Catholic theology and Cold War politics collide in this fictionalized retelling of an important religious event: the sudden passing of Pope John Paul I and the hastily arranged conclave to elect his successor.
When the pope dies of an apparent heart attack, the United States and Soviet Union go on high alert. The United States might be able to loosen communism's stranglehold on Eastern Europe if a non-Italian successor is chosen to lead the Catholic Church. But the Soviets are determined to keep an Italian in the papacy. CIA and KGB agents infiltrate the Vatican as the two countries try to win this dangerous game.
Back stateside, army officer Carter Caldwell is sent to persuade American cardinals to wield their influence in the conclave. On his assignment, he meets beautiful CIA analyst Katherine O'Connor. Carter can't get her out of his mind, although plenty of problems demand his attention.
Before the conclave is over, the Sistine Chapel will be bugged, a spy in the Vatican's kitchen will be murdered, and CIA and KGB operatives will exchange gunfire. As the most important figure in the Catholic world is finally chosen, one question remains: Will he survive long enough to become pope?
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About the Author
Tom Davis is a retired army officer and corporate executive. In the army, Davis served as military assistant to the Secretary of the Army and oversaw part of the US Army Special Operations program. He graduated from West Point and received a graduate degree in international studies and economics from Harvard University.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Conclave is by far the best book I’ve read in quite some time that offers the suspense thriller with a hint of romance, and all the old cold war spy stuff that I love. While I am not Catholic, I have long admired the tradition and ceremony involved in selecting a new Pope and Tom Davis’ Conclave opened a lot of doors that I had previously not known. There was not one page that let me down, rather each page left me wanting more. It’s very obvious that Mr. Davis has had some type of international experience because he writes so easily and convincingly about not only the era of the CIA vs. the KGB, he had me convinced that something like this could take place and leaves me to wonder if it actually did (in some form) occur. I could find nothing missing in Conclave – it gave me the stay-awake-all-night urge to keep reading and that’s just what I did. I couldn’t wait to see what was on the next page, but while the ending was quite decisive and satisfying, I was sad to see it come. I’m eagerly looking forward to the next chapter in Carter and Kath’s relationship. Great job and a book I’m definitely going to recommend to all my bookworm friends.