A beloved Pope has been kidnapped. His ransom: the President of the United States. The world watches as Cadyn Tunn, the crucified Vicar of Christ, is paraded across the world stage by Islamist captors via Internet streaming video, setting in motion a series of earth-shattering events designed to force President Bryce McIntyre to make the ultimate decision – her life for that of the Pope’s.
The Vatican is shaken to the core. Disgraced Swiss Guard Captain Rodolphe Giger seeks to redeem his shattered reputation, and save his Pontiff, before it is too late, while malevolent Prince of the Church Lucano Cardinal Oddi prepares to commit the most mortal of sins. A continent away, a psychological duel to the death ensues between terrorist cell doyen Fatimah Saad and the tormented Tunn, himself a one-time Australian special ops agent. In Washington, D.C., Star News Network producer Madelyn Cacy receives a series of startling emails F.Y.E.O. – “For Your Eyes Only,” casting her into the center of the maelstrom, like it or not. Meanwhile, Fatimah’s mysterious inamorato holds a secret that will bring an unsuspecting shell-shocked audience the world over to its knees.
For the Vatican, the only end-game is to bring the Pope back alive. Or is it? In the windswept Sahara, Fatimah knows only life and death, and one matters not more than the other, as the Pontiff simultaneously holds her spellbound while stoking her rage. Secluded in Washington, the President has a chance – a final one – to right a lifetime of wrongs.
Each will be thrust into a cauldron that will test the very fiber of their souls. From a subterranean shelter beneath the White House to a holding cell in the shadows of Saint Peter’s Basilica, from the bedroom of a Cairo hotel to a lonely bunker in the vast wasteland of the Sahara, decisions large and small will determine if the keys of heaven can be protected from the powers of hell.
In Washington, D.C. and the Vatican, the clock is ticking.
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Retired and writing full-time now, I am a former pastor and administrator at a human services organization, holding a Master of Divinity degree. I have been a weekly columnist for The Catholic Spirit, a contributor to The National Catholic Reporter, and an invited headline guest on ABC 20/20 and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation radio network.
Hailing originally from West Virginia, I now reside in Pennsylvania. Reading has been my passion since before I can remember. My brother carried a bat and ball. I carried a book. I still do. Lots of them. Some of them now have my name attached as the author. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing. I actually started as a playwright, wayyyy off-Broadway. In West Virginia, actually, in the basement of our family home. I wrote, directed and acted. My brother, reluctantly, took the stage too. Our parents watched. From an early age, I loved the act of creating – characters, scenes, stories – something that didn’t exist before and now, at the point of my pen, did. Later it was a journal. After that a column in a newspaper, articles in others, and radio and TV. Now it’s books. Fiction, mostly. I love a good story. I hope you will too. It’s all about ‘imagination,’ isn’t it? Yours and mine. When a writer and reader ‘imagine’ together, the world gets exponentially bigger – and a lot more fun to boot! I try to create stories that take me ‘somewhere else.’ I try to write something I would enjoy reading. Most especially, I try to write what I hope you will enjoy reading. If you don’t, I still enjoyed doing the writing. If you do, it’s the Fourth of July every day!
My books are under two names, P.E. Tedesco for fiction, and Paul Tedesco for non-fiction.
Papal Audience – A Thriller spins a fast-moving tale of evil infiltrating the Vatican at the highest level, with the life of both the Pope and the President of the United States hanging in the balance.
There’s No Place Like (Nursing) Home – Stories of Dementia, Dying and Peeing on the Christmas Tree is a brief memoir of real events – heart-rending and funny alike – surrounding my mother’s two-plus years in a nursing home, what dementia did to a once-beautiful mind and personality, and how we coped. I wrote it in hopes of helping others currently – or in the future – traversing the same troubled seas.
If you like suspense, you’ll like The Xystus Trophy…coming sometime in 2018!
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