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The Holy Bullet (Vaticano #2)

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A fast-paced thriller about the conspiracy surrounding the 1981 attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II, from the author of the international bestseller "The Last Pope"
An international journalist, a war-weary Portuguese veteran, a Muslim with visions of the Virgin MAry, a rogue priest, and members of the world's most pwoerful--and secretive--organizations come toget
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eBook, 416 pages
Published August 20th 2009 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2007)
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Cheryl
Aug 15, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out with an important event that rocked the world.

The year is 1981. The day is May 13. A day people will remember for a long time. Pope John Paul, the second was shot at by Mehmet Ali Agca. Mehmet tried to assassinate the Pope. He was captured and questioned.

This story than flashes forward to the present day, where members of a secret group, known as The Holy Alliance and a group of others that include Sarah Monterio, a journalist, Marius Ferris, a retired priest as well as a
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Gabby-Lily Raines
The Holy Bullet is, for me, a great read - especially if you like mysteries, whodunits, thrillers, etc.

The book primarily involves Opus Dei and the Vatican and the whys and wherefores behind the assassination attempt on John Paul II in 1981. The story, however, is predominantly set in the present time.

Granted, following the twists and turns that make a garden maze look like childs play can sometimes be confusing, but that is one of the things that I really liked about it.

That, and the backstory
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Maria Carmo
This Author finds a way of wrapping his readers into a plot of extraordinary density... Still, may favorite up till now remains "The last Pope".

I am now starting "Holy Lie"...

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 27 June 2016.
Bárbara Cobain
Oct 26, 2016 Bárbara Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que livro fantástico! Eu nem sei por onde começar. Foi o primeiro livro que li de Luís Miguel Rocha, adorei a escrita do autor, é uma escrita super cuidada e trabalhada e que nos prende ao livro com bastante facilidade, apesar de alguns vocábulos que, para ser sincera, desconhecia.

Então este livro relata-nos os motivos que levaram um turco a tentar assassinar o Papa João Paulo Segundo, e passo a citar: "Ao revistarem o jovem de 23 anos de nome Mehmet, encontraram um bilhete com uma frase escrita
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Reinaldo Lourenço
Sep 11, 2012 Reinaldo Lourenço rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-2015
Já era para ter pegado neste livro há mais tempo porque gostei bastante do "Ultimo Papa", resolvi faze-lo agora de certa forma em homenagem ao autor recentemente falecido :( Se fosse fã de conspiraçoes diria q esta morte é muito estranha, dado o tipo de documentos que LMR teve acesso...
Mas falando do livro... nao é tão bom como o 1°, as primeiras 200 paginas chegam a ser entediantes mas depois o ritmo acelera, voltas e reviravoltas inesperadas, tudo o caracteriza um bom thriller.
Interessante tb
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Diana Barbosa
Eu gostei mas pessoalmente gostei mais d' "O Último Papa" mas sei quem tenha gostado mais deste :). Como todos sabemos os gostos literários variam de pessoa para pessoa :).

Não deixa de ser um livro interessante de se ler.

Como é óbvio fiquei curiosa para ler o próximo - "A Mentira Sagrada" :D
Tânia
Apr 08, 2013 Tânia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emocionante. Viciante, é difícil parar de se ler. Para quem gosta de thrillers bem construídos, com fundos de verdade ou pelo menos em que entram pessoas reais, então encontraram uma sugestão perfeita.
Amei!
Rita
Mar 12, 2013 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Mistério,conspirações, intrigas, acção, suspense, excitação e tensão...um sem número de mortes...tudo o que um bom thriller deve ter.
Sílvia
É interessante no tema e na forma como está escrito, merece mais atenção na sua leitura. Acabei por o colocar (apenas temporariamente!) de lado...Depois do verão, volto a pegar-lhe!
Christine Thompson
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Paul Pessolano
"The Holy Bullet" is a sequel to Rocha's first book, "The Last Pope". It is absolutely imperative that one reads, "The Last Pope" before reading, "The Holy Bullet".

