Daniel Byrne is an investigator for the Vatican’s secretive Office of the Devil’s Advocate - the department that scrutinizes miracle claims. Over 10 years and 721 cases, not one miracle he tested has proved true.
But case #722 is different; Daniel’s estranged uncle, a crooked TV evangelist, has started speaking in tongues - and accurately predicting the future. Daniel knows Reverend Tim Trinity is a con man. Could Trinity also be something more?
The evangelist himself is baffled by his newfound power - and the violent reaction it provokes. After years of scams, he suddenly has the ability to predict everything from natural disasters to sports scores. Now the mob wants him dead for ruining their gambling business, and the Vatican wants him debunked as a false messiah. On the run from assassins, Trinity flees with Daniel’s help through the back roads of the Bible Belt to New Orleans, where Trinity plans to deliver a final prophecy so shattering his enemies will do anything to keep him silent.
©2012 Sean Chercover (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Sean Chercover shows a stellar hand through a coiling plot, weaving one taut drama. The story is tense, intelligent, harsh, and surprising - just what a reader wants in a thriller. This one goes on your keeper shelf.” (Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of The Columbus Affair)
“The Da Vinci Code meets The Dead Zone in Sean "Chercover’s The Trinity Game, a fascinating thriller that catapults us headlong into Vatican intrigue, global conspiracies, complex family relationships, and nonstop excitement.” (Joseph Finder, New York Times best-selling author of Paranoia and Buried Secrets)
“The Trinity Game is a rare find. Heart-pounding cinematic action, unpredictable twists, and wonderful characters - all packed into a fascinating story. What a thrilling ride! I loved it from the start, couldn’t put it down, and was sorry to see it end. You have got to read this book!” (Marcia Clark, New York Times best-selling author of Guilt by Association)
The unique story outlined in the Trinity Game description online was my reason for downloading this audio book. The concept of a Vatican "miracle" exposer having to take on a grifter TV preacher - who is his uncle - now speaking in tongues makes for a nice level of conspiracy, intrigue, belief and, yes, doubt. Several plot lines weave themselves into this tale as we hear more about secret societies, TV preachers with bad hair, Roman Catholic priests with some special not-so-Christian skills, the dynamics of growing up in the land of tent revivals and of course the always interesting Vatican conspiracy theories.
Tim Trinity and his miracle exposing nephew, Daniel, make for an interesting pair as they attempt to heal old wounds and avoid several groups of enemies all while trying to really understand God's plan for them...even if that plan sounds a little screwed up.
I enjoyed the various plot lines in this novel although some seemed a little predictable at times and others clearly indicate that Daniel is finished as a main character for Sean Chercover. For those who tend to avoid "religious" themes, it's good to note that the book is neither "preachy" nor insulting when dealing with religion: Christianity in particular. Overall the story left me wanting more if just because it left some characters in need of punishment for their "sins".
The narration was also enoyable even with the various southern, cajan and Irish accents used for the myriad characters. I was able to keep characters seperate and the narrator was clean in his delivery in both tone and pronunciation.
I would recommend this book to mystery lovers as well as those who love a little religious conspiracy in their stories.
I am an electrical engineer and have served a stint in the Navy. I own a company that installs custom home theater systems and other home entertainment products. My favorite books tend to be action fiction or fantasy. I like some romance but not too mushy
Absolutely!! I found this book by searching for books narated by Luke Daniels. Mr. Daniels makes all his characters come to life in a way that I never could imagine by reading the same text in a hardback version.
I missed some sleep finishing this.
We've all heard those television evangelists and felt sorry for the people that were duped into sending money to pad their pockets. Even good Christians are ashamed of what they see on the airwaves at times.
My favorite scene was the introduction of Tim Trinity and his television sermon, complete with tongues and bible thumping. Luke Daniels had Tim's character down to a science!!
More sins of the Vatacan, exposed!!
This book was very well written and kept me entertained to the very end. In the beginning, I was afraid that it might offend my Christian upbringing. However, religion was covered from many differing perspectives, with none being stepped on too much.
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The Vatican sends a priest to discredit a televangelist that is speaking in tongues and making predictions that seem to be true. Never mind that the bible thumper is his estranged uncle or that the Vatican has falsified the background information given to its representative. The Church wants Reverend Tim Trinity exposed as a fraud and organized gambling wants him eliminated. As his nephew reconnects with him and tries to keep him alive, the Church factions are working against them and organized gambling honchos have put out a hit on him. This is fast paced and a fun ride from beginning to end.
Luke Daniels narration is great; he has the televangelist routine perfect!
Very entertaining book. Good narrator, he kind of "acted" the characters if you know what I mean. But not in an obnoxious way. You have to suspend your disbelief for some of the character's foolish and dangerous actions*. Plus the ending was pretty predictable. But what the heck, sometimes we need a little fun, don't you think?
*Ha! Suspend disbelief in a review of a book about God speaking through chosen people. Snort!
This is a somewhat topical story about religious fanaticism in America dragged down by an unsupported mysticism. Sorry, anyone who is more of a believer than I am. I respect your beliefs--this story, not so much.
Howsomever! Luke Daniels is a superb narrator with a broad range of voices and characterizations. His performance as the television evangelist Tim Trinity of the title is note perfect. As a narrator, I'd follow Luke anywhere!
Trinity Game was well-plotted, well-paced and contained characters with interesting back stories. I'm happy to see it appears to be the first of a series! Luke Daniels is really a master of dialects and portrays the differing personalities exceptionally well.
The premise for the story was sound; it engaged me, as did the character development of our protagonist, a young miracle-disproving priest. Three-quarters through the tale, I was impressed, but it lost momentum and flailed a bit toward the end. That said, it was an enjoyable listen, and those who gravitate toward shadow-government tales, conspiracy theories, Vatican dark-doings and the like are sure to find it likewise a good take.
Near the top. I listen to two a week. The story and the twists kept me listening
First o e. was recommended
This book had too many good qualities to mention. Very entertaining and also very thought-provoking. I hope to see more by this author soon and hopefully with the same main character. This is one I will listen to again in the future.
Loved it! I could hardly stop listening! It kept me guessing and had a great storyline and underlying stories!
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