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La mentira sagrada

(Vaticano #3)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  892 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Tres de los Cinco Caballeros, una orden encargada de velar por unos valiosos manuscritos encontrados en el mar Muerto en los que se refuta la crucifixión de Jesús, han muerto y otro de ellos, encargado de guardarlos, está ilocalizable. Desde el Vaticano saltan todas las alarmas y envían a Sarah, una editora internacional de The Times especialista en temas vaticanos y perso ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Suma (first published November 8th 2007)
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Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
First let me say that I love Luis Miguel Rocha's books, but I found "The Pope's Assassin" to be a little hard to follow. It may be that the translation made it hard to follow in my advance reader's edition.

I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of conspiracy novels - you will love it! The story is great and leaves you guessing till the end and the end is great.
Maria Carmo
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again a fast passed, intriguing plot with beloved characters Sarah Monteiro and Rafael Santini - as well as the irreducible JC!

After a series of adventures searching for the lost "Jesus Gospel" and the supposed "holy bones" that could question the Churches narrative... Secretary Tarcisio and Rafael, together with Ben Isaac and JC manage to restore some tranquility... Until when?

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 4 July 2016.
As a fan of Dan Brown’s books, especially “Angles and Demons” I was eager to read this book. I did not find the writing as tight or the plot to be quit as believable and some of the other religious historical fiction, however, I did enjoy this book.  One of the major plots of the book follows the investigation and speculation following Pope Benedict XVI being given a book that causes him great fear for the future of the church and the church’s followers and believers.  Is it possible that a conc ...more
I just finished my FirstReads copy of "The Pope's Assassin" and couldn't wait to write a review. It has been a long time since I've read more than 300 pages in a single day or been surprised by so many plot twists. I was drawn into this thriller from the start and kept finding excuses to read just one more chapter. There were so many twists & turns in the story that it is hard not to reveal too much and spoil this book for others! Any book that promises a shadowy priest/operative has got to be g ...more
The Pope's Assasin - Luis M. Rocha

This novel was fascinating although I did have trouble with the many characters to this book. I felt at times in the beginning I was often confused by all the character development.

What if the religion, Christianity is all but a lie based of made up stories? What if Jesus was never crucified? What if Jesus had lived and wrote his own parchment for his teachings? This secret called the,"Status Quo" is a missing parchment that told of Jesus's life well after his
Rating: 3.5 (rounded down). 📚 I finished this book after my second try to read it. First time I couldn’t pass through the first chapters because they were really heavy to ready. Many characters, nothing clear, too much mystery. However, after giving it a second chance I ended up finishing it in week or so. Passing first hard to read chapters, and story becomes more clear and dynamic. Plot was changing all the time, I never really knew what might happen next. Chapters were built like episodes of ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I enjoyed this book, I found it moved quickly and I didn't know who was on witch side until almost the end. An intriguing story. I only gave it 4 stars because there were places where I was getting confused, and it was a little irritating that the characters seemed to be changing sides. ...more
Feb 27, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This looks like it will be a great book to read.
Received an uncorrected proof through Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this being read by the pool as a holiday read. Couldn't set it down. ...more
Jeff Newbery
Jumps around a lot, too much for me. Difficult to follow.
Generally a good read, but this book does have a few failings. In particular the narrative becomes a little confusing in places (maybe due to be a translation from Portuguese?).
The plot starts fairly strongly and then gets very good and fast moving, then becomes extremely over complicated and confusing at the end, which was a real disappointment as I was expecting something very strong.
Not bad overall though.
In general, this was a well-written book, with maybe a couple too many threads to follow.

It is an old story of a shocking 'secret' held by someone. The church wants to silence that 'someone'. That 'someone' gets chased around the globe, threatened, until ultimately there is a showdown.

The last few pages indicate there will be no answer about the 'secret', because no 'secret' such as that kind can ever be revealed if indeed it ever existed.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pope’s Assassin is the 3rd book of the series and it kept my interest all the way thru. As the other two previous ones, the author does research and manages to use a little bit of facts of history to mix them well with fiction to keep you captive of the story. As is the other two, there are many characters and intertwined events, which make it a little difficult to follow, but the plot keeps you in suspense and keeps your attention until the end.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Pope’s Assassin by Luis Miguel Rocha is an intriguing novel – on the one hand, rife with cold-blooded murders, more than I personally like in my reading; on the other, a story-line that kept me engaged, a key requirement for a successful novel.
That said, the “insider information” on Vatican and Society of Jesus intrigues sometimes raised my eyebrow. A Catholic with 15 years of religious education from kindergarten through junior year in college, the latter three much more challenging to a b
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pope's Assassin is an exciting blend of church history, modern myth, mystery and suspence. Like the previous reviewers, I had a hard time keeping the characters straight and in the correct context. After about 50 pages I made a cheat sheet to identify who was who, but then another character would be introduced by last name and only after reading awhile was I able to place who they were and what their role seemed to be. For the longest time I was not able to identify the "main" characters. Wh ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sensational 'religious thriller' tale, complete with a great storyline and much info that could lead any Christian to ask whether they have been led down the garden path.

