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When Pope Gregoire XVII disappears, and no one claims to have any idea where he could be, speculation as to his whereabouts, safety, and fate escalate, and soon the frantic search to find him spreads from Italy to further afield.
As the tension mounts, The League of Invisible Knights, send Ayden Tanner, an ‘officially dead’ former member of the British SAS, and his team, to find him. However as soon as Ayden arrives in Geneva for his meeting with the Papacy’s Press Secretary Rafael Rabolini, the problems begin.
This is a truly gripping read with a nail biting good vs. evil plot. Khalid Talib in his own vividly descriptive way, takes his readers on a worldwide adventure as Ayden and his team find themselves pitting their wit against a merciless enemy with a devastating plan…
Well written, with amazing characters and an action packed plot, this story will keep its reader on the edge of their seats until the very last page.
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Vatican is supposed to have security and people that work for and protect the Pontiff. The Pope is the main figure for the Catholic Church and no one would expect anyone that works within the Vatican to do anything to cause him harm. But, there are those within every community and walk of life that will succumb to threats, fear, strong arming, greed, money and power when approached in a way that they cannot refuse what I asked of them. Pope Gregoire XVII has been kidnapped. Some surmise that he disappeared without a trace. His safety and life in question, those close to him a panicking and need answers to find what has happened to him but as of late they have come up empty. In order to find him the need to enlist the aid of a clandestine and covert group called The League of Invisible Knights, headed by Ayden Tanner, who according to the world is deceased and a past member of the British SAS along with two others in his team have been hired to find him. With Isabella and Guy Hawks his teammates, they regroup to help find the Pope. Rafael Rabolini is elusive, not always forthcoming with information yet his the Papacy’s Press Secretary and when you meet him you might wonder if what he’s hiding and if he really wants to find the Pope. The impetus behind the kidnapping and the group that took him is called The Sword and they have threatened the Vatican if they do not adhere to their demands or face watching the Pope executed. The Sword is a dangerous terrorist type organization staffed with villains that are dark, dangerous and demonic. The evil that they evoke is deadly and from the Prologue when he hear them talk, realize what has happened to the Pope, hear his voice and listen to his heart this depth defying thriller will give your chills, nightmares and realize the true meaning of evil.
What would you do if you saw a winged dagger fingertip tattoo on a person? What would you do if you knew the person that had it was more than dangerous? Ayden and his team have to combat these foes hoping to save members of the Vatican that are in the crossfire but can they as he and his team uncover a conspiracy right up to the top of the Vatican. But, there is another group hiding behind the scenes and also invisible hoping to gain knowledge about the Pope, trying to work along with Ayden and his team but just what are they after as the author leads the reader and the characters down an intricate and dangerous route. Every step of the way Ayden and his team meet many obstacles and anyone connected to the kidnapping will defy all odds trying to prevent the Pope from being found. Hailstones of bullets bounded the car that they were in as they tried to escape capture. But, another group was in play called The Entity and the man in charge Cavallo proved to be an ally even after he appeared to capture them. Asking who assigned them to find the Pope received vague and ambiguous replies.
Ayden and Cavallo formed an unholy alliance and if they Vatican Cavallo stated did not comply with their wishes they will publically execute the Pope. His organization is called the Entity and they assigned someone called Silver Hair to shadow them making sure they were supposedly safe. But, when two armed masked men in black fatigue clothes appeared will they be able to take them or will someone else be killed?
