Lazarus

Lazarus

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by Morris West
     
 

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Morris West's new novel is an exciting successor to the ten books he has had on the New York Times bestseller list - five of those at the number one spot!

At the heart of this thriller is Pope Leo XIV, a reactionary and forbidding pontiff who emerges from heart bypass surgery with a "change of heart" about a lot of things. As he struggles to overcome the

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Morris West's new novel is an exciting successor to the ten books he has had on the New York Times bestseller list - five of those at the number one spot!

At the heart of this thriller is Pope Leo XIV, a reactionary and forbidding pontiff who emerges from heart bypass surgery with a "change of heart" about a lot of things. As he struggles to overcome the policies he himself put into place, he must battle enemies from within the Vatican as well as Islamic terrorists determined to assassinate him

This novel completes West's papa trilogy begun with "Shoes of the Fisherman" (1963) and continued with "Clowns of God" (1981). It also stands alone as a superb, exciting exploration of theological politics in a world of crises.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Vatican trilogy that began with The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963) and The Clowns of God (1981) reaches a dramatic conclusion in West's bold limning of a modern pontiff presiding in a time of terrorism and violence. Leo XIV, a pope physically at risk as well as spiritually troubled, is unlike his warmly remembered predecessor, John XXIII. Reactionary and forbidding, out of touch with the faithful, Leo undergoes bypass surgery that puts him at the mercy of ``Brother Death'' and in the care of a Jewish Italian surgeon with Zionist connections. Amid political intrigue and counterespionage, both pope and physician become prime targets of Islamic terrorists. Convalescing, Leo experiences a ``change of heart,'' considering abdication in favor of a simpler life. West's authoritative knowledge of labyrinthine Roman society provides a credible background for the gripping climax. Timely and absorbing, this novel will appear as the two earlier books are reissued in both hardcover and trade paperback. 150,000 first printing; $150,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild dual main selection; author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
An Australian writer with a well-deserved international reputation, West has published more than 25 books in his 40-year career. His new novel completes his papacy trilogy, begun with The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963) and continued with The Clowns of God (1981)--and both still great ``reads.'' A tense and exciting thriller, Lazarus also explores world crises and theological politics quite as fascinating to non-Catholics as to Catholics. At its heart is reactionary Pope Leo XIV, who emerges a changed man in an unchanged world when he simultaneously undergoes coronary bypass surgery and deals with the threat of assassination. While the book can be read as a complement to the other two novels, it stands alone as a superb, absorbing novel. Literary Guild dual main selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/89.-- Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll . Lib., McMinnville, Ore. correction: The review of Sam Llewel lyn's Death Roll (Summit Bks.) inadvertent ly appeared under the heading for Carolyn Llewellyn's The Lady of the Labryinth (Scribner) in the February 15 issue of LJ. The two books, with their correct headings, are reviewed in this issue, above.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592641161
Publisher:
Toby Press LLC, The
Publication date:
02/01/2005
Series:
The Vatican Trilogy
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
152,632
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x (h) x 0.91(d)

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