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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the aftermath of a critical World War II battle, Father Gaetano is assigned as the sole priest at the Church of San Domenico in the small seaside Sicilian village of Tringale. The previous pastor has died and there is a shortage of clergy at the moment, so until another can be spared, the young priest must say all of the masses himself.

Mass is not Father Gaetano’s only responsibility, however. The war has created many orphans, and thus the San Domenico rectory has been converted into an orphanage that is also his domain. The children are a joy to him, but they have lost so much, many have begun to question their faith and their God, and his attempts to teach them catechism are in vain, until he finds an old puppet theater and an ornate box of puppets in the basement.

Handcrafted by the building’s former caretaker, now absent, the puppets seem the perfect tool to get the children to pay attention to their lessons. But after dark the puppets emerge from that ornate box, without their strings. Whereas the children have been questioning their faith, the puppets believe Father Gaetano’s Bible stories completely. Yet there is such a thing as too much faith. And the children’s lives will never be the same again.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cyndy | 1/13/2014

    " I liked this quite well, and it isn't my usual fare. kind of deep ominous and symbolic, as well as fast moving "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adam Luptak | 12/24/2013

    " Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism is, if I'm not mistaken, the third long-form collaboration between Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, and I cannot help comparing it to their first, Baltimore. This novella was brilliantly written, if not quite as atmospheric. This story is far more concerned than that one with, dare I say, the mundane, but not to its detriment: I found the struggles of a young priest to restore the faith of war-weary orphans perfectly rendered with a share of empathy and realism. For much of the novella, the fantastic elements remain almost out of sight, but the authors have succeeded in creating a sense of foreboding that turns to dread as the shape of the climax becomes clear. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by NVTony | 12/17/2013

    " Just a tad too over the top for my taste. Authors have a good writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by William Mansky | 12/17/2013

    " Not eloquently written, but kind and humane, and ultimately all the more chilling for that. True to Mignola's style, the authors manage to infuse a black-and-white tale with a surprising number of shades of gray. "

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