Former head of the Vatican police Lorenzo Rossi is back in ‘From a Position of Strength’ by Sean Heary. Following his previous escapades in ‘The Concordat’ and ‘The Circle-A Killings’, Rossi and his ex-fiancée CIA agent Cathy Doherty must work to uncover why a Russian agent crashed on a quiet road leading to Rossi’s family farm. Although this isn’t the first opportunity we’ve had to meet Rossi and Doherty, I don't think you necessarily need to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy ‘From a Position of Strength’. However you may want to start with ‘The Concordat’ to watch the full relationship dynamic between Rossi and Doherty unfold over the course of the series. This is an action packed story filled with espionage, double and triple agents, disinformation and a plot that, if genuine, could lead to the end of the world as we know it. ‘From a Position of Strength’ is most definitely full to the brim with lots of twists along the way, as the characters work to reveal the truth, and discover who are actually their allies. I thought that this was a gripping read and it’s another great addition to the series. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
Following on from The Concordat, The Circle - A Killings builds on the main characters already set up in the first book. Lorenzo Rossi, head of the Vatican police is forced to quit his job, and his upcoming marriage to CIA agent Cathy Doherty is cancelled as their relationship crumbles. However, they are pushed back together to catch a killer. Three American billionaires are dead and the CIA wants the pairing to track down their main suspect. However, what they uncover along the way shows that this case might not be all that simple. A great follow on from The Concordat that further develops characters you’ve met while introducing new friends and enemies into the mix. With the same strong writing style as the first, this is an entertaining sequel.
This was a great crime story incorporating what seems like a bad mix of politics and religion in a way that worked really well. I found The Concordat a fast-paced crime story that whisks the reader away, taking the reader through Italy, Germany, Russia. The main plot of this book is set around the discovery of the 1939 Concordat (an agreement or treaty, especially one between the Vatican and a secular government relating to matters of mutual interest.) which was between the Nazi regime and the Vatican. As I read I felt that the author has researched the history well and writes a convincing story that contains well-developed characters and a first-class plot. This is the author's debut novel and I can't wait to find out what will be pulled out of the hat next! I would say without a doubt that this is a recommended read! Jane Brown, A LoveReading Ambassador
Since his rise to power, Russian President Alexander Volkov has increasingly engaged in hostile activities as he attempts to rebuild the Russian Empire. In support of his tactics, the Russian FSB has forged a Concordat dated 1939 in which the Vatican supposedly agreed to cease all opposition to the Nazi government in return for being appointed the official state religion of the Third Reich. Planting the counterfeit in a Berlin apartment, the FSB engineer a plan to blackmail the Vatican via the son of a murdered former East German Stasi colonel. The Vatican reluctantly agrees to acquire the counterfeit to prevent it falling into the hands of the Church's enemies, sending the head of the Vatican Police, Lorenzo Rossi, to Germany to negotiate with the blackmailer. But Rossi's flight is delayed and by the time he arrives the blackmailer is dead and the Concordat has vanished.Rossi follows a deadly trail to Paris and onto Moscow, where he meets Cathy Doherty, a CIA Agent with a passion for all things Russian. Together they set out to establish the origins of the Concordat, and its intended purpose. Armed with information provided by a CIA informant, the forger is identified. Will Rossi be able to recover the Concordat and flee Russia with his life?