Helena Visconte first saw Father Matteo Pintozzi when he stepped out of the sacristy into the deserted curved colonnade that led to the Vatican museum. She had no way of knowing that within a few minutes the priest would arrive at his destination, and both their lives would change.
By now tourists would normally be milling about, but a fluke June thunderstorm had just ended, leaving a vaguely musty smell rising with the vapor from the hot stone pathway. Father Pintozzi glanced to his right and then to his left and looked relieved, as if he were grateful no one was in sight. He quickly swept past the Vatican courthouse, the Eagle fountain and the Papal Academy of Science. Continue reading Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits – Excerpt
I fled the Islamic Republic of Iran with a suitcase, a thousand dollars, and no regrets. But it wasn’t easy; I had to rebuild my life from scratch. Less than ten years later, I faced a decision that threatened to erase most of what I had accomplished, and I hesitated as I weighed the consequences.In 1988, I lived and worked in Manhattan as Head of Mortgage Backed Securities Marketing for Merrill Lynch. I analyzed financial products, accompanied salespeople on customer calls, and spoke at seminars. Every morning I used the squawk box to broadcast a trade idea to the New York trading floor and U.S. branch offices: “sell this callable corporate, buy this tranche of a collateralized mortgage obligation,” or vice versa. It was a great gig. Continue reading Wall Street Tale of Sex, Suicides, and Skullduggery
No Country in the World Has a Worse Record on Human Rights
—Amnesty International on Iran, 1974
In the summer of 1978, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi was the Shah of Iran. The iron curtain was still drawn, and Jimmy Carter was President of the United States. Animal House opened in U.S. movie theaters. Bonnie Tyler’s It’s a Heartache and Abba’s Take a Chance on Me were at the top of the pop charts.
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When I arrived in Tehran, the palpable excitement of the upwardly mobile city hit me like a blast of hot dry air. Iranians enthusiastically embraced consumerism as the oil revenue-fueled economy flourished.
On March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected Pope. He’s the first pope from the Americas. He’s the first Pope Francis. He’s the first Jesuit pope in the history of the Catholic Church. This is all the more extraordinary, because the Jesuits have been held in suspicion by many past popes.
Helena Visconte fue la primera que vio al padre Matteo Pintozzi cuando salió de la sacristía en la desierta columnata curva que llevaba al museo del Vaticano. No tenía forma de saber que en pocos minutos el sacerdote llegaría a su destino y la vida de ambos cambiaría.
A esa hora los turistas normalmente estarían apretujándose, pero una repentina tormenta eléctrica de junio acababa de terminar, dejando un vago olor a humedad que se elevaba debido al vapor emitido por las piedras calientes del sendero. Continue reading La Rebelión de los Jesuitas – Extracto
Dan Brown is well-known for his entertaining and controversial fiction books including The DaVinci Code and Inferno.
In November 2012, I published a murder mystery, Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits. Jesuits blackmail the pope with secret documents and seize power to clean up corruption and financial scandals in the Vatican. The novel hit the stands before Pope Benedict XVI resigned and before the first Jesuit pope in the history of the Catholic Church was elected. Both my book and Dan Brown’s book offended some Catholics.
A couple of months ago I asked indie mystery authors how they are getting their books translated to Spanish. To my surprise, only a handful of authors were translating their books. I’ll explain why in a moment.
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