To Kill The Pope: An Ecclesiastical Thriller (Lisa Drew Books)
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Titel: To Kill The Pope: An Ecclesiastical Thriller...
Verlag: Scribner, US
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In May 1981, in the middle of a motorcade in St.Peter's Square, Gregory XVII, the beloved but often controversial French pope, is shot three times at close range. The would-be assassin is quickly caught and identifies himself as Agca Circlic, a Turk belonging to an Islamic terrorist group. But the recovering Gregory XVII, who has both deep faith and a philosophical turn of mind, is not satisfied, and sets out to discover who really wants him dead. He contacts Tim Savage, an American Jesuit and a former member of the CIA, who soon discovers that the plot to kill the Pope originated not in the Middle East, but close to home...TO KILL THE POPE is a fictional treatment of the real-life assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. In the course of researching his acclaimed biography of the Pope, Tad Szulc uncovered details about the presumed conspiracy that he was reluctant to reveal, out of deference to his sources, details that could have proven disruptive to the Roman Catholic Church. This information, including actual CIA testimony before United States Senate committees, the Agency's internal reports, and findings by Italian courts and Interpol, forms the basis for a shocking thriller that sheds new light on a key event in recent history.Review:
Tad Szulc, a veteran foreign and diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times--as well as the author of a critically praised biography of John Paul--has better credentials than most thriller writers to decipher the truth behind the 1981 attempt by a Turkish national to assassinate Pope John Paul II. In To Kill the Pope, Szulc draws a veil of fiction over the actual investigation into the assassination attempt, which was instigated by the Vatican after the Italian government and worldwide intelligence services dropped their inquiries. While the author stipulates that the characters in the book are composites of actual persons, he also says that many are pure invention, which confuses any reader who might attempt to separate fact from fiction. Some of Szulc's fictional trappings are minor quibbles, like renaming Pope John Paul II "Pope Gregory" and making him a Frenchman rather than a Pole. But readers may be left wondering whether the blame the author affixes to a band of right-wing French Catholics, disturbed by the increasingly liberal tone of the Holy See after Vatican II, is an accurate appraisal of what really happened in 1981.
Szulc's protagonist is an American Jesuit scholar named Tim Savage, whose wartime CIA service in Vietnam prior to his vows makes him a logical choice to carry out the investigation. Already based in Rome, Savage is an expert on Muslim history and theology. Since speculation about the actual assassination attempt indicated the possible involvement of Muslim fanatics, Savage is doubly blessed with the right stuff for the mission. Although he receives his assignment directly from the Pope's private secretary, his investigation leads him to suspect that Monsignor de Sainte-Ange was deeply involved in the first attempt on the Pope's life, and is ready to try again. Savage's meeting with the excommunicated French archbishop, whose followers seek the destruction of the Mother Church, is the raison d'être for a fascinating excursion into the role of heresies in the Catholic religion. But the growing affection he feels for the nun assigned as his control, and the ensuing affair between them, is a less interesting diversion. Szulc is in command of his facts; one wishes he'd told this story in a more straightforward way, without the clumsy artifices apparently required to protect his sources in the church hierarchy. --Jane Adams
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