paths all cross during the Papal conclave. The behind the scene machinations and protocol that go on in the election of a Pope are an eye-opener. The book is especially timely now due to the frail health and age of the present Pope and the scandals that are rocking the Church. Five stars or more for this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2004

    Last Pope

    The story begins with the death of a pope and ends with white smoke coming out of the roof of the Sistine Chapel to announce a new pope. What happens in between is one of the best reads ever. The power politics of cardinals during the conclave is fascinating. With the current pope obviously nearing the end of his life, what book could be more timely. Author, David Osborn, gets my vote!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    A Must Read!!

    As a former school teacher, I think every high school student should read 'The Last Pope'. It's a classic. The conversion of Francesca, a prostitute to a modern day Mary Magdalene is one of the most moving and emotional things I have ever read and Cardinal Heriot, the American candidate for Pope, is what we all would hope for in a Pope. Great Book.....really fascinating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2004

    Last Pope

    What compelled me to read this book without putting it down was the fascinating revelations, unknown to this reader, of how a pope is elected and how this ancient 'divinely inspired' ritual is rather more like our own smoke-filled back room efforts, of several decades ago, to pick a Presidential candidate. Mr. Osborn's detailed research into the most intimate workings of the Vatican and the vast empire it oversees is everywhere evident making this page-turner, fitted out with a strong cast of complex characters, a great thriller not to be missed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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