José Rodrigues dos Santos





“José Rodrigues dos Santos, king of the well-informed thriller. Do not forget his name: he’s the rising star of the historical thriller. His secret? To blend a fertile imagination with a strong sense of research. Breath-taking!”

 Le Point, France

“JR Dos Santos, the Portuguese Dan Brown. One of the greatest European authors of historical novels.”

L’Express, France

A thrilling plot (...) A masterly incursion in the Vatican’s backstage.”

Journal de Québec, Canada


"Although there are already many thrillers set in the Vatican, this one by José Rodrigues dos Santos comes across as something absolutely different. What differentiates it is that fiction tip-toes the book, for the plot is fed by non-fictional historical facts and documents. (...) Reading this novel, one quickly becomes glued to its fictional plot and its breathtaking countdown in such a way that it becomes almost impossible to stop reading it - and the novel has 500 pages that I devoured in two days - , but simultaneously one deepens the knowledge of uncomfortable facts. The talent of the narrator lies in the way he dwells with a huge amount of information obtained through research (...), giving life to a book that has all the entertaining power of fiction and all the accurateness of an essay. A great opportunity to enjoy an exciting reading that will surely seduce thriller lovers, having at the same time the merit of a lucid analysis of hard truths, often conveniently silenced."

 Flauto di Pan, Italy


"A convincing book. It may seem a banal statement, but it´s the sheer truth. (...) I was speechless by the ethical and legal miscarriages uncovered by the hero, for they are not the result of the fantasies of a thriller writer, but the hard reality. At each revelation I repeated to myself that what I was reading could not possibly have happened. (...) A book not to miss."

 Thriller Nord, Italy