Author: Peter Hogenkamp

Publication Date: April 15, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

There is a nuclear weapon in the hands of the Vatican City’s deadliest enemy. And time is running out to stop an attack…

Marco Venetti, the only man the pope trusts, has tracked down the traitor who nearly succeeded in his mission to kill the pope. But the traitor holds a crucial piece of information: the name of the Russian mafioso in possession of a nuclear bomb.

Forced to work with a man he despises to prevent a deadly explosion, Marco sets a trap for the Russians. Inside the stone walls of an ancient castle in Portugal, surrounded by high mountains, he waits to ambush his target. But a double-cross ruins everything and he must flee, alone and without backup, leaving a trail of death and destruction behind.

All Marco knows is that the attack is imminent. And that to prevent it, he must enter a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that will take him across the continent, on land and by sea. With time running out, he will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. Because the secrets inside the Vatican may be the deadliest threat of all…

The Vatican Secret is an explosive thriller full of treachery, international conspiracy and non-stop action. Fans of Joel C. Rosenberg, Tom Clancy and Steven Konkoly will be completely gripped.

Book Review

The Vatican Secret is an action packed novel about a priest trying to save the Vatican. Marco has to stop an attack on the Vatican and discover who the traitor is. Marco sees two possibilities for the traitor, one that Marco is convinced is innocent and one that Marco trusts. Marco is an interesting character, and it was interesting seeing him make decisions he thought were bad but didn’t have a better option. Marco is a priest that is killing the bad guys. The Vatican Secret is the second book in the Marco Vanetti Thriller series. The book can be read as a standalone, but I think you would miss a lot. I recommend starting with The Vatican Conspiracy Theory. The characters are a big part of this book. All of my favorite characters returned. My only complaint is I wish Sarah was in the book more. The Vatican Secret is full of action that kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t figure out who the traitor was and enjoyed going on the journey with Marco. I also enjoy all the different point of views in this book even the bad guys. I recommend The Vatican Secret.

Thank you Bookouture and NetGalley for The Vatican Secret.

About the Author

Peter Hogenkamp was born in upstate New York and attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. (Go Crusaders!) He graduated in 1986 and was exiled to Europe for three years by his premedical adviser, for which he will be grateful the rest of his days. Spending the next three years – supposedly – teaching chemistry and algebra in Salzburg, Austria, he traveled extensively, drank a lot of beer and made many a lifelong friend. In his travels, he found dozens of great places for scenes in a thriller: castles perched on cliffs; monasteries tucked away in alpine valleys; villages built above rocky coastlines; cities soaked in history. When he isn’t writing or hiking with his strong-willed Cairn Terrier, Hermione, Peter practices medicine with his lovely wife, Lisa (who does most of the heavy lifting), hosts Your Health Matters, which airs on cable television, streams on YouTube and sounds off on podcast, and tends to the needs of his four children.

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