Reviewed – The Pope’s Stone by Marc Kuhn

To Monica, thank you for sharing the review copy with me.

This book was read and reviewed for the author.

The Pope’s Stone is a work of historical-fiction by the Author Marc Kuhn. I would like to add a special vote of thanks to Monica for recommending the book to me.

Nathaniel Henry Barrington and Nicholas Henry Barrington have led a similar life although they have lived a century apart. The twist and turn of events that they have both encountered in their lifetimes is not just coincidental but terrifically agnate to an extent that its almost impossible to believe that they can be true. And the only thing that has them connected is THE POPE’S STONE.

And hence begins the interlinked stories of Nathaniel Henry Barrington and Nicholas Henry Barrington spun in a fantastic manner as only Marc could do write.
The story begin likes this. John Henry Barrington, grandfather of Nathaniel Henry Barrington, 1854, who works as an artisan at the Washington monument was approached by four young men of an active political party to show them the Pope’s Stone which was sent to America as a gift from Rome toward the construction of the Washington monument. Together, the four men and John Henry Barrington break it to pieces and thrust it into the River Potomac but one piece was safely secured by John Henry Barrington contemplating it to be inexplicably valuable in years to come. Hence, starts the journey of the marble slab being passed from one generation to next in the Barrington lineage until it rested with Nathaniel Henry Barrington, the grandson of John Henry Barrington.

As the story unfolds, we find characteristic similarity in the lives of Nathaniel Henry Barrington and Nicholas Henry Barrington with the turn of exactly same events and incidents in the lives of both although Nathaniel lived in 1950s and Nicholas lived in 1980s.

The story starts to place in fall when Nicholas starts to dig out for the history of the stone and finds out the Nathaniel Henry Barrington was his great-great grandfather. Thanks to Marc for revealing the suspense all in good time in small digestible pieces.

What I liked about the book –

– Intricately woven tale that makes you keep turning pages with the under-lying suspense which is brilliantly inter-weaved amongst the lives of the 2 main characters Nathaniel and Nicholas

– A proof of the fact that the author has performed some amazing amount of research to take his story to a fantastically engaging level

– The characters have a tragedy-based life with a very down-to-earth touch to their life-style that one can find easy to feel as his own since not many of us the prince-touch to our life-styles.

– In a way you feel growing emotionally stronger with the way the main characters have tackled the various challenges life throws at them. I personally feel there is a lot to take away from the book.

All in all, this book had my heart grieving more than a couple instances and I did so want to get into the book and hug Nathaniel and Nicholas for their sufferings and take away all the pain if I could that is. The ending was kind of sad since I was expecting a happy turnout given the way the story was spun but also makes me want to believe that Marc might write a sequel to the story after all.
Ah! just a reader’s heart musing there actually.

To Marc, I am happy to have read this book since you sure seem to have a way with your words and your characters with the kind of gripping tale that this was. I look forward to reading more of your books.

I would like to recommend this book to mystery-lovers who haven’t read a totally compelling engrossing story in a while.

If you happen to read it or have already read it, do share your thoughts below.

The Unread Book©


13 Comments Add yours

  1. crashleyrogers says:

    OMG I had so many questions by the end, but all of them good (:! The ending was so unexpected but it was great! I was really shocked when I fell into this story. I am not usually a historical fiction reader, but this one was really an eye opener. A good story is a good story no matter what genre. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! (: Glad to see everyone enjoying the book as much as I did.


    1. Asha says:

      Well, one can easily figure how much I enjoyed reading this book from the fact that I could hardly stop myself from writing as you can see. Good to see you stop Ashley. 🙂


  2. neenz87 says:

    Whoa, Asha!. You have revealed WAY TOO MUCH about the book. Not being rude but if I were a new reader looking to read this book, you have basically written a short description of the ENTIRE book here and that just might make me not wanna read it. Otherwise, I loved your vocabulary and usage of words.


    1. Asha says:

      Heya. So nice it is to see you wait a while.
      That’s just my idea behind an honest review. Besides, I really believe that a sincere reader would still read the book no matter what the review says the story to be just in order to experience all my himself the world the book holds. I like to mention the crucial twisting parts of the story, always.
      I haven’t got around reading your review yet. Will do so soon as a part of the giveaway and the tour.
      Thank you so much for sharing your POV.


  3. prisailurophileblog says:

    I have a love-hate reaction with the ending. It was sad, too many deaths. But given that there might be a sequel, it makes up for it.


    1. Asha says:

      Oh! there’s going to be a sequel? I didn’t know that! Thank you for stopping dear.


      1. prisailurophileblog says:

        Ha, I have no idea! But I think that might be. I guess it’s up to Mr Marc Kuhn 🙂 By the way, you spelled his first name wrong. Just want to point that out 😉


      2. Asha says:

        Oh ! Wondering how I did miss that. Thank you for pointing it. Corrected. 🙂


      3. prisailurophileblog says:

        Sure thing!


  4. 최다해 gongjumonica says:

    Wow. A lengthy book review like mine! Haha I am now trying to estimate the number of words for your review. I think mine is more than 1100 words.

    Thanks for the wonderful review, Asha. You got to the main points which I also noticed. Good!

    I am very much grateful that you and the others accepted my offer for be part of this tour. thank you, thank you!



    1. Asha says:

      Pleasure Monica. 🙂


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