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If you enjoy reading thrillers, this is definitely one you need to check out – absolutely brilliant!
Title: The Vatican Conspiracy
Series:Marco Venetti #1
Author: Peter Hogenkamp
Published: October 20th 2020
A parish priest hearing confessions never imagined the confessor would be the woman with whom he broke his celibacy vows four years ago or that what she reveals would lead them both on a perilous mission to protect the Pope and Vatican city!
Marco Venetti is an award winning former navy officer who chose to become a priest after thwarting Somali pirates attacking the vessel he and his team were sailing on. This is a well paced thriller, sharing his actions after he learns his former lover’s daughter and sister have been kidnapped to ensure she will work with terrorists. Rescuing her and her family reveals a terrorist conspiracy to kill the Pope and destroy parts of the Vatican which is the start of this page turner thriller. It has a huge range of characters from the Pope to terrorists, a Saudi prince to a CIA sniper and everything in between. The plot involves kidnapping, protesters, murder, terrorists, priests, betrayal, undercover agents and so much more. It is an enthralling, action packed story which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I can’t wait to read more in this new series in future!
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…” Marco Venetti has heard the words thousands of times before. But this is a cry for help, not absolution—and soon Marco finds himself racing against time to foil a conspiracy aimed at the heart of the Vatican…
It is an ordinary day in Marco Venetti’s quiet coastal parish—but the woman who’s come to confess is not ordinary. Marco has always been drawn to beautiful Elena, and she brings news that will shatter his peace.
Elena’s sister and daughter have been kidnapped, to force her to bring a gang of ruthless men into the country—if she doesn’t, her family will be brutally killed. But if she obeys, many more innocents will die… In her desperation she turns to Marco, knowing his time in the military has given him the skills she needs. Determined to protect her, Marco draws on the violent past he has tried to forget.
A terrifying battle on a rocky island offshore leaves no survivors. But after the last man is dead, Marco finds a note on one of the men’s bodies, a map that reveals their ultimate goal: a deadly terrorist attack on the Vatican City itself.
Marco and Elena find themselves racing to reach the Vatican City, and stop the deadly threat against the pope. But Marco quickly realises that his mission isn’t over. Accompanied by a CIA assassin, Marco must prevent a deadly weapon falling into the wrong hands or see a truly apocalyptic outcome. Once more he must confront his own darker nature, and decide whether a man of God can justify going to war…
For fans of Joel C. Rosenberg, Tom Clancy and Steven Konkoly, The Vatican Conspiracy is a non-stop explosive thriller of betrayal, revenge and world-shaking conspiracy.
Peter Hogenkamp was born in upstate New York and attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. (Go Crusaders!) He graduated in 1986 and was exiled to Europe for three years by his premedical adviser, for which he will be grateful the rest of his days. Spending the next three years – supposedly – teaching chemistry and algebra in Salzburg, Austria, he traveled extensively, drank a lot of beer and made many a lifelong friend. In his travels, he found dozens of great places for scenes in a thriller: castles perched on cliffs; monasteries tucked away in alpine valleys; villages built above rocky coastlines; cities soaked in history. When he isn’t writing or hiking with his strong-willed Cairn Terrier, Hermione, Peter practices medicine with his lovely wife, Lisa (who does most of the heavy lifting), hosts Your Health Matters, which airs on cable television, streams on YouTube and sounds off on podcast, and tends to the needs of his four children.
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