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St. Peter's Square, Rome.

White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen.

Is it possible that the new Pope...is a woman?

The world is watching as massive crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in history. It's a turning point that may change the church forever. Some followers are ecstatic that the movement reinvigorating the church is about to reach the Vatican, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies who aren't afraid to kill for their cause.

Faith has never come easy for Brigid Fitzgerald. From her difficult childhood with drug-addled parents to her career as a doctor healing the wounded in Sudan to a series of trials that test her beliefs at every turn, Brigid's convictions and callings have made her the target of all those who fear that the church has lost its way - dangerous adversaries who abhor challenges to tradition. Locked in a deadly, high-stakes battle with forces determined to undermine everything she believes in, Brigid must convert her enemies to her cause before she loses her faith...and her life.

Spanning the globe - from the drug dens, high-powered law firms, and churches of Boston to the horrific brutality of a civil war in the Sudanese desert to the beauty, violence, and spiritual enlightenment of the Holy Land - Woman of God is an epic, thrilling tale of perseverance, love, trust, and nothing less than what it means to live in a fallen world.

©2016 James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A high-concept pitch, a potboiler on the page, and a protagonist to cheer for..." ( Kirkus)

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Excellent reader!

This is one of the best female readers I have heard – her inflection and intonation was perfect for each character. About the novel: if readers expect a theological masterpiece, this is not it – it is an entertaining novel. The characters become heroes by simply doing the next right thing… and I appreciated the characters imperfections and doubts. It has been said, "The opposite of faith is not doubt. The opposite of faith is certainty. " These characters had very little certainty about life, but continued to return to a simple dependence on God. I like the direction Patterson and many other authors seem to be heading toward developing characters with morality, maturity, innocence, faith, and simplicity.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Not quite what I am used to from Patterson.

This book was a little depressing as the main character went from tragedy to tragedy in quick succession. I am used to Patterson grabbing me until the end but I could have walked away from this book at any time. Sad.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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My review of Woman of God.

I absolutely loved this book! The narrator did a fabulous part of reading the character of the hero and in the story! I also deeply appreciated how the author dealt with some serious issues within the church today. Because I'm a pastor myself, I hung onto every word. A wonderful listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A Superb Read

I loved the whole story. I listened to it in one setting I couldn't put it down!! It definitely helped me to believe again!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Spell Binding 👏🏻

This book is so well written I was there with Brigette. I am a huge fan of James Patterson and would recommend this read to everyone. My sister will get a copy for Christmas.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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WOW!!!!!! What a great book

I agree with the other reviewers. This book was awesome and I listened to it in almost one sitting. It actually took me a day.
I loved the premise of the book and the narrator was excellent. Stop reading and get the book already. It is well worth the credit and will not disappoint!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Unbelievably Good -

It's been a long time, since I listened to a book that can seamlessly take me from one great story to another - non stop. I listened to it in one day.

It didn't make me a believer but the story was awesome!

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great read! Get it right away!

I usually don't take the time to review the books I listen to, but this story is so good I want to recommend it! Loved the story line and lived the characters! I highly recommend it to those who like Patterson/Paetro and also to those who haven't read their books. Left me feeling good.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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God's Woman

There wasn't anything that I didn't like. I enjoyed it all. I'm not Catholic but I am a Christian. It was interesting to read about possible changes in the Catholic Church. I agreed with most of what the author did.
As always the author did a top rate job. I enjoyed all the characters and how he wove them into the story.
Overall a great read.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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MAUDLIN, WHINY, PRATTLE

This is quite possibly the worst work to date from James Patterson. I have to admit, I started reading his books when I was a teen and was completely enthralled with his colorful style of writing, the in depth character portrayals and wild story lines.

In recent years there has been a great departure from the things that made me love his work the most. This book has pushed me closer to the edge. I will probably read the next Alex Cross book and stick to that series only.

I found Woman of God to be the most annoying, nerve grating read ever. The main character is not likeable at all. She is supposed to come across as this selfless good Samaritan who is disenfranchised by the horrors of the world but instead I found her annoying, impossibly infantile and a downright a hole. I didn't finish this. The last lines I listened to were "I'm turning my back on God and there is nothing he can do to pay me back or win me over again." Now this was followed by a 5 min pontification of how God had betrayed her, crossed her and there was nothing He could ever do to win her forgiveness. Yes, that's an actual line from this book.

Now when you add this unbelievable, impossibly bratty writing with the narrators annoying whiny voice, it all culminates in a cluster storm of over the top DRAMA. Not the good kind. I am annoyed with the narrator, the characters and most of all James Patterson. This would have been better left in the recesses of his mind.

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