Reviewed by Claudia R.

“ To think that the Vatican, a symbol of faith, was immune to these vices (power, control)…was deceiving oneself. “ ~ The Holy Bullet, Luis Miguel Rocha

Take one very large piñata, fill it with people from the Church, CIA, Opus Dei, the RSS and the Media, add a few bombs, guns, religious miracles and secrets, as well as a thick coating of politics, misguided loyalty and jumbled beliefs, aim one blindfolded reader, armed with a bat at the piñata and stand back as The Holy Bullet blows to kingdom come around them.

After two failed assassination attempts on one of the most revered Popes of all time, Pope John Paul II, in 1981, the Church and it’s followers are forced to hold strong to their faith in a world where the struggle for power between religion and politics is about to reach a crescendo. It is not, however, until 2005, after the death of Pope John Paul II, that the unspoken rumors of an internal Church conspiracy begin to surface, along with a fevered, no holds barred quest to find the perpetrators responsible for the attempts and the people behind the assassination orders.

The Holy Bullet is definitely not a ‘light beach read’. It’s a hefty slice of time, fracturing off from the present to follow the story through past decades and then back again. The plot is splintered with sub-plots and lengthy, descriptive, narratives involving believers and non-believers, assassins and saviors, civilians and government officials, that at times, can leave the reader with the sensation of walking a maze, unsure of the twists of turns, or direction.

The Holy Bullet provides action, drama, intrigue and conflict to the reader. It delivers a tale with incredible insight and immaculate detail about the inner operations of our world’s most powerful men and women and the roles, and burdens they must carry and endure for the sake of world peace. At times, The Holy Bullet was slow-going, a bit like trying to survive a pit of quicksand, and I found myself re-reading chapters in order to keep on top of the characters and plot. In the end, The Holy Bullet succeeded in delivering a conspiracy laden thriller that is sure to please Luis Miguel Rocha fans everywhere.

Claudia resides on Cape Cod and is a wife and mother of two. She attended Lasell College in Newton, MA, after spending 18 years abroad as the daughter of a Diplomat, her latest post being Belgium. Her desire to work in the publishing business as an Editor.