While on a visit to the United States, Pope Pius XIII is kidnapped by a terrorist cell calling itself the Soldiers of Islam. If the United States and its allies do not meet their demands, they will execute the pope. FBI Specialist Shari Cohen is called to duty to track down the terrorist cell responsible, and she soon learns that she is not alone.
Deep behind the Vatican walls, a secret order dispatches a clandestine group of elite commandos known as the Vatican Knights. Their mission: bring the pope back alive. As Cohen and the Knights work in tandem they uncover a White House conspiracy involving high-ranking members on Capitol Hill. As Cohen begins to get too close to the truth about the pope's kidnapping, she becomes the target of indigenous forces trying to keep the conspiracy safe. However, in order to get to her they must first go through the Vatican Knights...
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Not by Russ O, no way!
Truly dreadful. No.
No. Not in this millennium. Early Hollywood narrator style. Hollywood Heroic. Every word separate, slowly and clearly enunciated, and flat toned, with pseudo majesty, and the intonation and expression strained to breaking point. Cant find the words to tell you how awful this narrator really is.
A reasonably exciting adventure tale with a fascinatng premise of a Vatican SAS, but it really doesnt manage to pull off especiallty in audio. Going to try just reading it next time round, and maybe it will come to life.
Please do not, ever, ever again, ever use this type of narrator for entire books again in the UK. He may be OK to introduce Dragnet or Flash in overly dramatic tones, but he is narrating this, an entire novel, in the same tones in all seriousness. I demand a British version for those of us raised on Dench, Smith, Branagh, Kitchen, and the rest of the host of professional British artists because listening to this version is pure unmitigated torture and agony.
- Alison Towers