The Pope's Stone



➤ [Epub] ➞ The Pope's Stone By Marc Kuhn ➮ – E17streets4all.co.uk THE POPE S STONE is a fascinating historical novel that follows the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas, descendants of the Barrington family of Virginia Each young man keeps life long journals which even THE POPE S STONE is a fascinating historical novel that follows the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas, descendants of the Barrington family of Virginia Each young man keeps life long journals which eventually reveal their The Pope's eBook Ò parallel lives lives that are mirrored by similar events and experiences, similar relationships and consequences The two, however, lived a century apart The only connections between them are their family heritage, their journals and the Pope s StoneThe Pope s Stone was a slab of engraved marble given to America inby Pope Pius IX It was to be embedded within the walls of the Washington Monument, then under construction in the nation s capital John Henry Barrington, a stonemason working at the Monument site, was persuaded to assist a small party of anti Catholic activists in stealing the Pope s Stone, smashing it to pieces and tossing them into the Potomac River The Pope s Stone was never to be seen again, except for a fragment that John Henry secretly kept for himself This small piece of the stone passes down through generations of Barringtons, leaving a path of hardship and unexpected tragedy for those who possess it Coincidence Bad karma, as Cousin Sarah calls it Or is it than that And, what role does the stone play in the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas These are some of the questions you ll be asking discover the answers in THE POPE S STONE.The Pope's Stone

Marc Kuhn is a former journalist and radio executive whose career spanned over years and included key programming and marketing positions at radio stations in Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Miami Fort Lauderdale Since retiring The Pope's eBook Ò he has become an independent author and has self published eleven books both for children and adults Two of Marc s children s books have been honored by the Literary Classics International Book Awards, ABOUT A FARM being selected as Best First Chapter Book, Marc s latest adult novel, AGAIN, won the first place award in General Fiction, Independent Book AwardsMarc lives in South Florida with his wife, Rosemarie Their son and daughter live nearby along with six grandchildren More information about Marc along with links to his books can be found at his personal website website at the.

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    The Pope's Stone PDF ´ The Pope's eBook Ò s capital John Henry Barrington, a stonemason working at the Monument site, was persuaded to assist a small party of anti Catholic activists in stealing the Pope s Stone, smashing it to pieces and tossing them into the Potomac River The Pope s Stone was never to be seen again, except for a fragment that John Henry secretly kept for himself This small piece of the stone passes down through generations of Barringtons, leaving a path of hardship and unexpected tragedy for those who possess it Coincidence Bad karma, as Cousin Sarah calls it Or is it than that And, what role does the stone play in the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas These are some of the questions you ll be asking discover the answers in THE POPE S STONE."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 229 pages
  • The Pope's Stone
  • Marc Kuhn
  • English
  • 12 May 2019

10 thoughts on “The Pope's Stone

  1. says:

