Derek P. Gilbert‘s novel The God Conspiracy weaves a tale of political intrigue and faith. His first novel, Iron Dragons was a fantasy novel with an alien twist. This novel is completely different and seems to be a better fit for Derek’s writing style.
The God Conspiracy Synopsis
FBI Agent Joe Unes reluctantly teams with reclusive Internet radio host Barney Ison from Sharon K. Gilbert’s The Armageddon Strain to expose the plot—and discovers that he’s not contending with flesh and blood.
Note: I originally reviewed this book a few years ago. I decided to update the review after re-reading it.
With the release of The God Conspiracy, Derek dives into the thriller/suspense genre head first. This seems like a more comfortable element for Derek as he’s been hosting PID Radio for 9 years where he and his wife and fellow author Sharon K. Gilbert have found plenty of source material for their novels by examining the “news behind the news”.
Derek’s Christian worldview is evident as he weaves a supernatural thriller that kept me turning the pages. The Christian message in the novel may seem heavy-handed to non-Christians but I think most believers wouldn’t have a problem with the use of Christian themes in this book.
The pacing and character development were just right. Since this is a one-shot novel, it doesn’t make sense to spend too much time developing characters like in other world-building novels.
I’d like to see more stories like this from Derek but I’m sure his current endeavors are keeping him too busy to write.
If you’re looking for a novel to grab and read through in a few days, pick up The God Conspiracy by Derek P. Gilbert.