The Secret Cardinal

The Secret Cardinal

by Tom Grace

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 Chinas 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.

Filled with fascinating detail about the history, politics, and people of China and the Roman Catholic Church, and the clever advanced technology and weaponry that have become hallmarks of a Tom Grace novel, The Secret Cardinal charges relently toward an unexpected and unforgettable conclusion.

  • Series: Nolan Kilkenny Thriller
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.73
  • Pages: 345
  • Publish Date: September 25th 2007 by Vanguard Press
  • Isbn10: 1593154569
  • Isbn13: 9781593154561

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The star of the novel is the Chinese cardinal, who is loved by all the people, whose lives he touches.

This is like Tom Clancy meets Catholic...how have I never read Tom Grace before? I'd highly recommend it as both an applicable read as we prepare for another conclave and a good book for the "fun reading" quotient.

This is a novel that i like me for several reasons 1 I like much more the Espionage, or the spy thriller style Frederick Forsyth, Daniel Silva, Tom Clancy, David Baldacci,Graham Greene,Bruce Marshall, John Le Carre, and Nelson de Mille (i will read soon). This kind of novels was defined by the spanish writer Juan Manuel de Prada https://www.goodreads.com/author/show... in his novel "White blackbird, black swan" https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... He reminded me classics as "The Cardinal" by Henry Morton Robinson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... and "The death of the Pope" by Piers Paul Read https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6... although the English catholic writer Piers Paul Read describes in the line of Graham Greene, Anthony Burgess and John Le Carre the trying of a terrorist attack in a Pope Conclave, and also the figthing between the traditionalist and the modernism theological the progressive. Not all we can become Morris West, that in their novels "The shoes of the Fisherman" and "Eminence" https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... In "Eminence" Morris West hit the Saint John Paul II death conclave, althouh he commited a small mistake in this novel an aregentinian cardinal Rossi yield the Fishermans shoes to a progressive pope inspired in the cardinal of Milan Martino, but in the real life Bergoglio yield the position to Benedict XVI. A same coclusion purposed Louis de Wohl in his biographical novel about Saint Francis Xavier "Set All Afire: A Novel of St. Francis Xavier" https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4... 1 Una de ellas es porque cada vez me gusta más la novela de espionaje, o thriller estilo Frederick Forsyth, Tom Clancy, David Baldacci, Graham Greene, Brce Marshall, John Le Carre, Nelson de Mille (al que leeré muy pronto). Aunque hay una pequeña corrección la Iglesia Católica a penas se opuso a la teoría de la evolución a diferencia del protestantismo y la Iglesia Anglicana, por lo que esa minicrítica que lanza Grace no tiene lugar. De todas formas, si que se podría ser criticó con Darwin, y con el Darwinismo en cuestiones, como el intento de intentar una sociedad en la que sólo se reprodujeran los más aptos un modelo propuesto por Galton. 3 El conocimiento de Grace sobre el Vaticano es tan amplio, que podría ser contratado como guía del Vaticano. 4 Las intrigas vaticanas, por conseguir ocupar la silla de San Pedro, o el trono del pescador están muy bien hechas, y resueltas con todo esta novela puede compararse a clásicos como "El Cardenal" de Henry Morton Robinson, y "Muerte de un Papa" de Piers Paul Read, aunque en el caso de Read lo que se describía era un intento de provocar un atentado en un cónclave en una línea más cercana a Graham Greene, y John Le Carre, y también la lucha entre el sector tradicional, y el modernismo teológico integrado por unos cardenales progresistas. 8 También y esto es una de las cosas que más me gusta, y es que Grace a diferencia de Hollywood y ciertas democracias europeas tiene bien claro, quienes son los buenos, y quienes son los malos, y escapa del relativismo actual. 9 Por último aunque se equivocase en los pronósticos al fin y al cabo es difícil tener la capacidad de predicción de Morris West en las "Sandalias del pescador", y "Eminencia" dónde Morris West acertó con la llegada de un Papa Eslavo (de hecho Cyril Lakota tiene mucho en común con Kung) y en "Eminencia" fue capaz de predecir el conclave a la muerte de San Juan Pablo II, aunque se equivocó por apostar por un Papa progresista (un milanés inspirado en Martino), ya que el Cardenal Bergoglio cedió para que llegase al trono de San Pedro Benedicto XVI. En esas ideas estaba yo, que soy un amante de Asia (particularmente de Japón, aunque me gustan mucho también Corea del Sur, China y Vietnam). Tiene defectillos, quizá sea un poco lo que los españoles denominaríamos una americanada, y la trama de los mafiosos es demasiado Padrinesca (Padrino III, más que de las novelas de Puzo), y también a la novela "El invitado del Papa" de Vladimir Volkoff, pero es que todo se compensa, porque me lo pase como un enano.

This is the first Tom Grace book I've picked up, and - fair warning - I did so because I heard the guy call in on Limbaugh's show. At about 350 pages, this was a very quick read; Tom Clancy would have at least doubled the page count for a similar plot.

The ailing and beloved Pope Leo meets with ex-Navy Seal Nolan Kilkenny to share his concerns about a imprisoned catholic priest in China.

Kilkenny is hired by Pope Leo XIV to upgrade the Vaticans computers (on the surface) but is really hired to go to China to rescue the aged Bishop of Shanghai from a prison. Kilkenny assembles a group of SEALs with Chinese backgrounds and features to undertake the rescue mission. Only the head of Vatican Intelligence, Cardinal Donoher, and the Pope know of Kilkennys mission.

Tom Grace is the bestselling author of the Nolan Kilkenny series of adventure novels, and an architect in private practice.