Conclave

Holy See Trilogy (Volume 1 of 3)

Greg Tobin

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Born and raised in suburban New Jersey, Timothy John Mulrennan has known since childhood a deep and abiding faith in his God and his Church that leads him to a career as a priest-and propels him onto the stage of world events that include the Second Vatican Council, the Vietnam War, and the election of the first Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic church of the third millennium. Along the way he encounters some of the most remarkable characters in contemporary fiction: Henry Martin Vennholme, leader of the conservative lay movement called Evangelium Christi, and Mulrennan's bitterest enemy within the church . . . Rachel Seredi, a beautiful artist from Hungary who falls in love with Bishop Mulrennan and gives him the greatest gift a woman ever could...Cardinal Leandro Biagi, a wily and urbane politician who would be at home in the time of the Medicis and Borgias...and Jaime de Guzman, the Archbishop of Manila and longtime friend of Tim Mulrennan's, the one man who speaks in the American's defense during the divided conclave and who pays the ultimate price for his honesty and faith in God.

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CHAPTER ONE
 
 North Auburn, New Jersey, Christmas Eve 1949
 
The tall, slender boy in a black cassock and white surplice knelt on marble steps before the altar while the priest, whose back was turned to the people kneeling in the pews, bent over the host and uttered the most solemn words of the Holy Mass. The after-scent of incense filled his nostrils and nearly made him sneeze, but he did not allow himself to do so. Discipline. Tim Mulrennan slid his eyes to the left to watch his fellow acolyte, Dennis Connolly—his fourteen-year-old cousin, a freckled towhead

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"Greg Tobin's new novel has all the makings of a prototypical bestselling thriller: murder, conspiracy, sex scandals and political intrigue. . . . Not content with merely spinning a good tale, Tobin . . . weaves historical church figures and events into an engrossing story line crammed with contemporary Christian issues."--The Newark Star-Ledger

"A wonderful book. . . . A beautifully rendered story of faith and devotion, blended with good old-fashioned intrigue and adventure."-Nelson DeMille

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Greg Tobin

Greg Tobin is an award-winning Catholic author of popular fiction and nonfiction. A former editor and senior publishing executive, he is currently a full-time writer. He is a graduate of Yale University. Tobin lives with his wife and sons in South Orange, New Jersey.

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Conclave
Greg Tobin

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Forge Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429981842
ISBN10: 1429981849
464 pages
$7.99
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