The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth. ...
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The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read.
Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hundreds of years. I also had the opportunity to visit Vatican City which gave me a greater appreciation of the power of the Church, which is evident from the awe-inspiring and jaw-droppingly beautiful sovereign state in ...more
A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope.
I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I had to step outside for comfort zone and give it a try and what a enjoyable and interesting read it was. It's one of those books that quietly sucks you in and you just keep turning the pages.
Conclave, as its title title ...more
4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10.
Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me.
I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember when my younger brother was baptized in the Episcopal church, where we went until I was in my early teens. I didn’t know until I was 24, when my godmother mentioned it to me, but I did spend a bit of time inside the Catho ...more
It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates come to the fore, have their hopes dashed, and/or are scuppered by scandal. Like the author's Cicero novels, Conclave takes a world that seems distant and rarefied to most and aligns it with the sort of rivalry and ...more
Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with the running and management of the Conclave. With 117 (?) Cardinal electors, emotions run high as support is given to individuals and taken away as secrets are discovered. Will politics or the Holy Spirit guide this ...more
Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.....
As for the review..... I cant really say much at all as it would give a lot away perhaps even inadvertently so. I would even encourage you to avoid any reviews on the book at all! So a few brief thoughts/observat ...more
Like other Robert Harris books I have read I really enjoyed this one. Harris seems to write in two different styles - A fast action packed page turner that keeps you intrigued until the end but you can read it all quickly in a session or two OR a very detailed built up plot that at times can draw out but still weaves a great story and a thrilling end. Conclave is the former version, much like Pompeii if you have read it.
Within the first pages, we find the Pope dead so already we know we are on a ...more