Friday, August 28, 2015

The Congregation by Desiree Bombenon

I would first like to thank Net Galley and the Publisher for making an Advance Reader Copy of this book available to me for a review.

Jake and Amanda Bannon are in for another adventure. They are at home in Canada resting after their recent adventure in Hawaii when Amanda decides that they should go to Rome. She just wants a vacation. But in Rome Cardinal Roland asks them to deliver a religious artifact to a Priest in Chicago, Father Kristofferson.

They agree and make plans to travel to Chicago, where Jake just happens to also have a couple of meetings lined up. But being the inquisitive people that they are they decide to take the Religious Relic to a local Professor who specializes in the items. Professor Orloff is special, he works part-time for the CIA as well as studying ancient history. But his analysis of the relic leads him to state there is nothing special about it and nothing old about it. That puts things in a quandary.

It turns out the "relic" is just a message for Father Kristofferson to stop what he is planning. That plan is to cause great pain and agony for the organized Catholic Church that Father Kristofferson believes has hurt more people than helped. He has sought out young people who have been hurt by the church and hurt by dysfunctional families.

This group, The Gathering has an "Inner Circle" of young people who are planning a major terrorist event across the United States. Things have been put into place to cause major destruction and bring attention to the Catholic Church and to Christ as being fake, or at least a tool for abusing power and people.

Jake, Amanda and Professor Orloff need to figure out what is happening, when it is happening and how to stop it.

The character development of the book is awesome. The different plot lines are all well developed and come together to form one major plot that is the gist of the story. You will follow the Bannon's as well as a dysfunctional Chicago family, the Priest, his special assistant and then Cardinal Roland as they all converge to a stunning conclusion.

Well written, fun to read and also sad in a way.


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