Murder in the Vatican!
As the head of Vatican security, Giovanni Figlia must protect a new, African Pope who courts controversy every other day. The Pope's latest project is to make Pius XII, "Hitler's Pope," a saint. Things haven't gotten better since the Pope employed American mercenary Sean Ryan.
Then a body fell onto the Vatican doorstep.
Mercenaries, spies, beautiful women, international intrigue and ancient secrets - The Pius Trilogy has it all!
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Reviewed by Angela Hilario for Readers' Favorite “A Pius Man” by Declan Finn revolves around Giovanni Figlia and his task to protect the new African pope who stirs up controversy for wanting to make Pius XII - otherwise known as the Hitler pope - a saint. Making things worse, a body falls down from a hotel and another is burned in a hotel within Vatican territory. An investigation leads to more mysterious deaths. Sean Ryan, an American mercenary, was employed by the Pope but things only went from bad to worse. Scott Murphy of Israeli intelligence was also sent to Rome after one victim was an AL-Qaeda operative. Sean, Scott and Giovanni, the head of the Vatican security, must now try and figure out this mystery, and soon the pope himself begins to look like a suspect. “A Pius Man” is a must read for those who love a good mystery. The Vatican and its mysteries add to the intrigue in this engaging story. Author Declan Finn provides a good plot and a great setting, creating a thrilling and exciting story. I could not resist its alluring charm. The first few pages of this book will surely get you hooked and the flow of the story will keep you guessing.
There’s a lot going on in A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller (The Pius Trilogy) (Volume 1). Finn assembles a massive cast of characters for this work reminiscent of the world of Daniel Siva crossed with that of Dan Brown. When the description says that these investigators are unlikely, they truly are. As a reader I puzzled over the idea of what each was doing in the Vatican from their respective countries but as the story unfolds, their goals become clear. Finn helpfully adds links to additional information regarding key characters that enhance their role in the plot line. A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller (The Pius Trilogy) (Volume 1) has the feel of a well researched and plausible book. Much like Dan Brown, a lot of what is written appears to be based in fact with elements made up for enhancement in the story. A quick net search shows me that there has not been an African Pope since 198 A.D. though African archbishops have certainly been in the running. Another search shows that Catholic Archbishops in the Sudan do have cause to fear violence. The aforementioned Silva travels to varied countries and researches in those settings before writing and Finn’s work has that same feel of authenticity. This has not happened but it’s not so beyond the realm of possibility that it could. Overall, A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller (The Pius Trilogy) (Volume 1) is a really solid work worthy of four stars. The story flows well and the action is well placed. There are times when we’re overloaded with information but the author is careful to give it to us in a way where we don’t break with the story. If you like political intrigue, A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller (The Pius Trilogy) (Volume 1) is the novel for you.
A PIus Man is supposed to be the first part of a trilogy? If that's the case, Finn is going to have to ramp up the energy to 12, because this first book already goes up to 11. We have an international team of bad asses unseen since the team that took out Dracula. We have a mystery that makes the plots of Dan Brown look like those of Inspector Clouseau. The fun part is that the mystery is REAL. A Pius Man starts with a bang. Two of them, actually. First, an assassin kills a visitor to the Vatican's secret archives. Then the killer is blown out a window by his own employer. And then the fun *really* starts. It seems that this is just the beginning. Another visitor to the archives was an al-Qaeda terrorist, and he was also assassinated, bringing two spies to Rome -- Scott Murphy and Manana Shushurin. He's the perfect spy, and she's straight out of Bond girl casting, and it's a dynamic that WORKS. I'm rather surprised. Over all, you would think this book could suffer from Dan Brown fatigue, or character clutter, or any number of problems. But there aren't any. The history is delivered in a fresh and original way -- straight up, no BS. I can't tell you enough - read this book.