The Pope's Assassin: A Novel

The Pope's Assassin: A Novel

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by Luis Miguel Rocha
     
 

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Upon his coronation as Pope, Benedict XVI is given an ancient document. It is the first thing a pope reads when he is elected, and holds the Church's most cherished secret-one that it will do anything to protect. But there may be other versions. And it's up to the church's agent, Rafael, to uncover the truth.

Overview

Upon his coronation as Pope, Benedict XVI is given an ancient document. It is the first thing a pope reads when he is elected, and holds the Church's most cherished secret-one that it will do anything to protect. But there may be other versions. And it's up to the church's agent, Rafael, to uncover the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515150179
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/29/2011
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
771,808
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Luís Miguel Rocha was born in Oporto, Portugal and worked for many years in London as a television writer and producer. He is the author of the international bestseller, The Last Pope.

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The Pope's Assassin: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Like all the Popes before him in the past half a center, Pope Benedict XVI is given a top secret document to read. As the Pope reads, he becomes ill with worry. Five decades ago, Israeli archeologist Ben Isaac and the Status Quo team found the Dead Sea Scrolls, which included the Gospel of Jesus that if revealed would devastate the flock. Twice, twenty-five year agreements have been signed, but this year a third pact has not been renewed as rumors fly that the Scrolls are a hoax to conceal the truth. Jesuits kidnap the son of Ben to demand he hand over the gospel and the bones of Jesus to them. At the same time, someone is assassinating the survivors of the Status Quo. London-based reporter Sarah Monteiro gets caught in the middle of a Christian power grab. Her beloved Vatican secret agent Father Rafael Santini is unsure where she fits in, but tries to keep her safe. Loaded with action and an impressive body count (Hell is a growth industry), die hard fans of the Da Vinci Code will enjoy this derivative. The story line is fast-paced, but is too much a copy cat of the Brownian saga though much more graphic as if The Andalusian Dog (of Dali-Brunel) met Dan Brown. Still this is an exhilarating action-packed thriller as Sarah and Father Rafael are caught in the middle of a potential shattering hoax. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first time I read a book by this author. It was a terrific story but the characters were confusing. While I wanted to love it, I couldn't because I could not keep track of any but the main characters. I did enjoy it though and will definitely read his other books.
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Excellent read! Rocha keeps the fact/fiction line intentionally blurry and causes his readers to question their own faith...."without doubt, one cannot know faith"
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Laura50 More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced review copy of Luis M. Rocha's The Pope's Assassin from the Library Thing Early Reviewer's group. The story opened with such great suspense and a lot of action that my expectations were high for the entire novel. However, there were too many characters to keep track off and I became confused from going back and forth between all of them. The pace slowed significantly in the middle and by the time I got within the last 100 pages I wanted to give up. I kept reading because The Holy Bullet was a good book. I was hoping for a big ending. It wasn't all that exciting but I liked how it ended.