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Vatican Assassin Hardcover – Nov 13 2009

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good read June 24 2014
By Immman - Published on
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This starts slow, but really turns into a very interesting look at our modern world juxtaposed in the next century. I am also enjoying the entire trilogy. Worth the asking price on kindle
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Gripping April 15 2014
By Liz Koch Cousins - Published on
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I was originally offered a free download of book one from the author. I dove in and honestly found myself REALLY ENGAGED by this book. So much so I opted in and purchased the other 2 books in the trilogy. Great sci fi, great characters. I actually care what happens to BC, and that's rare these days. Great work. :)
Poor story with unsympathetic main character Feb. 20 2015
By Thomas Bender - Published on
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The story was pretty thin. I had to force myself to read the entire book. While the idea of a Vatican espionage unit is interesting (perhaps even feasible), the background story of the OPO was an unfunny farce. Street criminal/reverend from Los Angeles becomes Pope of a reunified church and brings in his criminal body guards/soldiers to be his enforcement unit. The main character is a no-goodnik, former Protestant minister/con-man turned "Catholic" priest who is recuited to be an assassin/murderer for the Pope in the OPO. The chuch loses its religious character and essentially becomes a self-interested nation state engaging in Machiavellian politics. It is implied late in the book that the Pope himself is assassinated, probably in some kind of power struggle. There is a poorly drawn, revisionist parallel with medieval Christianity vs Islam and corrupt Church politics. Don't bother to waste time reading this book. The author has no understanding of theology or ecumenical dialogue/politics. The setting/background is a poorly-written stage on which an unsympathetic main character acts without moral scruples. If the trilogy of stories focused on this unsympathetic main character is meant to be some kind of morality play, the first book fails to interest one in the main character and establish any desire to see where his journey leads. If you want a science fiction work that uses a similar background premise with church reunification, competition among faiths, and an espionage/military/political vibe, find an old copy of Cestus Dei by John Maddox Roberts - it is light years beyond this work in style and sympathetic character development. And Cestus Dei is far more enjoyable than Vatican Assassin.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Book is facinating, I wish they'd make it into a BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE! Feb. 18 2014
By stephen ronning - Published on
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A Dr RECOMMENDED THIS BOOK during one of his speeches/lectures and so I got it and was amazed from the very start at how much of an 'EASY READ' it rolls off the pages as an 'A' CLASS MOVIE.
Do yourself a favor and read this book...Thank you.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Awesome trilogy Sept. 23 2011
By Ryan C. Mercer - Published on
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Alright first let me ask a question. Do you like Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, Robinson, Niven, Hamilton? If you like any or all of those authors and their works, you'll like this series too. A great spacer trilogy that gives you a little of everything you'd want and at times makes you wonder if you are reading some lost work by Clarke, Asimov, or Heinlein but at the same time having a distinct flair that is Mike Luoma. Check this trilogy out, then read past it in the same world with the Alibi Jones stories.

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