Coven

Saint Tommy, NYPD Book 7

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Detective Thomas Nolan has finally returned home. In typical police fashion, he is welcomed home with a murder case and gunfire.

After one arrest goes spectacularly wrong, Tommy is assigned another case and another dead body.

But everything goes wrong from the start of the case. The deceased is a member of a nearby military base, and no one wants to answer his questions. A local bodega gives him mind-splitting headaches. Worst of all, someone is after his children.

To make matters worse — Tommy no longer has his charisms.

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Book Author

Declan Finn

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Book Series 1 Number

7

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  1. Matthew Martin (verified owner)

    After the more globe-trotting, large scale threats of the ‘second trilogy’, Coven sees Tommy Nolan return to New York and more traditional police and detective work … well, as traditional as a golem-armored thaumaturge dealing with physical manifestations of spiritual evil ever gets. 🙂 Since I enjoyed the first ‘trilogy’ more than the second (they’re all good, mind; I just liked the first three a bit more), this was an enjoyable return to the style I first fell in love with.

    The book continues in the same vein as previous ones–intense and fast-paced action, interesting historical information, detective work with some surprise twists, and the trademark combination of piety and snark we expect from our narrator. Finn takes the viewpoint off of Tommy for a couple of key sequences, and while I think the first one stumbles a bit, the second one flows naturally as a description that’s still recognizably Tommy’s ‘voice’ even if he’s not in the scene.

    Complaints are minor: I was a bit nonplussed by naming the Superior General of the Jesuits “Bergolio”–it seemed a little too on the nose and irreverent. However, further reading made it clear he’s an amalgam of several problems spotted in the Society, not a one-to-one parallel with any specific individual. The villains lacked the strong ideology of previous books that could make them so much fun to hate, being driven more by animus than by positive agendas–which makes sense considering the series to this point and the setup. The one exception is CPS goon Meadowsweet, who’s both got a ‘creed’ and would make a worthy partner-in-injustice to Dolores Umbridge.

    Still, despite those minor quibbles, it’s a fun high-octane, staunchly Catholic thriller that keeps up the series’ tradition. Just don’t skip to the last page first. It won’t give away major plot points, but … Declan, you got some ‘splainin’ to do.

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  2. Gail Finke (verified owner)

    He pulled it off! If you’ve wondered how Tommy could go back to work in any interesting way after the gonzo extravaganza of the end of the last one, wonder no more. He’s back home (after, among other things, some specialized training from some very specialized members of the Swiss Guard), he’s doing semi-normal police work– at least for the time being, and his family has settled in to their semi-normal home schooling (also after some specialized training from some very specialized members of the Swiss Guard). But of course, all that is about to change. New villains, new threats, new weapons, and suddenly… no charisms! What’s going on? Can our hero manage without levitating, bilocating, or the rest of his “powers”? And what can he do about Child Protective Services deciding his home is a dangerous and child-endangering center of Wrong Think?

    It’s a satisfying start to a third trilogy. The characters are engaging, the action scenes near-constant without being mind-numbing, the puzzle is interesting, and… if you are surprised that the suspected bad guy’s name is “Bergolio,” you haven’t been paying much attention to rest of the series. No, this character is not a veiled swipe at the current pope, it’s an open swipe at the current pope. But he’s no stand-in for His Holiness, he’s more of a catch-all character for a lot that’s wrong with our current hierarchy. And when has there NOT been a lot wrong with the hierarchy? That the human condition. Saints are remarkable, not typical. In a series where a police officer is a saint, the pope is ideal, abortionists literally worship Moloch, there is such a thing as a “combat exorcist,” and so on, a Jesuit Superior named Bergolio just MIGHT be a combination of a whole lot of people and ideas, some of which you just MIGHT be surprised to find all in one place. Any more and it would be giving too much away.

    Anyway, five stars.

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  3. Adena Lee (verified owner)

    Mr. Finn has done it again. He has combined real Catholicism with a thriller worthy of Tom Clancy. Detective Tommy Nolan and his family are finally back in New York City after months in the NYPD’s foreign office. Now if only Satan and his wicked spirits would just let Detective Nolan just be a police officer, but no…. Child Protection Services has never been so scary, and the new partner? I wonder what deal that new partner made with Detective Nolan’s patrons. Hooo boy…… Mr. Finn grabbed my attention from the first page and kept it. The characters just keep getting stronger and the hints of crossovers from his other New York series are intriguing. I have to wonder if he and they will be teaming up in the future.

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  4. Kevin Menard (verified owner)

    The St. Tommy continues and it’s a positive sign that Finn can write six books without it turning into a tired repeat of previous. Despite the preternatural powers of his adopted kid and the supernatural gifts/weapons Tommy has, Finn still finds ways to make the man’s life suck without making it sound like a bad D&D game. Introducing a Child Protective Services person, of the worse type, making accusations of white slavery and abuse, he puts the hero into a very special kind of hell.

    Lots of good scenes and characters, with a lot of action. I don’t think this is his best book, but its a good solid read that’s fun. Definitely worth it.

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