The Papal Enclave – James Stephen O’Brien

As 2013 comes to a close, our staff at CambridgeEditors has taken the time to gratefully reflect upon the numerous opportunities we had this year to witness the books written by our clients evolve from manuscripts into successful publications. One such noteworthy publication is James Stephen O’Brien’s The Papal Enclave:


The Papal Enclave, the first in a series of thrillers, is a riveting tale that begins when Harvard Law Professor and Criminologist Stephen Ripley finds his assistant brutally tortured and killed for exposing evidence of a murderous conspiracy against the Pope. The assistant’s shocking disclosure sparks the uncovering of a dark and complex web of international criminal activity. Collaborating with a Boston Globe reporter and members of the FBI and CIA, Ripley embarks on a dangerous quest for justice and truth—a quest that abruptly leads him to Rome and plunges him into a twisted world of pedophiles and assassins. Following Ripley on his momentous, six-day adventure, O’Brien’s narrative remains thoroughly engaging, witty, and astute, making The Papal Enclave a unique and memorable delight.

The Harvard Square Editions has profiled O’Brien’s book on their literary website,, calling it “a thoroughly researched mix of historical facts, recent events, and intriguing characters intertwined with an absorbing finale. The Papal Enclave […] weaves a tapestry of suspense utilizing fictional characters through actual current events while mingling them among authentic personalities of the famous and infamous.”

The book has also received praise from authors such as Stephen Boehrer, who describes The Papal Enclave as “a well-crafted tale where reality is woven tightly in the warp and woof of its words. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and hope it has great success.”

You can find the full profile of The Papal Enclave in The Harvard Square Edition’s “Literary Scene” section, located on the front page of LitVote,

And check out O’Brien’s book on Amazon at


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