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13 Reviews (Including 1 Editorial Review)
Goodreads 4.43 Star rating
(35 ratings)
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Amazon 3.8 Star rating
(11 customer ratings)

Editorial Reviews are listed first.
Reader reviews will follow in chronological order, beginning with the most recent.
Reviews are also listed by star rating.


Editorial Reviews:

--by Authors Reading on June 25, 2018

Impending Fate is a suspenseful, emotional, page-turner of a book that finalizes William P. Messenger's trilogy that evolved around the lives of two twin brothers Giuseppe and Giovanni Lozano and their lifelong acquaintance Tom Moran. It's a trilogy that confronts a family's deepest, darkest secrets. Impending Fate picks up roughly three years after Giuseppe's family had been slaughtered in their home. The heinous crime had never completely been solved, and many questions were left unanswered, but there is a consensus between Tom Moran who is now an LA police detective and Giovanni Lozano who is now a priest that they know who is responsible for the death of Giuseppe's family.

Giuseppe had entered politics and after winning a seat in the US Senate becomes obsessed with aspirations of becoming the US President. Senator Giuseppe personifies the power-hungry politician who will stop at nothing to win. Packed with politics, family secrets, corruption, brutality, and fear this 300-page book is really a story of the disparity between identical twins.

Detective Moran and Father Giovanni realize that without real solid evidence supporting their gut feelings that their speculations would be quickly squashed and met with ridicule. Just their mere suggestion that this seemingly upright, clean-cut and politically powerful individual could be behind such a heinous crime would be extremely dangerous. It's sometimes easier not to acknowledge life's most uncomfortable truths, but sooner or later, everything bubbles to the surface.

The pressure on the killer mounts when an exposé by the Los Angeles Times divulges evidence that shocks the nation and the seriously dents the armor that the killer had hidden behind. The public wants to know why this evidence had been kept secret. The old and almost forgotten Lozano family murders were not the topic of all the talking heads on TV and radio.

Messenger ends the saga of the twins in an extremely well-written and exhaustively detailed final chapter to the Shattered Triangle trilogy. If you have not read the previous two books, "Shattered Triangle: A Consequential Murder" and "Beleaguered Truth: Book Two of Shattered Triangle Trilogy" you are missing an excellent modern day Cain and Abel tale.

William P. Messenger gives crime-fiction fans a well-conceived murder mystery that is also an engaging thriller that deftly explores the depths of human evil and political corruptness. Join detective Tom Moran at Parker Center, the headquarters for the LAPD as he tries to prove that we are all equal under the law. "Impending Fate" is a story you'll keep thinking about long after the violent final episode.


Reader Reviews:


★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
Good read!
February 24, 2020 by Anthony Corso

These 3 novels: SHATTERED TRIANGLE, BELEAGUERED TRUTH, IMPENDING FATE, written by William P. Messenger in my estimation, have been the most interesting that I ever had the pleasure of reading. If you are tired of reading the usual please read these three. If you are a Catholic you must read at least IMPENDING FATE. Most people do not appreciate the fact an author does not have a conclusion to the novel due to the fact that he/she wants the reader to purchase the one in the series. I tell you this is an exception. Do yourself a favor. Read these stories.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Never again
September 16, 2019 by Jim

I will never read another of his books. 3 books over explained and a horrid ending.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Good read!
July 11 2019 by Terry

Characters were extremely believable and true to form. Conflicting beliefs between twins was a neat twist. Just wish Gio would have found a new life!

5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved the series
May 28, 2019 by C. Carey

I enjoyed the entire series…the mystery, the politics, and the religious theory. It's a blend of interesting concepts that keeps you turning pages.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Read all three!
April 4, 2019 by Kindle Customer

This is an amazingly well written trilogy centered on the themes of family, friendship, good and evil, and betrayal on multiple levels. It was next to impossible to put down any of these books. The author's perspective on the war in Iraq was also fascinating and thoughtfully presented.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Could have been a great yarn, but…
March 30, 2019 by Thomas E. Mauceri

The author can write well enough. Prose is clean and believable, when it sticks to the plot. The effect is destroyed by the political bias that falls into diatribe. The artifice of weaving real historic figures into the take is not new, but to ascribe as facts things that are, at best, fodder for conspiracy theorists destroys the trust bond between author and reader. Of interest, the prose falters when the "preaching" starts. Religion, distribution of wealth, evil of Reagan. All too much…

4.0 out of 5 stars
Not a stand alone
March 26, 2019 by Terry

Book three of series can't stand alone. Good historical background. Many issues and plots unresolved. Main story is OK.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprising and Unusual Ending
May 10, 2018 by Cecile

What a surprising and unusual ending to the trilogy! But—is it the end? Actually the author has left the door ajar for the trilogy to become a series. Wouldn't that be great! I have enjoyed not on the story, but learning of or being reminded of the historical background of Los Angeles. I've found it fun to recognize some fo the places and happenings mentioned and to learn more about the rules and regulations of the Catholic Church especially the confessional vows. The author had better write fast if I am going to have the pleasure of reading his next book (I'm 94)!

5.0 out of 5 stars
With skillfully interwoven events from the first two book of…
April 13, 2018 by P.A. Lach

With skillfully interwoven events from the first two books of this trilogy, IMPENDING FATE brings the reader back into the lives of Tom, Gio and Sep. The psychological and political intrigue, soul searching angst, and a couple of real sucker-punches kept me turning page after page…until the last when I closed it with a gasp - there is no more? Although this book can stand alone - treat yourself to all three - some delicious meal descriptions are an added bonus.

5.0 out of 5 stars
An engaging and intricate murder suspense novel skillfully written!
January 29, 2018 by Kevbo

A strong finish to a compelling and well constructed trilogy. Messenger showcases exceptional work in his use of story and character arcs to provide a captivating drama as this murder suspense novel unfolds. Thoroughly enjoyed all three books!

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Simply Exceptional
January 28, 2018 by Sideliner

Once more the author presents a book that grips the attention from the first word until the final full stop. And arriving at that point, one still turns the page hoping that there is more. Outstanding word command and a brilliantly executed presentation.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Great trilogy!
January 5, 2018 by Rocio

A very interesting end to the trilogy. Volume 2 left me in suspense waiting for volume 3, and Impending Fate was not a disappointment. I recommend all three books in the trilogy to anyone who enjoys mysteries.

5.0 out of 5 stars
With a novel, creative twist at the end. I loved all three books. They would make a great movie.
January 1, 2018 by George A. Jenkins

A suspense filled adventure with a novel, creative twist at the end. I loved all three books. They would make a great movie
🎥 in this day of political intrigue. Bill Messenger is a gifted political novelist as well as a keen presenter of living life in this new world; of seeing life as it really is.


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