If you read "The Last Pope" you will remember that the story was largely the true account of the death (murder?) of Pope John Paul I. It was a most compelling story that touched on the illegal use of monies by the Vatican Bank and the attempted cover-up. The author, Luis Miguel Rocha, claimed that he would name the murderer of Pope Jo
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Ana
Mar 22, 2014 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
«Bala Santa» é a segunda aventura protagonizada por Rafael Santini e Sarah Monteiro. A primeira, «O Último Papa», tornou-se um sucesso internacional de vendas, e não faltou na minha prateleira assim que saiu.

Ao contrário de livros como os de Dan Brown, por exemplo, que se podem ler sem haver a necessidade de ler os anteriores ou os seguintes, Luís Miguel Rocha faz, nesta instância, várias e importantes referências ao livro anterior, e que são determinantes no desenrolar da história. Para ler «Ba
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Holly
Feb 28, 2011 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another pretty good thriller with an interesting story and lots of plot twists. I did think that this book tried to cover a little too much ground and got confusing in parts, but it was still pretty good.

This book is about the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981. Again, there are shadowy organizations, the Vatican and multiple intelligence agencies each working to further their own agendas. I liked that many of the characters from the first book came back for another appea
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Margaret
Aug 11, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luis Miguel Rocha is probably one of Portugals best literary exports with his addictive Vatican series. “The Holy Bullet” is the second installment and, this time, the plot revolves around the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in 1981. Rafael, the tough Vatican agent – a kind of James Bond in a cassock – is assigned to do some serious “damage control” around certain secret documents which, in the wrong hands, may seriously affect the Catholics Church reputation and, therefore, the fai ...more
Tempo de Ler
Tento gostado imenso dos dois livros mais recentes da série Vaticano de Luís Miguel Rocha (A Mentira Sagrada e A Filha do Papa) decidi recuar um bocadinho e conhecer melhor os seus protagonistas. É nesse mesmo sentido que Bala Santa acabou por me desiludir, o desenvolvimento e intervenção destas personagens pareceu-me descuidado: Sarah limita-se a ser empurrada de um lado para o outro sem praticamente interferir com o desenvolvimento efectivo da trama. E quanto a Rafael, bem, digamos que já o vi ...more
Nicole
Jun 29, 2009 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book as a first reads giveaway. I made it about 1/3 of the way through before I decided not to waste anymore time on it. I really like the "conspiracy" type books and I really enjoyed Davinci Code. This has many of the same players, Opus Dei, Vatican, secret societies and different government agencies. It's about the 1981 attempt on the popes life. The books starts off with a quote, saying something like, I have told this story a million times but this is the 1st time I tell the ...more
Ruth
Aug 16, 2009 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got my review copy of this book from Goodreads' program. I don't usually read thrillers and spy stories so maybe that's why I don't "get" this book, but I don't. Basically, this is the story of a bunch of spies, intelligence agencies, and operatives, all of whom are working together and apart to make sure what is secret stays secret. There were no real good guys and while I think there was one bad guy on whom everything could be blamed, at the end of the book my general thought was "all that t ...more
Zézinha Rosado
Gosto da escrita de Luís Miguel Rocha e é realmente uma pena que este jovem escritor já não esteja entre nós, pois tinha uma maneira muito própria e "sui generis" de nos contar as coisas.
Mas neste livro, sinceramente, pareceu-me que divagou demais... há um excesso de personagens que se tornam desnecessárias para o desenrolar das história, pois a certa altura são tantos nomes que aparecem que se torna difícil saber quem é quem e de que lado está.
De qualquer forma a história é interessante e põe e
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MaryJohanna
I received this book as a first-reads giveaway, and haven't read anything else by this author.
I can't recommend Holy Bullet to anyone but the most committed Catholic Church / Vatican / Opus Dei / Masonic Order / conspiracy fan. I had a hard time keeping track of the many lightly drawn characters, the frequent jumps in time and place and the multiple subplots. I kept at it, hoping that the pace would lift and / or explanations would be found further along. Alas, no.

