by Declan Finn
As the head of Vatican security, Giovanni Figlia must protect a new, African Pope who courts controversy every other day. The Pope's latest project is to make Pius XII, "Hitler's Pope," a saint. Things haven't gotten better since the Pope employed American mercenary Sean Ryan.
Then a body fell onto the Vatican doorstep.
Soon, a pattern emerges-- people who go into the Pius XII historical archives are dying. Each time, a priest has been in the background-- a priest close to the Pope. One of the victims was an al-Qaeda operative, drawing Scott "Mossad" Murphy of Israeli intelligence to Rome.
Now, Ryan, Murphy and Figlia must join forces to unravel the mystery around the Vatican, as even the man Giovanni is supposed to protect looks like a suspect. To get out of this alive, they must discover if Hitler's Pope was a Nazi collaborator, or a pious man.
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?
My Review: October 2013 ~ Review Copies ~
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First, I would like to thank the author Declan Finn for giving me this book for an honest review. This is a very well written mystery and I kept turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next, there was quite a bit of action and the story has a lot of research invested in the story. Some of the chapters had some info at the end of those chapters pointing you to blogs for info on a specific subject introduced or expounded on in that chapter. I felt that those could have been added at the end of the book as it was a bit of an interference of keeping ingrossed in the story, when your told to go look up actual data on the subject or where you can do so, just should have been at the end of the book not the chapters. I am looking forward to Declan's next book.
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