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Full Name: Father Anthony Fowler
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA & VSS-HA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Juan Gómez-Jurado
Time Span: 2007 - 2009


Anthony Fowler is an agent with the CIA.

He is also an agent with the Holy Alliance.

The former of the two organizations is known to all who might be reading this. If like me you are not familiar with the latter, it is the Vatican's secret intelligence service, according to the chronicler of these adventures, or as someone else put it, the Vatican's Secret Service. "It's a small outfit, generally unknown to the public, but active. One of its accomplishments is having saved the life of former Israeli president, Golda Meir, when Islamic terrorists came close to blowing up her plane during a visit to Rome. The medals were awarded to Mossad, but the Holy Alliance didn't care. They take the phrase 'secret service' literally. Only the Pope and a handful of cardinals are officially informed of their work. Among the international intelligence community, the Alliance is respected and feared."

How someone might be connected to both is quite interesting.

Born in 1951, Fowler was the son of a wealthy family who attended Stanford and "graduated magna cum laude at the age of twenty with a degree in Psychology. The youngest in his class. .. On the last day of the term, he collected his things and walked into the university recruitment offices. He wanted to go to Vietnam."

After normal boot training in the Air Force at Lackland, he received "advanced parachute regiment instruction for a Special Ops unit that retrieved downed pilots behind enemy lines" as well guerrila tactics and learning to fly a helicopter. After a tour in Vietnam, he entered a Catholic seminary and was ordained in 1977, subsequently assigned as military chaplain to an air force base in Germany. It is there that he was recruited by the CIA.

"With his language skills it's easy to see why they wanted him: Fowler speaks eleven languages fluently and can get along in fifteen others. But the Company is not the only outfit that recruited him." He was also approached by and accepted by the Holy Alliance.

Fowler is described as "tall and thin in a wiry frame, and noticeably bald. He looked to have lived about ?fty well-preserved years, and his features were forceful, even hard, evidence of many mornings he had spent outdoors watching the sun come up". Elsewhere there is mention of his looking "more like a soldier than a priest." with an "economy of movement and the energy radiating from his green eyes" as well as his usually being "as unflappable as his starched collar".


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2007
Last Appearance:2009

1 God's Spy God's Spy
Written by Juan Gómez-Jurado, James Graham (translator)
Copyright: 2007

"A ruthless serial killer, a chilling conspiracy, and a deadly race around the Vatican converge in this internationally bestselling thriller. In the days following the death of Pope John Paul II, the horribly disfigured body of a cardinal is discovered in a chapel in Rome. With a serial killer now on the loose in the Vatican, Police Inspector Paola Dicanti is assigned to the grisly case.
Desperate to find the killer before another victim dies, she enlists the help of Father Anthony Fowler, a charismatic American priest who knows more about the killer than Paola could have imagined.
As Paola and Father Anthony struggle through the web of tantalizing clues, the evidence leads them to powerful figures within the Church hierarchy. But their pursuit of the truth may make them the next pawns to be sacrificed in this terrifying and deadly game."
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2 Contract With God Contract With God
aka The Moses Expedition
Written by Juan Gómez-Jurado, A. V. Lebron (translator)
Copyright: 2009

"After fifty years in hiding, the Nazi war criminal known as the Butcher of Spiegelgrund has finally been tracked down by Father Anthony Fowler, a CIA operative and a member of the Vatican’s secret service. He wants something from the Butcher—a candle covered in filigree gold that was stolen from a Jewish family many years before.
But it isn’t the gold Fowler is after. As Fowler holds a flame to the wax, the missing fragment of an ancient map that uncovers the location of the Ten Commandments given to Moses is revealed. Soon Fowler is involved in an expedition to Jordan set up by a reclusive billionaire. But there is a traitor in the group who has ties to terrorist organizations back in the United States, and who is patiently awaiting the moment to strike."
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I figured that I was going to like Father Fowler when I learned the man was around my own age. Year older, in fact. Of course that is pretty much where the similarity ends because I am not the polyglot that Fowler is nor do I have a willingness towards piety and, even worse, celibacy. Plus I am not a big fan of people shooting at me.

I am, however, a nut for reading about other people being in mortal danger and having to find a way out and Father Fowler seems particularly adept at both getting into and out of trouble.

Plus I was intrigued by the CIA-Vatican work relationship. That was unusual!


My Grade: B+


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