Demise of the Trinity by Patrick Attaway
It took me reading a few chapters of this novel to get into the rhythm of the revolving characters narrating (in first-person) the chapters. That’s not a dig at the book. It unfolds in a more complicated fashion than a traditional first-person narrative from one character’s voice.
The revolving voices are not wildly different — I couldn’t tell which character voiced which chapter based on vocabulary, slang, stuff like that. To me, the most distinctive voice belonged to Arthur Lindsay, a veteran of a Korean War that ended in 1985 in this alternate timeline.
The shifting narrators became an effective structure of learning the plot through the eyes of different characters — and there’s a good variety of them. We get to see the motivations of the characters, and how they try to figure out each other’s motivation, whether encouraged by God or Lucifer (or Lucifer under disguise as God).
The story is complex Good vs. Evil, not simply “this dude’s a bad guy through and through” or “that dude’s always good.”
Also, we get to see generations of characters interact, with some burdened by the sins of their fathers. So we understand the influence of past generations affecting how characters try to descend the world into chaos — or stop that from happening.
The story moves along at a brisk pace, with lots of action throughout — not just the big crescendo at the end. There are violence and darkness are in this book, but they fit into the intricate structure of the story.
The writing is strong (not wavering) as it offers the action. Some typos are here and there, but I left those behind in the interest to see what happens next. And there are sharp descriptions, such as this one showing how one character views herself: “I’m the cracked ceiling above the ballroom of life and no one’s going to stop sipping their champagne to admire the cracks above their heads.” That’s some good stuff.