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Conclave kindle ò read Ë gwairsoft ê ❮Reading❯ ➸ Conclave Author Robert Harris – Gwairsoft.co.uk The Pope is deadBehind 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 electionThey are holy men The PopeThey have rivalsOver the next seventy two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on eart 44★ Holy smoke was this a good oneThe blurb tells you what you need to know I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other booksIt was compelling fascinating intelligent and that ending Did not see that coming Most enjoyable Next

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Globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive electionThey are holy men But they have ambition And 45 StarsI was baptized Catholic my mother raised in the Catholic faith my father converted so they could be married in St Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria Virginia My older brother was also baptized Catholic not that I recall either of these events but I do remember when my younger brother was baptized in the Episcopal church where we went until I was in my early teens I didn’t know until I was 24 when my godmother mentioned it to me but I did spend a bit of time inside the Catholic church growing up with one neighborhood girl who enjoyed “sneaking” in to light the candles This wasn’t all that strange considering that even though it’s probably a mile walk the woods behind my house backed up to the Catholic Church property It’s 200 am when Cardinal Lomeli is hurried through the dark walkways of the Vatican to the Pope’s bedroom whispering prayers as he hastens to his side begging for his life to be spared Memories of their last talks flood his thoughts as the elevator slowly rises ”Later Lomeli would look back on this as the moment when the contest for the succession began” The Pope was gone before Lomeli arrived at his side and he is grieving not wanting to face the responsibilities that are now facing him He is the Dean of the Cardinals and as such it is his job to make sure that he is on top of everything involved in the Conclave the transition from the now deceased much loved Pope to the newly elected Pope to be It must be handled flawlessly the entire world will be watchingOne hundred and eighteen Cardinals from all over the world gather for this process the College of Cardinals voting over and over until there is a clear choice This was fascinating to me I had only read the first 20 pages the day before but I could not put this book down once I picked it up again There are some hints that perhaps some of the Cardinals are favoured than others to rank higher in the number of votes but the process is such that it gives you a perspective that can’t be attained with only one vote such as in the US Presidential polls As each voting “round” goes by the votes are counted for each Cardinal Behind the scenes of each vote though there is enough scheming and maneuvering to make your head spin Would the leading three Cardinals in position maintain their positions? Which one of them would be the next Bishop of Rome the Pope? This is a truly fascinating novel with writing that just flows effortlessly from page to page leaving the reader to focus on this fictional peek behind these lives lived beyond our sight peeling back the layers of sins the secrets the mysteries of these livesHarris had the privilege of visiting these locations not available to the public to facilitate his research It shows in the lovely details he gives of the process the location the traditions day to day life and dedication involved This really helped to bring this to life for me Recommended

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ConclaveThe Pope is deadBehind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the Harris returns with another remarkable novel of historical fiction turning his narrative to the present as explores a highly pious and political event THE POPE IS DEAD This startling piece of news makes its way to the ears of Cardinal Lomeli in the early hours one October morning Heading to the apartment of the Holy Father Lomeli is met by a small group who confirm the news and begin the prescribed acts reuired when the Vatican is without its Supreme Pontiff As the news becomes public Lomeli is tasked with preparing for the highly publicised though extremely secret event known as The Conclave As Dean of the College of Cardinals Lomeli must organise the election of the next pope which is only a few weeks hence During the intervening time the funeral must take place and Lomeli handles sundry pieces of Vatican business ahead of the papal election As cardinals arrive from all over the world to cast their ballots Lomeli wrestles with a few issues surrounding cardinal electors including one Cardinal Tremblay the Vatican Camerlengo its temporary leader a French Canadian who was apparently removed from all positions the night before the pope died As if this were not enough to occupy his time as 117 confirmed cardinals have arrived for Conclave a mysterious figure appears and makes he known that he too is a cardinal eligible to choose the next pontiff Vincent Benitez Archbishop of Baghdad was appointed a cardinal in pectore 'in the heart' and was known only to the recently deceased pope and God Seeing the documentation and meditating on this oddity Lomeli grants Benitez access to the Conclave and the preliminary events commence Even before being seuestered into the Sistene Chapel there are a few front runners for the position all of whom seek to solidify their supporters before the voting begins Tremblay stands firm that he can speak best for the Catholic Church being a North American without being from America; Bellini the current Secretary of State from Italy served the last pope well on the world scene and can continue with his liberal outlook in directing the Church; Adeyemi a cardinal from Nigeria seeks to lead the way for the Third World and present the Church with its first black pontiff; and Tedesco Italian and pining for a return of a fellow countryman to the Throne of St Peter who will also remove the impediments that Vatican II ushered in keeping the faith pure and the language of the Church eually so These four men vie as best they can before cardinals place their minds in God's hand to help them cast their ballots Once the Conclave begins Lomeli must continue running it by the strict orders laid out in the Apostolic Constitution which includes specific rules and processes While the outside world is left to wonder what is going on receiving only the most minimal of news in the form of curling smoke from a chimney inside the Sistene Chapel there is much politicking Lomeli uncovers great issues with two of the front runners whose power dwindles as the Dean uses the Constitution to keep the Conclave on track As the ballots mount surprises continue and not even an act of terror can stop the cardinals from choosing the new Catholic leader Voting continues until one cardinal receives the proscribed two thirds of the votes which seems almost impossible until impassioned speeches before the eighth ballot Lomeli is on the verge of witnessing history but even then there is one surprise that no one saw coming The Catholic Church is set to change dramatically though its congregants cannot know how deeply divided its upper echelon has become over a single decision From the embers of the deceased pope comes the cry the world has waited to hear Habemus papam We have a Pope A thought provoking thriller that keeps readers glued to the page until the very last sentenceThis is a brilliant piece that pulls together the most political event in the world far exceeding the election of an American president and this is from a non Catholic The intricacies and nuances with a Conclave are enough to drive any historian or political fanatic mad but to create one in a piece of fiction is surely an even onerous task Harris develops a wonderful collection of characters to serve as cardinals and support staff though he promises in his author's note that none are based on actual people Using these multi dimensional individuals the narrative moves in interesting ways to enrich the story the further it advances using Lomeli as the central protagonist throughout From what I know of Conclaves and the rules surrounding them Harris has used everything at his disposal to create momentum in the most interesting of spots without dragging things out too much or weighing the story down in a constitutional miasma Tackling the fallibility of each cardinal the struggle between man and God the views of the outside world and the highly political event that is electing the Supreme Pontiff Harris delivers a thriller that far exceeds any expectations and does so in under three hundred pages Weaving dramatic interactions into the storyline the reader is left to cheer on their favourite cardinal in hopes that he will obtain the magic eighty votes I cannot think of a novel that churned up so much political excitement in me or so flawlessly depicts this highly secretive event as a Conclave Readers of all political and religious stripes will surely enjoy devouring this piece which reads so fluidly and is timeless in its presentation that it could be read over the years without losing any lustreKudos Mr Harris for entertaining educating and keeping the reader guessing until the very end I cannot think of a better novel to read to contrast and compare with the circus of the upcoming US General ElectionLikehate the review? 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