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The Trinity Game (The Game Trilogy) Hardcover – July 31, 2012
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Michael Koryta reviews Sean Chercover’s new thriller The Trinity Game
I'm always intrigued when a writer who has a good thing going suddenly jumps the rails into new territory. I appreciate the courage, or lunacy (or combination thereof), that it takes to make that leap. Sean Chercover had a hell of a good thing going with his series of Ray Dudgeon PI novels including Big City, Bad Blood and Trigger City, but he decided to wander out on the creative ledge. Boy, am I glad he did.
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Sean Chercover has written an interesting and fast-paced thriller that fills all 450 pages quite well.
Daniel Byrne is a Catholic priest assigned to the Vatican's Office of the Devil's Advocate (ODA), a department designed to debunk or verify so-called miracles which occur worldwide. Obviously the Vatican has a vested interest in ascertaining the integrity of miracles which occur on behalf of, or in violation of, the Church and its doctrine.
Byrne is ultimately assigned to investigate his evangelist uncle, Tim Trinity, at the behest of the ODA. Trinty, a southern tent preacher, has become a true "prophet" in the sense that he suddenly has the ability to accurately predict events ranging from the winner of sporting events to weather conditions to lottery numbers.
Ironically, Byren's skills at uncovering grifters who use religious-connected actions to scam true believers reinforces his concerns regarding his own religious beliefs, and he eagerly takes the assignment with the intention of debunking his uncle. That was the plan...
Chercover uses Byrne's personal struggles with reconciling with his uncle, his past, his religious convictions, and his personal feelings towards a former girlfriend to weave an easy-to-read book that frankly was hard to put down.
To provide further details would be unfair to the author. However, I found the book enjoyable and fair. I think it likely that Daniel Byrne is just getting started in uncovering the truth behind miracles and we will see him in futher adventures. I hope so.
THE TRINITY GAME is like Dan Brown meets IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD. By the time the first few chapters are past, the whirlwind plot manages to drag in the Vatican, the FBI, TWO worldwide secret societies, the Vegas mob, Third World politics, Hurricane Katrina, a hot long-lost journalist girlfriend, private hired assassins ... you get the idea.
Everything moves at breakneck speed. The characters are sketched with brevity and effectiveness, and the occasional silly bits flash by so fast they barely register.
I actually had a hard time putting this down, despite its 400+ page length.
If you want a brisk summer read, it's hard to go wrong here.
The last chapter strongly hints at further novels with these characters. Sounds like fun to me.
Yes, it claims to be like "DaVinci Code" but really it is not. Yes, there is some story with the Catholic Church involved, but many books have this. It is more a book of the "what ifs" of God and the treachery of man to boost/stop those "what ifs"
The Catholic Church is not a bad guy here though the Church does have bad guys. However, there are just as many good guys who are Catholic running around--nice to see a religious thriller that does not paint all Catholics as villians.
I really enjoyed the back drop of the American South in her tarnished glory as the setting for the novel--and when it moves to New Orleans, a beautiful love story to the city opens.
If you enjoy thrillers, this is a good book. If you enjoy mysteries, this is a good book. If you enjoy romance, not so much (yes, there is a love story, but it is not truly a romance). If you want something a little different, this is a good book.
Thank you Mr Chercover, I really did enjoy my time with these characters. You made them compelling and likable even when they were not nice. Very well done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was on my wish list for almost 2 years and decided to finally listen. I'm glad I did. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed if. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Couldn't put it down. Had all the qualities of a "good read". Lots of twists and turns.Published 2 months ago by MJS
Always enjoy reading something that not only entertains but is enlightening as well - this fits the bill. Looking for a series that has an interesting beginning-give it a try.Published 4 months ago by Reading is Fun
Immersive from page one and perfectly paced. Kudos to Mr. Chercover for being the first author to give me vertigo from reading. No kidding. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rob Brunet
Good story and thriller with twist and turns to the very end and keeps the readers interest. Love New Orleans.Published 5 months ago by Diane Drumm
I quite enjoy spiritually related books, so when I heard the main character was a Vatican appointed debunker of miracle claims I was intrigued to say the least. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Davy Wavy