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Påven är död. Bakom Sixtinska kapellets låsta dörrar sitter 118 kardinaler. De har kommit från när och fjärran, och deras uppgift är att delta i världens mest hemlighetsfulla val en konklav.

Under de följande 72 timmarna kommer en utav dem att bli vår tids mäktigaste spirituella ledare påve. Kardinalerna må vara heliga män. Men de har även ambitioner. Och rivaler...
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published March 27th 2017 by Bookmark Förlag (first published September 22nd 2016)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, religion
”Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.”

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The Power of God, the Ambition of Men.

Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican. Lomeli is maybe a better manager than he is priest. This assessment makes Jacopo uneasy because it feels like a deviation from what he feels his real purpose should be.

Can a manager truly be close to God? How much closer to
Diane S ☔
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30 am, before school started, that mass was no longer in Latin and that the nuns started wearing shorter habit, shorter veils and in different shades of pastel. Pretty big, though small in the scheme of things I supp ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Upon borrowing this novel, I expected another conspiracy theory regarding the death of the pope and action-packed thriller. Fortunately, this novel, while being close to a thriller, offers much more. It takes us through the process of electing a new pope, with detailed descriptions of the procedures, rituals and places, however, it also reminds us that participants of conclave may be driven by forces that are material rather than spiritual. A thoroughly enjoyable and well-narrated book.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Harris returns with another remarkable novel of historical fiction, turning his narrative to the present as explores a highly pious and political event. THE POPE IS DEAD! This startling piece of news makes its way to the ears of Cardinal Lomeli in the early hours one October morning. Heading to the apartment of the Holy Father, Lomeli is met by a small group, who confirm the news and begin the prescribed acts required when the Vatican is without its Supreme Pontiff. As the news becomes public, L ...more
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-stars-books
4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly thrilling" stars !!

We have all of Mr. Robert Harris' novels and I have read none of them. When I saw this in the bookstore, however, I just had to have it. I was allowed to buy it on the condition that I start reading it within two weeks of purchase. I live with a tyrant but a sweet and generous one :)

After reading this novel I will be certain to read all his others as Mr. Harris is an excellent and subtle storyteller. He has done meticulous research on the
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hope, religion
This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late...

Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word.
The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It kept me reading to get to the twist. The twist... mmmm... far fetched? Well who knows, in today's day & age. I did love the struggle of Cardinal & Dean Lomeli in guiding the delicate process of the Conclave. Great book.
4.5 Stars

I was baptized Catholic, my mother raised in the Catholic faith, my father converted so they could be married in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. My older brother was also baptized Catholic, not that I recall either of these events, but I do remember when my younger brother was baptized in the Episcopal church, where we went until I was in my early teens. I didn’t know until I was 24, when my godmother mentioned it to me, but I did spend a bit of time inside the Catho
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope.

I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I had to step outside for comfort zone and give it a try and what a enjoyable and interesting read it was. It's one of those books that quietly sucks you in and you just keep turning the pages.

Conclave, as its title tit
Cathrine ☯️
Holy smoke was this a good one.
The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books.
It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyable. Next!
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite a lot about the traditions of the conclave and also where the outside world is deliberately shut out for the process of electing a new pope, it almost might have been set 400 years ago.
I'm lucky enough to have visited Rome and the Vatican and it really helped me to visualise the setting. I also saw a programme about the Borgias and a dramatised version of the Conclave, so when I saw this book I knew I would have to re
Terence M
5-Stars - I Thoroughly Enjoyed It!
(although it was not amazing)
Conclave - Robert Harris 2016
Audiobook - 08:19 Hours - Narrator: Roy Mcmillan
This is a book about the election of a new Pope and it takes place during a Conclave, which is a meeting of Roman Catholic cardinals who are secluded continuously within the walls of the Vatican during the election process. Conspiracies and machinations abound prior to a final election, inside the Sistine Chapel, of a “Pontifex Maximus”* or “Supreme Pontif
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes it so easy to visualize every aspect of the happenings.

What starts out as a usual process for choosing a new pope, soon develops into a plot with numerous complications, unraveling secrets long hidden, and just whe
Paul O’Neill
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending.

I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twists and turns until the church elects its new pope.

It is a little predicable, but nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable.
Dannii Elle
The pope is dead. One hundred and eighteen cardinals have gathered in Rome to announce his successor. They are men of God, but they are still men. And whether their heads, their hearts, or their ambition will guide them to a decision will soon be seen.

Despite being an atheist, I find religion an awe-inspiring construct. God hasn't found his way into my heart but I do feel... maybe a pang of loss, when confronted with someone who has a great being or some far-reaching plan in which to trust in. T
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Every bit and still felt so real to me.

