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The Vatican Betrayal Paperback – 22 Aug 2012

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Edward Spratt (22 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9881670926
  • ISBN-13: 978-9881670922
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,650,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An ingenious story gathering threads from the distant past of the Catholic Church, the art world, and ancient Chinese history. Once the various threads begin to come together it is gripping and quite fast paced with interesting descriptions of locations. I visited Rome and the Vatican Museum this year, so can attest to the authenticity of the descriptions of these. It is very many years since I made a brief visit to Florence, so I cannot personally vouch for authenticity there, but I have no reason to believe otherwise. As with all of this type of story, the way the characters manage to find their way through the labyrinth of 'clues' leaves one a little open mouthed with amazement, but I suppose without this there would be no story to tell! I enjoyed the book and it is well written, so can recommend it.

On a separate note, and not wishing to put off any potential buyer from this enjoyable read, there are two minor points which the author might wish to address or consider when hopefully he is publishing his next book. Firstly, I read this on my Kindle Paperwhite and the line spacing was 'double' even when set on 'single', which meant that page turning was very much more frequent that is usual. Also on a number of occasions the 'provenance' of an artwork is referred to, but the word used is 'providence'; as otherwise the author's use of words is fine, I can only think that this is the result of a inadvertent error when spellchecking.
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A light and easy read, the pace moves quickly through the tourist cities of Italy and works well as a travel guide for those intending to visit. There are many flaws in the Vatican Betrayal, not least the female characters who are pretty weak. Similarly its hard to find the books McGuffin as important enough to inspire the characters to the acts that follow.

Still forgetting these things the book is an easy read and compelling enough and will leave you enlightened wwith some interesting historical snippets as the characters follow the tourist route and visit some of the most popular sights in Italy. You will learn some intersting titbits and perhpas be inspired to read more about it. Certainly his writing comes more alive when he is discussing the historical material.

The ending could also be better but then I could say that about all too many books!

So overall an easy read with a fast pace and some interesting history thrown in. Appears to be the first novel from this author and self published. What I can definitely say is that amongst the half dozen self published novels I have read this was clearly the best.
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Although this is not the best book i've ever read involving The Vatican and conspiricies it certainly kept my interest throughout.What made this book that bit different was the history between the Chinese and The Vatican i knew nothing about.In this book we are also reminded of the Inqusition and the manipulation of the Bible to suit the Catholic churchs' agaenda.Overall a well researched book deserving it's 4*.
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If you are after Dan Brown type book without so much fluff and history, then this is the book for you.
Don't get me wrong- I do love a Dan Brown book, but sometimes I find myself skimming a lot of the pages because there is just too much history/background.
What Spratt does is condense the wordy history bits concisely so that the necessary factoids fit nicely into the narrative. This makes for easy reading and heighten the pace of the book. Which is exactly what I want in a thriller involving Catholic fanatics and conspiracy theories involving the Vatican!
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Fast moving, at times difficult to follow who was who as there were two intertwined plots. Quite a good read but totally unbelievable
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