Conclave by Robert Harris


SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER‘Unputdownable’ Guardian ‘Gripping’ Sunday Times The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

Details Conclave

Release DateNov 22nd, 2016
PublisherCornerstone Digital
Number of pages287 pages
GenreFiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Religion, Mystery Thriller, Audiobook

Reviews Conclave

  • Diane S ☔
    4.5 The second book in as many days that I didn't want to put down. It initially appealed to me because I spent most of my school years in Catholic schools, was pretty young when Vatican two came around. All I really remember is that we no longer had to go to mass every morning at 6:30 am, before school started, that mass was no longer in Latin and that the nuns started wearing shorter habit, shorter veils and in different shades of pastel. Prett...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”Sede vacante, . . . .The throne of the Holy See is vacant.” The Power of God, the Ambition of Men.Cardinal Jacopo Lomeli has been contemplating retirement to peaceful meditation and study for several years now, but the Pope insists that he still needs him at the Vatican. Lomeli is maybe a better manager than he is priest. This assessment makes Jacopo uneasy because it feels like a deviation from what he feels his real purpose should be. Can ...
  • Matt
    Harris returns with another remarkable novel of historical fiction, turning his narrative to the present as explores a highly pious and political event. THE POPE IS DEAD! This startling piece of news makes its way to the ears of Cardinal Lomeli in the early hours one October morning. Heading to the apartment of the Holy Father, Lomeli is met by a small group, who confirm the news and begin the prescribed acts required when the Vatican is without ...
  • Jaidee
    4 "solid, carefully layered, quietly thrilling" stars ! We have all of Mr. Robert Harris' novels and I have read none of them. When I saw this in the bookstore, however, I just had to have it. I was allowed to buy it on the condition that I start reading it within two weeks of purchase. I live with a tyrant but a sweet and generous one :) After reading this novel I will be certain to read all his others as Mr. Harris is an excellent and subtle st...
  • Annet
    This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late...Interesting, fascinating, intriguing. 'Unputdownable'(Guardian), yes, that is the right word. The process of the Vatican Conclave, the thought of the beautiful art there and an intrigue. What goes on behind those closed doors? It kept me reading to get to the twist. The twist... mmmm... far fetched? Well who knows, in today's day & age. I did love the struggle of Cardinal & Dean Lomeli in guiding...
  • Dem
    A captivating and intelligent thriller that takes us inside the Vatican for an election of the new pope. I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read this novel but something about it's cover drew me to the book and the fact that a couple of my goodread friend's enjoyed it I knew I had to step outside for comfort zone and give it a try and what a enjoyable and interesting read it was. It's one of those books that quietly sucks you in and you just keep...
  • Cathrine ☯
    4.4★Holy smoke was this a good one.The blurb tells you what you need to know. I had never read or heard of this author but most definitely will be checking out his other books.It was compelling, fascinating, intelligent and ... that ending! Did not see that coming. Most enjoyable. Next!
  • Emma
    Excellent read! It almost felt like historical fiction because there was quite a lot about the traditions of the conclave and also where the outside world is deliberately shut out for the process of electing a new pope, it almost might have been set 400 years ago.I'm lucky enough to have visited Rome and the Vatican and it really helped me to visualise the setting. I also saw a programme about the Borgias and a dramatised version of the Conclave,...
  • ConstantReader Paul O'Neill
    Interesting book, thought provoking with a great ending. I thought this would be a thriller played against the backdrop of a Conclave. Turns out that it had more depth than I anticipated, with religious theory and the state of the church at the forefront and all the nessecary twists and turns until the church elects its new pope. It is a little predicable, but nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable.
  • Linda
    The author, Robert Harris, was given the privilege of visiting the locations that are permanently closed to the public to help him in his research of this book. The reader is given an in-depth tour and detailed account of traditions and rituals that take place. His writing style makes it so easy to visualize every aspect of the happenings.What starts out as a usual process for choosing a new pope, soon develops into a plot with numerous complicat...
  • Susan Johnson
    4.5 stars One of the signs of a great book, to me, is that you feel you are actually living the book. I felt like I was in the middle of the Conclave and actually meeting and greeting the other Cardinals, meditating, plotting and participating in history. Yet it was all fiction. Every bit and still felt so real to me. I have read other books about the Conclave so I had the basics down but Harris made it sing in a way that other books haven't. Th...
  • James
    This is an intelligent, compelling, unpredictable and absorbing thriller of the best kind. Whilst the subject matter – Conclave (an assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope) is something I knew very little about (other than the iconic chimneys emitting either black or white smoke!) the general themes concerning political machinations and the struggle for power will be familiar to Robert Harris readers. Clear parallels can be drawn betwe...
  • Jody McGrath
    Cardinal Lomeli is devasted by the death of the Pope. He never believed or hoped to attend another Conclave, the congregation of cardinal electors to choose the next Pope, as this will be his third. Cardinal Lomeli is the Dean of the College of Cardinals, therefore, he is tasked with the running and management of the Conclave. With 117 (?) Cardinal electors, emotions run high as support is given to individuals and taken away as secrets are discov...
  • Blair