    My Rating 5 starsThis book was read and reviewed for the author.The Pope s Stone is a work of historical fiction by the Author Mark Kuhn I would like to add a special vote of thanks to Monica for recommending the book to me Nathaniel Henry Barrington and Nicholas Henry Barrington have led a similar life although they have lived a century apart The twist and turn of events that they have both encountered in their lifetimes is not just coincidental but terrifically agnate to an extent that it My Rating 5 starsThis book was read and reviewed for the author.The Pope s Stone is a work of historical fiction by the Author Mark Kuhn I would like to add a special vote of thanks to Monica for recommending the book to me Nathaniel Henry Barrington and Nicholas Henry Barrington have led a similar life although they have lived a century apart The twist and turn of events that they have both encountered in their lifetimes is not just coincidental but terrifically agnate to an extent that its almost impossible to believe that they can be true And the only thing that has them connected is THE POPE S STONE And hence begins the interlinked stories of Nathaniel Henry Barrington and Nicholas Henry Barrington spun in a fantastic manner as only Mark could do write The story begin likes this John Henry Barrington, grandfather of Nathaniel Henry Barrington, 1854, who works as an artisan at the Washington monument was approached by four young men of an active political party to show them the Pope s Stone which was sent to America as a gift from Rome toward the construction of the Washington monument Together, the four men and John Henry Barrington break it to pieces and thrust it into the River Potomac but one piece was safely secured by John Henry Barrington contemplating it to be inexplicably valuable in years to come Hence, starts the journey of the marble slab being passed from one generation to next in the Barrington lineage until it rested with Nathaniel Henry Barrington, the grandson of John Henry Barrington.As the story unfolds, we find characteristic similarity in the lives of Nathaniel Henry Barrington and Nicholas Henry Barrington with the turn of exactly same events and incidents in the lives of both although Nathaniel lived in 1950s and Nicholas lived in 1980s The story starts to place in fall when Nicholas starts to dig out for the history of the stone and finds out the Nathaniel Henry Barrington was his great great grandfather Thanks to Mark for revealing the suspense all in good time in small digestible pieces What I like about the book Intricately woven tale that makes you keep turning pages with the under lying suspense which is brilliantly inter weaved amongst the lives of the 2 main characters Nathaniel and Nicholas A proof of the fact that the author has performed some amazing amount of research to take his story to a fantastically engaging level The characters have a tragedy based life with a very down to earth touch to their life style that one can find easy to feel as his own since not many of us the prince touch to our life styles In a way you feel growing emotionally stronger with the way the main characters have tackled the various challenges life throws at them I personally feel there is a lot to take away from the book.All in all, this book had my heart grievingthan a couple instances and I did so want to get into the book and hug Nathaniel and Nicholas for their sufferings and take away all the pain if I could that is The ending was kind of sad since I was expecting a happy turnout given the way the story was spun but also makes me want to believe that Mark might write a sequel to the story after all Ah just a reader s heart musing there actually To Mark, I am happy to have read this book since you sure seem to have a way with your words and your characters with the kind of gripping tale that this was I look forward to readingof your books.P.S I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of an honest review

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    This book took me by surprise I am usually not a Historical Fiction reader, but this book definitely got my attention The story was fantastic and gripping I found that I could not put this read down It took me on a roller coaster of emotions to say the least I found myselfthan once putting this book down and shaking my head in astonishment or drying my eyes Kuhn did a great job writing a gripping story The end for me was wonderful I liked how it technically was not an end.The c This book took me by surprise I am usually not a Historical Fiction reader, but this book definitely got my attention The story was fantastic and gripping I found that I could not put this read down It took me on a roller coaster of emotions to say the least I found myselfthan once putting this book down and shaking my head in astonishment or drying my eyes Kuhn did a great job writing a gripping story The end for me was wonderful I liked how it technically was not an end.The characters in this book were so easy to get involved in I found their gentlemanly ways and friendliness addicting Nicholas and Nathaniel were two guys I would have loved to meet I was so swept up in the story and how their lives seemed to correlate The tragedy these two suffered was unbearable I felt so horrible for them I could not imagine the grief they must have experienced Yet, I found that these parts of the book only added to the story This is what captivated me The authors willingness to include his readers in the heart wrenching details of his character s lives I just loved the way the author added a hint of romance in the novel The love they found was warming That is what made the tragic parts all the most heart wrenching The history was intriguing in this book I enjoyed reading the parts about the wars in this book The fact that the Washington Monument was the center of the story was interesting also The Pope s Stone definitely plays a huge part in the story and the lives of the characters I enjoyed how the concept came together so wonderfully I must say that the tragedy that ensued was quite devastating I found myself at points frustrated with the greed of man kind throughout this book I did appreciate how realistic is all turned out to be many people suffer for one persons mistake I have seen this first hand It was enlightening to watch how others suffered for John Henry s mistake I felt that the author was trying to bring to light the injustice others faced over the greed of another person The ending of this book at first was frustrating to me I found myself shouting but he repented and shaking my head Then I realized that the ending was quite genius In the real world, we have to suffer for our forefathers mistakes We bear the crosses that they should shoulder Therefore, the problems are always surrounding us and are not easily wiped away Not every book can have a happily ever after Kuhn definitely went for ashocking approach and mastered it In the end, I found that this book should not have ended any other way I would definitely recommend this book to readers It was a really good book Thank you Monica for involving me in this book review I received a copy of this book for an honest review Happy reading guys

