The Madonna Files by Stephen Ryan – “Very well written, fast-paced and as good as it gets in suspense” Amazon 5 Stars

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As readers around the globe have already discovered,  The Madonna Files is a reading experience unlike any other.  The Madonna Files is an intelligent, fast-paced, intricately layered novel with startling research and detail.  Stephen Ryan’s novel is a thrilling adventure –from its opening pages to its dramatic conclusion.


“Very well written, fast-paced and as good as it gets in suspense” Amazon 5 Stars

“I found it to be a great book; a fascinating, fast-paced thriller, written in a strong voice, filled with rich dialogue, complex and colorful characters, a story-line that tackles the most meaningful, religious and political subjects in the world. It is an impressive work…Move over Dan Brown, I was blown away!”  –  Br. DANIEL KLIMEK          Br. Daniel Maria Klimek, T.O.R., is a Franciscan friar and an Assistant Professor in the theology department at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a member of the theological commission of the International Marian Association,


To know what America’s future holds, know what the past has already revealed.

Could a modern prophecy and a mysterious message that was given to six children on a rocky hill in a remote village determine the events of our day?

Could some of the most famous people of modern history and current events be secretly linked to this mystery including the President of the United States and the leader of Russia?

Could a series of mysterious phenomena be manifesting itself on the world stage on an exact timetable that is secretly known by the six children?

Could these manifestations be altering the course of world events?

Is the world being warned of an apocalypse and of what is yet to come?

The story begins at Hotel Bellagio on the banks of Lake Como, Italy where Cardinal Endellicotta and business tycoon, Carl Beckett, discuss the dying pope, a stolen letter rumored to contain hidden secrets of the Virgin Mary, and Beckett’s Russian tramp freighter carrying a mysterious cargo that has disappeared in the Persian Gulf on its way to Iran.   

Across the ocean in Washington, D.C., Rome’s chief “Miracle Detective”,  Father Dan Baranowski, finds himself a pawn in a  Vatican power struggle. He also finds himself on the run. With lives at stake, including his ex-fiance, Rene Estabrook, and new friend, Tucker Finn, his only way out is to find the letter stolen from the Pope’s apartment.  Kept secret for decades, the letter is believed to contain a sensational prophecy of the future of the Catholic Church, the rise of Christianity in Russia, and the fate of mankind.

Five Star Reviews:

“The book is drawing on authentic apparition of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ, current state of affairs in the Roman Catholic church, and a plot that is indeed very well written and very well thought through. The book captivated my imagination and propelled my curiosity. Honestly, if you are familiar with the study of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, Medugorje, and Fatima, you will be thrilled reading this. This is not a “Davinci Code” for Catholics, but well-written fiction with many genuine references. One may wonder how much author has taken from what is indeed gong on in Roman Curia, struggle for power among cardinals -princes of The Church, current disunity and divisions in the Church.”

“I found it to be similar to Malachi Martin’s works. Thankfully it was not as long as some of Malachi Martin’s books but kept me reading until I finished it within 3 days. I would recommend this book to anyone who was/is a Malachi Martin follower I have learned about apparitions and have been to Medjugorje. I have always been fascinated by Guadeloupe as well. Mr Ryan has brought aspects into the connections that never crossed my mind but sure made sense. I am praying he writes a 2nd book and more. For his first book I give him a major A Plus.”

“A cross between Tom Clancy and Dan brown. Fast paced narrative about religion and power politics where a Roman Catholic priest races against time and evil politicians to save the world. The story line picks up from the prophecies of Mother Mary in Fatima .”

“Dan Brown move over. Well written, fast paced and as good as it gets in suspense.”

“A great read! Once you start you will not stop thinking about it wanting to find time to finish the book. Highly recommended!”

“A very good book…This was a fast paced story and very interesting. Full of intrigue and many ‘edge of your seat’ moments. I really enjoyed it.”

“Great book – I really enjoyed this Catholic, historical, Marion novel. It was fast paced with enjoyable plot twist and believable and interesting characters. I highly recommended the novel! “

“Very well written. Could not put the book down until I finished it.”

“This book is awesome – If you are a Da Vinci Code fan, YOU MUST READ THIS — Vatican intrique set in the Washington, DC area. I could see the map, streets, rivers, etc. — WHAT FUN! The complexity of the history, story development, character relationships, twists and turns are astounding. The history was so believable that I kept thinking — “wow, I didn’t know that!” The worst news is it ended. I WANT MORE IMMEDIATELY!!!”

Could not stop reading. The author description of actual facts made his fiction easy to believe in which made the reader want to read more. I wish the book had more pages so the suspense could have lasted longer. Read the pages and you are hooked.”

“Highly recommended: Exciting,gripping ,and thought provoking subject matter,would make a good movie.”

I could not put this book down. It’s written in a style, with short chapters, that begs you to read “just a little more!” If you have ever read any of Joel Rosenberg’s novels, you MIGHT enjoy this book. I say “might” because this is end times from a Catholic perspective: just as Joel Rosenberg writes from an evangelical perspective that forces me to gloss over some descriptions, “The Madonna Files” has a Catholic perspective that many evangelicals will find offensive. Yet, it’s these very things that might be offensive that must be considered.

One thing the book does is tied together Marian apparitions around the world, where Mary pleaded with people to pray and do penance to return to God, or there would be chastisements. Going from the genocide in Rwanda (where Mary had appeared 10 years earlier with warnings about rivers of blood) to Fatima in 1917 (where Mary warned if we did not repent and pray another, more devastating war would break out) to the Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where an image “painted by God”, gave a direction and hope for both the Spanish colonizers and the natives.

In the image of Guadalupe, we see a mestizo woman, one who is both Spanish and Mexican. It showed that these two groups should join together in peace. This peace lasted for almost 300 years, in Central and South America, until the Freemasons came to power in the region.

In the lands of Protestant America, though, such a message was rejected as “Mariolatry”. Slavery was embraced and the Native American populations were wiped out. Ultimately, this Protestant rejection of respecting other races came to a head when Texas, having been settled by Protestants, rebelled against the Catholic government of Mexico in 1836 in order to allow the settlers to keep their slaves. A case is made in the book that this ultimately sparked the Civil War as a chastisement against the USA.

“The Madonna Files” are a collection of documents (including a letter stolen from the Pope’s apartment) that many in the hierarchy of the Church believe hold the key to the future of the Church — something so important that one faction decides it’s worth killing for. Father Dan Baronowski has been tasked by representatives of the Pope to find these documents and return them to Rome. Helped by his friend and former fiancee Rene Esterbrook (a history professor at Georgetown University) they decode the last of the clues, but not before they are on the run, pursued by a Russian hit man. The contents of the Files may provide the information needed to prevent a war breaking out with Russia, if they can survive and get the Madonna Files to the right people in time.

This has as many historical clues as a Dan Brown novel, with the advantage that Stephen Ryan took to time to verify his history instead of just making it up. It is action-packed, thrilling, and one that will provoke a lot of debate and discussion.