The Purple Robe
The Purple Robe
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Book Summary:Rumors rising out of the Yucatan jungle report healings and miracles attributed to a holy relic. Father Pablo Diego Corellas discovers that even his own parishioners are making secret pilgrimages to the decrepit plantation where it is held. There, Doña Josefa, a mysterious woman who is either mystic or mad, possesses an artifact that she claims is a fragment of the robe worn by Christ at his trial. Guarded by armed Mayan farmers, she holds sway over an ever-growing number of pilgrims desperate for the healing power of the Purple Robe. Much against his own wishes, young Father Pablo is dispatched to the interior to investigate, while a police captain and a vacationing American couple make plans of their own for the robe. But when the relic is stolen, they soon discover that miracles have unforeseen consequences, and that no one is beyond their reach.
A. Vern on May 17, 2015
A well written story that leaves you wishing to know more about the lives of the characters and what happens in their futures. I especially grew to love the "of this world" behaviors of the " Little Father". The book did start off a bit slow but in the end I found that to be quite necessary for character development. David Dean's works show a great love of language. I am ready to begin his next work, Starvation Cay.
fishermom on August 5, 2015
This is the story of a young insecure priest who borders on incompetence when he is suddenly thrown into the role of sole parish priest. He is sent to investigate rumors of a holy relic which is curing the sick and performing moracles. It is well written, fast paced, well developed characters and believable plot. It is an enjoyable read.
The purple robe
Faye Wallis on November 7, 2014
This is a well written book, The author makes you feel as if you are in the dusty country side around Pregreso. The story line keeps you interested until the last page and makes you want to read the next book by David Dean as soon as it is published.
A REAL WINNER
mosey posey on June 2, 2015
Terrific story line. Excellent character development; incorporates passion, humor, drama, mystery. Easy reading - can't put it down. Great ending. I will definitely search out other books by this author.
THE PURPLE ROBE
fran rizer on January 26, 2015
THE PURPLE ROBE might be described as the story of a religious relic (a fragment of the robe Christ wore at his trial) and Father Pablo (a young priest who is at times incompetent and at all times, insecure). But it’s far more than the tale of the theft of that artifact, which is credited with healings and miracles, and the priest, police captain, guerillas and American couple who become involved. Author David Dean takes his readers into Mexico for a fast-paced, exciting thriller, but along the way, he reveals mankind’s strengths as well as the foibles of humanity when characters descend into violence, deception, and betrayal. Is the relic authentic or a hoax? How many will die because of it? A reader doesn't have to be Catholic, nor even Christian, to stay glued to this book until the last page.
A great read from a great author!
Kelly Smith Reviews on January 1, 2015
The newest novel by David Dean is quite a departure from his previous book, The Thirteenth Child. The Purple Robe is the story of a reluctant priest in Mexico whose flock is straying from the Church to a strange place of healing. He attributes it to his lack of confidence in his own prowess at the pulpit. The story is not overly religious nor is it blasphemous. No matter your religion, you can read this book with a clear conscience. It mixes modern skepticism, ancient Mayan magic and timeless Catholicism to weave a first-rate tale that enthralls the reader and makes them think. It has an air of mystery and a very relatable main character, for who among us has not doubted themselves and their life choices? There are also great subplots, like the police chief and the American tourists, and the stories of the parishioners in Father Pablo's church. Being set in Mexico also gives out a certain appeal and sense of authenticity, as opposed to it being set in America or even Europe. There is a great respect for Catholicism in Mexico not found anywhere else, all while Mexico deals with severe violence on a daily basis (as mentioned in the book). Mr. Dean took a risk writing this and the risk paid off. This is a great book!