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    They say everything starts with a cover, so let me begin my review with that The increasing font used for the three words of the title is appropriate it gaveemphasis on the stone Judging from the book blurb, one can know that the Stone has an important role in the story However, I think that the Washington monument was featured a bit smaller, thus decreasing its towering height I don t know if there is another reason for its size in the cover other than the slab of Stone and an opened They say everything starts with a cover, so let me begin my review with that The increasing font used for the three words of the title is appropriate it gaveemphasis on the stone Judging from the book blurb, one can know that the Stone has an important role in the story However, I think that the Washington monument was featured a bit smaller, thus decreasing its towering height I don t know if there is another reason for its size in the cover other than the slab of Stone and an opened journal are intended to appear bigger andprominent The story began in the 1850s, with the first chapter titled with date and place It was a descriptive introduction fitting to be a foundation of the story The history was established, actions were executed, and conflict was introduced All of these were done in just a single chapter, six pages in all There was brevity and creativity in the author s art of implanting this very first part of the book in the reader s mind It was a nice move, actually My attention was immediately captured by the pace of the story A well described and explained intro can be the make or break of a book and this novel has given its successful teaser.The second chapter started the same way with title, date, and place The date was 25 years after the first and the place different In here, the story started with Nathaniel Henry Barrington, a boy who just celebrated his 14th birthday He is a smart and inquisitive young man and his friend, Elizabeth, supported his likes and hobbies by giving him an elegant leather notebook The third chapter, 106 years after, Nicholas Henry Barrington also had his 14th birthday highlighted with a leather bound journal gift from his neighbor friend, Jennifer.On POVs and writingThe succeeding chapters became a continuation of the second and third chapters When I started the fourth one, I realized the importance of the chapter headings with the different dates and places They were to guide me about the generation I was reading It is a smart trick, that I appreciate the way the author wanted to make his chaptersunderstandable to his readers.The chapters were,often than not, kept on changing perspectives One chapter it would be Nathaniel the older narrating, then Nicholas the younger next Right now, it is worth noting that the author has an uncanny skill in living with the times When the perspective is with Nathaniel, the characters during that time possess the appropriate personalities that people at that period have I especially like the way they speak, all so formal and courteous When the perspective shifts with Nicholas, the atmosphere became different It became lighter,freely Or is it because it s my generation Anyway, I commend the author for being able to naturally capture two generationsthan a century apart It makes the storyrealistic and believable.Though it proved to be a good writing strategy, I somehow did not like the frequent shift of POVs Occasionally is okay, but it was done every other paragraph There were times I felt like Nathaniel and Nicholas were playing tennis due to their alternate chapter POVs It was dizzying In addition, there were many similarities between the two, and that s honestly okay, but narrating an occurrence in Nathaniel s time only to be echoed in Nicholas in the immediate succeeding chapter was a bit frustrating I can assume the reason for this though The author wanted to point out that Nathaniel experienced this situation a century ago and Nicholas had the same He wanted to show how utterly similar their lives became Perhaps the author did not want the readers to forget what happened in Nathaniel s life so he immediately followed Nicholas turn That s actually acceptable, but personally speaking, perhaps three chapters of Nathaniel s life then Nicholas would be better This way, the readers can be challenged to remember what happened in Nathaniel s life and soon, they ll have the Aha moment Another thing which I did not approve of is the number of tragedy and deaths in the story There were a lot Yes, they were all essential in the story, but still I am speaking in personal experience and I prefer fewer deaths because I tend to get quickly attached to a character I m weird So shoot me.Lastly, I was waiting to readabout the Pope s Stone in general When it got thrown in the Potomac, did everyone really stop there I was looking forstory and drama regarding the stone per se, but I also realized that the book wasn t pertaining about the rock, but to something that it symbolizes Well researched.But if there are low points, there are also flying ones What I like best in this novel is the rich history it presented I am not an American, but the author did not make me feel like an outsider I could easily grasp the story of the states And what sinteresting The foundation story and other parts of this novel are true The geeky part of me made a research especially about The Pope s Stone and was surprised to learn that it actually existed I am not sure if it s common knowledge since I didn t have American History class, but I was amazed just the same There were other stories that really happened in there the Oklahoma Territory of 1889, crews died in Khe Sanh, Vietnam, the confederates cemetery, etc This novel is very well researched It is such a commendable practice of being a historical fiction author Based on research, the author extracted his creative juices and weaved an imaginative story with his characters I used weaved because the lives of the two main characters were beautifully interlinked until the end Both lives were interesting enough to keep my fingers continuously leafing the pages of the book It was very fascinating and thought provoking I even created my own Barrington family tree to guide me while reading Like Nicholas, I slowly figured out his genealogy If what I did isn t a proof of how stimulating and entertaining this book is, I don t know what is.SummaryOverall, this book is an enjoyable read Fans of historical fiction will definitely love this one For others, they ll find their first love of history in this book There are some rooms for improvement, but they are small things that I am sure the author can work with The book ended in an open plot and I wonder if the author is planning to have a sequel Whatever the case may be, I will be looking forward to readadult novels by Marc Kuhn

