Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven Series #1)

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In the small village of Hawkins Hollow, three best friends who share the same birthday sneak off into the woods for a sleepover the evening before turning 10. But a night of pre-pubescent celebration turns into a night of horror as their blood brother oath unleashes a three-hundred year curse.

Twenty-one years later, Cal Hawkins and his friends have seen their town plagued by a week of unexplainable evil events two more times - every seven years. With the clock winding down on ...

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Blood Brothers: The Sign of Seven Trilogy

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In the small village of Hawkins Hollow, three best friends who share the same birthday sneak off into the woods for a sleepover the evening before turning 10. But a night of pre-pubescent celebration turns into a night of horror as their blood brother oath unleashes a three-hundred year curse.

Twenty-one years later, Cal Hawkins and his friends have seen their town plagued by a week of unexplainable evil events two more times - every seven years. With the clock winding down on the third set of seven years, someone else has taken an interest in the town's folklore. Quinn is a well known scholar of local legends, and despite Cal's protests, insists on delving in the mystery. But when the first signs of evil appear months early, it's not only the town Cal tries to protect, but also his heart.

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After three boys accidentally awaken an ancient evil near their small Maryland town, the tight-knit community finds itself lost to a Stephen King-style plague of madness and destruction for a week every seven years. Twenty-one years later, those three boys, now grown, are hoping to find a way to stop the evil before its third return, which may mean the end of the town; they don't know much about the "anomalies," but they do know that "[e]very time it gets stronger." This time, the town is graced by author Quinn Black, eager to document the paranormal mystery. When two more women arrive-one an associate of Quinn's, the other led to town by strange visions-the circle of six decide to face the oncoming apocalypse together. Hyperprolific bestseller Roberts frontloads her story with drama and endearing characters (especially in Quinn and bowling alley owner Caleb Hawkins), but an abundance of exposition and domestic concerns (protagonists decorate a house, trade banter and pair off predictably) slow the plot significantly. Though future volumes are sure to pick up, this trilogy kickoff suffers from a dearth of twists and little payoff; fans of the brisk, colorful Roberts style will enjoy the ride, though probably not as much as they'd expect. (Dec.)

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Twenty-one years ago, ten-year-old boys Cal, Fox, and Gage spilled a few drops of blood onto an ancient altar during a childhood ritual. Suddenly the world exploded, and nightmares came to life. Now, every seven years, that evil returns to wreak havoc on the town of Hawkins Hollow. Author Quinn Black loves researching spooky legends, but this one is beyond her and calls for reinforcements, including the three boys, who are now grown men, and two other women. As they delve deeper into history, they discover unexpected connections to one another. Narrator Phil Gigante exudes the rhythms of the small town, the slower drawls, the hesitancy with strangers, but he also understands the main characters. For Cal and Fox, this place is their lives, their home; not so with Gage. His smoke-roughened voice and unresolved anger toward his abusive father colors his every word. Gigante manages the women well, with higher pitched voices and New York accents. He also keeps pace with the building tension and leaves us wanting more. Highly recommended.
—Jodi L. Israel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608126880
  • Publisher: Findaway World
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Series: Sign of Seven Series , #1
  • Format: Other
  • Edition description: with Earbuds
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the first member to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, and is the author of more than 150 novels. There are more than 280 million copies of her books in print. She is also a member of several writing groups, and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

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    Loved this book! Suspense!

    If you like mystery and science fiction, this book is for you. This is the first book of the series and will keep you up waiting for what happens next. I love Nora Roberts; but this is not your typical romance. This one has lots of action and suspense. Enjoy.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    Is there a writer with some originality out there?

    First, I picked up this book because the overview snagged me with the promise of a mystery. Instead, I was greeted with an insane mix of Stephen King meets Harlequin Romance..only written by a confused 12yr old girl. I found the path of the story ..once it did grab my attention..was constantly interrupted by silly daydreams of someone sitting in the corner playing barbie dolls. Now Ken..you sit over here with Barbie, and GI Joe, you are dating my Bratz doll Cloe and ..well, you get my point I hope. While Nora gave us a glimpse of the imagination she's capable of expanding on, she also showed us..when all else fails, give everyone a boyfriend..after all, a story just isn't worth reading unless you cram your personal sexual fantasies into it,or is it? I'd like to see what she could do with a single character line, someone undatable that possibly doesn't resemble the 'tall dark and handsome' outline that she seems so stuck on. Maybe then she could concentrate on the story line and not seem so confused in her delivery.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    amazing

    i loved this book. my mom actually got me to read it. she is a total nora roberts fan. and now i am too. congrats nora!! i cant wait til the third one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    Great series of stories

    Great series if you like super natural events with demons and angles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    In writing Blood Brothers, Nora Roberts has joined an elite club

    In writing Blood Brothers, Nora Roberts has joined an elite club of authors who combine Romance and Horror to create page-turning thrill rides. I love this book!

