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With his hopeless mission to Nigeria falling apart, CIA agent Jack Donner disobeys orders to protect an American businessman. After his charge is killed, Jack brings his body home as he promised.

When he meets the widow, Anne Davis, at the funeral, she demands to know the circumstances of her husband’s death and who killed him. Leaving Anne to grieve, Jack goes to Langley to face charges. Worlds apart, they do their best to move on.

But sinister forces will not leave the two of them at peace. To survive, Jack and Anne must work together, solve his friend’s murder, and uncover secrets that powerful people want to keep buried.

Intense and realistic, with high concepts and sympathetic characters, God’s House is frighteningly possible.


“GOD’S HOUSE is a must-read for those who like to have their breath catch while reading a novel. Mix a little bit of The Da Vinci Code, Firewall, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan together, and you will begin to get a glimpse of this exciting, suspenseful global intrigue-filled techno-thriller by John D. Trudel. Trudel has really done it with this exciting story woven around the reluctant hero, Jack Donner, a powerful church, the UN, and government spy bosses. I simply give readers fair-warning: DO NOT start this book unless you have some hours to spare, or you will miss appointments, dates, and ball games to finish this book. GOD’S HOUSE – read it at your own risk . . . you will wet your pants.” –Don Bendell, top-selling author of 26 books.

“Fast-paced, compelling, intelligent and impossible to put down. GOD’S HOUSE has everything you expect from a thriller, including a tough, big-hearted hero–Jack Donner–with whom you can go to the ends of the earth and enjoy every breath-taking moment. A fine debut novel from John D. Trudel, definitely a thriller writer to watch.” –Margaret Coel, author of The Perfect Suspect.

“This story works at many levels and its characters are compelling. GOD’S HOUSE is as new and timely as tomorrow, but as old as corruption, treachery, and deceit. Don’t miss this début novel by an exciting writer who knows his craft. Read the book and tell your friends.” –Charles H. Moody

“John Trudel has captured the language, procedures, and frustrations of people working in the Intelligence Community perfectly. GOD’S HOUSE is a plausible story that could yet be ripped from tomorrow’s headlines. His harrowing descriptions of the situation in Nigeria hit home even more forcefully now that the world is following the progress of the Arab Spring. A good premise, tight writing, sympathetic but desperate characters, and a masterful storyteller. What a combination. I can’t wait to read Trudel’s next thriller.” –Rob Kresge, Author, Murder for Greenhorns

“Trudel’s GOD’S HOUSE has everything the best thrillers offer: sharply drawn characters, crisp and realistic dialogue, and mounting suspense. This consummate thriller-suspense story is brilliantly imagined, vividly drawn, and rich in incident and detail. A must read….” –Roger Croft, Author, The Wayward Spy

“God’s House is a great read. If I saw it in an airport and started it, I’d buy it. Recommended.” –Jerry Pournelle, Award Winning Author

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John Trudel has authored two nonfiction books. He graduated from Georgia Tech and Kansas State, had a long career in high-technology, wrote columns for several national magazines, and lives in Oregon and Arizona. Visit