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When ex-Navy SEAL Nolan Kilkenny is invited to Rome to consult on the functioning of the Vatican Library, he is still grieving the death of his wife and son and welcomes the distraction of the seemingly simple assignment. But Pope Leo XIV has a startlingly different task in mind for him.In a private audience, Kilkenny learns of an unreported atrocity committed against the underground Church in China and its link to Yin Daoming, the long-imprisoned Bishop of Shanghai who has served 30 years of a life sentence in a Chinese laogai for refusing to renounce the Church of Rome. The aging pope then reveals the dangerous truth about Bishop Yin, a secret that he has kept for over 20 years. Decades of diplomacy have failed to end China's persecution of the Catholics loyal to the pope, or to free Bishop Yin. The pope wants Yin free and asks Kilkenny to devise a plan to accomplish this seemingly impossible task.

With help from the U.S. president, American Special Forces, and the CIA, he assembles a team of 10 men and one woman that will use some of the most advanced weapons, aircraft, and computer technology to execute this extraordinary mission.

©2007 Tom Grace; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Grace...builds a suspenseful head of steam as Kilkenny and friends overcome twists and obstacles in a dangerous race against Liu's forces." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fans of high-flying adventure yarns will enjoy the romp, even if they find themselves rolling their eyes now and then." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sylvia on 05-04-09


Tom Grace has created a spell binding story of intrigue that weaves its way through the Vatican, China, and the Mafia. The Pope requests the help of a former Navy Seal to aide him in the release a Chinese Bishop whatever it takes. The Bishop has been imprisoned for over 30 years for not revoking his religion. When the Pope dies in his sleep several days later, a drastic plan is put into place; time is against them, the next Pope may rescind the order to rescue the Bishop. In the background, the US President has offered the Pope help on an unofficial level. The help comes in the way of volunteer Navy Seals and exciting prototype equipment no one has seen yet. It leads to a story line that keeps you bound to this book page by page to the very astounding end. I highly recommend this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By brian on 05-25-13

Long Live the Cardinal.

Would you listen to The Secret Cardinal again? Why?

I might listen to it. Such amoving story.

Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

He preformed them al so well, used to right accents and all.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"Long live Christ the King. Long live the pope."

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