The many grammatical and edito
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Jessica (booneybear)
I don't think I have ever been more confused in my life while reading a book. I don't know which was more confusing: the switching back and forth between the past and the present OR the multiple bad guys with no names. How do I know who is who if they don't have names. I did have high hopes for this book, but was very dissapointed. I think it could have had alot of promise if it would have only been a bit easier to follow. I also had a very hard time getting to know the few characters that I cou ...more
Graham
Turgid, confusing, anonymous. It's only in the last third of the book that it starts to make sense; up to that point the main actors are largely anonymous, and the minor ones get given names, but are then killed. In fact sometimes it's hard to tell the difference, because minor characters turn out to be major ones. So, for most of the book I as wondering which characters were worth investing emotion in, and which to not worry about, but it was really hard! Double and triple crosses abounded and ...more
Glenn
I won an ARC via a Goodreads giveaway. This is a mystery about the conspiracy surrounding the 1981 attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II. It had flashes of getting off the ground and being suspenseful, but never got there. It was overly long and flat. It also jumps around between different time periods which was somewhat confusing. This book is a translation from the Spanish version and was an uncorrected manuscript, but even given that, I was surprised at the number of grammatical errors ...more
Linda
Sep 04, 2009 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was a little disappointed in this sequel to Mr. Rocha's first book. I have a tendency to forget some things and when the sequel comes out I hope the author will put enough information to jar the old memory cells. It just didn't happen in this book. The writing did not flow and I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on and why. It may have something to do with the translation but I hate when I received a book through Goodreads giveaways and can't seem to get into it.
Catherine
I'm not giving it any stars because I wasn't able to finish reading it. This is the second book that I haven't been able to finish. I don't like to not finish a book but this book I just couldn't get into it. I was expecting it to be more suspensful maybe I don't know but I couldn't finish. I got about 1/3 of the way through. What I did read it was too jumpy from character to character, hard to follow. If anyone wants this book for themselves let me know & I will pass it along.
David Watt
I was really confused for the first 100/120 pages loads of characters to take in, and at one stage I was going to put it down. But once you get by the character building it turned ok to be just an ok book a bit long winded. Also there was a couple of chapters I found confusing like the one with Paul and his lover did not see where it fitted with the story? An interesting take on a factual event.
LeAnn
Jun 06, 2013 LeAnn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the story had a lot of potential. I hate to judge it too harshly because it is part of a trilogy. I felt like there were too many stray characters that were not neatly tied up in the end. Perhaps they get that way in the next books. I thought the main character was quite strong and the storyline was interesting with lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed it. Will read the next one to see what I really think.
Stephen
Sep 26, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rocha baffles me. The first book could have been mostly nonfiction as he implied and claimed, but this one? It is plausible. Truth is often stranger than fiction. One would like to know. This book deals with the events around the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II. It is a great chase novel with an amazingly written conspiracy theory. There are a few rough patches due to it being a translation, but the book itself more than makes up for it.
Leigh
I really wanted to like this book, and haven't yet given up on it, but I'm close. At nearly halfway through the book, the number of characters and sub plots who as of yet have not connected in anyway are becoming a little much. I have yet to be grabbed by this book.

My copy is an uncorrected manuscript that I received as a First Read, but as was mentioned by another reviewer, the number of typos and forgotten or incorrect words are becoming cumbersome.
Jeffrey
Feb 03, 2015 Jeffrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I agree with many of the other 2 and 3 star ratings. Good premise, characters decent. But the multiple plots made it hard to follow where the story was going. Too many minor characters put in to color the story but taking up unnecessary time. Just took too long to develop. It was like the editor never gave the author meaningful feedback to tighten this up. I read The Last Pope and loved it. This was disappointing.
Kuu
Feb 13, 2011 Kuu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing and engaging read! So fantastically structured and designed in a way that captivates the reader and pulls them along for a breath-taking journey. This sequel to the equally magnificent book, 'The Last Pope', truly starts off where the story ended and more than worthy to carry the torch of literary entertainment lit by its predecessor.
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So, you want to know more about Luis?
Well, he was born in Oporto, northern Portugal, in 1976. It was a sunny winter's day of February... at least that's what his mother says...
Luis spent his childhood in Viana do Castelo, a small town north of Oporto.
He devoted himself exclusively to writing while trying to be a citizen of the world.
He was the author of The Last Pope, The Holy Bullet and The Pope'
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Vaticano (5 books)
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