3 out of 4 stars
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Monsignor Rob Cavalieri heard the deathbed confession of Cardinal Masellis. The Cardinal unburdened his heavy heart. His terror of eternal judgment urged him to reveal his participation in numerous dishonest ventures. The Mafia Cardinal confessed specific details about the death of Pope John Paul I. He spoke about the priceless Coins of Gregorio.
Rob sought out his friend, Michael Prescott, for legal counsel. Michael was an international law attorney. He worked with Rob to determine the veracity of the confession. At the same time, Sienna DiVito, a reporter for the Washington Post, was in Rome. Her assignment was to write a story about this Vatican Scandal. She and Michael meet and a romance develops.
The news of the confession sparked the interest of several groups. The Cardinals, the Cesario mafia family, the press, and the Vatican have all put their hand in the fire. Will anyone come forth as gold to defend the honor of the Vatican? Will the confession uncover the location of the Coins of Gregorio?
In Of Bread and Wine, Edward Izzi addresses the subject of placing trust in a corrupt clergy. The story occurs in Rome and concerns the historical facts surrounding the death of Pope John Paul I. The author manifests an extraordinary knowledge of these events. The writing style and pacing of the story keep you turning the pages.
Michael, as the main character, tells his story from the first person point of view. The remaining sections of the story apply the universal third person point of view. This approach works well and allows the reader to understand the actions of all the characters.
Izzi does a wonderful job of moving the reader through a diverse emotional gamut. There are many scenes to warm the heart. Readers celebrate the romance between Michael and Sienna. An emotional reunion between long-lost family members moves you to tears. These scenes contrast with other spine-chilling images. The treacherous activities of the mafia cause your heart to pound and your blood to chill.
The other main character in the story is the press. Izzi explores the manner in which journalists acquire their material. Readers must judge whether their actions are ethical or self-serving.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The story line, pacing, and research done by the author were excellent. Unfortunately, numerous spelling errors force me to subtract one point. I recommend this book to people who enjoy stories about scandals in the church. This book exposes the temptations power places before even the holiest and most honored among us. This story would also fascinate anyone who appreciates thrillers.
Of Bread And Wine
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