Book Review: “Playing Saint” By Zachary Bartels

March 29, 2015 at 4:30 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Zachary Bartels in his new book “Zachary Bartels book coverPlaying Saint” published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to Parker Saint.

From the back cover:  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.

A pastor, who seemingly has everything, has a legal issue which is promised to be removed if he will help the Grand Rapids PD with two cases they are working on. Both have religious implications and, as a pastor, they feel he can help in that regards. Wow, what a way to introduce a character. Parker Saint is no saint and he has all kinds of issues, mostly with regards to faith and it takes this adventure for him to realize just what God is trying to tell him. Tension, suspense, mystery and a crazy killer are all within these pages. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on. Don’t start this book late at night because you will not want to put the book down until you finish. I am so looking forward to more from this talented author.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Thomas Nelson.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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