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"Church intrigue, inter workings of tradition, politics, greed  all a part of the modern Catholic Church are skillfully interwoven." 

"A GREAT book filled with suspense, excitement, drama, deception, manipulation and triumph. Highly recommended!!"

"Superbly written." 

"Paul Cross has the gift  -  whether on the page  or on the screen - to make us stay with him every moment. "

"Extremely hard to put down." 

 "A page turner." 

        "Cross is one of the best writers in this generation." 

"Paul's writing technique is so visual that he places before the reader a story that seems to be happening as we read it."

"This book will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!"


             “Paul Cross has created an interesting, fast-paced novel set in the ancient confines of Vatican City.”

   "I hope there's a sequel because the story is too good to end."

"A rich plot full of twists and turns." 

"A wonderfully written tale of deception, trust, truth and action-packed suspense."  

 "Edgy fast paced thriller."

 "A riveting journey."

 "An excellent novel that has it all." 

  "A real sense of being in the Vatican."

“So well written and executed one has to wonder is this truth or fiction.” 

               "This is a thriller any Dan Brown fan is sure to enjoy." 

 " Highly recommended!!"  

"Thrilling and thought provoking."  

 "A GREAT book filled with suspense."


 "Do NOT pass this one up." 


  "A Must Read!"


"Completely brilliant!"

"A marvelous work of art."  

"Paul's writing technique is so visual that he places before the reader a story that seems to be happening as we read it." 


"A simple mistake with a folder, a set of priest’s robes, a forgotten prescription bottle, and a little forgery brings about changes that no one could have foreseen. "

"Paul Cross literally does take us inside the Vatican with a story that reads like a thriller."

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When Pope Benedict XVI abdicated as the Supreme Pontiff and spiritual leader of the Catholic Church, the world press was very explicit in informing the public on how the selecting of a new pontiff was going to work. However, it failed to go into the political maneuverings that are brought into play by the Roman Curia and its most influential cardinals. What the news commentators didn't tell you was how separate coalitions comprised of cardinals from each continent would try to manipulate their particular candidates into the seat of Peter for various reasons. The princes' of the Church would no doubt be uncomfortable with admitting that the papal selection process works pretty much the same way as any other political election with candidates and their promoters vying for votes in order to win power. But when the College of  Cardinals select its leader, it's ostensibly accomplished with only the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. However, the novel A COUNTERFEIT PRIEST, which is based on Cross' screenplay by the same title, gives a different perspective to this esteemed spiritual selection.