Today, he’s just trying to stay alive.
Parker Saint is living the dream. A cushy job at a thriving megachurch has him on the verge of becoming a bestselling author and broadcast celebrity—until life takes an abrupt turn that lands him on the wrong side of the law. To avoid a public scandal, he agrees to consult with the police on a series of brutal murders linked by strange religious symbols scrawled on each victim.
Parker tries to play the expert, but he is clearly in over his head. Drawn ever deeper into a web of intrigue involving a demanding detective, a trio of secretive Vatican operatives, and a centuries-old conspiracy to conceal a mysterious relic, he realizes for the first time that the battle between good and evil is all too real—and that the killer is coming back . . . this time for him.
I requested a copy of this book from the BookLook Blogger program because the last supernatural thriller I read was so horrible that I felt like I needed to give the genre another chance (seriously – the last book had Swiss army knives with a flaming sword option).
Zachary Bartels stuck with Scripture and wrote a suspenseful, Biblically accurate story about believable characters in a believable, albeit supernatural, situation. I’ve never participated in a deliverance session or had demons speak to me through a person, so I don’t know what that would really be like, but Bartels created situations that so heavily rested upon Scripture that I could buy it – I would believe that that’s what it might really be like, so it captured my attention and held it.
Although I would have liked some more character descriptions to help me relate to them, and I could have done with shorter fight scenes, overall I really enjoyed this book. There’s just enough humor and wackiness to keep it from weighing down on you while also making it clear that the supernatural realm is not one to be taken lightly.
I would definitely read another book by Bartels.