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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (April 15 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812590554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812590555
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 11.3 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,186,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Pastor Greeley who in his prime was one of the most widely read novelists around, interesting, detached, open
comical, and an ability to spin a tale. Those love stories and poems and we know so much about him and his beloved chicago and the christian community there that if not for him we would not know the great neglect and injustice this city has been dealt. What other community would take up the cause of so many, who've been given a bad hand, or abused, or rights infringed on and have the decency to write about it in the press..and Pastor Greeley takes up the common rights of christians in their community an ancient saying comes to mind"not that we lord it over your faith,
but we work with you for your joy." That famous quip from st paul admirable expresses what a christian community should be is that what your christian community is, any person who does not ultimately have your joy or well being in mind but is more interested in your obeying a set of rules is sucha person really a christian? This idea and the death of a pope, brings him to Rome and the book is not about organized crime (he finds Rome a safe place and not
murderous as you might think)and why is it we never hear about organized crime in any other country? That too is mass media serving our community? ON the scene at the election of the pope is a large media network, and here we have cable news as it covers the papal election as compard to the scribe who has only his pen, or a much smaller media organization. He eats at less expensive places and does not have all the frills and associations..he is just their to give the god's honest truth.
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By Barbara B. on Nov. 15 2003
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It may be unfair of me to rate and review this book, since I didn't finish it. But the fact that I couldn't get past page 50 or so tells it all.
I've liked some of Greeley's books in the past, but this one was so dull and preachy that I didn't know -- or care -- who was who or what was happening.
The characters were pure stereotypes and the dialogue was as unbelievable as I've ever read. Who talks like that!!!
Life's too short to waste on books you don't really like, so my advice is to pass this one by.
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It is fiction of course. It can not be otherwise for what it contends may happen is IMPOSSIBLE! Many reviewers are upset. Upset perhaps but they should not be worried. The Church is protected by Christ's promise that it will not err. Any person of faith sees this book as FICTION. It is a poor attempt to disguise Greely's left wing theology as fiction. The message to those liberals who find "hope" for their cause in this book: IT AIN'T GOING TO HAPPEN. Recommended reading: "Women Priests And Other Fantasies" Greely and his followers are delusional.
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Blackie, with some electronic help and the assistance of a Black Roman Princesss, prevents some ultra right wing skulduggery in the election of a new Pope. It is a glorious tale by a uneaqualed Irish story teller. That he is a preist, a sociologist, and part of the "liberal wing" of the american church is obvious and may spoil the tale for some. But everything could happen. May God intervene where Blackie can not. In any case you will increase your understanding of Vatican politics and how they affect you, no matter where and how you worship.
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This is the first Greeley novel I have read, though they have all come recommended. As a storyteller he is definitely up there with the best romance writers--in fact I would argue he is better than most sappy romance authors. However, it did take me a good 40-50 pages to understand his jumping from one first-person narrative to the next depending on which character was telling the story, and why he was writing this way. Not a writing style that is widely used.
This book is also a suspenseful mystery, though not as well written in this regard as the romantic. What Greeley does best is give you a good lesson in history, politics and present day sociological makeup up the present-day Catholic Church. Warts and all.
Many conservitive Catholics would probably find this book offensive, though most persons and groups are fictitious (except for Opus Dei, the conservitive Catholic organization). I believe most active Catholics feel that any institution needs to be scrutinized and critiqued. All organizations are run by humans and all humans are fallible. Including the Pope and especially his bishops and cardinals.
Bottom line for this book--it's a decent read, though readers unfamiliar with Greeley's style should be cautious, because it can seem like it is jumping around. It is not the best of mysteries, nor romances, nor even lessons on the Catholic religion--but it could be worse. It is only a point-of-view and not the only one in this universal church. It is a view of what "could" happen and may be close to what might happen during the next conclave. It's entertaining enough as a relaxing summer read, or a quick read on a long plane trip. Though don't ask it to be anything else.
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