Windswept House: A Vatican Novel

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Doubleday, 1996 - Fiction - 646 pages
6 Reviews
The Cold War has ended. The Soviet Empire has imploded. With a scope and daring not possible until now, an unlikely international alliance of top-level political, financial, and religious interests sees the way clear at last to its ultimate goal: the establishment of a single global society. Utopia. With nothing in common but immense power and a towering ambition for still more - with world unity and prosperity as their slogan; with betrayal, scandal, and murder as their ready weapons - these men have the means and the will to capture as their own the perfect global machinery for their plans: the oldest, wiliest, and most stable political chancery in the world. The Vatican. At the vortex of this lethal struggle already engulfing the society of nations stand the embattled Pope, a geopolitical genius whose elimination is the short-term solution to a long-term goal; and two American brothers, Paul and Christian Gladstone, one a lawyer and the other a priest, who appear to be the perfect pawns. One falls prey to the sharp teeth of greed for power. But what the conspirators cannot know is that the other will become one of the Slavic Pontiff's closest allies... or that he will discover the darkest of hidden things at the very heart of papal Rome. From America to Europe to Russia, in broad landscapes and clandestine corridors, a rich and varied cast - presidents and politicos, simple saints and savvy sinners, popes and pope-makers and papal wannabes - clash with each other amid dramatic and sometimes bloody events that will affect the destiny of every person alive today, and every person yet to be born.

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User Review  - Andrew Ziebro - Goodreads

I would rate it 4 stars for the premise and the historical content of the story, even though presented as fiction. Unfortunately the writing is cliched and it moves at a snail's pace which is how I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vicki - Goodreads

I have to admit I was expecting more from this book. It was good from the aspect of mystery and intrigue but I felt the ending was more of a cliff hanger for part two than an ending that ties up loose ends. Glad I finished it but probably wouldn't recommend as a must read. Read full review

Contents

End Signs
1
BestLaid Plans
33
Part Two PAPAL TWILIGHT
297
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Malachi Martin eminent theologian, premier authority on the Roman Catholic Church, and former professor at the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Institute-is the author of such national bestsellers as The Final Conclave, Vatican, The Jesuits, and The Keys of This Blood. His most recent book is Windswept House: A Vatican Novel.

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