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 Post subject: The Rising: A Novel by Robert Ovies
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:45 pm 
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This was published by Ignatius. I spent my entire "spending money" allowance after reading the free sample.

Have not yet finished, but, so far it is worth the price!

Anyone else read this one?

http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Novel-Robe ... the+rising

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 Post subject: Re: The Rising: A Novel by Robert Ovies
PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:55 am 
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kage_ar wrote:
This was published by Ignatius. I spent my entire "spending money" allowance after reading the free sample.

Have not yet finished, but, so far it is worth the price!

Anyone else read this one?

http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Novel-Robe ... the+rising


I had never heard about this book until seeing your post. Now, I definitely want to read it after reading some of the reviews! It's on my list to get.

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 Post subject: Re: The Rising: A Novel by Robert Ovies
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:54 am 
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I read it. It kept me up past bedtime reading it, so there's a recommendation right there.

But there are a few points that bugged me, some from being a priest and one grammar gripe.

Grammar: "The comma goes inside the quotation marks," he said. The book does it wrong consistently. Can't Ignatius afford copy editors?

Priest:
1) Father Mark's assistant is described as "looking even younger than his early twenties," implying that he's in his early twenties. By canon law, a man cannot be ordained a priest until he's twenty-five (or twenty-four if his bishop dispenses him, but that's rarely done). Younger than 24 is impossible on practical grounds, too, since it takes at least four years of post-graduate education to be ordained.
2) There are two references to the "director" of the archdiocesan curia. There is no such person. It's the "moderator" of the curia, and no one refers to him that way, since he's almost always also the vicar general. And even if the V/G and the moderator are not the same person, it's going to be the V/G who wakes the bishop up early in the morning with an emergency.
3) Priest characters must be hard to write because I find few of them believable, and none of the ones in this book are.

I admit that an editor probably wouldn't notice the third one, but somebody should have been able to point out the first two.

It was still well worth reading.

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 Post subject: Re: The Rising: A Novel by Robert Ovies
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:27 pm 
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Thanks for the review Father. Especially for explaining that writers usually do not know how to make priests believable!

I ordered the book today.


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 Post subject: Re: The Rising: A Novel by Robert Ovies
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:01 pm 
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I did find the scene where the priest gets home, sees the blinking light and does not want to go back out believable (not that I have BEEN a priest, but, I have seen tired priests - when one's office is in the Rectory...)

Listened to the book via "Read-to-Me" so, I missed the comma stuff.

Still, it is a book that could easily be a film!

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 Post subject: Re: The Rising: A Novel by Robert Ovies
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:07 pm 
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I did find the scene where the priest gets home, sees the blinking light and does not want to go back out believable
Oh, yeah, that one makes sense.

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