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.

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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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- 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.
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- Sheila

Book Details

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