The Pope’s Stone by Marc Kuhn is absolutely, mind-blowingly, brilliantly written. YOU GUYS SHOULD GO READ IT. Now, before I get too excited and dump a bunch of book praise on you, I’m supposed to provide information on The Pope’s Stone for you guys. So, here we go.
Title: The Pope’s Stone
Author: Marc Kuhn
Published: October 9, 2012
Paperback: 242 pages
Kindle Edition: 229 pages
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 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 Stone.
The Pope’s Stone was a slab of engraved marble given to America in 1854 by 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 more 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.
Book Praise (aka Koko loves this book to death)
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 end . . . Let’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.
About the Author
Author Marc Kuhn has worked in radio broadcasting most of his life as a journalist, a program director and a marketing executive. He has held positions at major radio stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami.
Now retired, he has turned his attention to writing. His first book, NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE! is a collection of whimsical verse for young children.
ABOUT A FARM is his second children’s book. It features lessons in life beyond the barnyard.
A third book, THE POPE’S STONE, is Kuhn’s first adult novel. It is a fascinating historical novel about two descendants of the same family who live parallel lives, but a century apart!
Kuhn lives in South Florida with his wife, Rosemarie, and seven grandchildren.
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The Pope’s Stone Tour Schedule (March 8-19)
The Pope’s Stone is going on a book tour around the blogiverse! Check out others’ reviews!
March 8 – Impressions of a Princess
March 10 – YA Big BOOKworm
March 11- Book Adoration
March 12 – For the Love of Books
March 13 – Nazninazeez
March 14 – Amidst Books
March 15 – Lollipops and Rainbows
March 16 – Emma Snow
March 17 – Prisailurophile Blog
March 18 – Pretty Little Dreamer
March 19 – Edge of Jade
Marc Kuhn, the author of the historical novel The Pope’s Stone, is SO AWESOME YOU GUYS. He is offering a combo prize package of a signed paperback of his book plus a simple black journal as a giveaway. Four readers can win this awesomeness. Two US residents and two international participants will be chosen by an electronic raffle after the giveaway ends. So get clicking! The first link is for the International giveaway and the next is for the US only. Also, I will be announcing the giveaway winners when they’re selected, so keep an eye out for that!
International Giveaway – link
US Giveaway – link
Note: Both giveaways are open until Friday, March 22. All entries will be checked for validity. On or before March 25, two international and two US residents will be randomly chosen by Rafflecopter. These four winners will be announced on this blog and they will have 48 hours to respond/comment on the announcement post.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.