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Stealing God

by James Green

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The first two thirds of the book are a big improvement on the last book. Was the Archbishop murdered, if so why and by who? Who wants the investigation kept unofficial? Is there really a conspiracy to try and kill the Pope? Does somebody really want to try and control Conclave? While the story sticks to these questions it works just fine, afterall people have tried to kill the Pope before so why wouldn't somebody else have a go.
However the last third is just stupid. The bad guys whoever they might be are not just going to try and kill the Pope they are going to plant a nuclear bomb somewhere in Rome.Two asian students are arrested trying to bring the bomb into Rome. Jimmy however decides that it is not terrorists but instead it is the CIA that is responsible, and their reason for nuking Rome, so that they can move the Vatican to the US.
In the end it turns out that there was no nuclear bomb, although there had been an attempt by a group to obtain nuclear material from China so that they could build one however Vatican intelligence found out about it and I'm not sure what the point of the plot was after that. You've found out about the bomb, you know who was behind it and it wasn't the US why would you then have this whole charade of an investigation and set up these students? ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
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Jimmy Costello, hard-man and bad Catholic is back and he's studying to be a priest. The same corrupt London CID sergeant who was last seen in 'Bad Catholics' at the epicentre of a murder investigation and a gangland turf war is now at Duns College in Rome.… (more)

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