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The election of Don Albino Luciani to the papal throne in 1978 threatens the Vatican status quo in this routine thriller from Portuguese author Rocha, his first novel. John Paul I's views on papal infallibility and such controversial subjects as birth control, not to mention his resolve to clean house of those men of God who sullied the Roman Catholic church by financial chicanery with mob links, lead to his murder soon after he becomes pope. In the present-day, London journalist Sarah Monteiro receives a letter implicating the pope's killers. The same shadowy band turns out to be behind the attempt on the life of John Paul II as well as the assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme. Sarah struggles to stay alive and keep the evidence out of the wrong hands amid predictable action sequences and hairbreadth escapes. An author interview at book's end claiming that John Paul I was actually murdered is sure to please conspiracy buffs. (Aug.) ""
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Rocha is not the first author to allege that Pope John Paul I did not die of natural causes 33 days into his reign in September 1978. This blend of fact and fiction centers on papers pointing to the Vatican’s financial involvement in corruption, through the mysterious Masonic Lodge P2, and the new pope’s intent to replace those involved and to liberalize various church positions. In nonstop action jumping between New York and several European capitals, papers revealing the plot—sent by a priest to his goddaughter, a Portuguese journalist—are hunted down by those who fear their exposure, including a corrupt CIA official. The action is so fast, with a rising murder count along the way, that readers need to be attentive to connect dots and follow multiple plot threads (including the third secret of Fatima). Rocha, convinced that the pope was murdered, includes information clarifying which characters are historical. Although the novel is likely to appeal to fans of conspiracy theories and readers of Dan Brown, it sacrifices storytelling for making the case about the death of the pope. --Michele Leber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
The plot presumes that Pope John Paul I, who served for only 33 days before his death, was killed because he was going to clean up vast graft and corruption in the financial arm of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James W. Fonseca
May be it was not a good translation and the writing was better in Portuguese. I found it boring and a few times I was tempted to put it away. Read morePublished 9 months ago by isabel cotarelo
The tale is told around historical people and involves incidents that are real. The characters and plot are fictional, but realistic in a number of ways. Read morePublished 9 months ago by culchavulcha
Outstanding, Great read. The end is incredibly surprising.Published 13 months ago by Dr. Michael E. Fusaro
Reads like "The DaVinci Code." Interesting info about John Paul I death. Do we see a movie coming?!?Published 14 months ago by Kathryn Clare
So little material is available on Pope John Paul I that this text is fascinating. Not only does it provide information about the life of the Pope, his election and his death, the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Donna
Yeah it was ok, I finished it which means I liked it. I think I may have seen it on TV. It felt familiar.Published 17 months ago by Paul Douglas Lovell
This is a work of fiction built around an event that actually occurred. One can see this clearly in that the author's rendition of what happened in the case of John Paul's death is... Read morePublished 19 months ago by John Randolph Marshall