Christa Braun worked for a newspaper and was ecstatic to get the assignment in Italy to cover the disappearance of the Pope. Her boss Robinson made sure that she would see Demetrious Mallas/aka Ayden when she arrived. Chief Guillaume suggested that she wait until he checked out the situation, mad sure she would be safe and that this was not a set up of some kind. Cardinal Bartolomeo gave her his number and she related that she was doing a follow up on the Pope’s disappearance. Things escalate but not in the right direction when she arrives there and the end result is she should not have gone because someone wanted her silenced but whom? When the news finally comes out that the Pope was kidnapped and that he’s being held they decided to succumb to pressure and the Vatican claimed it was Turkish Islamic Terrorists that had him. They’re demanding the release of Islamic militants held in western prisons and even Israel jails. For some reason they wanted Turkey to be the fall country and be excluded and withdrawn from Nato. The Altimari is the one who created this plan and the Vatican is not a member of the United Nations they have a special observer status. Is Vatican Officials part of this plot? Is this about control? There is someone high up in our government who is behind this and is controlling the events. There are many other players within this complex scheme to take over Europe and control it and rule in a different way. When the Swedish Ambassador and his family are taken Cavallo and his team take action to safe them. Each higher up member of the Church is taken and while Chief Inspector Guillaume and Detective Kugler sat in a cubicle at the squad room giving a statement while Isabelle and Ayden waited for him in the waiting area. The Pope wore the Pectoral Cross and the chain was damaged. Looking at it closer they realized that the dents in it provided a huge clue left by the Pope himself. But, would they figure out what the code said and would this lead them to finding him before it’s too late? Through the mountains of Switzerland, secret passages under Saint Peter’s Basilica, climbing dangerous and hilly terrains of Istanbul, storms, the desert and its dangerous heat in Egypt, deceptions, cruelties and a Dutch Senator named Willem Van Der Hass at the heart of the plot. Turkish Airlines, turbulence that would make your body shake, a sandstorm as the landed on the runway at Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport, luggage falling all over the place and a cabin crew warning passages not to leave their seats. Travel warnings, nothing but essential travel in the Middle East, a driver that was Egyptian named Mahmoud who told them to wait in the airport due to the storm and driving would be dangerous but what happens next will change it all as the driver returns two hours later and the person behind the wheel is not the same man what went into McDonalds and came out. Ayden realizes that their destination was no longer the one they wanted and they would have to some how get rid of this person. But how?
Meeting the soldiers, wanting to arrest them, a sniper’s bullet, bodies down, Ayden and Isabelle went under their vehicle hoping to avoid getting hit and tiny chunks of flesh from their faces, neck, limbs and bodies flew from the bodies of the soldiers that were hit. What author Khaled Talib creates next is right out of a James Bond movie as using disguises, learning harsh realities that Russia was now part of this conspiracy, a man named Benzinger leads the way inside a monastery that but when they arrive and what they learn about the tunnels that lead to several military bases being constructed and submarine pens and underground air bases as the truth behind this heinous plot comes out. What would happen if NATO was dismembered? What would happen if Turkey was the first nation to be dismembered? What would happened since Turkey was being crucified in the papers, on the news and they created their own way of controlling Europe” Guards, guns, cells, filth, stench, and a Pope who is at the heart of the tragic plot but will they be able to save him? Will they get back the money stolen form the bank heist? Mr. Somebody was glad that the mission might be over but Ayden was not he had one more job to do and he was determined to see it through but you won’t believe what he planned? An ending so diabolical, so well crafted, so heart stopping that the reader will feel the impact and jolts. When the world is in trouble and the cause needs to be addressed watch out for those that are invisible, under the radar and realize that there are those whose identity must be concealed, names change to protect them, disguises, camouflaged, assumed names and able to travel unnoticed and undetected in order to protect you they might remain INCOGNITO!
Well crafted novel with characters in this organization both the Entity and the League of Invisible Knights we are hoping the author brings them back together again as Ayden, Isabelle, Guy and Cavallo fight to keep the world save from THE SWORD!
From Ayden's first stop in Geneva to meet up with his crew, trouble hits hard and leaves the Ayden and his crew scrambling to find a leak in their communication network, while eluding both the police and their attackers. Connecting to Cavallo, from The Entity, Ayden, Isabelle and Guy are under almost constant attack. Cavallo's secret office is overtaken and his entire staff killed. The enemy is coming from both the outside and from within the ranks of The Holy See itself. Who is really behind the plot to ignite a Holy War between the Christian and Muslim worlds?
This is a taut, well written thriller that takes us from Switzerland, to the waterways of Venice, the arid desert of Egypt, the hills of Istanbul and the secret passages under Saint Peter's. The sharp, crisp story line never lets the action slow but it also lets us get to know the characters. I really enjoyed the unique twist that the author based this story on and I am looking forward to reading more of his work.
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