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They have rivalsOver the next seventy two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on eart Excellent read It almost felt like historical fiction because there was uite a lot about the traditions of the conclave and also where the outside world is deliberately shut out for the process of electing a new pope it almost might have been set 400 years agoI'm lucky enough to have visited Rome and the Vatican and it really helped me to visualise the setting I also saw a programme about the Borgias and a dramatised version of the Conclave so when I saw this book I knew I would have to read itThis book has plenty of intrigue and thrills and it really kept me guessing It's uite a short book and I found it hard to put down if you fancy a book with a thrill of a different kind this book could be for you 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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Conclave kindle æ Hardcover read Ó horticulturetrader ☆ [Ebook] ➮ Conclave ➭ Robert Harris – Horticulturetrader.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 eGlobe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive electionThey are holy men But they have ambition And 4 solid carefully layered uietly thrilling stars We have all of Mr Robert Harris' novels and I have read none of them When I saw this in the bookstore however I just had to have it I was allowed to buy it on the condition that I start reading it within two weeks of purchase I live with a tyrant but a sweet and generous one After reading this novel I will be certain to read all his others as Mr Harris is an excellent and subtle storyteller He has done meticulous research on the traditions and laws of Roman Catholic Conclave and created an exciting and compelling story of a fictionalized account in the near future Among my agnostic friends and friends that are ex Catholics they uestioned my desire to read this novel I am not Catholic but have learned an awful lot from wise clergy compassionate nuns and monks and have been moved spiritually when attending Old Rites services I have also witnessed the great social justice work that is done by liberation theologians and practitioners in Latin America This is not to say that great evil has not been perpetuated by this huge institution including widespread childhood sexual abuse and the oppression of women sexual minorities and other faiths I digress as usual and will start with a uote from the book Bless you Sister for your generosity I believe my heart is pure But how can any one of say for sure why we act as we do? In my experience the basest sins are often committed for the highest motives This book follows Lomelli a cardinal who has the task of facilitating Conclave as the Dean of Cardinals We follow his investigations into corruption secrets his spiritual struggles and the reflection of his own conscience as he navigates mystery upon mystery of this compelling novel Mr Harris has great skill in painting portraits with very little information and only a few colors to create realistic dialogue fascinating tension and the formation of alliances and the development of schisms Mr Harris does not weigh us down with too much detail but enough to get a crystal clear picture of procedure strategy and ambience He understands politics human psychology and the struggle of the spirit A wonderful and thrilling read I look forward to your Roman trilogy Mr Harris