Trinity Icon

Trinity IconTrinity Icon by Steve Wilson
Series: Michael Neill Adventure
Genres: Military, Political, Suspense, Thriller
Published by White Feather Press on July 29, 2014
Pages: 402
Also in this series: Red Sky at Morning
Also by this author: Red Sky at Morning

 

About Trinity Icon (from the back cover):
Poland’s past and present collide in an epic quest for peace and treasure!
 
In Central Europe, Poland has rejected plans for an anti-missile shield—until a threat from beyond their borders causes disaster. During testing, an Iranian ICBM veers off course with tragic results, and the Polish government turns to NATO—and the United States—for protection. With the defensive shield now back on the table, National Security Advisor Willis Avery envisions an even broader network of emplacements. His strategy depends on the cooperation of the breakaway states—and the help of Captain Michael Neill. Tasked as a liaison, it’s Neill’s job to convince the republics. He enlists the aid of an old friend, General Andrei Ulyanov—and, if he can keep her alive, dynamic and beautiful journalist Viktoriya Gavrilenko. The stage is set for increased tension when the Russians threaten an arms race. Avery is targeted, and along the way, Neill becomes caught up in the search for a lost religious icon, foretold by legend to restore the faith of a disheartened people . . .

The Michael Neill series is quickly becoming one of my favorite series.  I’ve enjoyed all the books so far, with each book being stronger than the ones before.  Trinity Icon is a little different in that it adds a historical mystery that’s quite fun to follow, yet it still features the same great military elements that are a hallmark of this series.

While it is best to start at the beginning of this series with Red Sky at Morning, Trinity Icon could be read standalone with minimal missing pieces.

While it is best to start at the beginning of this series with Red Sky at Morning, Trinity Icon could be read standalone with minimal missing pieces.  Steve does a great job of catching the reader up on relevant past events, but little of the previous plots are revealed.  If wanting to check out this series, but unsure about starting at book one, Trinity Icon is a great place to get hooked.

The military and political maneuvering are a given in this series and they are again well executed in Trinity Icon.  Steve’s familiarity with the various locations as well as military and world political climate is obvious.  I enjoyed watching the chess match between each country and seeing the events unfold.

However, for me the highlight was the historical mystery.  It’s a relative minor portion of the story which serves primarily to bring different characters together.  The backdrop for this mystery opens the book and is an instant hook.  In just a few pages, I loved the characters involved; their courage and strength set the stage for this subplot.  The suspense is some of the best in this series and overall it’s a great fit for this particular story.

I still struggled a bit with the main character, Michael.  He’s still too good to be true.

I still struggled a bit with the main character, Michael.  He’s still too good to be true.  I could probably handle him acting properly in nearly every situation if everyone around him weren’t so enamored with him.  After a while the consistent reminders of how great Michael is and how much he’s trusted felt too much like flattery; the sincerity was lost.

While I like the direction of the romance, I do hope that it grows in depth.  Michael and his love interest are a great match for each other and they make an incredible pair.  However, too much time was spent on their physical attraction towards each other and not the qualities that are going to build a long lasting relationship.  It’s just getting started, so hopefully this part of the series will deepen and feel less superficial.

Filling in Michael’s backstory, particularly his father’s past, is incredibly interesting.

There are a couple of really nice twists in this book and they work exceptionally well.  Filling in Michael’s backstory, particularly his father’s past, is incredibly interesting.  Trinity Icon seems to have just scratched the surface of this storyline and I can’t wait to see it unfold.  I was a little disappointed to part ways with one character.  However, his exit from the story resolves a few issues by opening up options to other characters.  Overall, I think the story will progress nicely with these changes.

I was a little late starting the Michael Neill series, but I’m really glad I discovered it.  Given the position of the characters and unfolding real world events, this series could continue for some time.  The next book, Eye of Charybdis isn’t too far away and I’m looking forward to it.  For readers looking for an entertaining world political thriller, with a fun historical mystery, Trinity Icon is a great choice.

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