Letters of the Cloth

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
360 Pages
Reviewed on 07/26/2022
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Letters of the Cloth by Robert Lupinacci is a powerful and compelling tale of a once oppressed young man who wants to change a venerable but hypocritical system. A story that spans over 75 years, this is the journey of a man named Marcello that begins in the war-torn year 1943. At the tender age of 6, his Catholic father, and his twin sister, Gaia, had to pay the price as the Nazis discover that they were harboring his best friend’s Jewish family. This harrowing and brutal incident resulted in an emotional and psychological scar on Marcello, creating a personal crusade to become a catalyst of change in a rotten institution and serve as a voice for the oppressed. Marcello’s zeal and commitment pay off as he becomes the pope and his best friend, Chiano, becomes the chief rabbi of Rome.

Letters of the Cloth is an intense, dramatic story with a strong element of realism and the resulting plot is satisfying and highly original. Robert Lupinacci employs narrative touches that draw attention to and give his protagonists the necessary chutzpah to help you understand and follow them to whatever end. Lupinacci’s writing effectively uses crisp and clear sentences in depicting Marcello’s rise to power as a healing mechanism for his festering emotional and psychological trauma. I love stories like this where characters vent their deeply-rooted anger not only on one person but on an entire system or institution, which makes for a grander scope of motivation and character development. Marcello rises from an unknown to becoming one of the most influential men in history and changes the Catholic Church as an institution. He is a character with sincere intentions yet struggles with a heaviness of heart that makes him purely human. This book is an epic drama that anyone would enjoy reading.

Marilyn Levenson

Could not put the book down! Great read

Rocco Del Carmine - DHS Diplomate (Ret)

Letters of the Cloth was one of the most interesting yet intense novels I've personally have read in a while. The novel contained mixed philosophical and spiritual messages into a story about friends (i.e., close and distant) and from youth to adolescence. The historical literature and references in the book brought me to look up many writings, not from a verification perspective but strictly from a memory refresh/jog point of view. Found it hard to put the book down on several occasions and has a way of sneaking up on you, while keeping you on edge and in anticipation of the next chapters. Awaiting in anticipation for Mr. Lupinacci's next book.