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Vatican Knights [Kindle Edition]

Rick Jones
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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While on a visit to the United States, Pope Pius XIII is kidnapped by a terrorist cell calling itself the Soldiers of Islam. If the United States and its allies do not meet their demands, they will execute the pope. So when FBI Specialist Shari Cohen is called to duty to track down the terrorist cell responsible, she learns that she is not alone. Deep behind the Vatican walls a secret order dispatches a clandestine op group of elite commandos known as the Vatican Knights. Their mission: bring the pope back alive. As Cohen and the Knights work in tandem they uncover a White House conspiracy involving high-ranking members on Capitol Hill. When she begins to get too close to the truth about the pope’s kidnapping, she becomes the target of indigenous forces trying to keep the conspiracy safe. However, in order to get to her they must go through the Vatican Knights.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hive Collective; Second Edition edition (9 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098QJPD0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,255 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
As I write this, Muslims all over the world are calling for Pope Benedict's head on a pike for simply quoting from an historical text, a fact which suddenly makes the premise of Richard L. Jones' debut novel, The Vatican Knights, much less far-fetched than it would have seemed even a couple of months ago. In the story, a group calling itself the Soldiers of Islam kidnaps the pope and several members of the Holy See on American soil, holding the pontiff ransom for a set of geopolitical demands that the United States government could not possibly agree to. With the powers that be in Washington concentrating predominantly on the public relations disaster the incident most certainly is, the pope's very life comes to fall in the hands of a committed FBI agent and a super-secret force of Vatican commandoes charged with bringing the pope home safely. But, and this is a very big but, things are not truly as they seem here, as the truth itself is well hidden behind a shroud of deception, subterfuge, and evil intrigue.

I really liked the concept of the Vatican Knights. We're not talking about the Swiss Guards ostensibly charged with security at the Vatican. The Knights are a super-secret group of hardcore commandos completely unknown to all but the pontiff and less than a handful of Vatican officials - which makes perfect sense, since the Knights are sometimes called upon to kill in situations where violence cannot be avoided. Most of the Knights were groomed from childhood for this role, but their leader, Kimball Hayden, is different. A former commander in the US's own covert Force Elite, his service to the forces of good is borne of the guilt he feels over the things he did as an assassin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very more ish! 11 April 2013
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I am so glad I stumbled upon Rick Jones and The Vatican Knights. Fast paced book that left me breathless at times. Couldnt put it down and have now downloaded the next 3 to my kindle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. 14 Oct. 2013
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I love the idea of secret societies and "grail hunt" based stories, so I thought I'd give this a try. My main quibble is : if the Vatican Knights are supposedly a secret group under direct command of the Pope, why do they march about the place in a bizarre mix of combat gear and priest's "dog collar", with a militia type beret and badge all on display? And why does no other resident within the Vatican not notice their uniform? That aside, the story is well-structured and apart from the odd editing errors I found it an easy read. The central character Kimball Hayden is a man trying to work his way through to forgiveness and peace of mind, so the story revolves very much around this personal dilemma.There is plenty of action, no love story and an interesting perspective on the author's view of the importance of the Roman Catholic Church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 18 May 2013
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Highly Recommended ebook - personally I love stories associated with Vatican and the internal workings of this religious dynasty. The author has produced a work of real fiction, causing me as the reader to be engrossed in the story and how it develops. PLEASE BUY - it's great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Las Vegas? 8 July 2014
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From the text of Vatican Knights: "In that Blair House was not available, the pope was housed at the governor's mansion in Annapolis near the vice president's residence at the naval observatory."

Church dignitaries--not staying in hotels--are housed at the Vatican Embassy which is near the vice president's residence at the naval observatory in DC. They are not housed in Blair House or other governmental residences.

In that the `naval academy' is in Annapolis, probably led this author to assume the `naval observatory' is also in Annapolis. Not so. The governor's mansion is an hour's drive from the naval observatory which is in Washington DC.

A bit like an author setting a story in London and placing Buckingham Palace in Brighton Beach. One cannot say for sure, but there is enough of these slips to suggest the author has never been in Washington DC. He certainly has never been to Annapolis.

This would not be a major problem if the location of the `pope' at various times in the story was not so critical to its plot. But, it is.

In Las Vegas, the Eiffel Tower is near the Empire State Building. But, this book is not set in Las Vegas. It is set in Washington DC.

These inaccuracies are much more jarring to the narrative than `sentence structure and misuse of words' so often cited by nitpickers which are more a product of Elizabethan vs. Anglo-Saxon English and the mishmash Americans/Canadians/Australians make of the English language.

I was struck by the similarity of this work of `fiction' which involves Vatican cardinals and the FBI to the `true crime' bestseller
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First time I have read anything by Rick Jones, it does start rather slowly but soon hot's up and towards the middle of the book I could not put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 21 Jun. 2014
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This was a fun read, interesting and well written characters, action packed, intriguing and enough twists to keep you guessing. I'm pleased to hear that their are other books in the series, I look forward to reading them.
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