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Review: The Devil’s Game by Sean Chercover

4 Stars

The Devil’s Game is the follow up to The Trinity Game.  I would recommend reading the first book in this series first to get a better understanding of the overall story and to help identify the characters and their motives.  The Devil’s Game will also spoil any surprises that were in The Trinity Game.  You have been warned.

Daniel Byrne spent ten years as a Vatican investigator, debunking miracle claims until his last investigation shook the very foundation of his faith and beliefs.  He is now determined to find the truth and makes the decision to join a powerful group, one that has the ability to influence events worldwide.  They are chasing down another powerful group who have the same ability and are the antithesis of the group Daniel has joined.

Daniel infiltrates a secret government facility and finds a bizarre strain of the Plague that seems to have the ability to flood a patient’s mind with visions of the future and the ability to do things they had never done before, like speak a different language.  Things that were very similar to what happened with Tim Trinity and what he and others call the Trinity Phenomenon.  Daniel begins a search to trace the roots of the pathogen and teams up with a disgraced physician named Kara who is plagued by visions of her own.  The truth is far scarier than they could have imagined and the stakes of the game these two powerful entities are playing for have never been higher.

The story is very quick paced and it was hard to put the book down, wanting to see what was going to happen next.  I wasn’t as impressed with the relationship between Kara and Daniel.  To me, it seemed forced and unnecessary.  I think their interaction could have been done without the romantic angle.  I think it took away from both of them.  I think she could have been a stronger character without the romance.  And I really don’t like what happened to her in the end.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good thriller with just a little faith, belief, science and science fiction thrown in.  It’s just enough to make it believable and enough to make you think…what if?

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Review: The Christos Mosaic by Vincent Czyz

4 Stars

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of this book through NetGalley.

Originally I had given this book 3 1/2 stars, but I’ve since changed a bit and upped it to 4 stars. I definitely think that it’s worth that extra half star. It’s extremely well written, well researched and the subject matter is provocative. Fans of Dan Brown will definitely have an interest in The Christos Mosaic. I will issue a caution to anyone who does not want to have their foundation of faith rocked even a little bit, this may not be the book for you. If you can keep an open mind…proceed!

We meet Drew, an American ex-pat living in Turkey and mourning the end of his marriage, having no direction in his life as he works as an English teacher and loses himself in books. And it’s that love of books that begins the adventure of a lifetime. His adventure begins with a chance encounter with a dwarf bookseller, Kadir, who asks him for a favor.

An ancient scroll was discovered and chance places that scroll with Drew along with clues to another scroll and these scrolls have the ability to rock the very foundations of Christianity. People will kill to make sure that these scrolls never see the light of day and all Drew wants to do is get them into the hands of scholars so that they can be studied and in doing so, redeem himself in the eyes of his ex-wife and everyone else who has doubted him in his life. But he has to work with Kadir, who just wants to get as much money as he can from the black market by selling the scroll to the highest bidder.

Full of twists and turns, packed with action and even a little romance. Ancient enemies are hunting for the same scrolls. This book has a lot to offer, especially if you can keep an open mind. There are a lot of Bible references and there is a lot of time spent going over inconsistencies in the Gospels. It’s easy to get a little lost in these places, especially for anyone not familiar. I did get lost several times and found myself having to go back and re-read areas again so I could have a better understanding. But this is more my fault than the fault of the author, I really can’t fault him for this, because without the information, the story would not have been complete.

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