Today, I’d like to offer an alternative to the silly Dan Brown junk. Here’s an invitation to read a really good novel dealing with ” a terrorist plot involving blackmail, subterfuge, and mass murder [that] begins to fall into place . . . a plot that could spell disaster for the Catholic Church and the world.”
Death of a Pope, written by Piers Paul Read — and published by Ignatius Press, has garnered praise from all corners. Read has written more than 20 books, including Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, which was turned into a hit movie.
- Peter Kreeft says, “If you love the Catholic Church, you will probably love this book whether or not you love a good story. If you love a good story, you will probably love this book whether or not you love the Catholic Church. But if you love both the Church and a good story, you will certainly love this book.”
- If you don’t know who Peter Kreeft is, it’s time you do.
- Ralph McInery says, “In The Death of a Pope, the versatile Piers Paul Read, who has distinguished himself in many genres, returns to what can be called the ecclesiastical thriller. … To say more would rob the reader of his pleasure. The Death of a Pope is a great Read — in every sense of the term.”
- Ralph McInery, of course, is the author of the Father Dowling Mysteries and 30 other novels.
- Ron Hansen says, “Piers Paul Read has managed to combine sheer storytelling power with great learning and insight about the inner workings of the Church to fashion an entertainment of the highest order. If John le Carré took on Vatican politics, his book of suspense might aspire to be much like this one.”
- Ron Hansen, among other writings, penned The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
You can order the novel — at a 15% discount! — from Ignatius Press. It is also a good idea to ask your local library to purchase a copy for its collection.