  4. says:

    Book Adoration is currently hosting a giveaway for a paperback copy of The Pope s Stone and a journal to go along with it Reading The Pope s Stone was a big step out of my comfort zone I rarely read historical fiction There is no reason why I don t read historical fiction much It is just not my type of prefered reading But when Monica who is one of my bloggy friends recommended this book to me with much ethusiasm I decided that I should just dive head first into The Pope s Stone s fascinatin Book Adoration is currently hosting a giveaway for a paperback copy of The Pope s Stone and a journal to go along with it Reading The Pope s Stone was a big step out of my comfort zone I rarely read historical fiction There is no reason why I don t read historical fiction much It is just not my type of prefered reading But when Monica who is one of my bloggy friends recommended this book to me with much ethusiasm I decided that I should just dive head first into The Pope s Stone s fascinating story.I don t regret doing so at all.With an introduction that starts with a crime that involves a stone it is not at all hard to get interested in the story of The Pope s Stone And then there are the two following chapters one chapter introducing Nathaniel Henry Barrington and the other introducing Nicholas Henry Barrington The reader soon starts to notice that even though Nathaniel and Nicholas lives are separated by a century, their lives are very similar Every good event, every bad event, and every tragic these two boys both experience The reader must follow the story and find out what is happening.As you can see this novel has a great story Not only was it a great story it was executed well And it was thought provoking I found myself recording all the clues in my head I wanted to find the clues, piece them together, and solve the mystery I was flipping the pages with excitement And to be able to be excited by a story is all one can really ask for when reading a book The pacing is a bit slow but I thought that it worked really well In fact, the slowness made me want to read faster.Kuhn s prose is nothing short of excellent It is clear, easy to read and never becomes flowery The delivering of information was done with finesse and helped me understand the story better The only problem I had with the writing was the constant switching of POVs It made my head down at first, however, I did get used to it later on.Both the main characters and the minor characters were easy to get attached to Nicholas and Nathaniel were such friendly and polite people They were also very tragic characters I just wanted to jump in the story and whisper a hint to them and then discreetly pop back into the real world I just wanted the two boys to be safe We don t always get what we want though Kuhn puts his characters through a lot sniffles I am not by any means a knowledgeable person but the information that Kuhn presented in his novel seemed accurate and real He is also able to insert the information in the story in such a way that I was able to quickly understand Fun fact the Pope s Stone is real well, in the past anyways Still an interesting piece of information to know.The ending broke my heart and made me tear up a bit It was haunting because of its promise that nothing was over and that things will still continue It was an open ending and that might be why I didn t feel satisfied with it Even thought the ending was heartbreaking it was stilled flawed There is a lot questions that go unanswered and it kind if irked me.The Pope s Stone does have its flaws but overall it is a compelling mystery that will make a person think The slow pacing might not be for everyone but I would definitely recommend this book to history and mystery lovers I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I am grateful that I got the chance to read it

