Daniel Byrne has a tragic background. Orphaned nearly from birth and taken in by his Uncle, Tim Trinity. He’s raised by his uncle who is a tent revival preacher, a grifter and a con-man. He runs away in his early teens and seeks sanctuary with the Catholic diocese of his neighborhood. He goes to God looking for a miracle and turns his back on his girlfriend, his boxing career and his uncle to enter the seminary. Fourteen years later he’s now an investigator with the Office of the Devil’s Advocate, working directly with the Vatican. His job is to investigate reported miracles and to approve or deny them. After 771 cases, he’s yet to find his miracle. But his next assignment proves to be much different. Is this the miracle he’s been looking for? And if so, why is it manifesting in his con-man uncle, Reverend Tim Trinity?
Reverend Tim Trinity is not a man of God, he’s not even sure if he’s a believer anymore. But something is working through him and he’s beginning to believe that the voices he hears and the tongues that he’s speaking in are coming directly from God. He begins to speak in tongues during his sermons and when they are listened to later by experts, it’s found that he’s actually speaking backwards and what he’s saying is nothing short of amazing. He’s able to predict with 100 percent accuracy everything from lottery results and horse races to impending disasters. This ability has raised flags everywhere from the Vatican to the gambling dens of Las Vegas. Most of them want to silence Trinity and make this phenomenon disappear. Others want to believe that there is a miracle at work here and God is speaking to them through this former sinner. One thing quickly becomes clear, there are people who will stop at nothing to make Reverend Tim Trinity disappear.
There is a lot of action and suspense built into this novel and it does go along at a fairly fast pace and I think that’s exactly what this story needed. Just when you stopped to catch your breath, something else happened and you were off and running again. For the most part, the characters were fleshed out very well and it was very easy to get a picture of them in your mind. It was easy for me to relate to Daniel. He isn’t a perfect priest, his belief is flawed, just like he is. I think that really lends to the authenticity of what the author was trying to accomplish. The true message doesn’t come until late in the novel and while it’s not a new message, it’s one that resonates and unfortunately one that always gets lost in the war of souls.
There were still too many loose ends for me and too many things left unexplained for me to bump this to 4 stars. I don’t know if this was intentional. This is the first book in a series and I think it’s always hard to review series books because there is always so much left unsaid and unfinished. But I’m fairly sucked in so I’ll probably be picking up the next book sometime soon.