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

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    Let me start out by saying that Nora Roberts is a all around gre

    Let me start out by saying that Nora Roberts is a all around great writer who can write in just about every genre and be successful.  
    "Blood Brothers" is the first of the Sign of Seven Trilogy which includes such characters as Cal, Fox, Gage, Quinn, Layla, and Cybil.  These characters are well developed, each one having a certain ability and quirk about them that makes each one so likable. The characters are a wonderful mesh of personalities that make the book not only a great thriller but fun to read.  Though this book mostly focus on the chemistry between Quinn and Cal the reader still learns little odds and ends about the others through flashbacks and specifics of each of their abilities.  The way that the author ties all these characters to each other as well as the town is a true talent not many conquer.  The paranormal aspect of this book is a pleasant twist, surprising the reader more and more with every page turned. 
    I have to say that though i have read quite a few works by Nora Roberts (mostly paranormal) after book one of the "Sign of Seven" trilogy this has the possibility of being one of my favorite series written by her.  There are so many twist, turns, and surprises, page after page, that it becomes hard to put down, making me extremely excited about what adventures await within the other books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Did not want this story to end. Great read!

    Couldn't pit these books down. The great thing about discovering a trilogy after they have all been wrtten... no waiting! You just go from the 1sr through the 3rd and then regret when you've read them all. I just wanted the story to go on and on...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    DID IT AGAIN

    I loved this book right from the start.Loved,courage and loyality.Who could asked for more.Book 1.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    This book grabs your attention right off the get go. You won't want to put it down. Once done, you are on to the next

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Great book

    I finished this book last night and started the 2nd. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, I usually dont like demon stories, but this was amazing

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    It turned into lame romance novel.

    It started out just fine. I thought it would be an entertaining read. About halfway through it just started to make me angry. By the last quarter I didn't want to finish it. The author has no idea how men think and behave in real life. The male characters were only male in name. They didn't speak the way actual men do, they didn't behave nor think the way actual men do. The author failed at the task of keeping her own feminine voice out of her male characters personas. This was suppose to be horror story but the horror plot was thin and devolved into a vehicle for progressively schmaltzy, PG rated, heaving bosom romance. For instance, there was a scene in which the male lead was sleeping next to the heroine. She was wearing flannel pajamas and slept with his arm pinned down. He thought to himself that her, in flannel pajamas and his arm asleep with pins and needles, "just felt right" to him. Good lord. Most men have experienced this same situation and I would venture to say many have at least a fleeting thought, wondering even if only for a moment, if it would better to just live alone than to endure more similar nights. At best they might accept this situation for the sake of someone they think is worth it, but I'd be willing to bet big money few have thought it felt "just right." Most of the book was more of the same—men behaving how the author apparently wishes they behaved, which is basically subservient and gushingly adoring with no spine of their own. The supposed horror aspect of the novel seemed like an after thought. This would have made a better short story. As a novel, it grew frustratingly boring and way too corny. If you're a guy, pass on this one. If you're female and looking for a good scare, you'll probably wanna pass as well.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    If you like paranormal, you will like this book

    A good read. Plenty of action.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    awsome

    great trilogy!! definately worth the read.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

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    great book!!

    Great book can't wait to read the next one!!

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

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    Interesting

    This is a very interesting read that keeps you on your toes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Quick reads

    I read all books in the blood brothers trilogy. Light reading but interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Exciting story...

    I am enjoying the first in the "Sign of Seven" series by Nora Roberts. It is a curious plot with an exciting center. I am onto the next in the series...

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Love this series!

    I have read just about all of her books and have not been disappointed!

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Great read...you will not be disappointed!

    entertaining and a quick read...a great trilogy which is usual for Nora Roberts...she does not fail to capture you and make you 'see' and 'feel' what is happening in this fast paced story.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    Fantastic Read!

    Not your typical romance novel... a little (ok, a lot) creepy and full of suspense and paranormal occurances. Since it is a Nora Roberts book there is a love story mixed in, but this just adds to the dynamic of the story. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a good scare!

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