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    A good friend and my cyber sister Monica of Impressions of a Princess emailed me asking if I could review Mr Marc Kuhn s book I ve never read a single novel on historical fiction before but I decided to give The Pope s Stone a shot And yes, it did not disappoint.One thing I realized while reading the novel is that, even for a first time reader of a historical novel like me, Mr Marc s writing was easy to understand and incredibly fast paced I may have grown a new found love for history afte A good friend and my cyber sister Monica of Impressions of a Princess emailed me asking if I could review Mr Marc Kuhn s book I ve never read a single novel on historical fiction before but I decided to give The Pope s Stone a shot And yes, it did not disappoint.One thing I realized while reading the novel is that, even for a first time reader of a historical novel like me, Mr Marc s writing was easy to understand and incredibly fast paced I may have grown a new found love for history after leafing through the first few pages Chapters are dated, making it easier to follow which era you re in It begins with a brief introduction about John Henry Barrington, the Washington Monument construction, how the Pope s Stone got there and why a lot of people were outraged and wanted to destroy it.Chapter 2 dated April 1875, introduces us to Nathaniel Henry Barrington who was celebrating his 14th birthday With his curious mind full of worldly ideas and ponderings , I can relate to this kid at some point His friend, Elizabeth, whom he denies any flings with calling it as a brother sister relationship, gifted him a leather journal for his special day, and on that journal, he intended to record his life experiences On his very first journal entry, He mentioned he was only a year old when his father, Louis Barrington, died.In Chapter 3 dated April 1981, we meet another Barrington who also turned 14, Nicholas Barrington His interests lie on books, current events and science and technology On his birthday, he received a journal which he decided to keep to write about his life Just like Nathaniel, a girl gave it to him Really, the similarities between the two boys are highly recognizable.One thing I couldn t keep track of was the ever changing eras and perspectives It made me confused at first but I adjusted after awhile I was totally drawn in when I got to the next chapters The author did a great job in keeping me intrigued as I get to the best parts The whole story had my mind working and guessing The Stone was passed down through generations of the Barringtons and though the two boys, Nathaniel and Nicholas, lived centuries apart, they share the same fate.I only had little time to read the whole novel as I needed to post this review up I honestly thought I was not gonna finish reading it in time but my eyes were glued onto the computer screen, page after page The stone played a huge role in the lives of the two boys and their families I was caught in a whirlpool of emotions with all the tragedies because I can get really attached to fictional characters after getting to know them Time and place, I have concluded, no matter how brief and no matter how small, can have infinite influence on one s well being Nathaniel said this on one of his entries and it struck me Mr Marc Kuhn indeed has captured me with his writing abilities I love how well researched and straight up the facts are with this book The author turned those historical events and made it into his own All in all, a highly recommended book not only for bookworms and fans of historical fiction but for everyone Mr Marc Kuhn, you have earned yourself another fan I m starting to love historical novels because of this Expect that I ll be readingof your works in the future

