Thursday, April 30, 2015

Playing Saint by Zachary Bartels

About the Book:

Yesterday, Parker Saint’s only concern was his swiftly rising star power.

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.

My Thoughts:

This is most definitely one of those one in a lifetime plots you don't see coming.  Zachary Bartels has joined the ranks of Steven James, Randy Singer and Creston Mapes for explosive-don't-know-where-he's-going next storytelling!

Parker Saint is a fairly likable character.  What makes him stand out from the crowd?  You pretty much see his flaws from the first page, and he doesn't try to hide them.  Instead he makes plans to capitalize on his flaws and foibles.

Getting caught can cost you, though, and it ends up costing Parker in a big way.  Does it cost him in a deadly way?  Only one way to find out...and that's buy the book!

Great character development, great pacing and an exciting story make "Playing Saint" one of my favorites reads of 2015 (it released last year and finally made its way to the top of the stack!).  I'm especially glad this one was so good, because Zachary Bartels has a new book releasing soon!

My thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson Publishing for my complimentary copy of "Playing Saint" in exchange for an honest review.  Highly Recommended

Happy Reading!



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