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Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits (Volume 1) Paperback – January 22, 2013
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"Conspiracies within conspiracies. This fast-paced thriller doesn't stint on intrigue...enough authenticity and adventure to ensure readers will keep turning the pages."
"Murder at the Vatican, hackers, financial wizards, tax evasion, and political intrigue...we also encounter memory arts, hypnotism, embezzlement, double agents, and psychological manipulation...a good page turner."
"As a financial murder mystery it is very good. [Narrator] Paul Heitsch does an excellent job with all of the characters."
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From the Author
The print edition of Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits was published January 22, 2013.
On February 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the Catholic Church when he suddenly resigned.
Pope Francis, his successor, is the first Jesuit to lead the Catholic Church.
I did not write this novel based on insider information.
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Which, to me, is really a good thing. Janet Tavakoli stated at the beginning of the book that while some places, people, and business/corporations are real, they are used fictitiously in the book, except where documented historical events are referenced. I believe she has put more fact in there than what I originally thought when reading.
Janet is very thorough when describing history, and the Society of Jesus. While some of the descriptions may not be REAL, she made sure we have all the facts and can understand what is going on. Archangels was well written and thought out, and I enjoyed reading it.
Why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5:
1) There were a couple times where I found it hard to get through, it seemed too slow moving for me.
2) I thought it could have used another murder or two, in my opinion the bloodier it is, the better it is to read.
3) While she was great at describing everything else, Janet really didn't go into much detail of the main character, and his family. I feel she should have gone more in depth with them, as I didn't really feel connected to any of them. I didn't feel like I knew them, or care about them, really.
One of the things that I truly loved about the book:
I am usually able to pick up on the foreshadowing and once I meet all the characters, I'm pretty good about figuring out how the book is going to end, who was the murderer/culprit/etc. While reading Archangels, I thought I had it figured out...then with 33 pages left in the book, I thought I'd discovered I was right. ... then a few pages after that, I found I was incredibly WRONG. I love it when books have a twist from the direction I was thinking!
Besides those 3 things, I found this book enjoyable to read and look forward to reading any other fictional books Janet may release. As for the physical book itself, I received a trade paperback (they're taller and usually thinner than the standard mass market paperback). The book was well bound, and the paper was a lot thicker than you usually see in paperbacks. Nice and heavy duty paper, harder to rip, and will hold up better over the years.
This is an excellent story which has taken actual facts and mixed them ever so well with fiction to make a great story. The characters are believable. The story and plot are well written and follow the timeline of the real events well. The main character, Michael, is one you can actually put yourself into his shoes if you are as angry as I am as to what has happened to the Church.
I applaud the author and looking forward to the next 2 books in this series.
I really liked the characters particularly the main character Michael and his wife. They were very well drawn and well developed. The entire story is a good premise. I've seen reviews that said it was like Dan Brown's book. Da Vincey Code but I read that book and I don't think there's a whole lot of comparison other than they both involved a conspiracy within the Catholic Church. This story is fiction based on facts and that makes it much more interesting. I had no idea that the Catholic Church was so involved in finances but I probably should've. After reading this it makes one wonder what else they're up to .
This, her first novel, is about moral decay in the Catholic Church, much of which revolves around complicated financial dealings, which Ms. Tavakoli writes about in a way that helps the reader follow the convoluted process of hiding who has the money (billions of dollars), where it came from and how it was done. A massive shell game of clerics, gangsters, foreign individuals, cartels and banks.
However, it is the the personal story of Michael Visconti and his wife and two sons that pulls the reader into the ride and makes you care. Michael is the head of an elite law enforcement group nicknamed The Specialists, combining the functions of our FBI and CIA. Michael's involvement in the investigation puts his marriage and everyone he loves in danger.
Not all the clergy are bad guys. There are good guys and heroes among them; however, even they display a superiority and arrogance that contains the inherent dangers we see within the Church and how it operates today.
There is an afterward that puts all the historical data into order. I would read it first, if I had it to do again. The plotting is dense, although very fast moving. This is one book I will enjoy reading again to get what I missed the first time.