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Pope Bob [Kindle Edition]

Bill Dodds
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When the first American-born pope, Leo XVII, wakes up on Seattle’s Skid Road he discovers that during his most recent alcoholic blackout the papal plane has been lost over the Atlantic and the world assumes he’s dead. Author Bill Dodds uses a light—and at times surprisingly lighthearted—touch to tell this story of vices and vocations, promises and possibilities, fears and faith. He has created a cast of delightful, believable, and unforgettable characters.


Product Details

  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Bill Dodds (November 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EEOHPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Grace Revealed March 29, 2011
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Bill Dodds' book Pope Bob provides a rare blend of insider humor (Catholicism) and universal themes (alcoholism, loss of faith, purpose in life). As an earlier reviewer wrote, Bill may be the best novelist you haven't heard of--yet. His characters are real, his situations believable and his inherent sense of grace among the flawed (all of us, actually) make Pope Bob one of those memorable reads that stays with you longer than you ever expected. I had it on my bed stand for several nights and during the day, I would find myself thinking about the people and wondering if I could do my bedtime reading in the early afternoon just to find out what happened next. It's both the classic "good read" and a book with a deeper message. I definitely will be reading more of Bill's work.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of hope and redemption May 6, 2011
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This story of an American Pope who "falls" out of the Chair of Peter through a series of alcoholic misadventures might at first glance appear to be an anti-Catholic screed. But nothing could be further from the truth. Pope Bob reverberates with humor, poignancy, and a sense of authenticity, a story filled with flesh-and-blood individuals whom the reader comes to care about deeply. In doing so it transcends being a "Catholic novel" to become a human story of personal redemption. It is altogether an entertaining, fast-paced, and satisfying read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page-turner August 14, 2011
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What a page-turner! And what a marvelous story of sin (the pope's) and redemption (also the pope's). Clearly, the author is a man of faith with a vivid imagination, a zesty writing style, and a love for the Catholic Church.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The idea of a Pope who is an alcoholic is one not often entertained. It's so hard, as a Catholic, to imagine priests, bishops, cardinals, and yes, even the Pope, experiencing this kind of problem. Cradle Catholics who were educated by nuns in Catholic schools are pre-conditioned to believe this could never happen, as students were taught that a Priest is Christ's representative on earth. This book is more about the man, but the fact that he is also the Pope is what brings high interest and drama into the book. It's a story for everyone who ever had a problem with alcoholism, drugs, and just struggling with right and wrong. The writer created believable characters who I came to care so much about. A hopeful book that begins with a Pope hardly in control of his own life, let alone the life of the Catholic Church, that moves on to his life on the streets, where a recovering alcoholic, also a priest, tries to help him. I loved the surprise ending and am looking forward to his next book, and plan on buying his "The World's Funniest Athiest". Reading his books will always be an adventure and I look forward to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read March 21, 2013
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This is one of those easy reading books that doesn't take a lot of time to read, but it's deep and enlightening without the reader sometimes even knowing it. The title sounds funny, but this book goes much deeper than that and the reader is enthralled with the surprise of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I wish Amazon allowed half stars. I enjoyed this story but there were a few plot issues that others have mentioned. The biggest was the huge time without a pope. While such things might have happened in the past, I do not see how that could happen today. I also thought the story dragged a little in the middle. The repeated drinking binges and the early part of the recovery didn't seem quite as real to me as the earlier and later parts. I also felt the ending was too easy given the situation...

That being said I thought that this book told a good, human story. The fact that it was about Catholics was not super relevant to the parts I enjoyed. The idea of good people going bad and recovering from their failings goes beyond any religion. As someone without any religious affiliation I was able to enjoy the story without feeling lime I was being preached at.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pope Bob reminds me of Pope Francis, is that sacrilege? January 11, 2014
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Pope Bob reminds me of Pope Francis, is that sacrilege? I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent book. Mr. Dodds has taken the time to have an understanding of what the homeless go through, and what it can mean to be Catholic. As a retired police officer, I met my share of street people, and believe it is important to realize that they are no different than the rest of us, and deserve our help and our respect. As a Catholic, I often wonder who the heck would want to be Pope? This book explores that. I read it in a day. I was snowed in, but still, that's saying something for me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me laugh, cry, rejoice, and think July 25, 2013
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I downloaded Pope Bob because of its intriguing description and then let it sit on my Kindle for a long time before reading it, but once I started I couldn't bear to stop reading. The characters are interesting, the story is involving and thoughtful. The reader is taken on an emotional journey that quickly passes through laugh-out-loud funny, deeply spiritual, irreverent, fearful, tense, wistful, and shocked (in no predictable order). I was strongly touched by the theme of Divine grace, forgiveness, and love which played such an important part in the story. The author did not impose this on the story, but let it develop naturally through the interplay of characters and events. God is truly a character who never speaks in this story, yet is heard the loudest. I recommend this book for any reader of character-driven contemporary fiction, and especially for those of us sinners known as Christians.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, entertaining, well written, fast-reading.
From the first chapter, you feel as though you are there with Bob/Leo, and the reader is drawn in to the story.
Published 3 months ago by BUCKY
3.0 out of 5 stars Good light read
A good read for a summer afternoon. Kind of an interesting story. Has a lot of filler but easy to skim over that. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R.O'Grady
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not like this book
Did not even read more than a few chapters because I did not like it and the way the Pope was being ridiculed.
Published 9 months ago by Bobbie1963
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at humanity
This is a story about the 1st American pope and he has real issues like a real person. It shows how he ultimately decides to make a stand and show the world that he is a great... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pam M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique (but good) book...
The concept of this book is unique from any other I've read, which made it challenging yet enjoyable! Read more
Published 15 months ago by H. Steele
4.0 out of 5 stars A title grabber
I'm not Cathoilic so I was unsure about the subject matter., but if you have ever met an alcoholic, the story is universal, and the ending unexpected - an interesting group of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Wags
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Gives a different view of being the Pope and has some humorous moments. Wasn't a waste of time to read.
Published 16 months ago by Cathy Burr
5.0 out of 5 stars Really unique concept
I never thought of an American Pope before this. REALLY.

Just like so many of us, he wanted to be good, but just like the rest of us he fell short of the Glory of God. Read more
Published 16 months ago by MAC
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book!
at first, being a Catholic, I was a little concerned about the contents of this book, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the book very much real life. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mary
2.0 out of 5 stars It starts well....
The idea is original and seems funny at first but the developement turns tedious after a few chapters. Second time lucky?
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Bill Dodds has been writing since the age of six when . . .

No, wait. That was printing. And he got Ds in that.

He started writing in . . .

No, wait. That was cursive. And, again, his grades were not stellar.

Ah, but creative writing . . . ! After his blockbuster first novel, "The Christmas Ball" (written in the first or second grade), he . . .

Well, what he did was write only for school assignments and never read ten books from the library for the summer reading program. Ever. No certificate for him.

After he was sent to prison . . .

No, wait.

After he went to boarding school at the tender age of fourteen he started to read more (pre-Internet days and only one non-cable TV set in the entire building) and started to write more.

No, wait.

He had some great teachers in grade school and high school and college who helped him learn how to write, how to write better, and how to write professionally.

He has cranked out a lot of books, like making so many pounds of sausages.

No, wait.

He is a prolific writer.

Ooh. That sounds good.

Stop here, Bill.

Stop, stop, stop.

No wait.

Buy some of his books.

Good.

Now stop.

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