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Playing Saint

Format: Paperback

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Rising mega-pastor Parker Saint was wrapped up in his ratings and his book deal. But that was before the cops and the serial killer, the Vatican operatives, and the centuries-old plot to conceal an ancient relic. Now he’s just trying to stay alive.

Parker Saint is an up-and-coming superstar pastor on the verge of achieving everything he's wanted—including a national TV program and major book deal. His success seems all but guaranteed until an angry incident with a flight attendant. To keep his growing empire from collapsing, Parker cuts a deal and agrees to serve as a police consultant on the trail of a twisted serial killer who marks his victims with religious symbols. The problem is, Parker's anything but an expert, faking his way through the investigation by slipping away to consult his smart phone.

As he is drawn deeper into a web of intrigue involving an obsessive and demanding detective, a trio of relentless Vatican operatives, a string of botched exorcisms, and a centuries-old conspiracy to conceal a mysterious relic, Parker finds himself questioning everything he has been trying so hard to protect.

Building to an intense climax, Playing Saint is a timely exploration of what compels us, what defines us, and what redeems us. With its combination of suspense, humor, and intriguing characters, it will captivate readers until the final twist.

Contributor(s) Zachary Bartels
About the Contributor(s) Zachary Bartels

Zachary Bartels is the author of Playing Saint. An award-winning preacher and Bible teacher, he serves as pastor of Judson Baptist Church in Lansing, MI, where he lives with his wife Erin and their son. You can find him online at Facebook: AuthorZacharyBartels Twitter: AuthorZBartels

ISBN-10 1401690556
ISBN-13 9781401690557
Release Date Oct 7, 2014
Weight (lbs) 0.7000
Height 8.38
Width 5.5
Length 352
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by sithrebel15
Overall Rating
If you took Dan Brown and lifted out the hack writing and mixed in a good amount of Frank Peretti, Stieg Larson, and a dash of John Grisham you would begin to have what this book *feels like*. A crime drama, no doubt, but just enough supernatural overtones to keep you just outside the realm of the common pulp novels that permeate the genre.

The characters are easy to relate to, and keep themselves familiar without becoming too obvious or stereotyped. The story has a familiar midwestern city feel which makes it so much better than the “big city” setting that gets overused. The thickly veiled amalgams of popular culture that show up in the character’s bios are welcomed and not stilted or staged.

Bartels does use significant flashback sequences in the book, so be aware of these and pay close attention as they are vital to the narrative. If I have any negatives to say about the book it would be that I was slightly lost until I put the backstory together (then again I often have problems with non-linears in books).

Overall, a very solid novel. Kept me intrigued through it all, and riveted over the last 50 pages. Make no mistake: this is a novel that will present a clear Christian Gospel message. Some may have trouble seeing this through the graphic and descriptive crime scene sequences and gunplay, but keep reading and you will enjoy them in the end.

I recived this book for free in exchange for a review. (Posted on 11/9/2014)

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