I'm an avid reader. I always seem to be in the middle of 2 or 3 books at one time. I'm also a fierce critic of books. I think that comes from the fact that I have a Bachelor's degree in Literature. If I love a book, I will truly rally behind it and recommend it to everyone! However, if I don't like a book, watch out, because you won't like what I have to say about it. I have been known to rip whole sections out of novels because I feel that they don't add anything to the story. That's just the way I am.
Because I'm such an avid reader (and incredibly busy) I don't have much of an opportunity to read novels. When I heard that there was a new, CATHOLIC novel out by Ignatius press, I just had to make time to read it. So I ordered Death of a Pope as a part of the reviewer program on Tiber River and anxiously awaited its arrival. It took a while to recieve it because it was on back order. I thought, "That must be a good sign!"
I received the book a few days ago and immediately started reading it. I was disappointed from the beginning. Normally, after I read the first chapter of a book, if I deem that it is not a good read I will toss it aside and give up on it. Since I was reviewing this book, I decided that I needed to give it a little more time. So, I kept reading. I wanted to give a good review of this book. I don't like giving bad reiviews! I kept plugging along, trying to like it, telling myself that it would get better. Unfortunately, it never did, and I did eventually give up on it without finishing it.
Maybe it's not fair of my to give a bad review of a book that I never finished. But let me explain why I didn't like it, why I just couldn't finish it. It was the filler--too much of it. This book probably could have been written as a short story instead of a novel. There was, in my opinion, A LOT of unnecessary filler in the book that did not add to the story line. It also wasn't believable. Yes, there may be a rogue mission worker out there that may try to obtain deadly poison to supposedly protect innocent people, but I can't imagine the head of a Church organization defending him in a court of law. Maybe I'm being a bit idealistic, but I just can't see the Catholic Church defending someone who attempts to buy a deadly poison, for any reason.
So, in my humble opinion, this book is not worth picking up. I gave it my best shot! I really did, but in the end it was truly a disappointment.
You can purchase this book here.