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The Red Madonna by [Shaughnessy, Michael]
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I am originally from Minnesota and know how to dress in -40 degree temperatures. I have been doing Christian youth-work since I was 19 and was one of the first Catholics to work as Area Director for Young Life. I write a monthly newsletter on youth culture (http://kairos-na.org/YouthCulture_News) and am the International Director of Kairos, a Christian youth program serving those aged 13 to 30. We sponsor high impact retreats, gap years, mission trips, university campus missions. To learn more about the work I do visit (http://kairos-na.org/) I met Pope John Paul II in 1981 during a conference I organized for 600 leaders in the Charismatic renewal, five days before he was shot. I met Yasser Arafat, the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Patriarchs of Jerusalem and one of the Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem during the visit of John Paul II to Israel. I lived for 15 years in Belfast N.I. and London, England, which was where I wrote The Archangel of Westminster. I began writing The Red Madonna in 1998 and had more or less finished it by 2002. I began the follow-up novel in 2003, and hope to finish it before the next conclave. I am also the author of A Concise Catholic Catechism, a contributor to How to be Ecumenical Today, and the creator of iPray – an aid to daily prayer. I am an Elder (leader) of the Servants of the Word, an ecumenical brotherhood of men who live the vows of celibacy, simplicity and obedience. I have visited 26 countries and speak German fluently. I travel about 10 days of the month. My pillow lives in Lansing, Michigan. My vices are golf, pistachios, chocolate and single malt scotch. Someday I will repent of them.

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  • File Size: 921 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GXHW5UW
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Michael Shaughnessy's second novel (and I do recommend his first, The Archangel of Westminster, if you can find a copy) is a well-crafted page-turner that quickly hooks the reader into its `what-happens-next?' plot-line. For the first two-thirds of the book, the situation confronting the priest-hero of the story, Fr. Michael Reilly becomes progressively more dire, and the reader wonders how it could possibly get any worse; which, of course, it unfailingly does. I don't want to spoil the ending, but Fr. Reilly finally triumphs by means of a stunning gambit of humility and integrity.

The real strength of the book, for my money, is its character development - its depth of insight into the sundry and self-contradictory motives of each of the main characters kept me engaged, even more than the plot-line. The Archbishop, stuck between concerns over public perception and pastoral care for one of his priests, and Adelia (the Red Madonna of the title, although by the book's end, it isn't yet quite apparent what, if any, significance attaches to the moniker), caught between concerns for Truth and Compassion, on the one hand, and her own vast ambition on the other, were the most intriguingly-drawn characters, for my part.

If the book has a weakness (and it is far from a fatal one), it is that the `good guys' are REALLY good, and the `bad guys' are REALLY bad - it could seem a tad `cartoonish'. But that doesn't detract from the story itself; as far as it goes, Fr. Reilly gives a strong example of wrestling with his own conscience and choosing the right, even if he might prefer something easier.

The Red Madonna is the first book of a planned trilogy, which is good to know, because there's a lot of `unfinished business' by the end of the book.
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I found this to be a surprisingly, exciting book that kept me up late at night trying to finish since I was not expecting Shaughnessy to display such an accurate grasp on modern day human interaction and thought mixed in with a page turning scandal. Within the first couple of pages I was hooked. Shaughnessy does an excellent job of developing a plot of seemingly, insurmountable odds for the characters to defeat. The book raised a lot of thoughtful, moral questions and left me cheering vigorously for my favorite characters while heartily booing for others. I wish the ending gave me more closure for the characters’ lives but it was an overall excellent read that I highly recommend to anyone.
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This is an awesome read! Enjoyed it immensely.
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Intriguing story that explores dark issues without glorying in them, and that offers some deep spiritual and human insight. Definitely a page turner. The author has a fun and readable style. Well worth the purchase.
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Took me a while to get into the book but when I did I read it fast. Interesting take on the Church. Would recommend this book.
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