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The Franciscan conspiracy

by John Sack

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This story is set fifty years after the death of St. Francis and follows a hermit monk, Fra Conrad, and a novice nun, Amata, on their journey through the Italian countryside to Assisi, to track down the mystery surrounding Francis' death and the abduction of his corpse by a secret group.

Sounds interesting, right? No, not really.

We listened to most of this audio book on a long car trip over the Thanksgiving weekend, and nothing about it would persuade me to get the actual book and finish reading it. It was mostly about Amata, not the "conspiracy" within the church. It was also obviously written by a man without much concern for character motivation or consistency. ("The girl who was repeatedly raped and abused just did WHAT??")

And the sex scenes! Don't get me started. The description of Orfeo's experience with prostitutes was cringe-inducing, but the ridiculous, detailed description of the wedding night was straight from a cheesy romance novel. I was actually blushing sitting there in the car listening to it with my husband of fifteen years.

Say Something Nice! - OK, the reader was excellent, he pronounced the Italian phrases very well and did a good variety of voices for the characters.
This story was also so long and wordy, our frequent lapses in concentration for navigation, etc. did not make us lose track of the plot - perfect for a long car trip. ( )
  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
Your contribution of this book to the collection whether by Virtual lending or by outright donation to the collection--would be most appreciated!
  societystf | Apr 6, 2016 |
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"A coded letter drives the devout monk Conrad into the bawdy, treacherous society of thirteenth-century Italy. His quest to discover the truth behind Saint Francis' death entangles Conrad in the lives of worldly merchants, scheming clerics, indomitable women, and even Pope Gregory X. Each step tests Conrad's severe morality, his astute mind, and his simple, loving heart." "This richly imagined historical novel not only carries the reader into the lives of these authentic, irresistible characters, but also reveals the plausible truth of Saint Francis' death."."Author John Sack drew on the writings of Francis' contemporaries: the biographies (or Legends) of Francis' life written in the forty years following his death, as well as the chronicles of the wandering friar Salimbene who appears in the novel. The crusades and various Church Councils described in the book refer to historical events. The popes and leaders of the Franciscan Order as well as most of the friars in the story, are also based on real people."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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