Ceremony of Innocence: A Novel

3.71 avg rating
( 41 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781586177317: Ceremony of Innocence: A Novel

Riots. Terrorist attacks. Neo-Nazi violence.

In modern-day Germany, journalist Catriona McClelland has seen it all while covering the contemporary European scene for a Catholic news organization. Keeping herself above the political fray in her professional life, she has also managed to keep herself from personal entanglements-still hurt from the wounds of a broken relationship. Things come to a head when her boyfriend Dennis, frustrated with a lack of commitment, leaves her for Suzy Davis, an idealistic young Canadian who is involved with a left-wing protest movement. But when Suzy is murdered... who is complicit and who is innocent?

Ripped from the headlines, Ceremony of Innocence is a very contemporary novel of Europe on the edge of social breakdown. Train stations are bombed and migrants targeted for violence as journalists and other tastemakers watch from their positions of privilege.

Dorothy Cummings McLean's realistic narrative does not describe the feats of heroes. Rather, it unnervingly lays bare the way religious faith and moral reasoning can be easily manipulated and compromised.



“I highly recommend this enjoyable, interesting and well-written novel that gives rare insight into present-day Germany.”

-- Piers Paul Read, Author, Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

“McLean opens a disturbing window into a parallel world where twenty-first century Catholics walk the line between the ceremony and the reality of innocence. Amidst hedonism, Neo-Nazism, banal leftism and militant Islam lurk murder and treachery with only the merest hint of redemption. Bewildering and exhilarating by turns.”

-- Alan Fimister, Ph.D., International Theological Institute

“A fast-paced thriller in which Terrorist International wages war against Europe, America and Christian civilization. All human life is here-drugs and degenerate music; neo-Nazis, enigmatic spooks and terrified Muslim immigrants; bombs, quarrelling lovers and scheming Eurotrash-and, underpinning everything is sorrow, contrition and hope.”

-- Stuart Reid, former editor, The Spectator

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Dorothy Cummings McLean is a Canadian writer living abroad. She is a regular contributor to the Canadian Catholic Register. Her first book, Seraphic Singles: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Single Life, is a popular work of nonfiction.

Review:

A terrifying voyage into a sinister underworld of political extremism and spiritual confusion. Set in and around Germany, Ceremony of Innocence, is replete with dark secrets, betrayals and above all, damaged young people struggling to find a sense of purpose amid the moral chaos of near-contemporary Europe. The novel s stunning climax is reminiscent of an early Graham Greene plot and will leave the reader reeling with shock. --Fiorella De Maria, Author, Poor Banished Children

I have long enjoyed Cumming McLean's journalism, so it's no surprise that this book is a true joy to read. In a literary world increasingly distended with stale predictability, it's so energizing to read something genuinely original and vibrant. --Michael Coren, TV Host, Author, Why Catholics Are Right

An exciting debut novel well-paced, intelligent, and suspenseful. In the style of Graham Greene, Dorothy McLean has placed her characters on the knife edge between terror and salvation. --Richard Greene, Ph.D., Professor of English, University of Toronto

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

McLean, Dorothy Cummings
Published by Ignatius Press 2013-10-14 (2013)
ISBN 10: 1586177311 ISBN 13: 9781586177317
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ignatius Press 2013-10-14, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1586177311 We guarantee all of our items - customer service and satisfaction are our top priorities. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Bookseller Inventory # TM-1586177311

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Dorothy Cummings McLean
Published by Ignatius Press (2013)
ISBN 10: 1586177311 ISBN 13: 9781586177317
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ignatius Press, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1586177311

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Dorothy Cummings McLean
Published by Ignatius Press (2013)
ISBN 10: 1586177311 ISBN 13: 9781586177317
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ignatius Press, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111586177311

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 31.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Mclean, Dorothy Cummings
Published by Ignatius Pr (2013)
ISBN 10: 1586177311 ISBN 13: 9781586177317
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ignatius Pr, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 189 pages. 9.25x6.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk1586177311

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 35.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.91
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Dorothy Cummings McLean
Published by Ignatius Press (2013)
ISBN 10: 1586177311 ISBN 13: 9781586177317
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Nearfine Books
(Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ignatius Press, 2013. Book Condition: new. Shiny and new! Expect delivery in 20 days. Bookseller Inventory # 9781586177317-1

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

McLean, Dorothy Cummings
Published by Ignatius Press
ISBN 10: 1586177311 ISBN 13: 9781586177317
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ignatius Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1586177311 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0700420

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds