Like "The Committee," Buckland's novel keeps you wanting more. He obviously did some research on the Vatican and found a way to weave it into the story line. His two main characters, I feel, are well-developed, but the others need a little more depth. His writing is a little spare, but, hey, Hemingway got away with it, so why not. Looking forward to developments in later novels.
Yet another attempt to get into another genre of the writing world. Too bad you didn't advise all the readers of all your past works about the fiction in them. Most of us in the Craft know about your ability to sound valid and this is yet another stunt to show that you have talent in the writing field. New Flash: YOU DON'T. Maybe a biography of you might be a good idea for one of the many of us who have known of your bookwriting episodes. Wouldn't it be fun for a tell-all book about Buckland to come out? Bet it would be better than this one!