Conclave

Conclave

The Pope is dead. Behind 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 election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth....

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Title:Conclave
Author:Robert Harris
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:B01AND3ILG
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:287 pages pages

Conclave Reviews

  • Cheri
    Apr 30, 2017

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

  • Grumpus
    May 16, 2017

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

    My first Harris book. *sighs* Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then pos...

    A Balancing Act Robert Harris has always excelled in writing historical novels in the manner of a thriller. They have succeeded because of his seriousness of purpose, his sensitivity to character, and his eye for detail. Also, I would suggest, because his subjects have mostly been c...

    4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10. Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me. ...

    Many years ago, my brother and I saw a play called Hadrian the Seventh, which was based on a book by the same name. The gist of the story is that two members of the Roman Catholic church visit a pathetic Englishman whom failed at becoming a priest; they make him a priest and take him b...

    never thought that a book about choosing the next pope would make me as Shooketh as i currently am, but it did and i am. what a great way to start 2018 fhahdakkadjadsdkf anyway i'm too Shook to write a proper review but let me just say that if you think a book about choosing the ...

    Tense, clever, unusual - extraordinary. On the rare occasions when I put this book down, I couldn't stop thinking about it. ...

    I liked it, even though it really wasn't all that exciting. It does have a certain level of suspense that made it difficult to put down for very long. It?s predictable, but then the uncertainty is there right until the last few pages. I?ve given this book 4 stars despite my feelin...

    "L'unica guida alle azioni di una persona pu essere la sua coscienza, perch nella nostra coscienza che sentiamo pi chiaramente la voce di Dio". Morto un papa se ne fa un altro... tra colpi di scena, uno pi assurdo ed incredibile dell'altro! Anche se solo un romanzo, ques...

    This is only the 3rd book among 784 read to go on the "Field-of-dreams" shelf. Remember the movie, Field of Dreams? When it was over, I was left wondering what happened. I had to have my wife explain it to me. I don't want to be left with an ambiguous ending. I spent the time reading i...

  • Blair
    Sep 26, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

  • The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
    Dec 31, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

    My first Harris book. *sighs* Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then pos...

    A Balancing Act Robert Harris has always excelled in writing historical novels in the manner of a thriller. They have succeeded because of his seriousness of purpose, his sensitivity to character, and his eye for detail. Also, I would suggest, because his subjects have mostly been c...

    4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10. Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me. ...

    Many years ago, my brother and I saw a play called Hadrian the Seventh, which was based on a book by the same name. The gist of the story is that two members of the Roman Catholic church visit a pathetic Englishman whom failed at becoming a priest; they make him a priest and take him b...

  • ☮Karen
    Dec 28, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

  • Annet
    Nov 05, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

  • Dem
    Nov 25, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

  • Blaine DeSantis
    Dec 03, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

    My first Harris book. *sighs* Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then pos...

    A Balancing Act Robert Harris has always excelled in writing historical novels in the manner of a thriller. They have succeeded because of his seriousness of purpose, his sensitivity to character, and his eye for detail. Also, I would suggest, because his subjects have mostly been c...

    4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10. Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me. ...

    Many years ago, my brother and I saw a play called Hadrian the Seventh, which was based on a book by the same name. The gist of the story is that two members of the Roman Catholic church visit a pathetic Englishman whom failed at becoming a priest; they make him a priest and take him b...

    never thought that a book about choosing the next pope would make me as Shooketh as i currently am, but it did and i am. what a great way to start 2018 fhahdakkadjadsdkf anyway i'm too Shook to write a proper review but let me just say that if you think a book about choosing the ...

    Tense, clever, unusual - extraordinary. On the rare occasions when I put this book down, I couldn't stop thinking about it. ...

    I liked it, even though it really wasn't all that exciting. It does have a certain level of suspense that made it difficult to put down for very long. It?s predictable, but then the uncertainty is there right until the last few pages. I?ve given this book 4 stars despite my feelin...

    "L'unica guida alle azioni di una persona pu essere la sua coscienza, perch nella nostra coscienza che sentiamo pi chiaramente la voce di Dio". Morto un papa se ne fa un altro... tra colpi di scena, uno pi assurdo ed incredibile dell'altro! Anche se solo un romanzo, ques...

    This is only the 3rd book among 784 read to go on the "Field-of-dreams" shelf. Remember the movie, Field of Dreams? When it was over, I was left wondering what happened. I had to have my wife explain it to me. I don't want to be left with an ambiguous ending. I spent the time reading i...

