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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC (Jan. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162183073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621830733
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,516,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.4 out of 5 stars 48 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Facing the truth April 19 2013
By K. Tini - Published on
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I applaud Fr. Mast for bringing the truth to the forefront and, according to a previous review, one does wonder how much is truth and how much is fiction. I think, at this point in time, we can assume that it is based on truth and as far spread as it assumes. I liken Fr. Mast to his character, Fr. Tim for it takes great strength of character to stand up to what you believe in!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Righteous or Ridiculous? Jan. 17 2014
By Rozsaphile - Published on
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Crazed victim of Irish priestly abuse becomes a serial murderous avenger of her former tormentors, now serving on Long Island. Conscientious Father Tim Cavanaugh, rising churchman, bishop's secretary, scion of a wealthy family, and skilled concert pianist, gets involved in solving the murders and trying to prevent another. Will he fall in love with the red-haired detective (also Irish American) in charge of the case? Will his rich family continue to support the diocese? (You would think that the entire Roman Catholic Church is populated exclusively by Irish or Irish American clergy and laity.) There are some good twists halfway through, when hunters become the hunted. The Gothic climax is surprising and effective.

The style is impossible, but that's not a fatal defect in a thriller. (Bad writing has made Dan Brown a very rich man!) Characterization is more of a problem. The righteous hero has issues with celibacy, but the matter is scarcely explored. Although many abuse victims are mentioned, only one of them becomes a character -- a homicidal psychopath. The priestly abusers are lip-smacking cartoon villains. Abusers and abused both deserved better than this. Still the author is onto something when he depicts the danger and difficulty of digging deeply into the shameful coverup that persisted so long in Catholic episcopal circles. A former bishop's secretary himself, Mast knows whereof he speaks. I just wish he had given some real life to these tortured and twisted souls.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very sad that this happened Sept. 11 2014
By Adrienne Celeste - Published on
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Very interesting and sadly honest insight into the abuse scandal and the hurt that it caused. Well written and suspenseful, hard to put down. Interesting that it was written by a priest. Appreciate the honestly. Very sad that this happened. As in every other walk of life there are sick, evil and overly ambitious people.but we must not forget that the majority of priests out there are good and holy man who are serving The Lord.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! May 14 2013
By Renee - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. Fr. Paul is courageous in tackling scandals in the Church in a fictional story. The plot is very well thought out. I couldn't put it down and finished it late at night. The issue of sexual abuse by trusted priests in the Catholic Church is so sad, and the cover up and lack of compassion for the victims added to that sadness. Fr. Paul gives me hope that there are those within the Church who do truly care about the victims and wish to make things right and make sure these things don't continue to occur. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like murder mysteries as I do.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Price of Suppressing Scandal April 13 2013
By Spirit&Life reviewer - Published on
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This first novel by Fr. Paul Mast abounds in thrills, chills, murders, romance, and conspiracy. As the narration shifts back and forth among the principal characters, each reveals his or her feelings, observations, and plans while the action unfolds in the context of a dysfunctional and corrupt church institution. Drawing on his experience as spiritual director and a counselor to victims of clergy sex abuse, Mast focuses with sensitivity on the families of abuse victims. He shows little sympathy for church authorities who are chiefly concerned to protect the abusers and suppress any hint of scandal. While this book is a work of fiction--there is no diocese of Islip--Mast hopes that it may inspire readers to take action collectively on behalf of all victims, wherever they are in real time.