OPERATION ESCAPE by Dan Madden

OPERATION ESCAPE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An unusual biography of an unusual man- Monsignor O'Flaherty, one of the world's best loved members of the Catholic hierarchy. A little Irish boy, son of a gate-keeper, grew to be an extraordinary man, filled with heroism, modesty, diplomatic skill and physical prowess. Sent by the Church to the West Indies, then to Czechoslovakia, to South Africa, finally to California. But the most exciting part of his life was his highly successful underground operation in Rome during World War II, to aid victims of fascism. Strongly anti-Nazi, this is a fascinating glimpse into Vatican procedure and influence. Because of the strongly Catholic slant, suspense is sacrificed to background and situations lose tension because of the reader's conviction that it will come out right. And as the book approaches its close, proselytising takes over, and Monsignor is left with the final duty. The book becomes a book for ""people who want to become Catholics, a book which tries to explain the Catholic Church and its teachings, and what it means to be a Catholic"". Dual market- Catholic predominating.

Pub Date: Sept. 28th, 1962
Publisher: Hawthorn