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Windswept House

Malachi Martin
Windswept House

Windswept House

Malachi Martin

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"In Biblical times they would have called him a prophet," said The Dallas Morning News of Malachi Martin. The Houston Chronicle dubbed him "one of the people most knowledgeable about the inner workings of the Vatican currently writing about the church." In Windswept House, this brilliant theologian and writer offers a gripping, provocative novel of faith and betrayal, power and conspiracy, within and without the walls of the Vatican. As the Cold War ends and the Soviet government collapses, a secret international association of political, religious, and financial leaders at last sees a clear path to a new world order--the establishment of a single global government and economy. Their modus operandi: taking control of the Roman Catholic Church by forcing the Pope's resignation and seizing power through a network of co-opted cardinals. Their perfect pawns: a pair of American brothers, one a lawyer and one a priest, scions of an old Texas family based at Windswept House, who will be placed as unknowing operatives within the Vatican. What the conspirators cannot know is that, while one brother will play along willingly, the other will become one of the Pope's closest allies--and that within their own ranks lies another, more secret group, with aims even more ambitious and deadly than their own. Complex and thrilling, set against a backdrop as broad as the world and as intimate as the most rarefied chambers of Vatican power and privilege, Windswept House is as vivid and immediate as today's headlines--and tomorrow's.

- Publisher History as Prologue: End Signs 1957 Diplomats schooled in harsh times and in the toughest ways of finance, trade and international rivalry are not much given to omens.Still, today's enterprise brimmed with such promise that the six Foreign Ministers who gathered in Rome on March 25, 1957, felt that everything surrounding them--the rock-solid centrality of Europe's premier city, the cleansing winds, the open skies, the benign smile of the day's climate--was fortune's very cloak of blessing drawn about them as they laid the foundation stone for a new edifice of nations. As partners in the creation of a new Europe that would sweep away the squabbling nationalism that had so often split this ancient delta, these six men and their governments were one in their faith that they were about to open their lands to a wider economic horizon and a taller political sky than had ever been contemplated.They were about to sign the treaties of Rome.They were about to create the European Economic Community. In recent memory, nothing but death and destruction had been spawned in their capitals.Only the year before, the Soviets had underscored their expansionist determination in the blood of Hungary's attempted uprising; any day Soviet armor could roll across Europe.No one expected the U.S.A.and its Marshall Plan to carry forever the burdens of building the new Europe.Nor did any European government wish to be clamped between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. in a rivalry that could only deepen in the decades ahead. As if already accustomed to acting as one in the face of such reality, all six ministers signed on as founders of the EEC.The three representatives of the Benelux nations, because Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were the very crucible in which the idea of a new Europe had been tried and found true.Or at least true enough.The minister representing France, because his country would be the beating heart of the new Europe, as it had always been of the old Europe.Italy, because his country was the living soul of Europe.West Germany, because the world would never shunt his country aside again. So the European Community was born.There were toasts to the geopolitical visionaries who had made this day possible.To Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet of France; to Konrad Adenauer of West Germany; to Paul-Henri Spaak of Belgium. And there were congratulations all around.It wouldn't be long before Denmark, Ireland and England would see the wisdom of the new venture.And, while they might require some patient help, Greece, Portugal and Spain would join as well. Of course, there was the matter of holding the Soviets at bay.And there was the matter of finding a new center of gravity.But no doubt about it: the nascent EEC was the cutting edge of the new Europe that had to come if Europe was to survive. When all the signing and sealing and toasting were done, the moment came for the distinctively Roman ritual and privilege of diplomats: an audience with the octogenarian Pope in the Apostolic Palace on Vatican Hill. Seated on his traditional papal throne amid the panoply of Vatican ceremonial in an ornate sala, His Holiness Pius XII received the six ministers and their entourages with smiling countenance.His welcome was sincere.His remarks were brief.His attitude was of a longtime owner and resident of a vast property giving some pointers to newly arrived and intending residents. Europe, the Holy Father recalled, had had its eras of greatness when a common faith had animated the h