Rocha, and in a round-about way his translator, tell the story of a great secret in the Catholic Church that goes all the way uo to the Supreme Pontiff. A secret revealed on theday the Conclave chooses its next Pontiff. In this case, Benedict XVI is handed a letter so secret that no one knows its contents save for the previous
Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book on Goodreads and was definitely looking forward to getting it in the mail after reading the first two books.

This book is a good thriller, much like the first two books in the series, but the pace is a little slower and the plot is a little more complex. I was really interested in the new conspiracy and how the players have shifted into different alliances; especially when JC popped up. I also liked the conflict within the church and having more players from the Vatican involved.
Jeroen van Essen
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a good read, following the line of Rocha's earlier books! It is actually quite similar to Dan Brown's kind of writings, with religious information and backgrounds and complot-theories. What makes this book that good that I gave it an additional star is the fact that there is a lot of verified information in this read, which is already clear by the way it was brought in the text itself.

Besides all this, I particularly enjoyed the manipulative elements JC brought with him, as well as the plo
Feb 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book, which I won from Goodreads, was tough to read. The first chapter was mildly promising, but after that I had a hard time getting into it; I had to start over each time I picked it up. The transitions from scene to scene and chapter to chapter were awkward, and did not give enough time to each character and situation before switching to either make me care about or remember the characters or plot. Even the occasional obscene language, which I always resent, was used badly. And this boo ...more
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-reviewers
Pope Benedict learns a worrisome secret on the night he becomes Pope. The secret is in document in the possession of millionaire Ben Isaac where it has been guarded carefully for 50 years, But now Ben Isaac's son has been kidnapped, setting a 24 hour mystery in motion. Raphael, Catholic priest and agent, becomes involved to try to obtain the documents before they can be used to expose the Church. [return][return]An enjoyable page-turner. The first third of the book, where many characters and sto ...more
Terri M.
Feb 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: source-arc, abandoned
I received this pre-printer's proof copy of the novel via the Good Reads First Reads program. Overall, I was very disappointed with the novel. There were two many characters, not enough explanation on the hierarchy of the Catholic church for me to successfully finish reading the book. I finally gave up about 50 pages to the end. I was so confused by who was who and who was on what side of the battle that it wasn't worth the effort to finish the book. I'm assuming the Catholic church and the Pope ...more
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book keeps you guessing as to the truth of what the writer is saying. He maintains that the characters are real people and that the events are true or changed just enough to maintain the real life people's cover. Who knows? All I know is that the series has been great so far and I've enjoyed them.

I don't feel comfortable giving a synopsis of the book because anything given away will give away the whole book. Suffice to say, Rafael, Sarah, and JC are back dealing with the machinations of th
Catarina Pimenta

Okay, first of all, there are some disclosures I must make before starting this review:
1. I read this book in Portuguese. I haven't read in my own language for some years now. It just bores me and I'd rather read the book in its original language if I can. But because this is a portuguese author, well...
2. Apparently, this is part of a series Dan Brown style and this is the third book. I didn't knew that when I started reading it so I couldn't connect to the c
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot to like here: characters with come real grit and moral ambiguity, and a real sense of history. Much like Da Vinci Code, the macguffin here is Documents That Will Change The World. As someone who studies Early Christianity, I know that Documents That Will Change The World actually won't - they will be written about, disputed, and footnoted. There's some awareness of that in The Pope's Assassin, and that grounds the book. It's an airport thriller, and doesn't break past that. But a v ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that keeps you hooked from page one & the reader wonders where it is going. This is not unpleasant, it was gratifying. The characters are interesting andyou want to stay with them, This is the third with the same main characters of Raphael, the priest spy and Sarah, the journalist, who wrapped up in all the dark goings on with the Vatican. This is not Dan Brown-crazy, busy action-it is methodical in the good sense, prodding along(for one who drinks, I would equate it t ...more
Vicente Martinez
Interesting read, but it jumps around between each thread of the narrative more often than Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. It's difficult to get too attached to a character or intrigued by their role in the overall conspiracy without wondering if they will be killed off further on in the story. The ending did not have quite the payoff for the amount of build-up in the book. Not a bad read, but I would have preferred something with a bit more suspense. ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic-church
Author Roche appears to have mixed The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947 in Israel with the Gnostic Gospels also known as the Nag Hammadi Texts, discovered in 1945 in Egypt. He specifically mentions the Gospel of Philip and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene which are NOT in the Dead Sea Scrolls. I think historical background should be accurate in any novel. I almost gave him 3 stars for that. That said, I always enjoy a good murder mystery and this book satisfies.
Esther Bradley-detally
As a former Catholic, when I whip by a library shelf, books catch my eye; this one was a gripper but i'm in the zen of reading action packed books and not being able to keep track of the characters - i think i did; amazing to write so boldly about some of these subjects.

okay gotta hit the road, toodles and love to all
Sara Phelps
Mar 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
While there were some interesting historical facts, I was sorely disappointed in this book. I found most of the dialogue to be trite -- considering the circumstances of the characters --and the end to be laughable. In addition, did anyone else notice the shifts in dialogue when one character begins it and the reference is incorrect? I'm not sure who edited, but it wasn't done well. ...more
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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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