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Bestselling author Tananarive Due mixes modern-day medicine with an ancient supernatural battle in The Living Blood, a riveting tale of high emotion and sizzling suspense. A young child bears a unique gift, one that comes with an awesome and potentially devastating power. Her fate will determine the fate of several others as well as the future of the world as a whole.
In Tallahassee, Florida, Dr. Lucas Shephard is frustrated over his inability to save his own son, 11-year-old Jared, who is dying of leukemia. But as he sits beside his son’s deathbed, he is haunted by the memory of something he witnessed years before -- a possible miracle -- while working in Africa for the Peace Corps. That remembered scene, and a modern-day reference to a backwoods clinic in Africa that is healing supposedly incurable children, force Lucas to leave Jared’s side and go in search of a cure. Lucas realizes Jared might die while he’s gone, but if he succeeds in his quest, he may find the key that will give Jared his only hope of life.
Thousands of miles away, in a small village in Botswana, Jessica Jacobs-Wolde and her three-year-old daughter, Fana, share a miraculous secret. The blood of Jessica’s ex-husband flows in both their veins -- blood that has the ability to heal or, under certain circumstances, to even bring the dead back to life. Jessica is running a clinic where she secretly shares her blood with deathly ill children who are brought to her. But despite her efforts to keep the operation low-key, word has spread and many now seek her out, among them an evil old man who wants the blood for himself. When young Fana starts to display some amazing but disturbing abilities, it prompts Jessica to leave the clinic and search out a clandestine group of Ethiopians known as the Immortals -- men who hold the secret to the living blood and who have lived and walked the earth for hundreds of years. It’s a journey that sets her on a collision course with death, fate, immortal life, and Lucas Shephard.
The Living Blood is Due’s most ambitious work yet. Her exquisite rendering of her characters’s emotions works to keep this sweeping supernatural epic in balance. Combine that with a uniquely compelling plot and a pace that sizzles, and you get a story that is as miraculous and complex as its youngest heroine. (Beth Amos)