The Vatican Secret by Peter Hogenkamp / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @phogenkampVT


A Marco Venetti Thriller Book 2

There is a nuclear weapon in the hands of the Vatican City’s deadliest enemy. And time is running out to stop an attack…

Marco Venetti, the only man the pope trusts, has tracked down the traitor who nearly succeeded in his mission to kill the pope. But the traitor holds a crucial piece of information: the name of the Russian mafioso in possession of a nuclear bomb.

Forced to work with a man he despises to prevent a deadly explosion, Marco sets a trap for the Russians. Inside the stone walls of an ancient castle in Portugal, surrounded by high mountains, he waits to ambush his target. But a double-cross ruins everything and he must flee, alone and without backup, leaving a trail of death and destruction behind.

All Marco knows is that the attack is imminent. And that to prevent it, he must enter a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that will take him across the continent, on land and by sea. With time running out, he will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. Because the secrets inside the Vatican may be the deadliest threat of all…




If you thought that Father Marco Venetti went through enough in the previous book and that it was high time he returned to his quiet home town, is very much mistaken. The author has a few more adventures up his sleeve for our priest.

Italy, Portugal, USA and Greece. These are the places Marco takes us on. It seems like a great tour to be on but it’s certainly not a peaceful holiday he is taking. In fact it’s not a holiday at all. He spends his time dodging bullets, trying to find a traitor, struggling with his feelings and most importantly staying alive.

Will he succeed in all of the above or has the enemy other plans?

You expect murder and betrayal being on top of the list with the mob, but shouldn’t people of the clergy not have other things on their minds? Most of them will agree. Unfortunately some of them see it differently and give in to the lure of money.

Another fast paced book that has you nailed to your seat. I was very happy to meet this James Bond dressed in a cassock again. 5 stars

Thank you, Peter Hogenkamp and Bookouture


About the author

Peter Hogenkamp was born in upstate New York and attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. (Go Crusaders!) He graduated in 1986 and was exiled to Europe for three years by his premedical adviser, for which he will be grateful the rest of his days. Spending the next three years – supposedly – teaching chemistry and algebra in Salzburg, Austria, he traveled extensively, drank a lot of beer and made many a lifelong friend. In his travels, he found dozens of great places for scenes in a thriller: castles perched on cliffs; monasteries tucked away in alpine valleys; villages built above rocky coastlines; cities soaked in history. When he isn’t writing or hiking with his strong-willed Cairn Terrier, Hermione, Peter practices medicine with his lovely wife, Lisa (who does most of the heavy lifting), hosts Your Health Matters, which airs on cable television, streams on YouTube and sounds off on podcast, and tends to the needs of his four children.


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