Book Review: The Good Pope by Greg Tobin

Article first published as Book Review: The Good Pope: John XXIII & Vatican II–The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church by Greg Tobin on Blogcritics. About: The Good Pope:  John XXIII & Vatican II, The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church by Greg Tobin is a biography of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the Pope. John XXIII is credited with helping modernized the Catholic Church even though he only served as Pope from 1958 to 1963. The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book –to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post. 288 pages Publisher: HarperOne Language: English ISBN-10: 0062089439 My rating for The Good Pope – 4 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic format* More Books by Greg Tobin Thoughts: I wanted to read The Good Pope:  John XXIII & Vatican II, The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church by Greg Tobin because I am very unfamiliar with the Catholic dogma and beliefs. Being brought up Jewish I can also not comprehend the elevated status to the Pope in the eyes of mortal men as well as the whole idea of elevating a man into the status of “saint”. I…

Book Review: The Messenger by Daniel Silva
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / July 2, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: The Messenger by Daniel Silva on Blogcritics. About: The Messenger by Daniel Silva is the sixth novel in the Gabriel Allon series. Allon is an Israeli agent who is more interested in restoring works of art than the world of espionage. 352 pages Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons (July 25, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0399153357 My rating for The Messenger – 4 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic format More Books by Daniel Silva Thoughts: The Messenger by Daniel Silva (web­site) is more of a thriller than the previous five books. The book is quite violent and Allon’s ruthlessness comes out in several highly charged scenes. While I didn’t think The Messenger was the best in the series, it did fill in some missing gaps in the relationships between the characters. As in many book series this one also is a standalone, but it’s always nice to read them in order. I was glad to read about the return of Chiara, Allon’s love interest which we lost in the previous book. I also loved the way Silva wrote the Pope (“the” Pope, not some mobster or terrorist with a nickname), he was approachable and seemed like a good leader. Silva incorporated current events…

Book Review: The Confessor by Daniel Silva
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / June 22, 2011

About: “The Confessor” by Daniel Silva (web­site) is the third installment in the fictional adventures of the reluctant Israeli agentGabriel Allon. 480 pages Publisher: Signet ISBN: 0451211480 My rat­ing for The Confessor — 5 Buy & Save on “The Confessor” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon |Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK Thoughts: As I have come to expect from Daniel Silva, this book is well written, well plotted and the characters are fantastic.  Each book occurs in the Silva universe with recurring characters (from other series) , have several layers of intricacies and thoughts, as well as smaller stories which the reader has to keep track of in the fast pace which the book is told. This novel is also thought provoking – what was the church’s role during the holocaust? We know that no action was taken and the Vatican did open its archives several yeas back to six scholars who found the lack of documentation available astounding (the Vatican vilified the three Jewish scholars without mention of the three Catholic scholars – all of whom came to the same conclusions).  There are a few pages in the end where Mr. Silva touches upon this subject which…

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