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    Originally posted on my blog, Books Forget Me Knot.Marc Kuhn s debut adult novel, The Pope s Stone, couldn t have been any brilliantly written It is a tale of historical fiction, intricately woven with suspense and mystery Plus, Kuhn is just BRILLIANT The story itself is a masterpiece and only a great writer would be able to pull off a parallel universe character plot.Let me begin with the gist of the novel Nathaniel Henry Barrington and Nicholas Henry Barrington lead a similar life thoug Originally posted on my blog, Books Forget Me Knot.Marc Kuhn s debut adult novel, The Pope s Stone, couldn t have been any brilliantly written It is a tale of historical fiction, intricately woven with suspense and mystery Plus, Kuhn is just BRILLIANT The story itself is a masterpiece and only a great writer would be able to pull off a parallel universe character plot.Let me begin with the gist of the novel Nathaniel Henry Barrington and Nicholas Henry Barrington lead a similar life though they live a century apart from one another The sudden twists and turns of events they both have encountered in their life isn t purely coincidental but scary accurate It s hard for it to be possible it s nearly impossible that it can t be true but the only thing that is connecting Nathaniel and Nicolas is the Pope s Stone.The stone was given to America as a gift from Rome towards the construction of the Washington Monument After some deliberation and political strife, John Henry Barrington grandfather of Nathaniel break the stone into pieces and thrust it into the River Potomac But they kept one piece, ensuring it to John for it s safety This begins the journey of the stone being passed from one generation to the next in the Barrington family until it finally settled with Nathaniel.There are countless of similarities between Nathaniel and Nicholas s life throughout the story Slowly, Kuhn reveals similar events that as a reader you could only compare and contrast It s only when Nicholas begins to unravel the history of the stone that he finds out the history surrounding Nathaniel his great great grandfather It was startling because before the discovery I was reading two character s stories How Kuhn reveals the mystery of it all is magnificent Pure genius.There are many things that I liked about the book and most of all it was the brilliant tale Kuhn spins It s a definite page turner once you get through the first three chapters of exposition I also liked the terrible amount of research that Kuhn must have gone through to make the story true to the time and place it s set.Lastly, I want to draw attention to the cover After reading the book I ve come away with great symbolism that I appreciate Definite brownie points to Mr Kuhn for coming up with the concept of the stone and the journal to be on the cover.Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book If it wasn t for my friend Monica approaching me about The Pope s Stone then I never would have found it It s a really great tale filled with heart wrenching moments, startling conclusions, and mystery Once you start reading you won t want to stop until you find out the magical attributes surrounding the Pope s Stone Note I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of an honest review

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    I have to start of by saying that I really enjoyed how the author described the characters, the way it was written made it really easy to follow and understand what they were going through during that time period I really felt deeply for each of the characters and the issues they faced, it was definitely a emotional read Even though they lived a century apart it was really interesting to read how similar their experiences were and how they correlated I also really liked how each character wro I have to start of by saying that I really enjoyed how the author described the characters, the way it was written made it really easy to follow and understand what they were going through during that time period I really felt deeply for each of the characters and the issues they faced, it was definitely a emotional read Even though they lived a century apart it was really interesting to read how similar their experiences were and how they correlated I also really liked how each character wrote their own journal, it was a great way to truly see how they each felt about their journey.This book took me on a emotional ride, what each of the character went through was truly heartbreaking I found myself holding back my emotions and reminding myself that this was just a book I felt really bad for them and couldn t possibly imagine the grief they endured.Even though I don t read books about history, I found those aspects of the book to be quite interesting The stories that were tied in with the war were really sad to read I liked how it answered some of the questions that I had about Nathaniel and Nicholas family It s tragic but uplifting at the same time It truly makes you appreciate life and how short it can be I enjoyed reading how everyone suffered from Henry s mistake, I found it to be realistic I m sure many of you can relate to that, experiencing something similar myself , I know I can It s crazy how one persons greed can affect so many people.The ending for me tied everything together I wasn t too happy while I was reading it, but when I look back now it all makes sense It all came full circle I really liked the whole concept of this book and how everything tied together The author does a great job transitioning from chapter to chapter without confusing the reader All the chapters had something in common and that is really apparent from the beginning.Last thoughts My rating 4 5I don t like to give away a lot when I review books, that s one of the things my readers appreciate the most When writing this review, there were a lot of things I wanted to mention but didn t because it wouldn t be fair to you guys I can t describe how much I enjoyed this book I found it a little bit slow in the first chapter but after that it really picks up As you are reading you start noticing the direction this books is going in and you start understanding the plot Even if you don t read books in this genre, I highly recommend you read this one I was hooked right from the beginning, some parts made me want to cry and some parts really frustrated because like all things, life is not fair, its up to you how you deal with what life throws at you There was a great message behind this book, and I know it will stick with me for a very long time.I received a copy of this book for an honest review A a big thank you to Monica

