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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780385492317
ISBN-10: 0385492316
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 157mm x 36mm)
Pages: 646
Imprint: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Publish Date: 6-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United States

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » The author of Vatican (1986), among others, returns with a mammoth meditation on the troubled state of today's Catholic Church. So troubled, as one of the characters reports to the "slavic Pope" who is the central figure here, that "it's going down." In his opening scenes, surprising for this measured writer, Martin portrays an animal sacrifice straight out of Stephen King, and Lucifer's plan is unveiled: to penetrate the Church hierarchy and eventually the Holy See itself with corrupt priests. They are bent on merging with economic and ethical universalists in the public arena, but their true agenda is the ascension of Satan and the annihilation of humankind. A young American priest, Christian Gladstone, from a place of peace called Windswept House, attempts to reverse these trends in his audiences with the slavic Pope; his twin brother, a lawyer, is embroiled in the impending new world order. They are light and dark, but, curiously, the slavic Pope is gray. He as much as anyone stood against Stalinist forces in Eastern Europe, but at a cost to the private message of faith and redemption the Church always has symbolized. But, while he himself has secularized the Church, his personal faith is deeply traditional. He seeks a revelation from an aged nun who participated in the Marian manifestation at Fatima. Can she tell this weary old man when Jesus will return? Does he have the strength for one last battle, as Lucifer stands poised to become Pope? Slowly, indeed, Martin's passions - and his agony over the dire straits of his faith - build into a deeply felt moral crisis. Martin is a close associate with Pope John XXIII, and his knowledge of Vatican politics is extraordinary. He pauses just short of the Apocalypse, but should find readers among Catholics and many evangelicals. Too slow-moving, and too specialized, for everyone else. (Kirkus Reviews)


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