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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Grace Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781423349020
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When Ex-Navy SEAL Nolan Kilkenny is invited to Rome to consult on the functioning of the Vatican Library, he is still grieving the death of his wife and son and welcomes the distraction of the seemingly simple assignment. But Pope Leo XIV has a startlingly different task in mind for him. In a private audience, Kilkenny learns of an unreported atrocity committed against the underground Church in China and its link to Yin Daoming, the long-imprisoned Bishop of Shanghai who has served thirty years of a life sentence in a Chinese laogai for refusing to renounce the Church of Rome. The aging pope then reveals the dangerous truth about Bishop Yin, a secret that he has kept for over twenty years. Decades of diplomacy have failed to end China’s persecution of the Catholics loyal to the pope, or to free Bishop Yin. The pope wants Yin free and asks Kilkenny to devise a plan to accomplish this seemingly impossible task. With help from the U.S. president, American Special Forces, and the C.I.A., he assembles a team of ten men and one woman that will use some of the most advanced weapons, aircraft, and computer technology to execute this extraordinary mission. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ritch Yount | 12/22/2013

    " Really different plot and was especially interesting at this time in the history of the church given they are currently electing another one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene Ferland | 12/6/2013

    " Sinister, exciting and nail biting are a few of the words that describe this book. Catholics and those interested in the Chinese people will easily relate to this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 10/9/2013

    " Easy and enjoyable read. The story and many of the things in it are somewhat far-fetched. It's not hard to predict what's going to happen next, but still worth reading if you have nothing else to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Javier | 8/23/2013

    " Its inspiration from true events made it hard for me to put down. Read it in 2 days. Action packed spy-type thriller. Very Tom Clancy like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 8/17/2013

    " It wasn't the greatest book I've ever read. It did have a great ending though. For me, the book focused too much on details that were really irrelevant. I felt like much of the details could have been condensed and the book would have been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blaine DeSantis | 4/2/2012

    " Not a bad book, but rather predictable plot and ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 11/2/2011

    " My new favorite author ... I'm in love! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick F. | 8/8/2011

    " A truly wonderful and informative thriller- masterly written. A very engaging lead character and a facinating look inside the choosing of a new Pope- great read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Holmes | 7/18/2011

    " This is another in a series with Nolan Kilkenny. It is exciting with lots of twists and turns as the story is woven. The book is a good read and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 7/5/2011

    " cried at the end of this one. interesting about the underground Catholic Church in China. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 6/12/2011

    " I likes this. Mystery/thriller. Story about the vatican and the election process of the Pope. Interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 5/25/2011

    " Learned a lot about the Catholic Church in China. A great story line - kept me turning pages until the end! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 1/26/2011

    " Gave up after 80 pages. Stereotypical characters: a folksy US president from Texas (gag me!), a Polish pope, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 1/2/2011

    " I thought this was a good story, kept you on your toes wondering how it was all going to work out. Pretty good, not amazing but a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 12/10/2010

    " I thought this was a good story, kept you on your toes wondering how it was all going to work out. Pretty good, not amazing but a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 5/24/2010

    " This is a new author for me. He has a recurring protagonist, Nolan
    Kilkenney, who is an ex-CIA operative, ex SEAL, etc. He is tasked by an
    old friend of the family to rescue a Catholic bishop from a Chinese prison. Pretty good story.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/11/2010

    " cried at the end of this one. interesting about the underground Catholic Church in China. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 3/6/2010

    " It wasn't the greatest book I've ever read. It did have a great ending though. For me, the book focused too much on details that were really irrelevant. I felt like much of the details could have been condensed and the book would have been better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 2/22/2010

    " Sinister, exciting and nail biting are a few of the words that describe this book. Catholics and those interested in the Chinese people will easily relate to this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Javier | 7/2/2009

    " Its inspiration from true events made it hard for me to put down. Read it in 2 days. Action packed spy-type thriller. Very Tom Clancy like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/8/2008

    " I likes this. Mystery/thriller. Story about the vatican and the election process of the Pope. Interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/25/2008

    " Easy and enjoyable read. The story and many of the things in it are somewhat far-fetched. It's not hard to predict what's going to happen next, but still worth reading if you have nothing else to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 11/20/2007

    " Gave up after 80 pages. Stereotypical characters: a folksy US president from Texas (gag me!), a Polish pope, etc. "

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About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.