It was a chance discovery, but now the Catholic Church has irrefutable proof that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is executing a decades-long strategy to destroy Christianity in America. Pope John Paul II retains famed trial lawyer Carson Elliott to confront the ACLU.
The ACLU responds by having Elliott killed. And so it begins.
Three years later, a tactical nuclear explosion vaporizes four hundred people at a holiday ACLU fundraiser in San Francisco. The private war escalates between those who want to keep America a Christian nation and those who do not. Hanging in the balance is the future of America.
When the president orders his attorney general, Tom Owens, to spearhead the investigation of the explosion, Tom asks his good friend Blake Elliott to assist him. As soon as Blake is involved, dead bodies pile up and casualties mount as the investigation takes bizarre and dangerous twists and turns, reaching all the way to the Supreme Court.
The Fourth Vow inventively imagines a world where people of faith and conviction strive to take back their country from a wicked infection of incremental evil. Written with precision and passion, this book will hold up a mirror to current events, stir the emotions, and excite readers all the way to its riveting conclusion.
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About the Author
After college he was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He had a Top Secret Clearance for his duty service in Vietnam, Okinawa and Korea. His last assignment was Reserve Training Officer at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. He left the Marine Corps with the rank of Captain.
He raised a family and had a day job while attending night law school at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. After law school, he joined a litigation law firm. He tried cases in state and federal court, as well as doing appellate work in state and federal courts.
During his legal career, he worked for the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, and he served as General Counsel at two corporations headquartered in Minnesota. He then changed course and worked as a consultant in mergers and acquisitions, merger integration, process improvement and litigation support.
Dolezal and The Fourth Vow have been featured in and on multiple media outlets including The Josh Tolley Show; Newstalk 770 with Danielle Smith ; The Voice of Reason with Andy Hooser, KQAM; The Bob Dutko Show; Politics on the Edge with Melody Himel Clarke, WESR - FM and The Midwest Book Review.
He has three adult children and seven (and counting) grandchildren. He and his wife, Mary, live in the Phoenix, Arizona area after leaving Southern California. They rescued a mastiff-bloodhound mix, named him Buddy, did some training, and their lives have been better ever since.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was a hard read for me. The set-up of the story took a long time and was very involved. Between the ACLU, the Catholic Church and Blake Elliott who would investigate the problem, you had to keep everyone straight to know what you were reading about. Halfway through the book and Blake Elliot had not even started to investigate. I just couldn’t read any farther. I wanted a thriller or murder mystery story that moved along and even though this was that type of story, this one involved too many other entities and took too long to get moving to keep my interest. It was well written but just not my style of reading. The descriptions of the actions of the ACLU and the people written about in the Catholic Church were good and very in-depth. The author has been an attorney so I can understand why this type of writing would be something he would do.
In light of world events, it seems that authors have such a great wealth to draw from to entertain readers. Speculation is always present and evil can always be found in the unlikeliest of places. Those entities that have their roots ground in providing assistance at some point in time, now find that their greed has no boundaries or accountability, especially for those sitting at the top of the food chain. In Richard T. Dolezal's novel, The Fourth Vow, you combine the elements of intrigue, religious freedom, along with the growing threat from the ACLU and the Vatican. For those that love Don Brown's novel's this will be one for you to pick up. The novel opens with a horrific bombing of an ACLU fundraising event that mocks Christians and pushes the liberal agenda as far left as possible. While innocents are lost as well as big time Hollywood celebrities and local government officials in San Francisco, it seems as if the government can't put their finger on how it happened. Believing it was some sort of terrorist threat using a nuclear device, even though radiation amounts are almost untraceable, a team of investigators tries to uncover who is responsible. While the body counts continue to rise with no possible connections, the team is at odds on where to go and who might be responsible. Those that follow the Fourth Vow, among the Catholic Church particularly are those that have committed to doing whatever the Pope himself asks without question. A vow that certain Jesuits who have attained stature within their order are allowed to take. Those that take the vow are considered the Pope's men, loyal to the Vicar of Christ on earth. Wherever the Ope would send them, they would go immediately. Whatever he asked of them, they would do faithfully and without question. So it begs to ask the question, who is responsible? Is it the Vatican attempting to covering their footprints or is it someone who is looking to take back restore order within the world again in regards to true moral and absolute truth? I received The Fourth Vow by Richard T. Dolezal compliments of the Cadence Group. I have to warn you that this does contain profanity and thus the reason for my rating. For those of you that love fast moving action, all across the globe while trying to figure out just who is responsible, then this is definitely a book for you. It definitely makes one wonder just how far some entities will reach in the name of their own self serving type of justice in the world. This could truly be something ripped from our own headlines in the very near future if not happening now. I give this novel a solid 4 out of 4 stars.