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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of Enigma and Fatherland turns to today's Vatican in a ripped-from-the-headlines novel and gives us his most ambitious, pause-resisting thriller yet - where the power of God is nearly equaled by the ambition of men. 

The pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 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 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth. 

©2016 Robert Harris (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Roy McMillan takes full advantage of the opportunity to display his range. While not strictly miraculous, his transformation of Cardinal Lomeli, the protagonist, from dispirited to Spirit-filled is most certainly charismatic.... McMillan's performance is a triumph, as is the book itself." (AudioFile)  

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Amazing

Excellent. I read a review that someone couldn't put it down and I couldn't imagine how a book on conclave could be unputdownable but I could NOT put it down. The twist at the end was brilliant causing me to write my first review ever

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Solid Catholic Historical Fiction

A solid, fascinating, positive work. However, it seemed the story was almost too predictable, and the novel was framed mostly to explain the rites and rituals of the Conclave. The story was a means, not the end. If I was going to summarize it, I'd call it Catholic HISTORICAL fiction.

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An unusual mystery

The pope has passed away. A conclave must be convened to appoint a successor and Cardinal Lomeli is responsible for organizing it. Almost immediately things begin to go wrong.

Conclave is the latest thriller from the reliable pen of Robert Harris. It has an unusual premise and I was worried that the static environment and the level of detail might overwhelm the narrative. As it turns out, I need not have been concerned. Harris has done his research, but he does not allow it to overwhelm the narrative, which is pacy and engaging throughout.

Roy McMillan gives a slick, dynamic reading, skilfully navigating a large international cast of characters. The book ends well, and though the final twist is improbable it is bizarrely satisfying. A good, solid story, well told.

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Extraordinary

I have read a number of Harris’s books. I was surprised by the topic of this book. Most of Harris’s books have been about either Ancient Rome or World War II. This book is about the catholic church selecting a new pope.

The book kept me reading until two a.m.; then I started reading again as soon as wakened. The book is well written and researched. I find I enjoy the way Harris writes and his beautiful prose. Most of Harris’s books have a theme about the inevitable corrupting effects of power; this book is no exception. The book is about the current times as the last part of the book definitely reveals. Harris is a master storyteller. I am looking forward to reading more of his books. I highly recommend this book.

The book is just over eight hours. Roy McMillan does an excellent job narrating the book. I enjoyed listening to his voice. McMillian is an actor and audiobook narrator.

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Heresy!!! Not for devout Catholics!

I overlooked several doctrinal issues with the story along the way, but was appalled when the final moments of the story revealed grave heresy!! I am so disgusted!! If you're a devout Catholic, do yourself a favor and keep looking for your next read.

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Bad ending

I enjoyed the storyline but the ending is an insult to Christianity especially the catholic church

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Excellent book, spoilt by its ending.

Excellent story, excellent narrator. The story had a excellent flow and wonderful balance of real details and literary drama. Unfortunately I felt it had one plot twist too many. I found the ending unbelievable.

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Excellent Concept Weak Execution

The plot was brilliantly conceived but was too "neat" in the way all the puzzle pieces fell together at the end. A surprise ending is more successful if looking back at the story, it could be anticipated. In this case, the ending came from left field.

Narration was excellent though the dropped volume at times made it difficult to catch all words.

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Great story to the very end

Loved the twists and turns that reflects the church that I have come to know.

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Another great Robert Harris novel

Well plotted, great word pictures, quick, educational read. Unlike most novels, this author knows how to write good endings. Reader was good, but alas, not John Lee.

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