Vatican Shadows

Last month I blogged its release and now I’m pleased to add my review for Ray Keating’s latest in his Pastor Stephen Grant series, Vatican Shadows.

Vatican Shadows Review

The thirteenth in this series not only jumps off from the last book,  The Traitorbut it also picks up from themes and ideas from the first novel of them all, Warrior Monk! It’s action-packed and full of Luther-embracing, ecumenical optimism. 🙂 

One new character in particular added insight and sort of a reversed situation of Stephen Grant. I liked that.

Yes, there are a few steamy scenes. Yes, there’s some language. Violence? Yep. But there is also a persistent drive to work toward the healing and restoration between Christian denominations.

Hus, Luther, and an amazingly Luther-friendly pope play important parts to this story, and serious developments will obviously affect novels to come.

Another fun read in what I might call the genre of ecclesiastical political thriller. 

Series Review

Here are the Pastor Stephen Grant novels & short stories in order with my reviews:

1. Warrior Monk (2010) (Reviewed here)
2. Root of All Evil? (2012) (Reviewed here)
3. An Advent for Religious Liberty (2012) (Reviewed here)
4. The River (2014) (Reviewed here)
5. Murderer’s Row (2015) (Reviewed here)
6. Wine Into Water (2016) (Reviewed here)
7. Lionhearts (2017) (Reviewed here)
8. Reagan Country (2018) (I missed reviewing one! I know I read it and enjoyed it. Huh.)

9. Heroes & Villains (2018) (short story) (Reviewed here)
10. Shifting Sands (2018) (short story) (Reviewed here)
11. Deep Rough (July 16, 2019) (Reviewed HERE here, above)
12. The Traitor (December 9, 2019) (novella?) (Reviewed here)

13. Vatican Shadows (November 30, 2020) (Reviewed here)

Also, do you know about this: A Discussion Guide for Ray Keating’s Warrior Monk (2019)?

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