The Fisherman's Tomb: The True Story of the Vatican's Secret Search
A Texas oilman. A brilliant female archaeologist. An unknown world underneath the Vatican.
In 1939, a team of workers beneath the Vatican unearthed an early Christian grave. This surprising discovery launched a secret quest that would last decades — a quest to discover the long-lost burial place of the Apostle Peter.
From earliest times, Christian tradition held that Peter —...more
However, when he was diagnosed with four distinct types of cancer and then contracted MRSA during treatment, he made a prayer and a promise that he would share the amazing story he had if he didn't die.
I can't help but say a prayer of thanksgiving, because when I picked up The Fisherman's Tomb, my free time was completely consumed with turning the pages.
O'Neill had a pretty ...more
I am not a Catholic, but I am a Christian. I don't remember ever hearing about the discovery of Peter's remains under the basilica in Rome. The facts of this book might explain why.
Pope Pius XI dies February 10, 1939. "In the middle of the month, an excavation team begins to dig beneath the basilica for both a grave for the d ...more
I think the backstory is profoundly fascinating, but this book loops back and forth, and frankly loses its plot at several points. The errors are numerous, but they are on ancillary points, not really related to the story (ex: Galileo was never threatened with execution; besides having nothing to do with this story, this is a trite, oft-repeated legend that a high school student could have sorted out).
As the author writes that he was in a hurry to finish ...more
The story has Peter's body thrown on a hill used as a trash ...more
Meghan and I ...more
Compound that with a Pope who, instead of releasing th ...more
So I have to say, this is not the best-written history I've ever read. O'Neill jumps around between the discovery of the Conroe Oil Field in Texas, the priests who smuggled the Jews out o ...more
Author O'Neill knows a lot a ...more
After hearing our priest speak on this book, I bought it. This was a fascinating read on the search for and finding the bones of St. Peter. The female archeologist, Margherita was an amazing,brilliant woman who rose above a male dominated politico in the Vatican to make a discovery of the ages. Great historical information as well as the mystery solved.
The author brings a lot of detail of men and a woman in pursuit of Peter's remains to this compelling story. You will discover the role of the three amigos and a persistent nun. The pipes play an important part too. You may find yourself a little annoyed at the repetition, but other than that you should enjoy this book whether you are a believer or not.
This starts with a Texas oilman, of all people, in this kind of historical and archeological search. Then add to that a very smart woman archaeologist and you have the makings of a very interesting investigation
To most of us, we are ...more
Though not a huge fan of non fiction, this book was recorded by a colleague. I’m glad I read it. A very succinct description of the excavation of the Necropolis and the discovery of Peters final burial site. It is well written, with just enough facts to make the characters interesting. I am Christian,but not Catholic. I found my self researching history myself as I read the book.
Pretty good. I like the idea that the basilica is built on the bones of Christians and others who were discarded. Is it Peter? We will never know. Even first century Christians write and tell important and powerful myths to edify their faith. This is an easy read as the story is compelling, but the writing needs some editing for style. Some background on the importance of relics and faith would be helpful and how their use has been misused at times.