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The Accidental Pope: A Novel [Paperback]

By Raymond Flynn (Author) & Robin Moore (Joint Author)
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A new novel by the author of The French Connection and a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican traces the remarkable and unlikely ascent of Bill Kelly, a former priest turned Cape Cod fisherman, to the papacy. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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The former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and the bestselling author of "The French Connection" join forces to write an unforgettable novel about a humble fisherman who is elected pope.

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Studio: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 17, 2001
Publisher   St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN  0312282982  
ISBN13  9780312282981  

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Raymond Flynn was the popular mayor of Boston from 1984 to 1993, and served as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican from 1993-1997. He is currently president of the Catholic Alliance and host of a daily national television program. Flynn lives in Boston with his wife and six children.

Robin Moore is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including "The French Connection "and "The Green Berets." He lives with his wife in Massachusetts.

Raymond Flynn currently resides in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts.

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Insultingly Far-fetched Fairy Tale  Jan 18, 2008
This title caught my eye while browsing the library's fiction section.

I found its initial thrust -- that a layman could be "jokingly" elected Pope -- interesting, but the book was all downhill from there. The plot is so implausible and contrived, and the dialogue throughout so wooden, that I struggled to continue reading it, finally giving up around Page 260. I wasn't concerned enough to read the final 132.

The writing style throughout was at about a third-grade level, in my opinion, which annoyed and insulted me.

I found the review of one Rev. Richard Shmaruk, printed on the book's back cover, REALLY amusing: "[the authors] have made an otherwise implausible fiction entirely plausible."

Right. "Thank God" I didn't pay $24.95 for this piece of tripe.
Ooops!  Nov 29, 2007
What an intriguing plot idea---an American fisherman, a former priest and now a widower with four children, is accidentally elected Pope (how THAT happens is the best part) takes the name Peter II, and sets out to make some changes in the Catholic church. Despite authorial co-credit begin given to Robin Moore [The French Connection and The Green Berets] this is one of the most wretchedly written novels I have ever come across. I forced myself to finish it, because I wanted to know what "miracles" this new kind of pope would bring about. The answer is--none. What a waste of a really good idea. Flat characters, unbelievable plot elements (I gave the authors the "accidental election" bit---it was a stroke of genius. But having one of the pope's daughters "accidentally" find the tomb of St. Paul by falling into it---unbelievable, AND pointless), dialog so stiff, even among close friends and family members, that I wanted to start re-writing it myself. And at the end, there seemed to be no point to it all.
hard to put down  Jul 26, 2006
I am surprised with the negative reviews that this book received. At first, it took me a while to get into this book. I actually started to read it last year and stopped. However, this year, I decided to try to read the book all over again and finished the book....The book grew on me....I thought that it was an interesting novel......It was a breathe of fresh air to read
A good read. Thought-provoking but too neat  Feb 10, 2006
This book addresses an issue fairly unknown to American Catholics - church politics. I lived in Rome while attending a Catholic University for about six months, and the amount of politicking in the church was a real eye-opener to me. It also opened my eyes to the fact that my idea of the church was vastly different from the reality in Rome.

This is not a book for Catholics who are looking to affirm their faith, although there are many touching moments. This is not a book mocking the Catholic faith, either. It addresses problems within the modern church, and is quite obvious in condemning the lack of attention shown to the problems in Africa.

That is perhaps the biggest problem in this book - lack of sublety. "Pope Bill" is a little too saintly, as a widower who is just trying to support his family as a fisherman. "Cardinal Robitelli" is too unpleasant, the African Cardinal is too stereotypical - it's all too obvious.

I enjoyed this book until "Pope Bill" travelled to Africa, against the advice of all his advisors. It became very obvious what was going to follow at that point; and everything then happened as I thought it would. The ending was predictable, and not very satisfying. All in all, it was too contrived for my taste, but thought-provoking.
This would make a great movie, but it is a terrible book.  Jun 9, 2005
The writing was painful, the dialogue abolutely awful, and the plot got "too perfect" after a while. However, the basic premise is wonderful and the idea of all the characters is good. It really could make a wonderful movie - especially now that we all have renewed awareness of the process involved in choosing a new Pope. I'm guessing most production companies don't want to take a risk on films about religion, which is why Mel Gibson had to finance The Passion of the Christ on his own.

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