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God's Spy (Padre Anthony Fowler #1)

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An instant bestseller in Spain, with rights sold in twenty-eight countries and counting, God’s Spy is a spectacular contemporary thriller set in the Vatican, where, in the aftermath of Pope John Paul II’s death, the hunt for a serial killer reveals a chilling conspiracy.

In the days following the Pope’s death, a cardinal is found brutally murdered in a chapel in Rome, his

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Dutton (first published 2006)
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Tea Jovanović
Veoma sam ponosna na ovu knjigu i prevodilicu... Našla je autoru materijalne greške koje su u prevodu dopravljene (uz blagoslov i zahvalnost autora naravno)... :) Španci zaista imaju dobre romane ovog tipa...
Έλσα
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ΚΑ- ΤΑ- ΠΛΗ- ΚΤΙ- ΚΟ !!!
Abril Camino
Enganche total y absoluto. No es un género que me guste especialmente, y el estilo de Gómez-Jurado siempre me ha parecido que podía ser más cuidado, pero cuando una novela te tiene una madrugada entera luchando contra el sueño para pasar páginas y más páginas... no hay mucho más que decir.
Kathryn Periwinkle
Jul 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Vatican Thriller Lovers
Shelves: justfinished
Do you crave a good murder mystery with your hot cocoa on a rainy Saturday morning? This is your book! An aggressive whodonut set in the Eternal City, told from a non-american perspective. I enjoyed every guilty minute.
Elina
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ήταν αδύνατον να το αφήσω από τα χέρια μου! Καταπληκτική πλοκή, γρήγορη και με ένταση!!! Προτεινόμενο σε όλους τους λάτρεις της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας!
LJ
GOD’S SPY (Police Proc-Insp. Paola Dicanti-Rome-Cont) - VG
Gómez-Jurado, Juan – 1st novel
Plume, 2007, US Trade Paperback – ISBN: 9780452289123

First Sentence: Father Selznick awoke in the middle of the night, a fish knife pressed against his throat.

Pope John Paul II has died and cardinals are gathering from around the world. In the midst of the world’s eye on Rome, Police Inspector Paola Dicanti is faced with a dead, mutilated cardinal, a charismatic American priest with a complicated past, the he
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Jacstite
Es un libro que se deja leer, tiene una acción trepidante y te engancha y no puedes parar de leer hasta terminarlo.
Opino, no obstante y reconociendo que está muy bien escrito, que le falta algo, no se si es porque los personajes me parecieron algo vacíos de contenido o igual el autor quería remalcar la importancia en la historia en sí y no en los personajes que se encuentran en ella, finalicé de leer con la impresión de que la historia podría dar más de si, pero olvidando esto me gustó mucho. Se
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Cindy
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great thriller.
Jen
Apr 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
In this novel, Paola Dicanti, an FBI-trained profiler working in Rome, is called in when a prominent Catholic Cardinal is brutally murdered and dismembered. When Paola discovers that this is actually the second cardinal killed in this fashion, she's on the trail of a serial killer...a serial killer killing cardinals in Rome in the midst of John Paul IIs funeral and the impending conclave to elect a new Pope.

I listened to this book on CD in my car, and I have to say that the reader did not do the
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Book Concierge
This sounded like a great novel, but it’s really not much more than a rip off of Angels & Demons by Daniel Brown. The Pope has died and as the cardinals gather in Vatican City to prepare to elect the successor, some crazed killer begins to kill some of the leading candidates to succeed as Pontiff.

What’s different from A&D? No great secret society is behind anything. The killer is a sociopathic deranged (former) priest who (view spoiler)
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Leo C.
3.5
Estoy segura que si hubiera leído esta novela al poco de salir la hubiera puntuado mejor. Este tema está ya muy trillado. Tiene un estilo a "Ángeles y Demonios" de Dan Brown. Es entretenida y está bien documentada. El tema de abusos sexuales a menores me ha sobrecogido y aunque se trata de una novela de ficción, el autor incluye fragmentos de artículos de periódico reales de sacerdotes acusados de abusos sexuales. Lo que desconocía era la existencia de un Centro para rehabilitación de sacerdo
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John
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This will have to be quick, but it's been a while since last I enjoyed a thriller so much.

