For the first time, Jesuits occupy the two most powerful seats in the history of the Catholic Church. The Pope and the leader of the largest Religious Order of priests hold the future of the Holy See in their hands. The second in a series of conspiracy thrillers will uncover if the future of the Vatican is in jeopardy.
Anthony and Christine's paths cross once again. They must work together to try and stop those who want to destroy two thousand years of Christianity. They uncover a document known as the Monita Secreta and it is suspected of containing a code of instructions laying down methods to expand the power of the Jesuits in the world.
While trying to uncover if the Jesuits are behind a plot to take control of the Vatican, they learn the Head of the Vatican Bank has been killed. At the gruesome murder scene, they find a clue they believe will lead to his murderer or point to something even more ominous. Will it reveal the real enemy?
Deborah Andruccioli is the daughter of Albert, an Italian emigrant who married Anna Bonderchuk, whose father emigrated from Eastern Europe. Growing up, she often heard Italian and Russian spoken. Raised outside Detroit, she attended Michigan State University where she graduated with a degree in Interior Design. After college she married and started the next stage of her life moving to Traverse City, Michigan to live on a cherry farm. A few years welcoming her first child. Shortly after having her second child the family moved to Minnesota.
A desire to do more with her life one of her early aspirations was to write a book, but year after year she dismissed the idea, feeling she didn’t have the skills to become an author. Finally, pushing those self-doubts aside, she wrote her first novel, which to her surprise has won six awards. Now having completed the sequel to The Serpent’s Disciple, she is working on the third book in the series. She has plans for others with at least one being a non-fiction book about secrets inside the Vatican.
“Deborah Stevens follows her spellbinding novel, ‘The Serpent’s Disciple’, with another book, as good, if not better, in ‘Holy Predator’. The book opens with the horrific murder of Alonso Garibaldi Poggiani, head of Vatican Bank. He is nailed to a cross and hung upside down in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica. It is an ominous sign. The author writes: ‘In the New Testament, Peter had asked to be hung upside down, unworthy to die in the same manner of Christ, but today the inverted cross was a symbol of our fallen world and the symbol of the devil.’ The death of Poggiani is reminiscent of the Calvi affair. In 1982, Roberto Calvi, chairman of Banco Abrosiano, Italy second largest bank, was murdered, his body hung from a bridge in London. Authorities had uncovered massive corruption and illegalities tied to the Vatican and Italy’s financial sector. Stevens writes about these and other past events in context to what occurs in the novel. She paints a picture of secrecy and conspiracy related to the Vatican, the Society of Jesus and the first election of a Jesuit as pope. In ‘Holy Predator’, the main character is Anthony Andruccioli, a Special Forces-like commando working for the Roman Catholic Church. He suspects a clandestine takeover of the Vatican by members of a cult who worship the Satanic symbol Moloch. He is soon assisted by Christine to confront a host of characters in Italian banking, organized crime and the Vatican. The duo uncovers a Jesuit codex, the Monita Secreta, that sheds light on hidden activities among Jesuit priests to undermine governments worldwide.
“The author does an outstanding job in connecting real world events to those enmeshed in Biblical prophecy and the occult. The murder of Poggiani in the book’s beginning takes place during a lunar eclipse that bespeaks the Blood Moon Prophecy. The author writes: ‘The prophecy is a series of apocalyptic beliefs involving a tetrad, a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses with six full moons in between and no intervening partial lunar eclipses…Many believe this to be an omen of the coming of the End of Times’. Deborah Stevens’ knowledge of Roman Catholicism is most impressive. She relays incredible details about the Vatican, not to mention Biblical prophecies and sordid aspects about the occult. “Holy Predator” is an enthralling novel that will keep readers on the edge their seats. Catholicism and Italy will always be united. Current scandals undermine the Church and shake the foundations of faith. “Holy Predator” is an incredible depiction, albeit fiction, of what transpires - both good and band - behind closed doors in the Vatican.
“As the story unfolded, I found it more and more difficult to put the book down. I became attached to the characters and had a vision of each scene. The attention to each detail is appreciated. I am already looking forward to the next story.” — Truby Chiaviello, Primo Magazine, For and About Italians
1. PINNACLE BOOK ACHEIVEMENT AWARD: Best Fiction Thriller Novel
2. Book Excellence Award
3. American Fiction Award