Blood of the Lamb: A Novel of Secrets
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Title: Blood of the Lamb: A Novel of Secrets
Publisher: Blue Rider Press, New York
Publication Date: 2013
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Edition: 1st Edition
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The Historian meets The Da Vinci Code and Inferno in this exhilarating supernatural thriller set in Rome, where rival groups are searching for a document that holds a secret that could shatter the Catholic Church. Sam Cabot is the pseudonym of Carlos Dews and S.J. Rozan.
This document, dear friend, will shatter the Church.....
Reading these words in a letter in a dusty archive, Thomas Kelly is skeptical. The papers to which they refer have vanished, but Father Kelly, a Jesuit priest, doubts that anything could ever have had that power—until the Vatican suddenly calls him to Rome to begin a desperate search for that very document.
Meanwhile, standing before a council of her people, Livia Pietro receives instructions: she must find a Jesuit priest who has recently arrived in Rome and join his search for a document that contains a secret so shocking it has the power to destroy not only the Catholic Church, but Livia’s people as well.
As cryptic messages from the past throw Thomas and Livia into a treacherous world of art, religion, and conspiracy, they are pursued by those who would cross any line to obtain the document for themselves. Thomas and Livia must race to stop the chaos and destruction that the revelation of these secrets would create. Livia, though, has a secret of her own: She and her people are vampires.
In a sprawling tapestry that combines the religious intrigue of Dan Brown with the otherworldly terror of Stephenie Meyer, Blood of the Lamb is an unforgettable journey into an unthinkable past.
Praise for Blood of the Lamb
"Wow. Blood of the Lamb is totally unlike any novel ever written about vampires or secret societies or Roman art mysteries or Vatican conspiracies. But Sam Cabot has combined all of these, in this refreshing potpourri that provides us surprising and wonderful insights into each—and at the same time, endless fun!" —Katherine Neville, New York Times bestselling author
"You never quite catch your breath as the secrets unfold one at a time, all the while building to a first class conclusion. History, secrets, conspiracies, adventure. What more could you want from a thriller?" —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
"A heady blend of Christian mythology and ecclesiastical reality, Blood of the Lamb is an intricate puzzle of a novel—intensely researched, deeply spiritual, and profoundly sacrilegious. I loved it." —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of the Repairman Jack series
“Just when you thought vampires were so last year, Sam Cabot's Blood of the Lamb offers up a fresh, compelling history of the vampire. Like all great works in the genre, this one makes us think deeply about what it really means to be human. Hope there will be more in this vein!” —Leslie S. Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Dracula
"Audacious." —Publishers Weekly
“Firmly located in Dan Brown territory, this religious-themed thriller combines historical mystery with modern-day intrigue...One thing is crystal clear: [Dews and Rozan have] produced a first-rate thriller.” –Booklist
“I literally could NOT put this book down once I started it! It is more of a roller coaster read than a Dan Brown novel, with more twists and historical references to keep any history buff running a Google search screen in the background as they are reading it!... This book is just so DIFFERENT- it offers intellect and scientific reasoning, combined with myth and produces a book in the vein of a Dan Brown book, but enhanced as it were, to a different level, where childish fantasies do not apply, and where the search for the great unknown exits.” –BlessTheirHeartsMom.blogspot.com
“A beautiful contribution to the mystery, paranormal and thriller genre. It’s an imaginative and historical take on an age old topic...Bravo, bravo.” – BitchesWithBooks.com
Blood of the Lamb is inextricably linked to place and faith; a particular place and faith of all sorts.
I was lucky enough, almost six years ago now, to land a job as chair of English at an American liberal arts college in Rome, Italy. The small campus is in the trendy neighborhood of Trastevere, tucked into a bend of the Tiber River, just downstream from the Vatican and across the river from all the sites tourists in Rome must see. To avoid the legendarily long Roman commutes and tangles with the frequent transit strikes, I decided to live in Trastevere and walk to work. I soon began to explore the neighborhood (not to mention the other splendors of Rome--Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum--that are all nearby).
Walking through the neighborhood with friends and colleagues who had lived there longer than I, I learned a great deal about Trastevere: "This is the church with a reliquary containing a saint's foot," "This church was built on the spot where prophetic oil oozed from the ground," "This church still houses the apothecary that served for centuries as the pharmacy to the popes," and "This is the place where Saint Peter was believed to have been crucified, upside down." And then there was the art: "this is Bernini's breathtaking sculpture of a woman experiencing religious ecstasy that appears very similar to another kind of ecstasy," "this is the sculpture of a saint, made using her incorrupt body as the model, thirteen hundred years after her death!" Each of these places and works of art seemed to come with a story. But beyond the straightforward historical explanations of their creation there were often other, usually much more intriguing, stories--about the real reason why the church was built, who commissioned the work of art, or what they actually signified. Living in Rome has taught me that things rarely are as they seem. There is always a story beneath the surface, or at least a parallel story to an accepted public explanation.
At the same time, as an outsider unfamiliar with the particular rituals and articles of faith of the Catholic Church, I found much of what I was learning and seeing firsthand to be no less fantastic than supernatural fiction.
Drinking blood, eating flesh, and gaining eternal life.
It is impossible to live in the center of Rome without, even against one's will or at least one's inclination, considering how faith, in particular Roman Catholic faith, shapes the environment of the Eternal City.
During the Easter season a couple of years after I arrived in Rome, as I walked down the narrow cobblestoned street from the Ponte Sisto bridge to my apartment near the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, I was struck with the idea that it might be easy to provide alternative or parallel stories to explain many of the things in my Roman neighborhood--to write a story of secrets that jibes with and yet reinterprets much of what I saw. I began to wonder, removed as I am from the faith that underpins the built environment of Rome--having grown up in East Texas and in the Southern Baptist Church, my experience with Catholicism was very limited--if there might be alternative, yet no less plausible explanations for what I saw around me. What deeper, more disturbing secrets might there be? Blood of the Lamb is the result of this initial idea.
By bringing together two separate mythological traditions (and characters representing each of those traditions, who must work together to uncover secrets of great importance to both their communities--one character a Jesuit priest and the other an art historian who is a member of a heretofore unknown group, the Noantri), I might raise interesting questions about both while introducing people to my newfound neighborhood in Rome and telling a good story.
I knew then that I had all the raw material for a thrilling story, a way to raise valid questions about faith and provide alternative stories for some of the artwork and churches in my new home neighborhood, but, having never written a thriller and not knowing that world, I didn't want to try to tell this story alone. Enter S. J. Rozan.
When a mutual friend told me that Carlos, who was in New York for a few days, had a great idea for a book, he wanted a collaborator, and I was perfect for the job, my first reaction was to run away. And I hadn't even heard the great idea yet.
The concept that would become Blood of the Lamb came into my life as I was doing the edits for my thirteenth novel. I was a crime writer, ensconced in that world that was unknown territory to Carlos. I'd never considered working with a collaborator, never set a novel in a place that wasn't deeply familiar to me--I'd been to Rome, but didn't know it on any deep level, not then--and had written a grand total of one paranormal short story. The idea of working on something that involved all three of those things did not, I admit, intrigue me.
But the idea itself did. Not because I loved it--after Carlos and I met for coffee to discuss this collaboration I was sure would never happen, I still hadn't heard it. That was because Carlos's agent had. She'd also heard about me. She'd forbidden him to tell me anything about the idea unless and until we had a signed nondisclosure agreement. This, I found interesting. What idea could be so good that an agent was willing to go through the hassle of getting an agreement signed, just so Carlos could tell it to me? Of course, now I had to hear it.
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