Robert Harris Conclave Interview

Robert  Harris’s new thriller is set in a conclave. He talks about his love for the Vatican, his respect for the Pope, and how the Gospels left him ‘stunned’ As unseasonable October sunshine streams through a window high in Covent Garden, Robert Harris, the genial and welcoming author of Conclave, has every reason to be […] Read More

Book Review: The Fifth Gospel

Here is a review of Ian Caldwell’s bestseller, The Fifth Gospel, which I posted at Amazon.com some two months ago.  The Fifth Gospel is a complement to my earlier review of The Franciscan. Both are “Catholic” novels. The Fifth Gospel is an intelligent, erudite thriller that held me in suspense for the first 80% of the […] Read More

Book Review: The Franciscan

Partly because of my theological background, I was asked by the publishers to provide an honest review of The Franciscan, a religious suspense thriller by WR. Park. Written some fourteen years ago, the plot revolves around a fictional Pope Francis (from the Franciscan order) who attempts to introduce revolutionary reforms into the Catholic Church and who […] Read More