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The Fisherman's Tomb

The True Story of the Vatican's Secret Search
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
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A Texas oilman. A brilliant female archaeologist. An unknown world underneath the Vatican.

In 1939, a team of workers beneath the Vatican unearthed an early Christian grave. This surprising discovery launched a secret quest that would last decades a quest to discover the long-lost burial place of the Apostle Peter.

From earliest times, Christian tradition held that Peter, a lowly fisherman from Galilee, whom Christ made leader of his church was executed in Rome by Emperor Nero and buried on Vatican Hill. But his tomb had been lost to history. Now, funded anonymously by a wealthy American, a small army of workers embarked on the dig of a lifetime.

The incredible, sometimes shocking, story of the 75-year search and its key players has never been fully told until now. The quest would pit one of the 20th century's most talented archaeologists - a woman - against top Vatican insiders. The Fisherman's Tomb is a story of the triumph of faith and genius against all odds.

About the Author: John O'Neill is a lawyer and a number one New York Times best-selling author. He has spent much of his life visiting and researching early Christian sites. He is a 1967 graduate of the Naval Academy, a former law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and senior partner at a large international law firm.

©2018 John O’Neill (P)2018 John O’Neill

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  • martie
  • 2018-10-11

Great read!

I found this book to be very enjoyable and informative! I highly recommend it. For those who are Roman Catholic, I believe you will find it even more enjoyable!

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  • Tonka
  • 2019-04-02

Really Enjoyed!

I really enjoyed this book. Made the History come alive! I was fascinated by the entire account of the hidden project and the Church's role in WWII.

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  • I. Garcia
  • 2019-03-04

Please make a second book

I loved everything about this book, the story line was wonderful, and I was so interested in the woman archeologist that I wanted to find a biography on her, please make one, her life sounded so interesting. Thank you, and now I am going to relisten to it to make sure I didn't miss anything.!!😍

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  • Do some good
  • 2019-02-15

A hidden gem and a important story

So often we hear about the complacency between the Nazis and the Catholic church, what you don't hear is what was really going on. So much of what makes us similar is hidden from us to keep power for the select few or to prevent us from taking power from them. This only drives a wedge in all of humanity. This is not a pro-catholic or a pro-religion story. This is a pro-human story about real heroes and people not in it for power, prestige, political brinkmanship or selfish gain. It's a great read.

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  • Elaine
  • 2019-02-12

Inspiring story - from my back yard!

This book moves really quick to keep your interest while covering some of the most fascinating secrets of World War II and refugee efforts of the Catholic Church. The story of the tomb is artfully intertwined with the life stories of real people, whose generosity and tenacity will both amaze and inspire you. I am proud to be an American and also a resident of Conroe!

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  • Nicole
  • 2019-01-28

Very hard to stop listening to!

I commend the author(s) for a thorough and detailed account of events. No judgment, prejudice or biases seemed to be made by the author(s) toward any religion or individuals. This book was very entertaining and easy to follow despite the many persons, titles, documents, historical monuments and historical events mentioned. It held my attention and I found it very hard to pause once I started listening.

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  • Enrique m montoya
  • 2018-11-06

excellent

a riveting story with cliff hangers that call us to cheer for St. Peter the first Pope.

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  • Kathleen
  • 2018-09-19

Excellent

A well told chronical of the effort expended in finding St Peter's tomb over a ten year period

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  • Tracy
  • 2018-09-10

Great narrator

One of the best narrators I’ve encountered. The author was repetitive-a third of it could have easily been cut out. That being said, the story was very interesting, especially concerning Margueritte.

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  • appreciative reader
  • 2018-08-09

Conjecture and Catholic politics

What a let down! I felt the book was little more than a tribute to a church quest - that was underwritten by a sincere and very rich believer named George Strake. The back and forth of church leaders in the authenticity of Peter’s bones highlights the uncertainties involved in designating sacred relics. I also felt the silence of Pope XII during the worst of the Nazi atrocities was greatly minimized. The Pope spent an American’s money (millions during the war!) to secretly find a burial site that would help validate the Catholic Church and its teachings. In the end, history is written by whichever Pope is in power. Interesting how artifacts are labeled and valued, praised or dismissed.

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