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The Last Pope Paperback – July 28, 2009
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Three decades later London journalist Sarah Monteiro receives a letter that insists Pope John Paul I was murdered and the attempts to kill his successor were from the same conspiratorial group who also killed Sweden's Prime Minister Olof Palme. However, Sarah assumes this is a hoax worth checking into, but soon believes the accusations are true when several attempts to assassinate her occur. Due to the grace of God she lives, but fears her days are numbered in single digits.
Conspiracy fans will relish the constant power struggle within the highest levels of the Catholic Church. Luis Miguel Rocha builds his exciting story line upon the underlying premise that Pope John Paul I was murdered. The look back to behind the scenes shenanigans by the competing Cardinals in 1978 is fascinating whether one accepts Mr. Rocha's assertion or not. The present scenario with Sarah on the run is more action-packed, but not quite as interesting as three decades ago is. Still thriller fans will enjoy THE LAST POPE wondering how acrimonious poisoning politics even enter the selection of who will wear The Shoes of the Fisherman (by Morris West).
The Last Pope is a very fast paced mystery, with rapidly changing scenes and multiple characters. Prepare yourself for a thrilling suspenseful ride, filled with dangerous enemies lurking in shadows and a heroine facing danger without being able to recognize her enemy.
Beginning the novel we are introduced to Albino Luciani, a healthy sixty six year old man who, against his wishes, was elected Pope. Thirty three days later, as John Paul I, he was dead. Within twenty four hours, Albino Luciani's body was embalmed and his apartment throughly cleaned. Could this Pope have been assassinated?
Although this novel is not a historical, The Last Pope is an exciting novel. Using a few actual events, the story suggests that the Pope was killed to cover-up financial and possible mafia activities inside the Vatican.
Twenty eight years after the death of John Paul I "evidence" was sent to a journalist who suddenly finds herself running to avoid professional secret agents resolved to destroy the information and to do anything to silence anyone with knowledge of Vatican activities before and since John Paul's papacy.
The death of the Pope occurs near the beginning of the novel, which keeps the reader in suspense during most of the book. Was the Pope actually killed? Who could avoid security and perform the murder undetected? Why accept the assumption that a healthy man died of a massive coronary without warning? What could be a motive?Read more ›
In The Last Pope, a mysterious, coded list is sent to an unsuspecting journalist, Sarah Monteiro, who quickly finds herself hunted by the members and minions of a secret society bent on recovering the document. It turns out that this document is linked to the death of John Paul I. So, interspersed with the thriller aspects of the modern-day events, are chapters that take us back to 1978 and before, to events in the life of Alvino Luciani both before and during his short time on the Chair of St. Peter.
As a novel and as a thriller, I find Mr. Rocha's book to be rather ordinary. It follows many of the typical genre standards, with its secondary character corpses, long, ridiculous chase scenes, professional killers who continually fail to kill their amateur target, and a few minor mysteries that are uncovered rather easily. On the other hand, the historical scenes centered on John Paul and the events leading to his death, are quite well done and much more interesting.
In fact, I think Mr. Rocha might have been much better off simply writing a non-fiction piece about what his research has uncovered about the death of John Paul I--what he sees as the facts, what his speculations are, because this is really the only interest in this novel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next onePublished 1 month ago by Sussy E. Morehouse
Like others, I (a fan of Vatican and Dan Brown-esque thrillers, dumb as they may be) ignored the negative reviews and read The Last Pope.
Wow. Just wow. Read more
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 12 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 19 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 19 months ago by culchavulcha
Outstanding, Great read. The end is incredibly surprising.Published 23 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 24 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 on July 5, 2014 by Donna