The Franciscan Conspiracy

  • by John Sack
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Blaisdell
  • 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.
Read full review

- connie

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.
Read full review

- Sheila

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.