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A Pius Legacy: A Political Thriller (The Pius Trilogy Book 2) by [Finn, Declan]
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About the Author

Declan Finn lives in a part of New York City unreachable by bus or subway. Who's Who has no record of him, his family, or his education. He has been trained in hand to hand combat and weapons at the most elite schools in Long Island, and figured out nine ways to kill with a pen when he was only fifteen. He escaped a free man from Fordham University's PhD program, and has been on the run ever since. There was a brief incident where he was branded a terrorist, but only a court order can unseal those records, and really, why would you want to know? After finishing the Pius Trilogy, he is thinking about a little restful liedown ... writing a vampire novel

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  • File Size: 4132 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I7JJI0Y
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By Sue A. Freivald on February 10, 2015
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I read A Pius Man some time ago, so the characters were all familiar and the book easy to roll in to. There were several things I particularly liked about this one. The accuracy of Finn's historical context was a very pleasant surprise and backdrop to the credibility of his premise. If you've read the other reviews, you know this is a passionate defense of the Catholic Church in a hostile world. The differences between truth and not-truth are particularly illustrated in the Pope's defense at his "Trial" before the World Court. If you don't know - or don't care to know - your history, it's still a whale of a good tale.

The characters develop from the first book and throughout this part of the story. Their diversity is highlighted by the other diverse groups that find common cause with our heroes: the men in blue, the Mafia, the IRA - such unlikely and delightful partners in defense not only of the Pope and the Church, but of Truth and Freedom.

There's a lot of fun stuff for the technically inclined as well. A number of my immediate family are in IT and involved in computer security, others are active in shooting sports, and some are military - all sorts of action and adventure and for every taste. Martial arts? Got it as well.

So whether you read for entertainment, or historical context, cultural diveristy, or political perspectives, this trilogy has it all. Enter into the adventure with an open mind and enjoy the ride! Can't wait to see where book three takes us!
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I read the most helpful good and bad reviews before writing my own to see if I agreed with any of the points made.

The good? It is an action-packed thriller set in political circumstances that would seem to take only a nudge or two to actually happen. Humor is also peppered throughout, and I found myself smirking before I knew it. I did find this culture war believable and not at all rushed or imagined. The 2nd book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger - as it should in anticipation of the 3rd entry - and Legacy does wrap up immediate concerns and plot points.

The bad? The details on each weapon can get in the way of the action, which is more targeted towards male readers, of which I am not, so I won't try and nitpick, since it's not really my forte.

I do have mixed feelings on the Pope's trial, which is at the center of the conflict throughout the entire series, and in my opinion, the most critical issue in the series. I found myself glued to every syllable to hear both sides argued to their best. However, I do feel the other side could have been argued better, but I could be wrong since I have no idea how to argue articulately for either side.

But in a media world where every altar boy is a drug dealer, every nun is a nympho, and every priest is a perv, it is nice to finally see Catholics as real flesh and blood people.
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A Pius Legacy is more than a good thriller, although it falls into that category -- this is the thinking man/woman’s thriller. It’s a history lesson blended with wonderful character development and a plot that brings you to a frightening place, at times.
For example, the author, being an expert historian, shows us what happens when an epic battle ensues between good and evil, and how awful it would be if governments turned against a specific religion. (I wondered, at times reading this if he could see the future. It’s happening now.) His explanation regarding Catholic doctrine is skillful, and made easy enough for a part-time Catholic (like me) to understand. The background of religious history is important to the story, and, in my opinion, Catholics and non-Catholics would enjoy the scenes the author depicts, especially in Rome and New York.
The cast of multi-faceted characters from the first book return and each one is intriguing. (Special Agent Goldberg is one of my favorites, but I also love Scott Murphy.) It’s difficult to choose just one favorite because all of the characters are interesting and well-developed, which is one of Declan Finn’s many strengths as an author.
This book is filled with realistic action scenes and a wonderful tongue-in-cheek humor that makes the reader feel the author winking. The understated humor is one of my favorite attributes of this author’s writing. It’s difficult to find anything I didn’t like, but if I had to give him one tiny criticism, it would be that I think men would be more interested in the detailed scenes about shooting, fighting, etc. But if this was a movie, those details would be helpful.
Highly recommend this one for those who want something intellectual, entertaining, thrilling, and well written. Plot, pacing, characters, storyline, nimble humor – all of the ingredients are here for a wonderful read, there’s even a love story simmering in the background!
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In short, it is a fitting follow-up for A Pius Man. This time he's referencing several classics of the spy genre. The pacing is excellent, and the scenes map out beautifully in the mind. I found myself really wishing a movie company would pick this up, just so I could see these maneuvers. Lots of action, and even the info scenes are riveting and add to the tension.

The assault on the abattoir by our Black and Tan friends is particularly classic. Look out for the aptly named presbyters who beat down on a bunch of Belgians. You discover just how fuzzy God was about kneecaps. ;)

The only conceivable complaint is that it ended somewhat abruptly. This is pretty typical for a second novel in a trilogy. Eagerly anticipating the third in the series!
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