“The Devil Will come” was published in 2014 and was written by Glenn Cooper (http://www.glenncooperbooks.com). Mr. Cooper has published 7 novels.
I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence and some Mature Language. This Thriller novel is set primarily in Rome, Italy. Different scenes in the novel are in contemporary times, the century after Jesus Christ was crucified, and in London of the 1500s.
The primary character is Elizabetta Celestino. Celestino first appears when she is an archeology graduate student. Soon after she begins investigating a newly uncovered part of the Rome catacombs, she and her fiancé are attacked. After he does Celestino leaves graduate school and becomes a nun. A decade later Celestino is asked by the church to assist with new discoveries in the catacombs that relate to her earlier research.
Since the early Roman times the Lemures, humans with a tail appendage, have been skulking in the shadows. They are evil and seek power at the expense of others. They also developed a hatred for the Catholic church since the time of Christ. A recent catacombs cave in has uncovered the remains of several of their kind from Roman times. They do all in their power to cover up the discovery and block any further investigation.
The Pope dies of cancer and the Catholic church prepares to elect a new Pope. Just days before the conclave is to gather, the remains in the catacombs are uncovered revealing humans with tails. The Vatican wants to keep this quiet afraid of what the public reaction will be. They ask (more like order) Celestino to assist with the investigation.
The Lemures are avid believers in astrology and there is a long standing prediction that there will only be 112 more Popes after the prediction is made. That means that the new Pope to be elected will be the last. They set about using their accumulated power and wealth to make sure that the prediction will come true. They will let no one stand in their way, and more than one person falls victim to their ruthless efforts.
This Thriller deals heavily with the Catholic church and the Vatican, as well as the long standing conspiracy of the Lemures to stay hidden, yet acquire wealth and power. This originally seemed to be leaning towards the occult, but it turned out to be a straight Thriller. I spent a little less than 8 hours with this novel and enjoyed it. It reminded me a little of Dan Brown’s “Robert Langdon” series of novels, but came at the plot from an angle different enough to make this novel unique. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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