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Must be the about 500th Catholic Church conspiracy thriller ...
am 24. Juni 2012
Another thriller about a conspiracy by the Catholic Church, ruthless in its aim to gain more and more power ... do we really need that? There is no doubt that the Christian churches (not only the Catholic one) have committed by far too many crimes throughout their history, as did other religions. But the Middle Age is over, and the thriller authors should adapt their plots. The whole book through, the reader is confronted with the thought that Christianity is always bad, whereas the old pagan religions are always good. Please!
Don't get me wrong: I really don't think that books criticizing monotheistic religions are never recommendable, but a good thriller can lose attraction if the plot is not realistic enough. The way the old Celtic religion is described as something oppressed even in free countries, such as Ireland, is exaggerated. In fact, anybody there can live their religion as they want to. That different religions are differently accepted in the public opinion cannot be seen as oppression. Being Catholic or Protestant can mean more danger in some parts of Ireland than believing in pagan principles.
By the way, the arguments the author mentions in this book against the Christian faith and in favour of Celtic principles are not that convincing. The Christian churches know quite well about the facts that lead to them being criticized: oppression of other religions and opinions by war, murder and torture, the misbehaviour of vicars, cardinals and so on. It is quite interesting to read these passages, though, but as I have said, they are not as convincing as Thore D. Hansen might think. His arguments are not new, partly thousands of years old, and eagerly discussed up to the present day. Nowadays - thank God - without having to fear measures like torture and death penalty.
But lets get to the plot, which is after all quite thrilling. The British major Sean MacClary discovers during the Second World War a cave where old Druid items, such as statues, parchments and other artefacts, are stored. He lets the cave seal to hide these treasures and leaves this place, for his military rank demands more important duties from him. Later, he asks his son Ronald to do further research regarding the old Druid items in the cave.
The years go by. Ronald MacClary studies archaeology and law and becomes a law professor. During his private researches, he discovers that the old Celtic religion is still alive, but desperately fought by the Catholic church, i. e. the Vatican itself. He gets to know people like Adam Shane and Thomas Ryan, who have the same problem: they believe in the old Druid principles, what is - at least in this book - a dangerous thing to do, even for citizens of free countries. The Vatican secret service gets to know that Ronald MacClary has gained information that could bring the Catholic Church to its ruin. So all measures are taken to bring discredit upon the law professor with Celtic roots.
After all, I have enjoyed reading that book. But, please, dear thriller authors, not another novel about a conspiracy by the Vatican! I really cannot believe that the Catholic Church has caused so many intrigues that all these books can be filled with them. If you want to please your readers, what about some new ideas?