- Publisher "The Cold War has ended. The Soviet Empire has imploded. With a scope and daring not possible until now, an unlikely international alliance of top-level political, financial, and religious interests sees the way clear at last to its ultimate goal: the establishment of a single global society. Utopia." "With nothing in common but immense power and a towering ambition for still more - with world unity and prosperity as their slogan; with betrayal, scandal, and murder as their ready weapons - these men have the means and the will to capture as their own the perfect global machinery for their plans: the oldest, wiliest, and most stable political chancery in the world. The Vatican." "At the vortex of this lethal struggle already engulfing the society of nations stand the embattled Pope, a geopolitical genius whose elimination is the short-term solution to a long-term goal; and two American brothers, Paul and Christian Gladstone, one a lawyer and the other a priest, who appear to be the perfect pawns. One falls prey to the sharp teeth of greed for power. But what the conspirators cannot know is that the other will become one of the Slavic Pontiff's closest allies... or that he will discover the darkest of hidden things at the very heart of papal Rome." "From America to Europe to Russia, in broad landscapes and clandestine corridors, a rich and varied cast - presidents and politicos, simple saints and savvy sinners, popes and pope-makers and papal wannabes - clash with each other amid dramatic and sometimes bloody events that will affect the destiny of every person alive today, and every person yet to be born."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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"In Biblical times they would have called him a prophet," said The Dallas Morning News of Malachi Martin. The Houston Chronicle dubbed him "one of the people most knowledgeable about the inner workings of the Vatican currently writing about the church." In Windswept House, this brilliant theologian and writer offers a gripping, provocative novel of faith and betrayal, power and conspiracy, within and without the walls of the Vatican. As the Cold War ends and the Soviet government collapses, a secret international association of political, religious, and financial leaders at last sees a clear path to a new world order--the establishment of a single global government and economy. Their modus operandi: taking control of the Roman Catholic Church by forcing the Pope's resignation and seizing power through a network of co-opted cardinals. Their perfect pawns: a pair of American brothers, one a lawyer and one a priest, scions of an old Texas family based at Windswept House, who will be placed as unknowing operatives within the Vatican. What the conspirators cannot know is that, while one brother will play along willingly, the other will become one of the Pope's closest allies--and that within their own ranks lies another, more secret group, with aims even more ambitious and deadly than their own. Complex and thrilling, set against a backdrop as broad as the world and as intimate as the most rarefied chambers of Vatican power and privilege, Windswept House is as vivid and immediate as today's headlines--and tomorrow's.
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History as Prologue: End Signs 1957 Diplomats schooled in harsh times and in the toughest ways of finance, trade and international rivalry are not much given to omens.Still, today's enterprise brimmed with such promise that the six Foreign Ministers who gathered in Rome on March 25, 1957, felt that everything surrounding them--the rock-solid centrality of Europe's premier city, the cleansing winds, the open skies, the benign smile of the day's climate--was fortune's very cloak of blessing drawn about them as they laid the foundation stone for a new edifice of nations. As partners in the creation of a new Europe that would sweep away the squabbling nationalism that had so often split this ancient delta, these six men and their governments were one in their faith that they were about to open their lands to a wider economic horizon and a taller political sky than had ever been contemplated.They were about to sign the treaties of Rome.They were about to create the European Economic Community. In recent memory, nothing but death and destruction had been spawned in their capitals.Only the year before, the Soviets had underscored their expansionist determination in the blood of Hungary's attempted uprising; any day Soviet armor could roll across Europe.No one expected the U.S.A.and its Marshall Plan to carry forever the burdens of building the new Europe.Nor did any European government wish to be clamped between the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. in a rivalry that could only deepen in the decades ahead. As if already accustomed to acting as one in the face of such reality, all six ministers signed on as founders of the EEC.The three representatives of the Benelux nations, because Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were the very crucible in which the idea of a new Europe had been tried and found true.Or at least true enough.The minister representing France, because his country would be the beating heart of the new Europe, as it had always been of the old Europe.Italy, because his country was the living soul of Europe.West Germany, because the world would never shunt his country aside again. So the European Community was born.There were toasts to the geopolitical visionaries who had made this day possible.To Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet of France; to Konrad Adenauer of West Germany; to Paul-Henri Spaak of Belgium. And there were congratulations all around.It wouldn't be long before Denmark, Ireland and England would see the wisdom of the new venture.And, while they might require some patient help, Greece, Portugal and Spain would join as well. Of course, there was the matter of holding the Soviets at bay.And there was the matter of finding a new center of gravity.But no doubt about it: the nascent EEC was the cutting edge of the new Europe that had to come if Europe was to survive. When all the signing and sealing and toasting were done, the moment came for the distinctively Roman ritual and privilege of diplomats: an audience with the octogenarian Pope in the Apostolic Palace on Vatican Hill. Seated on his traditional papal throne amid the panoply of Vatican ceremonial in an ornate sala, His Holiness Pius XII received the six ministers and their entourages with smiling countenance.His welcome was sincere.His remarks were brief.His attitude was of a longtime owner and resident of a vast property giving some pointers to newly arrived and intending residents. Europe, the Holy Father recalled, had had its eras of greatness when a common faith had animated the h
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"The Cold War has ended. The Soviet Empire has imploded. With a scope and daring not possible until now, an unlikely international alliance of top-level political, financial, and religious interests sees the way clear at last to its ultimate goal: the establishment of a single global society. Utopia." "With nothing in common but immense power and a towering ambition for still more - with world unity and prosperity as their slogan; with betrayal, scandal, and murder as their ready weapons - these men have the means and the will to capture as their own the perfect global machinery for their plans: the oldest, wiliest, and most stable political chancery in the world. The Vatican." "At the vortex of this lethal struggle already engulfing the society of nations stand the embattled Pope, a geopolitical genius whose elimination is the short-term solution to a long-term goal; and two American brothers, Paul and Christian Gladstone, one a lawyer and the other a priest, who appear to be the perfect pawns. One falls prey to the sharp teeth of greed for power. But what the conspirators cannot know is that the other will become one of the Slavic Pontiff's closest allies... or that he will discover the darkest of hidden things at the very heart of papal Rome." "From America to Europe to Russia, in broad landscapes and clandestine corridors, a rich and varied cast - presidents and politicos, simple saints and savvy sinners, popes and pope-makers and papal wannabes - clash with each other amid dramatic and sometimes bloody events that will affect the destiny of every person alive today, and every person yet to be born."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Malachi Martin

"New York Times" Bestselling author Kat Martin lives in Montana and has written over 20 novels. She is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and History. Look for her next historical romance available soon from Pocket Books. Visit her website at www.katbooks.com.

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  • Catalogue Code 118009
  • Product Code 0385484089
  • EAN 9780385484084
  • Pages 656
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Doubleday
  • Publication Date May 1996
  • Dimensions 240 x 170 x 44 mm
  • Weight 1.030kg

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