When Pope Benedict XVI quotes from a book you know it's important reading!
"...in 1992, long before he became Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger cited The Lord of the World in a lecture at the Catholic University of Milan, and invoked Felsenburgh [the protagonist], as an apocalyptic prototype who should be a warning against the consequences of materialistic humanism. He said of Felsenburgh: 'The anti-Christ is represented as the great carrier of peace in a similar new world order.'" [quoted in The Pope Told You So by Rev. George W. Rutler]
Msgr. Benson does not get everything “spot on,” as he might have put it, but he certainly foresaw the worship of nature, the triumph of the machine, the rule by bureaucracy, the growing mass apostasy from Catholicism in the West, and the indifference to the worth of human life. A Prophetic Novel of the End Times by Rev. C. J. McCloskey III
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen says "The three great apocalyptic pieces of literature dealing with the advent of the satanic are Father Hugh Benson's Lord of the World, Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamozov, and Soloviev's Three Conversations on War."
"Mr. Benson sees the world, four or five generations hence [this review was written in 1906], free at last from all minor quarrels, and ranged against itself in two camps, Humanitarianism for those who believe in no divinity but that of man, Catholicism for those who believe in no divinity but that of God." -- London Times
The author was a Catholic priest, passionately eager to spread Roman Catholicism and fiercely antagonistic to alien creeds, even when tenderly devoted to many who might hold them . . ." - C.C. Martindale, S.J.