It's 2005 and Pope John Paul II has just died. Gazillions of the faithful gather in Vatican City for the funeral, as do over a hundred cardinals to elect John Paul's successor. But a serial killer has begun knocking off the cardinals in a most gruesome fashion. Italian cop/profiler Paola Dicanti and CIA agent/priest Anthony Fowler investigate, all the while being hampered by the Vatican's desire to keep the
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Patricia Tablado
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Me lo empecé como literatura de aeropuerto (más que nada porque pasé cuatro horas en uno) y mira, ni tan mal. Está bastante bien escrito (aunque alguna italianada chunga también tiene, para qué voy a negarlo) y mantiene la intriga. Vaya, lo que necesitaba para pasar el rato.
Sandra
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tengo que decir que he empezado este libro con algunas, si no muchas, reservas. Supongo que por la sinopsis se me asemejaba mucho a uno a de mis libros favoritos y, bueno, nada que ver. En el buen sentido.

Es cierto que ha habido momentos en los que me ha asqueado al máximo. Demasiado explícito en alguna que otra ocasión y demasiado tácito en otras.

El argumento es atrayente y el autor sabe enganchar con su prosa al lector, y la combinación de ambos factores suele dar como resultado una letal inca
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Fer
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si te gusta Dan Brown, sin duda te gustará este libro. Las obras de Dan Brown por lo general me parecen entretenidas, pero claramente me gusta más el comienzo de sus obras que el final (que suele ser excesivamente "peliculero" y poco cuidado respecto al final de la obra). No he tenido esa sensación con esta obra, que mantiene el nivel a lo largo de sus páginas y cierra la trama perfectamente, a tiempo y sin extenderse en exceso.
Claudia
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a serious page-turner. I read across several days going to work at the train. It's a great work of fiction. The scenery of the Vatican and the plot development are second to none. But I did think it was a bit too long. For that reason, I do give it 3 stars.
J.
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Charlies Angels fan-club members
pg 83-84 " ... You don't think I'm in a little bit over my head with all this ?"...
Troi's fingers stroked his chin. He forced Dicanti to look directly at him.
"We're all in a little bit over our heads, bambina. But let all of that go. Just focus on the fact that there's a monster killing people. And your job is hunting monsters."
Paola smiled. She was grateful and she wanted him again, one last time, right there, even though she knew it was a mistake, and it would break her heart...
"

Hmmm, this co
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Colleen
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
The first thing I have to say before I start my review is my immediate reaction to finishing this book: loading Wikipedia to see if it was part of a series.
Sadly, I found that this wasn't part of a series - it simply left certain things hanging by a thread until 2010, three years after this book was first published, when Gomez-Jurado published The Moses Expedition, which shares two of this book's characters (at least). Perhaps in that novel we'll find out more about the characters and gain more
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Linda
Apr 13, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: not even my worst enemy
Two cardinals are found mutilated and murdered in the days following John Paul II's death. Inspector Paola Dicanti and Father Anthony Fowler (an American priest and former army Intelligence officer) begin to suspect a conspiracy as their investigation proceeds.

Oh, how I hated this, and it is MY fault the book club is reading it. I know, I really do know, that I hate books with serial killers in them. Why then, did I suggest this book? I often think that the setting or characters will make up for
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José Luis
Lo primero que me gustaría decir es que el libro me ha resultado bastante entretenido. Es cierto que el tema es un tanto manido, y sigue bastante el estilo de El Código Da Vinci, de Dan Brown, que tanto furor causó en su momento. Tengo que decir que soy un ferviente defensor de los best-seller, si consiguen que haya un lector más me parece motivo más que suficiente para su existencia, luego podremos criticar si el libro es mejor o peor, pero hay momentos en los que, yo al menos, necesito leer co ...more
Nesa Sivagnanam
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ruthless serial killer, a chilling conspiracy, and a deadly race around the Vatican converge in this book. In the days following the death of Pope John Paul II, the horribly disfigured body of a cardinal is discovered in a chapel in Rome.

