Title: The Holy Mark: The Tragedy of a Fallen Priest
Writer: Gregory Alexander
“In The Holy Mark, a disgraced and exiled Catholic priest from a powerful New Orleans family ponders his future and reflects on his twenty-five years in the priesthood.
Father Tony probably should have never been a priest. With his family’s money, courtesy of ties to the New Orleans mob, he could have pursued his interest in literature or even worked with young boys—only free of all those silly Church strictures…
Father Tony’s jealous uncle will never forgive him for finding favor with the Miggliore matriarch. And with his ties to the city’s Catholic hierarchy, he’ll plot to destroy his nephew if it takes the rest of his life. Meanwhile Father Tony is determined to outwit his uncle and the Church, even if he has to conceal his identity and prowl the streets of New Orleans by night to do it.
A shocking novel of family, power, and revenge, The Holy Mark is the story of one reluctant priest caught between the cynicism of his own Southern upbringing and the political machinations of the Roman Catholic Church”
If you are looking to read a psychologically impacting piece, then The Holy Mark is the book to pick up. The book is recounted from the first person point of view, which helps draw the reader in to identify with the narrator. The narrator, Father Tony Miggliore, preys on teenage boys and tries to justify his horrid actions at each turn. Just imagine what you would feel if you found out someone close to you, say your best friend is a sexual predator, then you will have a close enough idea of what this book exudes.
The charm the narrator uses to tell his story portrays how he succeeds in luring his victims. He also goes into some of the sexually denigrating acts which take place in the seminaries. I dove my hat to Gregory Alexander for creating such a creepily authentic sexual predator. If religious intrigue and a psychotic hero is your kind of read, then you will love this one.
I know, coz I loved it all the way.