    J muito se tem escrito sobre o Vaticano, sobre a morte de Papas e todas as polmicas que envolvem padres e cardeais na Igreja Catlica. Mas este novo livro de Robert Harris incide sobretudo sobre o conclave, o ritual que sucede a morte de um Papa e que dar lugar a outro. Reali...

    To quote my dearly departed father, "Well, that was a humdinger!" And Conclave certainly was all that for me. As we all know, reading is personal and I am not about to tell you that Conclave is the greatest book of the year, the most well-written book I have read, but when it comes to ...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Nov 26, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

  • Maria
    Jan 09, 2018

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

    My first Harris book. *sighs* Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then pos...

    A Balancing Act Robert Harris has always excelled in writing historical novels in the manner of a thriller. They have succeeded because of his seriousness of purpose, his sensitivity to character, and his eye for detail. Also, I would suggest, because his subjects have mostly been c...

    4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10. Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me. ...

    Many years ago, my brother and I saw a play called Hadrian the Seventh, which was based on a book by the same name. The gist of the story is that two members of the Roman Catholic church visit a pathetic Englishman whom failed at becoming a priest; they make him a priest and take him b...

    never thought that a book about choosing the next pope would make me as Shooketh as i currently am, but it did and i am. what a great way to start 2018 fhahdakkadjadsdkf anyway i'm too Shook to write a proper review but let me just say that if you think a book about choosing the ...

    Tense, clever, unusual - extraordinary. On the rare occasions when I put this book down, I couldn't stop thinking about it. ...

    I liked it, even though it really wasn't all that exciting. It does have a certain level of suspense that made it difficult to put down for very long. It?s predictable, but then the uncertainty is there right until the last few pages. I?ve given this book 4 stars despite my feelin...

    "L'unica guida alle azioni di una persona pu essere la sua coscienza, perch nella nostra coscienza che sentiamo pi chiaramente la voce di Dio". Morto un papa se ne fa un altro... tra colpi di scena, uno pi assurdo ed incredibile dell'altro! Anche se solo un romanzo, ques...

    This is only the 3rd book among 784 read to go on the "Field-of-dreams" shelf. Remember the movie, Field of Dreams? When it was over, I was left wondering what happened. I had to have my wife explain it to me. I don't want to be left with an ambiguous ending. I spent the time reading i...

    J muito se tem escrito sobre o Vaticano, sobre a morte de Papas e todas as polmicas que envolvem padres e cardeais na Igreja Catlica. Mas este novo livro de Robert Harris incide sobretudo sobre o conclave, o ritual que sucede a morte de um Papa e que dar lugar a outro. Reali...

  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 19, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

  • Susan Johnson
    Jan 14, 2017

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

  • Dan Thompson
    Oct 10, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

    My first Harris book. *sighs* Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then pos...

  • Kate
    Sep 09, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

    My first Harris book. *sighs* Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then pos...

    A Balancing Act Robert Harris has always excelled in writing historical novels in the manner of a thriller. They have succeeded because of his seriousness of purpose, his sensitivity to character, and his eye for detail. Also, I would suggest, because his subjects have mostly been c...

    4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10. Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me. ...

    Many years ago, my brother and I saw a play called Hadrian the Seventh, which was based on a book by the same name. The gist of the story is that two members of the Roman Catholic church visit a pathetic Englishman whom failed at becoming a priest; they make him a priest and take him b...

    never thought that a book about choosing the next pope would make me as Shooketh as i currently am, but it did and i am. what a great way to start 2018 fhahdakkadjadsdkf anyway i'm too Shook to write a proper review but let me just say that if you think a book about choosing the ...

    Tense, clever, unusual - extraordinary. On the rare occasions when I put this book down, I couldn't stop thinking about it. ...

  • Matt
    Nov 03, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

  • Emma
    Jan 23, 2017

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

  • Bart
    Oct 08, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

    My first Harris book. *sighs* Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then pos...

    A Balancing Act Robert Harris has always excelled in writing historical novels in the manner of a thriller. They have succeeded because of his seriousness of purpose, his sensitivity to character, and his eye for detail. Also, I would suggest, because his subjects have mostly been c...

    4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10. Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me. ...

  • Jaidee
    Nov 23, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

  • Paul O'Neill
    Jan 22, 2017

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

  • Mandy
    May 31, 2017

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

  • Andy
    Dec 17, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

  • ☙ percy ❧
    Jul 09, 2017

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

    My first Harris book. *sighs* Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then pos...

    A Balancing Act Robert Harris has always excelled in writing historical novels in the manner of a thriller. They have succeeded because of his seriousness of purpose, his sensitivity to character, and his eye for detail. Also, I would suggest, because his subjects have mostly been c...

