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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...more
eBook, 416 pages
Published August 20th 2009 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2007)
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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...more
Acerca deste autor eu já tinha ouvido de tudo: uns falavam de um fenómeno literário, outros de uma enorme fraude literária. Sem saber o que pensar, assim que vi à venda o seu último livro ("A Filha do Papa"), concluí que tinha encontrado o tipo de livros que já desde "Anjos e Demónios" andava à procura - mistério relacionado com a minha bem-amada Igreja e ainda melhor: Vaticano.
E assim, comecei a ler, ao acaso, o segundo livro de uma série de quatro (até agora). Por questões logísticas e financ...more
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...more
«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...more
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
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.
Mistério,conspirações, intrigas, acção, suspense, excitação e tensã sem número de mortes...tudo o que um bom thriller deve ter.
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
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...more
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...more
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
Luis Miguel Rocha is probably one of Portugal´s 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 Catholic´s Church reputation and, therefore, the f...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
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...more
I got halfway through this book, and couldn't make myself read any more. Chapters hop from character to character, storyline to storyline, crawl along and don't seem as if they're going to speed up, connect, and make sense.
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
Angela Nunes
apesar de mais uma vez o escritor me ter fascinado com o seu conhecimento tão vasto dos meandros do Vaticano e dos factos históricos inerentes,foi um livro um pouco confuso,e não entrei na trama a 100%,como entrei nos outros que li dele.
é muito bom,mas com o estado de espírito que estou,só lhe consigo dar 3*,comparativamente aos outros.
se houvesse uma escala mais ampliada daria de certeza 3++
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I won this book in one of the Goodreads contests. I honestly could not finish this book. I almost got half way, and then I read a little at the end. The book jumps around between many characters, and different times. It was very confusing. It was like a very poorly done Davinci Code. It portrayed a lot of the Catholic leadership as evil. I just thought it was ridiculous.
A great papal thriller set in today dealing with the fall-out and reverberations of the attempt on the life of John Paul II in 1981. It is a nicely done thriller with some serious twists that keep you hoping and guessing. Some intriguing speculation on the nature of the Vatican, The Church and the links between various outside and inside groups.
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.
Surely ready to ruffle some feathers of the Church and Vatican, this book blatantly calls out some of the Vatocan elite (past and present) and points fingers at those directly responsible for the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. Rocha tackles this touchy subject in an entertaining and thrilling fashion while nopt pulling any punches.
Jorge Mota Pereira
"Lui­s is a powerful writer!
I enjoyed this book very much. Structured in small chapters, with vivid descriptions and supported by an extensive and deep research.
As Lui­s said in the first page: "This book is fiction...or maybe not"!
It gives us lots to think.
I strongly recommnded everyone to read it."
Fernando Azevedo
Um romance intrigante com uma acção de cortar a respiração e de nos deixar presos. Uma série de pormenores que nos ligam a acontecimentos históricos do mundo empírico e histórico-factual: a tentativa de assassinato do Papa João Paulo II. Daqui decorre uma série de tramas cujo mote principal é a conspiração.
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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 my childhood in Viana do Castelo, a small town north of Oporto.
Currently he devotes himself exclusively to writing while trying to be a citizen of the world.
He's the author of The Last Pope, The Holy Bullet and Th...more
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