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The Bishop at Sea (Father Blackie Ryan, Bk 9)
The Bishop at Sea - Father Blackie Ryan, Bk 9 Author:Andrew M. Greeley Bishop Blackie Ryan is feeling more than a bit out of place on the USS Langley, an aircraft carrier on duty hundreds of miles from the nearest dry land. But the ship is in trouble - several of her crew have disappeared without explanation, and one dead officer has seemingly reappeared. The captain has a major problem on his hands. And the captai... more »n happens to be a relative of Blackie's boss, Cardinal Cronin. So Blackie, troubleshooter and problem solver, has been dispatched to the Langley - where he soon finds a mystery as deep - and dangerous as the ocean all around...« less
the plot was appropriately devious as I'd expect from Bishop Blackie, and reviewing the time it was written, I was not surprised to find the problems the U.S. Navy was facing at the time, women on ships, large navy, small navy, discussions still holding strong feelings for people today. What I didn't particularly like was the constant preaching of the issues. I'd have been satisfied better, had Greeley stated the issues and then gotten on with the story. Instead, we have every character in the cast of characters spouting their own or same gospels over and over.
Don't be misled, I did think it was a good read, and I'm a sap for a good twisted ending.