    4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10. Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me. ...

    Many years ago, my brother and I saw a play called Hadrian the Seventh, which was based on a book by the same name. The gist of the story is that two members of the Roman Catholic church visit a pathetic Englishman whom failed at becoming a priest; they make him a priest and take him b...

    never thought that a book about choosing the next pope would make me as Shooketh as i currently am, but it did and i am. what a great way to start 2018 fhahdakkadjadsdkf anyway i'm too Shook to write a proper review but let me just say that if you think a book about choosing the ...

  • Cathrine ☯️
    Dec 28, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

  • TS Chan
    Jan 31, 2018

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

  • Jody McGrath
    Nov 11, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

  • Antonio Rosato
    Jan 11, 2017

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

    My first Harris book. *sighs* Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then pos...

    A Balancing Act Robert Harris has always excelled in writing historical novels in the manner of a thriller. They have succeeded because of his seriousness of purpose, his sensitivity to character, and his eye for detail. Also, I would suggest, because his subjects have mostly been c...

    4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10. Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me. ...

    Many years ago, my brother and I saw a play called Hadrian the Seventh, which was based on a book by the same name. The gist of the story is that two members of the Roman Catholic church visit a pathetic Englishman whom failed at becoming a priest; they make him a priest and take him b...

    never thought that a book about choosing the next pope would make me as Shooketh as i currently am, but it did and i am. what a great way to start 2018 fhahdakkadjadsdkf anyway i'm too Shook to write a proper review but let me just say that if you think a book about choosing the ...

    Tense, clever, unusual - extraordinary. On the rare occasions when I put this book down, I couldn't stop thinking about it. ...

    I liked it, even though it really wasn't all that exciting. It does have a certain level of suspense that made it difficult to put down for very long. It?s predictable, but then the uncertainty is there right until the last few pages. I?ve given this book 4 stars despite my feelin...

    "L'unica guida alle azioni di una persona pu essere la sua coscienza, perch nella nostra coscienza che sentiamo pi chiaramente la voce di Dio". Morto un papa se ne fa un altro... tra colpi di scena, uno pi assurdo ed incredibile dell'altro! Anche se solo un romanzo, ques...

  • Linda
    Dec 15, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

  • James
    Oct 03, 2016

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

  • Roger Brunyate
    Jun 19, 2017

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

    My first Harris book. *sighs* Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then pos...

    A Balancing Act Robert Harris has always excelled in writing historical novels in the manner of a thriller. They have succeeded because of his seriousness of purpose, his sensitivity to character, and his eye for detail. Also, I would suggest, because his subjects have mostly been c...

  • Tosh
    Jan 02, 2017

    ?Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.? The Power of God, the Ambition of Men. Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican....

    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30...

    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. H...

    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly 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 pu...

    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late... Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It...

    4.5 Stars I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary?s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember w...

    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I ha...

    4.4? Holy smoke was this a good one. The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books. It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyab...

    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite 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 ago. I'm lucky enough to ...

    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes ...

    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twist...

    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Ev...

    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter ? Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or whi...

    4.5 stars In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the P...

    I have to say, I am rather surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is the story of the election of a new pope, but it is also the story of the men who elect the leader of the Church, and I found it to be a compelling read. The book is told in the third person, but told from t...

    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with t...

    The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read. Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hun...

    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates ...

    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.......

    My first Harris book. *sighs* Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then pos...

    A Balancing Act Robert Harris has always excelled in writing historical novels in the manner of a thriller. They have succeeded because of his seriousness of purpose, his sensitivity to character, and his eye for detail. Also, I would suggest, because his subjects have mostly been c...

    4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10. Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me. ...

    Many years ago, my brother and I saw a play called Hadrian the Seventh, which was based on a book by the same name. The gist of the story is that two members of the Roman Catholic church visit a pathetic Englishman whom failed at becoming a priest; they make him a priest and take him b...

    never thought that a book about choosing the next pope would make me as Shooketh as i currently am, but it did and i am. what a great way to start 2018 fhahdakkadjadsdkf anyway i'm too Shook to write a proper review but let me just say that if you think a book about choosing the ...

    Tense, clever, unusual - extraordinary. On the rare occasions when I put this book down, I couldn't stop thinking about it. ...

    I liked it, even though it really wasn't all that exciting. It does have a certain level of suspense that made it difficult to put down for very long. It?s predictable, but then the uncertainty is there right until the last few pages. I?ve given this book 4 stars despite my feelin...