The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth. ...
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I liked it, even though it really wasn't all that exciting. It does have a certain level of suspense that made it difficult to put down for very long. It’s predictable, but then the uncertainty is there right until the last few pages.
I’ve given this book 4 stars despite my feelings about the very end, which I found to be ridiculous and just too unbelievable. I was half expecting the outcome, but the twist was just too much. Besides which, I had begun to have a high level of respect for one of th ...more
I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember when my younger brother was baptized in the Episcopal church, where we went until I was in my early teens. I didn’t know until I was 24, when my godmother mentioned it to me, but I did spend a bit of time inside the Catho ...more
One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Every bit and still felt so real to me.
I have read other books about the Conclave so I had the basics down but Harris made it sing in a way that other books haven't. The grind, the boredom, the endless task of followin ...more
My first Harris book. *sighs*
Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then possibly, it would have been a more thorough and engaging book.
The thinking man’s thriller writer writes a thriller which surely will have no thrills?! Will it be thriller or not? Everything points at thriller, I mean what could be more thrilling than a group of pensioners deciding on who should next lead them in a state of delusion?
That being said, this was a great read. Things started slowly enough but there are over 140+ people getting together so the usual setting up of the situation and introductions of people means for a bit of info dumping until ...more
never thought that a book about choosing the next pope would make me as Shooketh as i currently am, but it did and i am.
what a great way to start 2018 fhahdakkadjadsdkf
anyway i'm too Shook to write a proper review but let me just say that if you think a book about choosing the next pope sounds boring you are Extremely Very Wrong
Harris returns with another remarkable novel of historical fiction, turning his narrative to the present as explores a highly pious and political event. THE POPE IS DEAD! This startling piece of news makes its way to the ears of Cardinal Lomeli in the early hours one October morning. Heading to the apartment of the Holy Father, Lomeli is met by a small group, who confirm the news and begin the prescribed acts required when the Vatican is without its Supreme Pontiff. As the news becomes public, L ...more
Tense, clever, unusual - extraordinary. On the rare occasions when I put this book down, I couldn't stop thinking about it.