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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sean Chercover Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781469242163
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“Sean Chercover shows a stellar hand through a coiling plot, weaving one taut drama. The story is tense, intelligent, harsh, and surprising—just what a reader wants in a thriller. This one goes on your keeper shelf.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair

The Da Vinci Code meets The Dead Zone in Sean Chercover’s The Trinity Game, a fascinating thriller that catapults us headlong into Vatican intrigue, global conspiracies, complex family relationships, and nonstop excitement.” —Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Paranoia and Buried Secrets

The Trinity Game is a rare find. Heart-pounding cinematic action, unpredictable twists, and wonderful characters—all packed into a fascinating story. What a thrilling ride! I loved it from the start, couldn’t put it down, and was sorry to see it end. You have got to read this book!” —Marcia Clark, New York Times bestselling author of Guilt by Association

“Sean Chercover has written a gripping take on the religious thriller. Smart, compelling, and page-turning, The Trinity Game is both entertaining and thought-provoking suspense.” —Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Minute

“Chercover’s fast, engrossing, and original tale—of a Vatican sleuth charged with investigating so-called miracles—will restore your faith that something new and exciting is being brought to the crime novel.” —Linwood Barclay, international #1 bestselling author of The Accident

The Trinity Game swept me up from page one. High octane and thought provoking—a powerful combination.” —Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award–winning author of Ransom River

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is no ordinary thriller. Chercover challenges his readers to get their heads around some big ideas, and the novel should appeal to readers looking for action with some metaphysical meat on its bones.”


  • The Trinity Game takes the reader on the wildest of rides, from a fabulous and truly diabolical premise to a shattering finale that will leave you gasping for breath. This is one hell of a good thriller.”

    Douglas Preston, bestselling author of Blasphemy and The Monster of Florence

  • A 2013 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2013 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Hardcover Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 2/7/2014

    " Worth reading? Sort of. At one point I was ready to quit and then picked it up for 1 more try and got hooked, for a while. Then the story dragged and I just wanted to finish the book. Have you ever read one like this? When it was good it was really good and when it was bad it was boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindyrolfe | 2/6/2014

    " I found this book fascinating and am still pondering the possibilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna (J.F.Penn) | 2/5/2014

    " I'm a sucker for books around religious themes, so this was a must buy. Daniel Byrne is a doubting priest who investigates supposed miracles for the Vatican. He hasn't ever found a true miracle. Then his attention is drawn to Tim Trinity, a tele-evangelist and the man who brought him up. Daniel knows that Trinity has an act going that brings in the dollars but this time he is speaking in strange tongues. This turns out to be human speech spoken backwards at a different speed and in these states, Trinity predicts actual events. 100% come true so Daniel must confront his past and investigate Trinity. The book is about Daniel's search for a true miracle, his relationships to Trinity and a search for the divine - or something else. Enjoyable, fast paced read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/4/2014

    " I wouldn't say this kept me on the edge of my seat, but it did hold my interest. I appreciated that I didn't have to think too hard to enjoy it. It fit at just the right time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Jordan | 2/1/2014

    " This is a reasonably exciting book. A priest who is with the Vatican's miracle investigation team is sent to debunk his uncle's. Because the uncle is correctly predicting future events such as horse races, various groups are also after him. Which one will succeed? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Gazala | 1/27/2014

    " Tragically orphaned at childbirth and raised by his tent-show revivalist grifter uncle Tim Trinity, as a very young man Daniel Byrne forgoes a promising boxing career and an alluring woman for the priesthood. Eventually Byrne earns a senior position in the Vatican's Office of the Devil's Advocate, the Church's bureau tasked with investigating and debunking claims of divinely-inspired miracles around the world. Years after turning his back on Trinity and his religious scams, the Vatican dispatches Byrne to America to assess, and disprove, Trinity's new-found abilities to accurately predict future events while speaking in bizarre tongues during his internationally televised sermons. Trinity's ardent followers are convinced God has selected the old grifter as His latest earthly loudspeaker. Elements both official and clandestine in the Vatican believe otherwise, as does Byrne. Byrne travels to Atlanta to confront his uncle, only to find that perhaps Trinity's recent gift might indeed have supernatural, if not heavenly, origins. Organized crime bosses in Las Vegas don't care where Trinity's predictive prowess comes from -- they want him stopped at all costs, because his prescience includes not only foreseeing tragic oil rig explosions and horrific traffic wrecks, but also calling final scores in sporting events yet to be played. Pursued by countless fans and foes across the American South, including federal agents and professional assassins, Byrne enlists help from of his old lover, now a CNN journalist, and from a mercenary friend who owes his life to the priest after a violent episode in Central America years back, to slip Trinity out of Atlanta. Trinity demands Byrne get him in one piece to New Orleans, where Trinity must deliver to the world from the steps of the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square a message only he can give. Author Sean Chercover has written an engaging modern thriller. His prose is crisp. Byrne and Trinity are interesting characters, though the rest of the novel's cast are fairly flat stock good guys or bad guys. The novel reflects that the author knows the places where his story takes place very well, and this is particularly so regarding New Orleans. All considered, "The Trinity Game" is an entertaining book that will leave thriller readers satisfied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/21/2014

