A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller (The Pius Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 12, 2017
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1547196939
- ISBN-13 : 978-1547196937
- Product Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.83 x 7.81 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 12, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,857,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recovered documents from the camps that had not previously been sorted began to be analyzed and more efforts made at preservation. I had an excellent laugh at the joke that even a pizza could not be ordered without reams of paper being used. It does well raise questions how papal efforts against Hitler might have been made with little documentation. The role that Pius XII played was already under debate then.
This exciting book combines many snippets from history with good action and adventure- and it kicks it up a notch.
Personally, I can readily believe that the Pope was righteously enraged at the public compromises made to save the refugees. Acting as an enraged Italian nobleman with means, it is not outside the scope of my imagination that he might have tried to strike back. I would expect better results from such an effort, though as this novel aptly portrays, much can me difficult to manage amid chaos.
Great thought provoking read.
If you are a fan of Clancy, Lee Childs or Jordan Vezina you might just have found your next juicy read!
1) This novel is outside of my normal preferred reading genre, but since I am in an author's group with the author I decided to give it a try. I do like historical fiction but this really is more in line with a modern spy novel/James Bond kind of thing. My forte is Fantasy/Sci-Fi, so some of the things I will note may be perfectly normal for the genre.
2) If I was rating the novel honestly I would have given it 3.5 stars, but given the choice of 3 or 4, I felt it deserved more than 3.
That being said, here were what I saw as pros and cons in the novel:
1) The author has excellent skill in telling stories and is very detailed in his action sequences. While I felt there may have been a bit too much granular detail in the battles for my personal taste, I felt they were well within the bounds of the genre and did not detract from the overall story.
2) Excellent research on history. While once or twice I felt it was a bit "info-dump"ish, for the most part he wove the facts into the tale very well so it was both an interesting adventure as well as educational historically.
3) I felt most of the dialogue was well done, and although the cast of characters were hard to keep track of initially, they distinguish themselves fairly early on and he did a decent job of developing the characters as individuals.
1) Probably the most irritating thing about the book was the author's violation of the fiction writer's prime directive, i.e. the establishment of a "willing suspension of disbelief". The goal of a fiction author is to draw the reader out of their world and into yours. He did that masterfully, but then at the end of most of the chapters, he forcibly ejected the reader out of his world by putting in a "for more details on XXX see XXXblog.at..." That completely penetrates the "fourth wall" and destroys all the authors work to draw the reader into the story. Had those end of chapter notes been assembled into an appendix or something, that would have really helped to keep the reader inside the story.
2) One pair of characters I found had pretty forced or unbelievable dialogue and interactions. Without putting forth a spoiler, I will just say that by the end at least something of the "oddness" was somewhat explained by the story, but I found while reading it that I dreaded every cutaway to these two characters as all the rest of the dialogue and characters were believable and natural but this pair just was so odd as to distract me from the story. I think to some degree that may have been intentional with these two, but still might have warranted a bit of smoothing out to make the difference not quite so jarring.
3) This last one is probably one of those things that is normal for the genre but for me was hard to swallow. So many of the characters are like super-ninjas in this book. It is almost comic-bookish in their fighting escapades, like watching one of those "over the top" kung-fu movie fights. Again, for spy novels that might be the norm for the genre, and I know in fantasy/sci-fi we can get a little outlandish with the fight sequences, but if this was supposed to be a real-world setting, the abilities of several of the characters strained the limits of credulity for a non-fantastical story.
All in all, weighing the pros and cons, I would definitely recommend this book, especially for someone who is a fan of James Bond, modern spy type novels. I found it a refreshing change of pace from my normal reading genres and I think the author has potential for a great career in writing.
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One is that everyone dresses in black, except the Pope. EVERYONE. From official police to spies to security consultants to random person in the street, when they want to look inconspicuous, they tog out in top-to-toe black. There are such dark colours as navy, brown, dark grey, charcoal - this is part of what gives the book the feeling of being written by a very young man, or at least based on a story written back when he was a very young man, because for teenagers Black Is Cool. Everyone also has the same colour hair and tend to be on what even I (a shortarse myself) consider the titchy side, which means Mr Finn has to rely on Anime Eye Coloration to make a particular character stand out as easily identifiable.
Second is that everyone is spying on and lying to everyone. This may make sense in terms of the plot, but it makes it very aggravating when half of the mystification could be cleared up if the Pope just told his Head of Security the darn truth. And it's not accidental, the Pope is consciously and knowingly withholding valuable information. This annoys me because it is not plot-necessary, it is simply for the purpose of creating mystery.
A more skilled writer could find a better way to handle this, but as I have said, it's plain this is a maiden effort by Mr Finn. I hope I'm not sounding unduly harsh; what this work needed was an editor to point out the above (e.g. NO DRESSING IN BLACK UNLESS THERE'S A VERY GOOD REASON, AND WALKING THROUGH ROME IN THE DAY TIME IN BROAD DAYLIGHT IS NOT A GOOD ENOUGH REASON).
It's not a terrible book but it's not particularly great, either. The ending, when I get there, will very much determine if I stick with the rest of this trilogy or not. Mr Finn, you better pull off one heck of an ending!
This is author Declan Finn's second novel and it is an improvement over the first with better editing and formatting as well as a bit more focus. If he keeps up this path I can only hope to see what he does next.
Wie gesagt, ich hatte den Überblick verloren und wollte nicht noch einmal von vorne anfangen. Die Geschichte behielt bis jetzt die Spannung bei und ich würde schon gerne wissen wie es weiter geht und wie alles aufgelöst wird.
Bei der nächsten Lektüre werde ich mir ein Personenverzeichnis anlegen und darin auch die Beziehungen einzeichnen.
Wer das kann wird das Buch verschlingen.