Greg Tobin – Fiction
Praise for Conclave
"As a new Catholic I was skeptical of a non-clerical author writing about the Vatican but Tobin's superior knowledge of the church hierarchy put me at ease immediately. The story captures your imagination from the very outset. The pace of the events propels you swiftly onto the world stage of Roman Catholic power. This novel competes exceedingly well with any bestselling thriller. Fascinatingly, the story weaves fiction and historical fact into: murder, conspiracy, sex scandals, and politics with exquisite timing and intrigue. A very good read!"
--Charlie Courtois, Newsvine blogger & retired executive search CEO
"A wonderful book, Conclave is a beautifully rendered story of faith and devotion, blended with good old-fashioned intrigue and adventure. The pope is dead and Greg Tobin takes us behind closed doors of the Vatican to give us a surprising look at how the next pope will be chosen. Not only does Tobin write well, he writes with passion and knowledge, and we know we are in good hands as he guides us on our journey."
--Nelson DeMille, #1 bestselling author of Lion's Game
Editor's thumbnail sketch of the story
"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 hungry 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 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.
GREG TOBIN, now at Seaton Hall University, is a former editor of the Catholic Advocate, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark. In addition to his novels, Conclave and Council, both for Tor Books, he has written non-fiction studies of the papacy: Selecting the Pope, a history of the papal elections, and Holy Father: Benedict XVI, Pontiff for a New Era, biography. A former book publishing executive, he lives in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife and sons. He is at work on his next novel and non-fiction book.
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