Conclave By Robert Harris

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Goodreads Synopsis: The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen 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.

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This was a random pick up at the library.  Since I was catholic when I was a kid I thought it would be an interesting read.  And I was right!

Conclave is an easy read fiction story. It takes you behind the scenes, it gives you the politics, the prayers and the ambition behind naming the new Pope.  The main character is the tired but likable Jacopo Lomeli, he is the Dean and therefore in charge of managing the conclave.  We see the story primarily through his eyes.

As the mystery unfolds I felt like the author did a good job of pacing, and of building up the readers guesses as to who will be the next Pope.  At the end of the story I was pretty sure I knew who it would be, but even I was surprised but the final twists.

This book was a four star read for me. I’d be interested to know if anyone else has read the book, and if so what they thought of it.

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