"Technotrigue" is the best word to describe Bill Myers' new book, The Voice, from the FaithWords of Hachette Book Group. Myers has developed a truly unique and engaging story in which former Special Ops Agent Charlie Madison is suddenly ripped from his placid existence as the proprietor of a music store and thrust back into a world of danger, where the world's religious factions are in frantic search for a computer program capable of deciphering the voice of God. Each group has their own justifications for the extremes to which they go to recover the hidden program.
The catalyst for change in Charlie's life comes in the form of his artless and determined teenage niece, Jazmin Lutzer. Jazmin is the gifted child of Charlie's sister and her husband, computer programming specialists who have been captured by one of the religious factions intent on learning the secret of the program. The mercurial pace of the novel keeps readers holding on anticipating the next turn of the page and the next obstacle the characters must hurdle. Charlie and his niece are aided in their struggle to overcome the evil around every corner by Lisa Harmon, a customer in Charlie's store. As the story develops, Lisa shows that she has a few surprises of her own up her sleeve.
The focus of the story is fresh and unusual, certainly unexpected, and the imagery spurs the imagination. The writing is tight generally throughout, as is the overall flow of the story. At one or two points the text repeats itself, most obviously with respect to the tension between Charlie Madison and his niece. It would be better if the reader were allowed to infer the tension from events rather than being told by the unseen narrator that such tension is supposed to exist. Still, The Voice is overall an entertaining novel.