With a serial killer now on the loose in the Vatican, Police Inspector Paola Dicanti is assigned to the grisly case. Desperate to find the killer before another victim dies, she enlists the help of Father Anthony Fowler, a charismatic American priest who knows
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Andrea
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons...move over..there is a new story to be told. Written on a platform about the Vatican and the convoluted and sometimes enigmatic world therein, the plot explodes like a cannon shot and continues its course of shattering suspense, deception, intrigue, and duplicity until the crashing and breath-taking climax. Fact and fiction are melded into a solid story line about a Pontifical Conclave, a child-abusing priest, the CIA, and Italian police methods. Various real per ...more
Celeste
Cuidado con este libro y con este autor: ¡son adictivos! Es prácticamente imposible, una vez metido en trama (a los 10 minutos escasos) abandonar la lectura. Me acompañó a la mesa, a la ducha, y al final del día, a la cama, donde no cejé hasta terminarlo.

El ritmo es rápido, la acción es continua, los giros de la trama no dejan de dibujarte sonrisas. Lo tiene todo para ser perfecto, excepto que llegue a su fin.

Recomendable a amantes de acción, misterio, thriller, suspense; y por supuesto, el au
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Elizabeth (Literary Hoarders)
Too much gore. Too many child abuse details. Forced dialogue. While there were elements of the story that were compelling, the path to the book's end was mired in so much blood that I was just happy that it was over. That's not to say that there wasn't something to the plot; it was creative in some ways. One my central issues was a complete lack of connection to the characters, including the protagonist Paola Dicanti.
Marc
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marc by: María Sanz
Gran thriller. Primer libro que leo de Juan Gómez Jurado. Era un poco escéptico al principio, ya que la temática está un poco trillada (Dan Browns y demás) pero me ha gustado mucho.
La verdad es que me enganchó desde el primer momento, a pesar de tener la sensación al principio de ser un poco lento. Pero hay un momento en el que ya te sientes atrapado y no puedes parar de leer.
Así que deseando leer Contrato con Dios para seguir las aventuras de Paola y el Padre Fowler.
100% recomendable
María  Sanz
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me encantó este libro. Es un thriller trepidante, ambientado en un hecho real, la elección de un nuevo Papa tras la muerte de Juan Pablo II. Maravillosos escenarios en Roma y Ciudad del Vaticano, y la presentación en sociedad del personaje del Padre Anthony Fowler, una mezcla de Indiana Jones, James Bond y Jason Bourne.
Marianne Stehr
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a very good thriller that reminds me of a combination of Angels and Demons and the 1970's Chevy Chase movie Foul Play. It is filled with suspense and it adds true events in the Catholic Church to keep it "real." It leaves you with questions after it is done, a real good thriller!
Anna
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was a really enjoyable book after all, the action is well written and the characters interesting and at times quite mysterious. Also, it is a very easy read, perfect for a lazy afternoon.
Uli Geibler
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Die unaufhörlich spanndende fiktive Geschichte ist gespickt mit realen Ereignissen um den Tod des Papstes Johannes Paul II. Schnell nimmt man dem Autor nahezu alles an fiktiver Wahrheit ab, was er sich erdacht hat. Dem Spannungsbogen ist das in jeder Hinsicht zuträglich. Ja, so könnte es (gewesen) sein, denkt man an vielen Stellen des Verschwörungsthrillers.

Durch den Tod Petri Vertreters auf Erden gilt es für den Klerus zeitnah die Wahl des nächsten Papstes vorzunehmen. Die Konklave ist einberu
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Paul
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical, thriller
Although it feels initially like yet another book trying to cash in on Dan Brown's success, this novel is raised above the pack by the quality of its grounding in real history rather than surmised (it turns out that the author is a journalist so perhaps that shouldn't be so surprising) and the strong, rounded characters. It's quite grisly in places and the denouement is a little too convenient, but I found it riveting and it kept me up late on a few evenings.
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