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Randy England's novel, "The Last Fisherman," is a story of the final war between darkness and light. Brendan Shea is a young parish priest about to be thrust into the stream of history not long before its end. Old Pope Clement XV struggles to govern a splintering Catholic Church. He selects eight trusted cardinals and assigns them the task of electing the next pope and successor to Simon Peter, the fisherman from Galilee. Brendan Shea is their choice. Falsely accused of murder, Brendan is rejected by the majority of Catholic Cardinals. They elect an antipope, the so-called John XXIV, who allies with the newly appointed president of Europe: the charismatic, wonder-working Mason Wolfe. Only a miracle can free Brendan Shea and send him to Israel, where he leads his underground Church in exile. In Jerusalem the fugitive Pope makes ready for the persecution which the ruthless Wolfe is preparing. When Wolfe springs his trap on the struggling Church, Brendan's prayers are answered when help steps off the pages of the Old Testament onto the streets of modern day Jerusalem. Beginning in Jerusalem, they must re-evangelize the whole world before the final, thundering showdown between Brendan Shea and the enemy
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Without a doubt this ranks as one of the most exciting novels I have ever read. I am not sure it is really fair to call it a fictional novel. The way he blended current events with believable characters was enough to make anyone question if "the final war between darkness and light" will be decided within the next several years. Pope John Paul even recently commented about the reasonableness of wondering such things. England's novel portrays the final show down between the antichrist and the last Bishop of Rome, who interestingly enough both come from America. Not only does he make it believable, but if anyone in Hollywood is smart they'll try to get rights to turn this book into a movie. Anyone who reads the first twenty-five pages will be incapable of wanting to do anything else except finish the book, and the ending is well worth it. I was drawn-in to feeling anxious for the people involved in the events, and wanting to cry for the people who died heroes. That's what shocked me. Books don't affect me like that, but this one did. Usually, it takes a great movie to make me feel that way. Go buy this book -- South Plains Catholic, September 19, 1999, Matthew Tsakanikas
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Book Description Convent Hill Publishing, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0967360706
Book Description Convent Hill Publishing, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0967360706