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    First, let me start with the cover, because that is the first thing I saw I like the increasing fonts of the title It places a lot of emphasis on the Stone , which I think means something I wonder why there is a journal there Maybe a journal comes into the plot later And it s the Washington Monument in the background Ooh I wonder what it could be doing in the book After this part was written, I started reading the book The next part is my reaction to the book, written after I d finish First, let me start with the cover, because that is the first thing I saw I like the increasing fonts of the title It places a lot of emphasis on the Stone , which I think means something I wonder why there is a journal there Maybe a journal comes into the plot later And it s the Washington Monument in the background Ooh I wonder what it could be doing in the book After this part was written, I started reading the book The next part is my reaction to the book, written after I d finished it This book is so good The plot is wonderfully written, the characters are believable, and it is just generally awesome, OK I have no words No words It s historical fiction, but don t think of it as one of those super slow moving books that gather dust on your shelves It moves fast, so you shouldn t get bored with it, and it doesn t move too fast And the plot surprises near the endLet s just say that they were very unexpected and obviously very surprising.The plot is unique and one that I have not seen done before, which is SO GOOD The Pope s Stone plot, to me, was a breath of fresh air in a long line of boring, overused plots I love it I m just going to fangirl all over my room and tell everyone I know about it I m sure that Mr Kuhn will be grateful for the publicity

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    I have got to say I don t like historical fictions It s not like I have had a bad experience reading the likes of it before But I tend to link history with the word boring , probably because of my boring history classes from school However, imagine my surprise when I found The Pope s Stone, an American historical novel, to be anything but boring It was my good friend, Monica of Impressions of a Princess who brought my attention to this book The summary caught my fancy immediately It s n I have got to say I don t like historical fictions It s not like I have had a bad experience reading the likes of it before But I tend to link history with the word boring , probably because of my boring history classes from school However, imagine my surprise when I found The Pope s Stone, an American historical novel, to be anything but boring It was my good friend, Monica of Impressions of a Princess who brought my attention to this book The summary caught my fancy immediately It s not the usual kind of plot Two people keeping identical journals and leading identical parallel lives but yet having lived a century apart is definitely intriguing I was introduced right into the heart of the story but it never was too soon or too slow The book moves back and forth between the journal entries of Nathaniel from the mid late 18th century and Nicholas from mid late 19th century Sometimes, I don t quite like the jumping from time to time part however, in this book, everything has a well denoted year to it, so it never was confusing.The lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas are very well described There were many profoundly touching and moving scenes described throughout the book Also, one question propelled me quickly through the pages and that was, how exactly does The Pope s stone fit into these two people s lives I like the author s choice of words at times Simple yet packed with such an impact I love how the twists of fate are explained in the book There are tragedies in the book Don t say I didn t warn you But it makes you ponderabout our life, death and the timing of everything.The plot is very well thought of Everything is linked seamlessly The author has captured the bonds shared by family, very beautifully I understand that writing about history is not very easy Not everyone can do it, because it s not like you can simple tap into your imagination and write about your thoughts and fantasies Actual historical events play major role in such books and that means you need to know your history well That s exactly what I found here The author has very well researched everything, obviously with the help of many people to whom he wrote a beautiful acknowledgement at the end of the book.He also thanks his wife, to whom he has been happily married to for 45 years, for her constant support, in such a way that it really moved me to tears Familial bonds move me a lot Believe me I think the cover of this book is very nice by the way The light from the top, emphasizes the title of the book beautifully, as is the open journal and a part of the Pope s Stone.I would highly suggest this book to just about anyone I give this book a 4 5, which by Goodreads standards means that I really liked it

  10. says:

    Fun little book told from the perspective of two descendants of a mason worker on the Washington Monument whose lives were remarkably similar We ll see what the rest of the book club members think before divulging any

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