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on 8 July 2014
This book is a fairly good index of various clandestine happenings in the Vatican. Yet, it falls short of bringing any of them to fruition. The reason it is such a small book. Hence one reviewer labeled it a `book of snapshots'.

Take `The Swiss Guard Murders' for example. `Secrets of the Vatican' leaves one with lingering whispers of homosexuality, Opus Dei, Freemason and even CIA involvement in in the deaths of the Commander of the Swiss Guard, his wife and his young lover Cedric Tornay. That is all.

I found another book The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I that examines conspiracy, motive, opportunity and all of the elements involved in the Swiss Guard Murders and brings the case to fruition. What's more, it links a score of Vatican murders from that of John Paul I in 1978 to the Swiss Guard Murders in 1998 to a common cause. The reason, I suppose, it is such a big book.

‘The Vatican Murders’ tells you much more. Estermann had been the young rookie guard of the papal apartment on the night John Paul I had been murdered twenty years before. After John Paul II was elected, Estermann served as the Pope’s personal bodyguard for a decade and was appointed commander by John Paul II who overruled the choice of the Secretary of State to whom the Guard reported.

Concerning the Swiss Guard murders, ‘The Vatican Murders’ presents witness, forensic and ballistic evidence that proves Estermann was not killed in a jealous rage by his young lover but by factions who objected to the appointment and framed the corporal.
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on 21 February 2013
After The Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, it's nice to get an undramatic take on all those Roman Catholic mysteries like the bloodline of Christ, Opus Dei and the Priory of Sion. Start with the Vatican Timeline at the back. This gives a great snapshot of Vatican history and you can then go in and read in detail about the many bizarre events that have taken place within the Holy City. All very sinister... or is it?
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on 2 February 2013
Great product, good price and very fast delivery.Value for money and accurately described.
would recommend to others. Chose rating as satisfaction value to myself and others I have purchased for.
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on 2 March 2014
I have read this through 3 times now. Looking for a book with more info on the subject. I've got " In God's name "; but I feel there's more to the story that I've yet to get to. Anyway, Really good stuff.
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on 6 June 2013
This book opens ones eyes as to the world of the papacy! Superbly enjoyable to me anyway. It was a hard one to put down.
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on 5 August 2013
Not many secrets revealed that were not already common Knowledge.
Overall a superficial treatment of a vast and complex subject.
More of an overview than a expose
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on 18 March 2014
Quite surprised that this was a good read. As for how accurate the writer is I wont know until I read other documentation on the Vatican
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on 17 January 2016
Looks more like a collection of newspaper cuttings here. In saying that decent enough. I wouldn't recommend you buying this.
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on 17 September 2015
i thought dan brown wrote a fictional story in the da vinci code but after reading this i found a lot of his writng was fact
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on 10 April 2013
easily put downable .I thought it would given the title have much more depth of the subject and I've failed to get very far
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