    It seems Robert Harris can make pretty much anything into a deeply intriguing political drama with the addictive qualities of a soap. In this case, it's the election of a new pope; the sympathetic Cardinal Lomeli is our protagonist, observing the the power play as potential candidates come to the fore, have their hopes dashed, and/or are scuppered by scandal. Like the author's Cicero novels, Conclave takes a world that seems distant and rarefied ...
  • Andy
    Have really enjoyed other works by this author & was great to get my hands on his latest which intrigued me with its concept of more Roman politics albeit from a much later period in history from his Cicero series. And seeing as his Cicero series is one of my all time fav reads..... As for the review..... I cant really say much at all as it would give a lot away perhaps even inadvertently so. I would even encourage you to avoid any reviews on the...
  • The Pfaeffle Journal
    Many years ago, my brother and I saw a play called Hadrian the Seventh, which was based on a book by the same name. The gist of the story is that two members of the Roman Catholic church visit a pathetic Englishman whom failed at becoming a priest; they make him a priest and take him back to the Vatican where he is elected Pope. Instead of having control over this rather pathetic fellow, he goes on to have his way with the Roman Catholic church. ...
  • Bart
    4 GR* (I loved it.) - my actual rating is 8 out of 10.Solid 5* book, but the unbelievable end ruined it for me.
  • Tosh
    I liked it, even though it really wasn't all that exciting. It does have a certain level of suspense that made it difficult to put down for very long. It’s predictable, but then the uncertainty is there right until the last few pages.I’ve given this book 4 stars despite my feelings about the very end, which I found to be ridiculous and just too unbelievable. I was half expecting the outcome, but the twist was just too much. Besides which, I h...
  • Kate
    Tense, clever, unusual - extraordinary. On the rare occasions when I put this book down, I couldn't stop thinking about it.A review:
  • Dan Thompson
    My first Harris book. *sighs*Very well written, well researched and interesting to a point, but it fell flat quickly. I guessed the ending about half way through and I can't really see the point of the book. If the ending was the beginning and how the world reacted to it - then possibly, it would have been a more thorough and engaging book.
  • Antonio Rosato
    "L'unica guida alle azioni di una persona può essere la sua coscienza, perché è nella nostra coscienza che sentiamo più chiaramente la voce di Dio".Morto un papa se ne fa un altro... tra colpi di scena, uno più assurdo ed incredibile dell'altro! Anche se è solo un romanzo, questo libro ci mostra tutto ciò che accade nel Vaticano durante il periodo della cosiddetta "Sede vacante". La trama del libro, entrando nella fattispecie, ci mostra le...
  • Issicratea
    I wolfed down Robert Harris’s latest in the course of a red-eye flight from New York to Oslo a couple of weeks ago. It’s slight for him; very different in length and heft from his brilliant An Officer and a Spy on the Dreyfus affair. Unlike that book, and his Cicero novels, which I love, this is set not in the past, but in the near or nearish future. The conclave of the title is a fictionalized version of the next papal conclave, whenever tha...
  • Blaine DeSantis
    To quote my dearly departed father, "Well, that was a humdinger!" And Conclave certainly was all that for me. As we all know, reading is personal and I am not about to tell you that Conclave is the greatest book of the year, the most well-written book I have read, but when it comes to telling a story Robert Harris is one of my favorites and his choice of topics for this book is right up my alley - The Conclave at which the College of Cardinals el...
  • Jane Russo
    Surprisingly suspenseful, although that may have the anticipation of confirming my suspicions.
  • Leah
    The Pope is dead, long live the Pope...Cardinal Lomeli fears the worst when he gets an urgent summons to the bedside of the elderly Pope. By the time he gets there, the Pope has died. Even as the various cardinals kneel by his bedside to pray, one thought is in all of their minds – a new Pope will have to be chosen, and soon. Some are ambitious and would welcome the challenge, some even have informal teams in place to canvas for them, others fe...
  • Donna
    I don't think I've read this author before so I wasn't sure what to expect from this. Sometimes it helps to have no expectations whatsoever. It started off slow, but once it gained its momentum, I was in. It was an interesting look at how a Pope is elected. Who knew there was so much lobbying and ill will? I thought the characters were well drawn. They certainly sounded believable.This was well written, and I loved the dialogue. The whole book fl...
  • Steven Z.
    Robert Harris’ new novel, CONCLAVE takes the reader inside the world of the Vatican and its byzantine politics. Set in Rome, the Pope has died and there is a question of what he said to certain Cardinals upon his passing and what impact it might have on the impending election of a new Pope. Harris’ moderator is the seventy-five year old Jacobo Lomeli, the Dean of the College of Cardinals, but a person who would like to return to a religious o...
  • Tanja Berg
    A Pope dies under mysterious circumstances and a new one must be chosen. So begins a game of scheeming, plotting and back-stabbing that must continue until a new Pope has been chosen. The cardinals are locked in conclave until this is done.This isn't the first book on the subject I've read. It's pretty fascinating, and the gallery of characters is interesting. The main character Lomeli is particularly sympathetic, one of the few not burning with ...
  • Jane
    A pope has died and the College of Cardinals has been called into conclave to vote and choose a new pope. I enjoyed seeing the little details of how these men go about their task, the protocol and also the interplay among the different personalities. Little by little various scandals in some of the men's past are revealed--a sex scandal; simony; etc.-- narrowing the field, ballot by ballot. The cardinal-director in charge of the conclave [and als...
  • Stephen
    interesting thriller based in the conclave whilst electing a new pope of the political and social side of the elections and harris doesn't disappoint with his latest book