    " Good action/thriller with a unique premise. Ending felt a bit flat, but plot was very engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 1/21/2014

    " What a fascinating premise for a novel! I was hooked right from the start. This isn't a typical thriller - in fact, I might rather classify it as suspense - but there's no denying that there is plenty of action, along with an unexpected religious mystery. Fans of Dan Brown will surely enjoy this, but don't write it off as a "The Da Vinci Code" wannabe. This book has a motley cast of characters and family drama that goes well beyond a mass market midnight paperback. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/16/2014

    " I found this book interesting, but in the beginning I had a hard time following the story line. I would recommend it even though it was not one of my favorites. Everyone has different taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy Arledge | 1/14/2014

    " I felt bad for my Catholic friends when I read this one. Good tale of suspense, fast-paced. Overall I enjoyed the diversion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 1/6/2014

    " Brought up a lot of interesting questions about religion. Very interesting, although somewhat predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jakenv | 1/6/2014

    " Liked concept of story & found just enough turns in story to keep me reading. Characters were a bit slim in their actions. Conspiracy fans will enjoy the Catholic Church aspects. Caution those with deep religious bias to skip this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/6/2014

    " Really enjoyed this. It's a quick suspense novel. Great summer entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda B. | 12/26/2013

    " What a wild ride this book was! I found it hard to put down. No matter what your religious beliefs are and even if you don't have any, you will enjoy this book. Love reading books that make you think, all the while enjoying the adventure. Highly recommend this book to all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bgmcleod | 12/8/2013

    " The book was a serious page turner, I could not put it down. A priest who works to verifty or debunk miracle claims investigates a case of speaking in tongues by a televangelist, who also happens to be his estranged uncle. It takes off from there! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim A | 9/30/2013

    " As much as I wanted to have Chercover knock my socks off with another novel, it just didn't happen. The subject matter, the Catholic Church and the investigation of miracles, was interesting, but the book just became too predictable for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyse Falk | 8/22/2013

    " Kind of disappointed in the ending, many questions left unanswered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Minerva Koenig | 5/3/2013

    " Everything you could ask for in a thriller: evil priests, voodoo, romance, New Orleans, and some very dry wit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drew Mallott | 3/28/2013

    " Awful. Kept waiting for something exciting and it never did. Avoid this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 3/1/2013

    " Excellent book. A thriller from the beginning with a most interesting plot. Too much coarse language, but I managed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/16/2013

    " As I finished this book , I felt disappointed....the story was fast paced and very interesting.....I just felt let down at the ending.......would recommend it but only because it s an easy fast read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Cote | 1/13/2013

    " This is a nice mystery type novel - nothing spectacular but definitely entertaining. It's in the same realm as James Patterson's new collaborative works: slightly under his old works and those of Jonathan and Faye Kellerman. A solid read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annetta | 1/12/2013

    " The story is a good one, though it reads on the slow side. I enjoyed reading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Beard | 12/1/2012

    " This book has a good mix of religion, televangelism, and suspense. I was almost sorry I'd finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 9/29/2012

    " Kept me interested with anticipation of whats to come. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan Kendrick | 9/2/2012

    " Very slow read. I was expecting a fast-paced thriller and instead got a pretty bland book that lacked much in the way of an interesting plot or character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 8/10/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. Religious-conspiracy theories makes me question or think profoundly. "

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About the Author
Author Sean Chercover

Sean Chercover is a former private detective turned novelist and screenwriter. A native of Toronto, he has held a motley assortment of jobs over the years, including video editor, scuba diver, nightclub magician, encyclopedia salesman, and truck driver. He is the author of award-winning novels featuring Chicago private investigator Ray Dudgeon: Big City, Bad Blood and Trigger City. His fiction has won the Anthony, Shamus, CWA Dagger, Dilys, and Crimespree awards, and been shortlisted for the Edgar, Barry, Macavity, Arthur Ellis, and ITW Thriller awards. After living in Chicago; New Orleans; and Columbia, South Carolina, Sean returned to Toronto where he currently lives with his wife and son.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.