Blood of the Covenant

Blood of the Covenant

by Brent Monahan
     
 

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A tale of unholy passion and unearthly surrender

Princeton University librarians Simon Penn and Frederika Vanderveen have rescued an ancient document from dark, destructive forces. But to reveal its dead prophecy they must decipher a dead vampire's diaries, locked away in Switzerland.

A satanic bargain sealed in blood

Simon is deeply in love with the

Overview

A tale of unholy passion and unearthly surrender

Princeton University librarians Simon Penn and Frederika Vanderveen have rescued an ancient document from dark, destructive forces. But to reveal its dead prophecy they must decipher a dead vampire's diaries, locked away in Switzerland.

A satanic bargain sealed in blood

Simon is deeply in love with the beautiful, enigmatic Frederika. Yet her eyes, changing from blue through green to amber behind huge sunglasses, make him fear the spell of the vampire who once enslaved her.

A race against time through the dark places of the undead

And stalking the pair across Europe is the high prince of all night fiends, last of his kind, and soon-if he can regain the scrolls-the first of a terrifying new breed who will consume humanity.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Monahan breathes new life into the vampire theme...clever, thrilling and above all, entertaining." —Library Journal

"Compulsive reading with a gripping plot, nicely crafted prose, and some fascinating villainy." —Science Fiction Chronicle

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This sequel to The Book of Common Dread pits a vicious vampire hunting ancient scrolls against two librarians. (June)
Library Journal
Ancient scrolls that describe the very nature of evil and warn of imminent disaster for mankind have been stolen from Princeton University by librarians Simon and Frederika. Our heroes are aided by a Roman Catholic Priest (with the knowledge and support of the Pope) and a Princeton police detective. All must outrun and outwit an especially vicious monster known only as the Vampire. The Vampire is more than 2000 years old and revels in the evil deeds his satanic masters command. This book is a sequel to The Book of Common Dread (St. Martin's, 1993), which first introduced Simon and Frederika as well as an interesting, complex vampire named DeVilbiss. The adventure and intrigue here are well done and fast paced, although the supernatural elements at time strain credulity. For larger fiction collections.-Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, Md.
Roland Green
The sequel to "The Book of Common Dread" (1993) stands well enough on its own. Bereft of DeVilbiss, "The Book"'s bibliophilic vampire protagonist, his cronies are still trying to recover the scrolls of Ahriman. They send an ancient and particularly vicious vampire (he instructed Vlad the Impaler in the art of torture) in pursuit of "The Book"'s hero, Simon Penn, and Frederika Vanderveen, who currently possess the scrolls. Meanwhile, a Catholic scholar is trying to persuade the Vatican that evil is about to be unleashed upon the world. Monahan gives us an excellent chase from Princeton University to Florence, Italy, by way of Switzerland, and in general, he succeeds admirably at producing an intelligent page-turner and a vampire yarn with as much originality as you may reasonably expect at this point in the history of the subgenre.
Journal Library
Monahan breathes new life into the vampire theme... clever, thrilling and above all, entertaining.
Fiction Chronicle Science
Compulsive reading with a gripping plot, nicely crafted prose, and some fascinating villainy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312962142
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/15/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.81(d)

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Meet the Author

Brent Monahan's three other novels are The Book of Common dread, The Uprising, and Satan's Serenade. He also coauthored DeathBite with Michael Maryk. His most recent is the story of the only documented case in U.S. history of a spirit actually causing a man's death. He lives in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

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