The Congregation A Jake and Amanda Bannon Novel by Desirée Bombenon Pub date 8-25-15

the congrgation

Powerful Secrets!

Secret Organizations!

Time Running Out!

Jake and Amanda are back in action in this book; this maybe their toughest case yet as it deals with the Church, beliefs, secret organizations, secret meetings, secret agendas;  so many secrets.


Jake and Amanda are vacationing in Rome, as well as, getting a blessed rosary from Cardinal Roland for a friend of Amanda’s very religious mother. Amanda offers to deliver a religious relic to the Cardinals friend, Father Kristofferson in Chicago when they visit Chicago.


Cardinal Roland and Father Kristofferson have a secret between them. Something that will take place Dec 12, 2012. Cardinal Roland is inconsolable with grief over the secret.


Once in Chicago, Amanda is getting the sixth sense, clairvoyance, that Cardinal Roland may be in trouble of some kind.


Anytime the Church is involved you know your heart is going to be pulled from your chest.  There are a lot of twists and turns, which Ms. Bombenon will weave together to form a complete story. There is Josh and his dysfunctional family, rich, an overbearing father, a mother that is brow beaten, mentally and physically abused; Josh a member of a secret organization called The Gathering and its inner circle with an agenda to bring down the Roman Catholic Church they see as a Cult.


Something big is going to happen on 12-21-12 and what does the Meoamerican Long Count Calendar have to do with any of it. The mystery of the relic that isn’t really a relic. A mysterious man, Gavriel, is rallying the troops at the meetings.



Characters, Plotting and Development:

I could tell during the first few chapters that this book was going to be a hair-raising story full of emotion, action, and adventure.  You will love the plotting in this story.  Ms. Bombenon did a very skilful job of connecting the dots and bringing the plots together to bring this story to completion and create a cohesive book.




The countdown has begun; will the Gathering succeed; you have to read the book and see. I was very impatient to get to the last chapter. The ending is non-stop action.


I recommend this novel to anyone that likes action, adventure and mystery all rolled into one story. I look forward to the next installment in the Amanda and Jake story.  I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest book review.


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