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This work of fiction explores the great 13th-century mystery: Why was the body of St. Francis stolen and hidden? A multilayered, intricately plotted tale develops as the Franciscan Order destroys all early biographies of Francis by his closest disciples in favor of a sanitized biography of the powerful St. Bonaventure.The story begins 30 years after Francis's death, when Father Leo, Francis' closest friend, is dying. Bound to a vow of silence, Leo sends a cryptic message to Conrad, his own favorite student, connecting him with an unlikely companion, 16-year-old Sister Amata. The two begin to search for the truth about St. Francis, a truth that will shake the faith of the masses to the core and bring into question the foundation of the Franciscan Order.
©2005 John Sack; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By connie on 08-10-08

definitely not Da Vinci code

I disliked the "movie-script like" Dan Brown novel but I did enjoy this listen. It is a quiet "mystery," quietly told -- more about the setting and times (and underpinned with a love of Franciscan spirituality and legends) rather than a fast paced whodunnit. It's more in the tradition of "The Name of the Rose". There may be some anachronisms of character, but "Franciscan Conspiracy" is a work of historical fiction with religious undertones, and like most novels, not for everyone.

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By Sheila on 05-03-08

Very Interesting Plot

I must admit, the plot was a surprise, a bit suggestive of Dan Brown's DaVinci Code. None of the high speed thrills & chases, but I still think I enjoyed this one more. It is full of some delightful imagery of the times and of the motivations for the religeous communities of the next generation of St. Francis' teachings. I recommend it without hesitation, but don't expect the 20th Century speed and energy. This is a moderately paced but delightfully rewarding story for those who like a bit of mystery and a lot of historical fiction. I think most will enjoy it just as I did, especially if you are familiar with the story of St. Francis and the politics that troubled him unto his death, and, it seems, beyond.

Enjoy it. I did.

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By Parissa on 05-24-08

The most irritating reader I have ever come across

This may be a fantastic story, it certainly sounded like it from the write-up. Unfortunately, I barely managed to get through twently minutes of it, before abandoning. The reader has the most irritating voice and delivers every sentence with an affected drawl that distracts the listener from what is being read. I have been a devotee of audio books for years and have rarely come across such an infuritating rendition.

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By David on 09-28-09

I've given up

Unlike the previous reviewer I made it past the 20 minute mark. I'm either more stubborn or more of an optimist. Either way, I eventually abandoned this book, which is not like me at all.
Yes, the narration is a bit of a dirge, but the story itself is not really up to the publishers hype which is disappointing as it sounded very good indeed.

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