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Monday, June 22, 2009

ARC Arrival: The Death of a Pope by Piers Paul Read

The Death of a Pope by Piers Paul Read

Publisher: Ignatius Press

I received this book from the author and Bostick Communications.

About the book: Juan Uriarte, a handsome and outspoken Spanish ex-priest, seems to be the model of nonviolence and compassion for the poor and downtrodden. So why is he on trial, accused of terrorist activities? His worldwide Catholic charitable outreach program is suspected of being a front for radicals. The trial is covered by Kate Ramsay, a young British reporter, who sets out to uncover the truth about Uriarte and his work. She travels with him to Africa to see his work first hand but soon finds herself attracted to him.

Meanwhile an international conspiracy is growing, one that reaches into the Vatican itself. When the death of Pope John Paul II brings about the conclave that will elect Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, a terrorist plot involving blackmail, subterfuge, and mass murder begins to fall into place . . . a plot that could spell disaster for the Catholic Church and the world.

Piers Paul Read's powerful tale combines vivid characters, high drama, love, betrayal, faith, and redemption in a story of intrigue, church espionage, and an attempt to destroy the longest continuous government in the world - the Papacy. The Death of a Pope races towards an unexpected and unforgettable conclusion. (from the back cover)

About the author: Novelist and playwright Piers Paul Read was born in Beaconsfield, England on March 7, 1941. He was educated by Benedictine Monks at Ampleforth College, York and also at St. John's College, Cambridge. His non-fiction includes Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, an account of the aftermath of a plane crash in the Andes - which has sold five million copies worldwide and was later adapted as the the film Alive; The Templars, a history of the Crusades; and Alec Guinness: The Authorised Biography, a profile of the acclaimed late actor.

His first novel was published in 1966. More recent novels include On the Third Day, A Patriot in Berlin, and Alice in Exile.

Piers Paul Read is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a member of the Council of the Society of Authors. He has also written a number of television plays, and several of his novels have been adapted for film and television. He lives in London. (from the back cover)

The Death of a Pope
Publisher/Publication Date: Ignatius Press, May 2009
ISBN: 978-1-5861-295-4
215 pages

3 comments:

RAnn said...

I hope that one shows up in my mailbox.

Sheila Deeth said...

Oh wow. This one sounds really fascinating. I'd love to read it.

Rebecca :) said...

Hmm...as a Catholic and a book lover I am both attracted to this story and questioning it. There are so many conspiracy theories that surrounded the election of Pope Benedict XVII and I remember the death of Pope John Paul II vividly. I will be interested to see your review on this one, Kristi.

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