The Seville Communion

The Seville Communion

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The Seville Communion by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

A“diabolically good” hacker puts a message on the pope’s computer, pleading for him to save a seventeenth-century Spanish church—a church that is killing to defend itself.Although Our Lady of the Tears is but a crumbling baroque building in the heart of Seville, it is also the center of a multilayered mystery—one that will force ecclesiastical sleuth Father Lorenzo Quart to question his loyalty, his vow of chastity, and his faith itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156029810
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/10/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 476,384
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ARTURO PEREZ-REVERTE is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Club Dumas, The Flanders Panel, and the Captain Alatriste series. A retired war journalist, he lives in Madrid and is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy.

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The Seville Communion 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Spain, which is why I picked this book up. Never having read this author, I was delighted by his mastery of the genre, and have been anxious to find another book so sumptuously written and so peevishly conceived. From the get go, I couldn't put it down. So, if you like thrillers, enjoy a good murder mystery, and have a taste for all those twists and turns the old Moorish streets take, then go to the Seville Communion for some devilish fun.
JamesJohnCudneyIV More than 1 year ago
3+ stars to Arturo Pérez-Reverte's The Seville Communion, a Spanish-to-English translated thriller novel with a very intriguing story about the Catholic church, corporate corruption and love. This was a good book, and I'd recommend it to fans of the genre or of translated novels; however, it could have packed even more of a punch, which is why it falls somewhere between a 3 and 4. Story Father Quart works in a special research unit (IEA -- Investigation for External Affairs) within the Catholic church, and he is sent to Seville, Spain, where someone has hacked into the Pope's personal computer to leave a message about helping a church about to be demolished. Quart, a young and handsome priest who follows the rules, finds himself torn between a lustful woman, different sides of the church and a town divided in what to do about the church. The land was deeded to the church hundreds of years ago as long as mass is said every Thursday in someone's honor. But when a ruthless corporation and corrupt town government want to sell the land to make more money, everyone's lives are in danger. The business man's wife is in the papers for cheating on him and the priest who runs the church is suspected of murder. Who's playing games and what's really going on beneath the surface? Quart finds out in the end, but he never really knows who to trust. Strengths The cast of characters is dynamic and complex. Within the church, you've got very different types of priests, and each one makes valid points about why their way is the right way. The woman having an affair almost makes you root for her to be successful against her husband, and her husband even comes off as respectable and honorable at many points. The 3 villains who have been hired to kill the priests are laughable and vivid. The lead priest, Father Quart, has a lot of depth, and you feel his struggle throughout the novel. I'm still unsure why he remains a priest, but it adds great conflict in his story and the church's story. b>Suggestions The plot is very strong, but it is purposely revealed in small amounts to draw readers in. It works, but when you get to the last 50 pages, it unwinds rather quickly with very little backstory given to support why each person made the decisions they made. It is believable, yet you want more to help drive home the complexity of the story and the need for everyone to get what they wish for. With some tweaking and a few additional story points, this would be a very strong novel. Final Thoughts For fans of thrillers and those with interest in the Catholic church, this is a great read. It certainly says many good things and many bad things about the church, and there is a lot of history about Spain to draw comparisons and conclusions about what really happened in the early 20th century. The language is beautiful and the messages are vivid. Very few translation issues if anything to even comment on. I'd read more by this author... definite style!
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MarilynHS More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this murder mystery book. It's interesting to see the Church's hand (or not) in the small parishes and how the people live far away from the Vatican. Good characters and plot keep you reading and guessing whodunit.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Perez-Reverte's novels since 'The Club Dumas' seem to be becoming more like the overly-emotional, overly-detailed works of Elizabeth George-each character's tiniest, most mundane thoughts are revealed to us over, and over, and over again. The story in this novel plods drearily, there's actually very little action, and little to no suspense. It's a fine read if you can pick it up for a buck or two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a suspense novel the ending was delightful. That said, one can scarcely call it a cliff-hanger; it rather plods, though in a strangely addictive way. My problem with this work is that it is very poorly researched. Not only does the author appear to have a very unrealistic view of Catholic clergy (not a single one comes across as someone you would want to have as a regular guest in your home), but even his description of Catholic positions on liturgy and doctrine are inaccurate as well as prejudicial. Even his references to the crusades, the inquisition, the officials, etc., are grounded in interpretations no serious scholar would find acceptable. Yes, I did enjoy the book, and I grew progressively disappointed in the author's failure to have done his homework.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, the main character Quart is a godsend, literally. He's a preist, he's not real, but the way he is written truly made me think about original sin. It was not just Quart who was well developed, it was all of the characters. His descriptions of everything, from the locations to the three would-be assassins, made the story alive for me. Let me not forget that in all of this there is also a very good plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exceptionally well written, can be enjoyed on various levels. Not only is it a beach novel with wit and humor, but deeply engrossing as it debates personal choices, commitment, and discipline in the face of an indifferent/asleep divine being. Various plot lines interesect with a remarkable number of betrayals as each character strives to promote their own personal agendas. Simultaneously, each major character demonstrates moments of depth, sincerity and tenderness. All this plushthe lushness of the Seville setting make this a thoroughly engrossing novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sr. Perez is an excellent mystery writer. This book was one I couldn't put down. From the very first page, he draws you in and keeps you guessing and wondering what will happen next. He also knows how to build on the interpersonal conflicts, portraying each person with such vivid detail, it's almost like you know them personally, like you're walking by their side. And as with any good mystery writer, he knows how to keep the truth well-hidden until the very end. I strongly recommend this book to all mystery lovers and even those who don't normally enjoy mystery. (It also has some good romantic scenes in it, for those who'd enjoy that type of reading.)