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A Pius Legacy: A Political Thriller (The Pius Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : January 8, 2018
- File Size : 552 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 293 pages
- Publisher : Silver Empire; 2nd Edition (January 8, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B078R9MKL4
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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!
And this novel does it in the best way possible - a Tom Clancy parody!
OK, seriously, this novel isn't meant to be a parody, but all the tropes that you would find in a political thriller are there. An international conspiracy, intense action, sudden plot twists, too many characters to keep track of - yet they are also so over the top you have to smile at the exaggerations. Also, while most political thrillers have a fairly realistic this-could-happen scenario, the one in this book sounds far too absurd to be taken seriously. (Well, until you come to the Poe's Law epilogue.)
Now, of course, every political thriller serves as an author tract, and this is no exception. But while most make the flaw of turning their villains into straw men, this story inverts that cliché. The arguments given against conservative Catholicism are based on actual arguments that intelligent, educated people make, and the counterarguments not only directly address these claims, but are also grounded in facts and reason.
Thus, what I took away was a story that isn't meant to be taken seriously and a checklist of reasons why right-wing Catholics are not as bad as their haters say. That may not have been the author's intention, but that's what I got out of it.
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!