Afternoon folks!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and have a good week ahead of you.   Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for The Vatican Conspiracy by Peter Hogenkamp, an action packed thriller that will keep you on your toes…

book blurb & Info

“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…” Marco Venetti has heard the words thousands of times before. But this is a cry for help, not absolution—and soon Marco finds himself racing against time to foil a conspiracy aimed at the heart of the Vatican…

It is an ordinary day in Marco Venetti’s quiet coastal parish—but the woman who’s come to confess is not ordinary. Marco has always been drawn to beautiful Elena, and she brings news that will shatter his peace.

Elena’s sister and daughter have been kidnapped, to force her to bring a gang of ruthless men into the country—if she doesn’t, her family will be brutally killed. But if she obeys, many more innocents will die… In her desperation she turns to Marco, knowing his time in the military has given him the skills she needs. Determined to protect her, Marco draws on the violent past he has tried to forget.

A terrifying battle on a rocky island offshore leaves no survivors. But after the last man is dead, Marco finds a note on one of the men’s bodies, a map that reveals their ultimate goal: a deadly terrorist attack on the Vatican City itself.

Marco and Elena find themselves racing to reach the Vatican City, and stop the deadly threat against the pope. But Marco quickly realises that his mission isn’t over. Accompanied by a CIA assassin, Marco must prevent a deadly weapon falling into the wrong hands or see a truly apocalyptic outcome. Once more he must confront his own darker nature, and decide whether a man of God can justify going to war…

For fans of Joel C. Rosenberg, Tom Clancy and Steven Konkoly, The Vatican Conspiracy is a non-stop explosive thriller of betrayal, revenge and world-shaking conspiracy.

Published by: Bookouture on 20th October 2020

Formats Available: Paperback, Audiobook and eBook

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Apple ~ Kobo ~ Google


my thoughts

A brilliant plot, fantastic characters, a book full of action – this will have your heart racing!

Marco is a brilliant character.  A Jesuit priest who is ex forces, and is a dab hand with a gun!  He’s definitely like the priest version of Jame Bond!  He seems to be quite complex and constantly battles with his own feelings and actions.  But actually these things just make him come across as ‘just a man’ – feelings that actually are very normal….just maybe not for a Priest!  I absolutely loved the Pope and thought he was a fantastic character.  Sarah and Elena are both fantastic strong and powerful women – although they can come across as a bit cold at times, I really warmed to them both.  And there are some proper shady characters in this…..I’ll leave you to read about them for yourselves!

I enjoyed the storyline, although it took me a while to settle into the book.  At first I found it quite confusing keeping up with who was who, and with what was happening.  If you’re a big action fan though, this may not be a problem for you.  The action is full on from the beginning so be prepared to get sucked straight in.

The other thing I struggled with was the descriptions of streets and places.  I’ve never been to Vatican City and had no idea of where I was or what was going on.  But if you have been I can imagine that you could play this out in your mind superbly!  As for the descriptions of the scenery, these were well done and enjoyable to read.

Overall, a good action thriller that will keep you on your toes.  If it takes you a while to get into it it’s definitely worth persevering…I was so glad I did!  If you’re a fan of action then you will love this!  So if you’re looking for your next action packed read with some fantastic characters then check this out.  I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Book 2!



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.

Where to find Peter online: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

follow the tour

Thanks to Noelle for inviting me on to the tour, and to Peter and Bookouture for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful rest of your day my lovelies

Chelle x

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