Shout in the Dark
Mystery, Detective, Suspense, Thriller, Action
Rating 4.0 out of 5.0 Dec. 15, 2015
Marco Sartini became a Catholic Priest at the age of thirty. Before he was assigned to a parish, he got involved in a search for a bronze likeness of Christ. In 1980, the bronze bust was hidden in the bowels of the Vatican until it disappeared. A group of Neo-Nazis plan to steal the relic to claim Hitler and Christ were both Aryans.
The relic is the only likeness of Christ known to exist, and two other groups who will kill for the relic are hoping Marco will lead them to the prize.
The plot held my interest and was fast moving as the search crossed Italy and moved to France. The bad guys, both German and Italian were set on capturing the relic and were willing to commit murder to wrest it away from its finders.
On the negative side, the author has inserted far too many German and Italian words of which most English speaking readers have no idea as to the meaning.
Editing errors are not frequent, but they are distracting when they occur.
The characters are well developed and mostly consistent, but I disliked Laura because she was too demanding and wimpy. Marco vacillated between being a celibate priest and a horny young buck. His one way attraction to Laura became tiring and painted him as weak and naive. Then when that affair ended, he focused on Natalia.
I rate Shout in the Dark a weak 4.0
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