I have read other books about the Conclave so I had the basics down but Harris made it sing in a way that other books haven't. The grind, the boredom, the endless task of followin
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

In my twenties I read every Andrew Greeley novel I could lay my hands on; and now listening to Conclave reminded me a lot of Greeley since he wrote so prolifically about Cardinals, Popes, celibacy, politics, etc. Men of God, be they priests, Monsignors, Cardinals, or the Pope himself are, after all, men and by nature, not without sin. In Conclave, as the name implies, 118 Cardinals have gathered to elect a new Pope. One by one, their sins are disclosed and the contender list shrinks. Ca
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I loved the tense atmospheric glance to Vatican but I hated the ending of this book. I thought it was a bit hasty, felt like an unfinished work of art.

The writing and the characters were beautiful, I love how different cardinals were portrayed all with their own flaws and the traits of being more human than holy. Wished the end was a bit different (or it was done in a different way!)
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind.

Whilst the subject matter – Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or white smoke!) the general themes concerning political machinations and the struggle for power will be familiar to Robert Harris readers. Clear parallels can be drawn between themes explored in Conclave and those in Harris’
It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates come to the fore, have their hopes dashed, and/or are scuppered by scandal. Like the author's Cicero novels, Conclave takes a world that seems distant and rarefied to most and aligns it with the sort of rivalry and ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-long-ago
A Papal Thriller:
The process involved in the election of a Pope is something I have given little or no thought to in the past which is why I found this book extremely interesting.

The author takes us carefully, with captivating writing, through the rites and rituals of a “Conclave” which turns out to be way more involved that I had ever imagined, that is, if I had ever given it a thought before.

While this book has nothing whatsoever to do with murder and police procedure it is as much of a suspen
Deacon Tom F
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible read. Author Robert Harris pens a winner. The story is engaging. The story kept me up half the night.

This review is based on the fact that it is a novel. The reason I stress this is the final chapter's surprise ending.

As a Roman Catholic cleric, I was pulled to the story. The research was impeccable!

It begins with the death of the pope who is a unnamed Then the Vatican political machine goes into full throttle to prepare to select a new pope.

The Dean of the Election of the Pope is
TS Chan
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
The power of God. The ambition of men. The allure of an intriguing read.

Ever since I've read about the papal conclave for the first time in Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, I've been fascinated with the Catholic Church's process of electing a new Pope - a tradition observed for hundreds of years. I also had the opportunity to visit Vatican City which gave me a greater appreciation of the power of the Church, which is evident from the awe-inspiring and jaw-droppingly beautiful sovereign state in
Jody McGrath
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with the running and management of the Conclave. With 117 (?) Cardinal electors, emotions run high as support is given to individuals and taken away as secrets are discovered. Will politics or the Holy Spirit guide this ...more
Dan Thompson
My first Harris book. *sighs*

Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then possibly, it would have been a more thorough and engaging book.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-conspiracy
Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads.....

As for the review..... I cant really say much at all as it would give a lot away perhaps even inadvertently so. I would even encourage you to avoid any reviews on the book at all! So a few brief thoughts/observations
Roger Brunyate
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
A Balancing Act

Robert Harris has always excelled in writing historical novels in the manner of a thriller. They have succeeded because of his seriousness of purpose, his sensitivity to character, and his eye for detail. Also, I would suggest, because his subjects have mostly been comfortably in the past, In addition to several books set in ancient Rome, he has written about the turn-of-the-century Dreyfus case (An Officer and a Spy), the Bletchley cryptological center in WW2 (Enigma), and an alt
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10.

Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, thriller

The thinking man’s thriller writer writes a thriller which surely will have no thrills?! Will it be thriller or not? Everything points at thriller, I mean what could be more thrilling than a group of pensioners deciding on who should next lead them in a state of delusion?

That being said, this was a great read. Things started slowly enough but there are over 140+ people getting together so the usual setting up of the situation and introductions of people means for a bit of info dumping until
Robert Harris requested permission from the Vatican to visit the actual locations used during a Conclave that are permanently closed to the public … and his request was granted. His official visit was arranged by the ominous sounding Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. “I hope they are not too appalled by the result,” Harris drily notes in his Acknowledgements.

Of course, even before one begins a book called Conclave the ending is, by default, preordained. And yes, that
Born and brought up as a Catholic I was already familiar with the traditional known aspects of the rigid rules applied through the centuries of 'Conclave'. This takes place when a Pope dies and a a replacement must be found as quickly as possible. The main character is beautifully drawn and holds all the plot together through his thinking and his actions.. He is a good man, a Cardinal who maintains throughout that he does not want to be Pope. Hmmm, methinks he protests too much.

Through this man
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ROBERT HARRIS is the author of nine best-selling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, and An Officer and a Spy. Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his ...more

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