SECRET CARDINAL by Tom Grace - SIGNED FIRST EDITION BOOK
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Inspired by true events, masterful storyteller Tom Grace delivers his most provocative novel yet. In The Secret Cardinal,
ex-Navy SEAL Nolan Kilkenny returns in an adventure that races from the
grandeur of the Vatican across the vastness of Asia, ultimately
involving China, the Mafia, and the conclave of cardinals that will
elect the next pope.
When 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.
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 relentlessly toward an unexpected and unforgettable conclusion.