Conclave

Conclave

eBook - 2016
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The Pope is dead.

Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and twenty Cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election.

They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals.

Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2016
ISBN: 9780735272668
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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heavenne
Jun 19, 2017

What didn’t sit too well was it was one thing after another with the surprises. First it was this guy. Then the other. Oh, can’t forget this guy either. We already elected the pope? No wait here’s another monkey wrench. It was just too much (by the end I was screaming out: “Just give him the papacy and let’s go home. This is getting ridiculous”.) Some parts were spaced out but it just felt too much. However, good on the author to make sure all the loose ends were tied together. Nothing was left unanswered.

I liked this book but it would have been better without all the extra bits and pieces here. It needs more intrigue and plotting within. It’s what makes it so much better. Otherwise, it was a short quick read and worth it. Just remember this is an alternate history of events.

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writermike
May 09, 2017

Harris is a versatile writer of historical and contemporary political thrillers. He shows his mettle yet again with "Conclave," an engrossing and suspenseful account of the process involved in the selection of a new Pope. The surprise, twist ending, however, strains credulity, and is very distinctly a "deus ex machina" contrivance, appended perhaps for its shock value, or to make a statement of some sort. Nothing wrong with that, if the author can make it work. Here, it doesn't, and the novel suffers for it.

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mxg123
Apr 21, 2017

This book was a major disappointment.

The implausibility of its ending conclusion did it for me. Like most comments on here I was caught up in its reading, with all the voting on the next Pope, and then it all fell apart on the discovery of the real identity of the elected Pope. I mean how could this individual go through life, become a priest, a bishop, etc, with the condition he/she had. I just don't buy it, and it brings the story into the totally unbelievable realm of fictional story telling, which I guess that's what Conclave is, but why bring it to a trash level?

I was impressed with the background research and the balance the author portrayed in the deeply religious characters contrasted with more ambitious men in the Roman conclave. And a Canadian turns out to be amongst the corrupt cadre. Glad I happened upon this title in the library recent reviews browser. Fast read and great food for thought.

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jeffreyochsner
Feb 11, 2017

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when the College of Cardinals elects a new Pope? This novel will give you a good idea of the procedures followed, though I think the events in this book are more dramatic than reality. (I bet there is some intrigue in the College of Cardinals, though!)

This book is highly entertaining and a fast read. Enjoy!

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tjdickey
Feb 06, 2017

Harris dishes up a story that might have attracted Dan Brown - Harris is different because Conclave is much better-written, with well-cast and believable characters, showing respect for both strong faith and spiritual questions among them. The ending is on the one hand, well prepared by the narrative, and completely unexpected.

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OpihiMan425
Jan 10, 2017

I found it more than a bit fascinating, being a Christian but not a Catholic. Kept my interest by depicting the workings inside the Vatican of the process of selecting a new Pope upon the death of the current Pope. Even among men that are looked up to and respected for guiding the church and its people, holiness and ambition are in conflict. I liked the usage of Bible scripture by the cardinals and bishops as the story unfolded. The ending was at the same time foreseeable and unexpected.

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SF_READER
Jan 08, 2017

If you're into the pageantry of the Conclave this is for you.
A 3rd world pope and an interesting ending.

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Mizzou71
Jan 06, 2017

Almost to detailed in process and cannon law. Story line does keep one's interest. I good read.

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bfowler
Nov 14, 2016

The first part is very slow but the author manages to skillfully build up good suspense at the end

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SEBoiko
Jun 24, 2017

No one who follows their conscience ever does wrong,...

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SEBoiko
Jun 24, 2017

... cash was the apple in their Garden of Eden,...

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SEBoiko
Jun 24, 2017

He who enters the Conclave a Pope leaves it a cardinal.

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SEBoiko
Jun 24, 2017

No sane man could possibly want the papacy.

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SEBoiko
Jun 24, 2017

Once, God explained all mysteries. Now He has been usurped by conspiracy theorists.

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SEBoiko
Jun 24, 2017

Some are chosen to be shepherds, and others are needed to manage the farm.

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SEBoiko
Jun 24, 2017

..., I'm just an old sinner, no better than you ...

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