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Dominus
by Tom Fox
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Quercus, 2016 (2016)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Author Tom Fox has spent many years studying the history of the Christian Church. In his first novel, Dominus, he presents a mysterious tale filled with conspiracy. We, as readers, are asked to suspend disbelief as we learn of unbelievable miracles.

As Pope Gregory is addressing the congregation at St. Peter's Basilica, a stranger slowly works his way up the middle aisle to speak very quietly to Gregory. The church is silent as a tomb as all watch this individual approach the Holy Father. Even the Swiss Vatican guards stand in awe as they watch the man talk to the Pope - who has been crippled since his youth with spinal stenosis that has left him unable to stand alone without help. Those present are able to tell of the miracle that follows the stranger touches the Pope who then stands up without support straight and tall!

After that, children blind since birth are able to see! Cancer patients are miraculously cured! Who is this stranger? Why does the Pope welcome him so readily? These and many other questions are asked in this unusual, but thought provoking, story.

The Vatican is closed down immediately, but journalist Alexander Trecchio and police officer Gabriella Fierro try to discover who and what might be behind these miracles. Questions have been asked about financial dealings within the city of Rome. Alexander and Gabriella have some past history together but are now united in their common goal of uncovering fraud, murder, and threats, while trying to calm a hysterical nation.

The closing scenes had me holding my breath. No fair reading the ending first. Stick to protocol and read in the usual manner to enjoy a really good book.

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