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Featured Friday: A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller by Declan Finn

Title: A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller
Author: Declan Finn
ISBN-10: 1482553899
ISBN-13: 978-1482553895

Purchasing links:http://tinyurl.com/co5b7ry

Book blurb:
As the head of Vatican security, Giovanni Figlia must protect a new, African Pope who courts controversy every other day. The Pope's latest project is to make Pius XII, "Hitler's Pope," a saint. Things haven't gotten better since the Pope employed American mercenary Sean Ryan.

Then a body fell onto the Vatican doorstep.

Soon, a pattern emerges-- people who go into the Pius XII historical archives are dying. Each time, a priest has been in the background-- a priest close to the Pope. One of the victims was an al-Qaeda operative, drawing Scott "Mossad" Murphy of Israeli intelligence to Rome.

Now, Ryan, Murphy and Figlia must join forces to unravel the mystery around the Vatican, as even the man Giovanni is supposed to protect looks like a suspect. To get out of this alive, they must discover if Hitler's Pope was a Nazi collaborator, or a pious man.

Announcement trailer: http://youtu.be/1RhluSCj02M
“Ultimate trailer” (the announcement trailer, without the intro): http://youtu.be/HTNSFGzF_9U
“Bear Witness” Trailer: http://youtu.be/vQihR0Muui4
Character trailers
The “Papal security” trailer: http://youtu.be/ETo-V3KX5jc
The Mossad Trailer: http://youtu.be/0bJCTJLhJlM

Author bio:
Declan Finn
Declan Finn lives in a part of New York City unreachable by bus or subway. Who's Who has no record of him, his family, or his education. He has been trained in hand to hand combat and weapons at the most elite schools in Long Island, and figured out nine ways to kill with a pen when he was only fifteen. He escaped a free man from Fordham University's PhD program, and has been on the run ever since. There was a brief incident where he was branded a terrorist, but only a court order can unseal those records, and really, why would you want to know?

Author Website: declanfinn.webs.com
Blog: apiusman.blogspot.com

Review comments:

"Holy Heck! A Rollicking Good Read! “ Stuart R. West, author of Tex, The Witch Boy

“If you enjoy thrillers that are big on excitement and action, and heavy on detail with a lot of research well applied, then A Pius Man is for you.    ”  Karina Fabian, author of Neeta Lyffe: Zombie Exterminator.  http://fabianspace.blogspot.com/2013/04/mini-review-pius-man-by-declan-finn.html

"If you're looking for a compelling read that combines historical fact with creative fiction, you'll love A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller."  ~Daria Anne DiGiovanni, author of Water Signs.      http://www.dariadigiovanni.com/a-review-of-a-pius-man-a-holy-thriller-update-book-now-available/

“A Pius Man is a great book,” Keith Thompson, author of Once A Spy (personal communication)
If you don't count that, then...

“I enjoyed this fast-paced thriller that begins with a bang (an explosion and two murders) and ends with a bang (lots of killing inside the Vatican walls) and has lots of action in between.”  Ellen Gable, author of Stealing Jenny (amazon reviews)

Mini Interview:

Why did you write this book?
Because I’m not only a nerd, I’m an angry nerd. (Laughs.)  Seriously, A Pius Man was a graduate paper gone wild.  I had been studying Eugenio Pacelli – Pope Pius XII, the Pope of World War II, sometimes known as “Hitler’s Pope,” reading books and articles and even scanning microfiche.  And I came across some things that most fiction – and even some history books – had completely and utterly missed.  After that, I decided that it was time for some “revisionist history.” If the truth can be a revision.

And let's face it, there are people who have picked up more “history” from Dan Brown than from schooling.  The only difference is that my history has footnotes.

Anything in particular you'd like to share about this book or it's creation?
It will be the best book you've read this year.  Why?  It's got action, romance, true love, and enough action for two Avengers' films.  Politically, it's so well balanced that I've had a liberal atheist and a Catholic conservative  love this book, so you'll probably enjoy it, even if you don't agree with it.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

Sequels to A Pius Man, and my other novel, Codename: Winterborn.