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The Translation of Father Torturo

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Black magic and thuggery assist a Machiavellian priest's ascent to the papal throne in this predictable but gleefully subversive modern gothic. Xavier Torturo, a quiet but ambitious seminarian in rural Italy, gets entrusted with an ancient occult text about the translation of powers from the dead to the living. Soon thereafter, a relic of Saint Anthon
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published (first published May 1st 2005)
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Stephen Theaker
Father Xaviero Xaviero Torturo is, like many of the protagonists in Connell's later collection Unpleasant Tales, a man obsessed with change, though the changes he desires extend beyond himself and into the world in which he lives. He is a priest who, tired of being "the begrimed receptacle" for the offences of others, applies the philosophy, dedication and ruthlessness of the family trade – assassination – to his work.

"As a child he had been brutal, a kicker of cats, a resolute swatter of flies.
The translation of Father Torturo
by: Brendan Connell

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This story follows a man's life from childhood through death. From searching for the tongue of St. Anthony to rising through the ranks of priesthood and death. The story shows the corruption of the church and priests, manipultion and blackmail.

I found this story intriguing. The main character is capable of manipulation of tramendous ability and his lack of conscience with tremendous self con
I won this book through Goodreads and could not wait to read it. I love mysteries. I just found that I could not get into the story no matter how I tried. I would read and put it down. I was determined to finish the book no matter what. It was a little squeamish for me. So I had a hard time with it. The author is quite good at his writing and describing what was going on.

The main character Father Torturo is a very manipulative person for a priest. He felt that he should be high in the priesthood
A dark, interesting, albeit somewhat silly book. It is certainly not without its flaws, but over all well worth the few hours it took me to read.
Jason Rolfe
Brendan Connell is a fearless writer. He is not simply a story teller. Connell is a purveyor of ideas.
A two-fisted theological pot-boiler. Sort of Peter Greenaway meets Hanibal Lecter meets Andrew Greely.
A very original book.
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