Since his rise to power, Russian President Alexander Volkov has increasingly engaged in hostile activities as he attempts to rebuild the Russian Empire. In support of his tactics, the Russian FSB has forged a Concordat dated 1939 in which the Vatican supposedly agreed to cease all opposition to the Nazi government in return for being appointed the official state religion of the Third Reich. Planting the counterfeit in a Berlin apartment, the FSB engineer a plan to blackmail the Vatican via the son of a murdered former East German Stasi colonel. The Vatican reluctantly agrees to acquire the counterfeit to prevent it falling into the hands of the Church’s enemies, sending the head of the Vatican Police, Lorenzo Rossi, to Germany to negotiate with the blackmailer. But Rossi’s flight is delayed and by the time he arrives the blackmailer is dead and the Concordat has vanished. Rossi follows a deadly trail to Paris and onto Moscow, where he meets Cathy Doherty, a CIA Agent with a passion for all things Russian. Together they set out to establish the origins of the Concordat, and its intended purpose. Armed with information provided by a CIA informant, the forger is identified. Will Rossi be able to recover the Concordat and flee Russia with his life?
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If you are looking for an exciting historical thriller, then I would most definitely recommend The Concordat.
It has great characters and a story that thrills from the first page to the very last. I loved the rich historical feeling to the plot and how we really feel we’re there with Rossi as he moves from Rome to Germany trying to find the counterfeit document. He and CIA agent Doherty make the perfect foils to those lined up against the Vatican.
The story is first rate and exciting. So much so I didn’t want to be distracted by real life. Sadly this never happens, but the time spent reading this novel was a wonderful distraction. One of those fun reads that you really look forward to getting back to at any opportunity.
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About the author
Sean Heary lived for many years only a stone’s throw from the Kremlin. No wonder he writes political thrillers. He also worked for several years in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where he met his wife. Born and raised in Australia, Sean now makes Germany his home.
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