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5.0 out of 5 stars
A gripping read, 17 April 2011
As a fiction reader I was amazed at how engrossed I became in this factual account of the lives of two very different characters. Stephen Walker gives a truly unbiased view of the events and at no time is he judgemental or disapproving. The story unfolds like a Hollywood screenplay and grips the reader right from the start. I was moved to tears whilst reading about the massacre in the Ardeatine Caves and again when Monsignor O'Flaherty made an appearance on This Is Your Life. The book does not end with the death of the priest but evolves so that we can expand our understanding of his arch enemy Kappler. I read the entire book in about 3 sittings and so vivid are the descriptions of wartime Rome that I frequently looked up from my reading and was surprised to be sitting in my living room and not in a cafe across St Peter's Square from the Vatican. A thoroughly good story backed up with great detail and empathy. Can't wait for the next one.