Blood of the Lamb: A Novel of Secrets

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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 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: ...

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Overview

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 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 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.

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As a devout Jesuit, Father Thomas Kelly is understandably skeptical when he first reads that a single missing document holds the power to shatter the Church. He has second, third and fourth thoughts, however, when he receives an urgent call from the Vatican to search for that very manuscript. He is joined in this frantic assignment by Livia Pietro, who has a secret of her own: She is a vampire. A thriller that has been described as "The Historian meets The Da Vinci Code and Inferno." Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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American Jesuit priest Thomas Kelly arrives in Rome at the request of Lorenzo Cossa, archivist and librarian of the Vatican, who asks him to recover a stolen document that could single-handedly destroy the Church. Kelly quickly finds himself running from the police with fellow historian Livia Pietro. It is soon revealed that Pietro is a vampire, referred to as Noantri, and that she’s on a mission to obtain this missing document for Noantri leaders. Their quest takes them on a treasure hunt through various churches and requires a host of deceptions and diversions, as other Noantri seek to expose the document.

Verdict Very similar to The Da Vinci Code and other Vatican conspiracy stories, Cabot’s novel takes the Bible and Catholicism to a supernatural level. This is a very dense read, and a side plot with the police adds little to the story. Religious conspiracy lovers will enjoy, but this thriller won’t do much for those who enjoy chilling vampire tales. Cabot is a pseudonym for authors Carlos Dews and S.J. Rozan.—Chelsie Harris, San Diego Cty. Lib.
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442363489
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Sam Cabot is the pseudonym of Carlos Dews and S.J. Rozan.

Carlos Dews is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at John Cabot University where he directs the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. He lives in Rome, Italy.

S.J. Rozan is author of many critically acclaimed novels and short stories which have won crime fiction's greatest honors, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Macavity, and Nero awards. Born and raised in the Bronx, Rozan now lives in lower Manhattan.

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All were assembled, silent, waiting: the twelve Counsellors sitting in rows right and left, and between them the Ponti¬fex, whose dark gaze made Livia uneasy even when she encountered him in the most casual of circumstances. Here, in the hush of stones and skeletons, it was all she could do not to squirm. She stood silent; it was protocol that the Pon¬tifex should speak first, though in truth Livia could not, at that moment, have spoken at all. A shuddering conflict had enveloped her, familiar from her first Summoning. Like all Noantri, Livia felt an immediate comfort, a sense of grateful belonging, in a group of her own people. It was physical and instantaneous, a calling of blood to blood. The relief of it had flooded around her when she walked into the crypt. But here, it was illusion. These black-robed Counsellors were not her friends. Standing before them for the first time, she’d sensed individual flashes of sympathy behind the unanimous disapproval. This time, though she didn’t yet know why she was here, nothing but anger filled the dank air.
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  • Posted August 7, 2013

    I admit it. If it weren't for the fact that half of the writing

    I admit it. If it weren't for the fact that half of the writing team that makes up Sam Cabot wasn't the wonderful mystery writer S.J. Rozan, I might never have read BLOOD OF THE LAMB (A Novel of Secrets). And that would have been a pity because the book is terrific.

    I could short hand it and say that it's Charlaine Harris meets Dan Brown, but that doesn't give this para-normal thriller enough credit. It's like taking a literary roller coaster ride through the streets of Rome with surprise twists and turns written on a foundation of smart and thought-provoking ideas.

    I usually hate to give away any plot points that could be spoilers when I talk about books, but I will say that this book is about following two academics, one an American Jesuit priest and the other an Italian art historian. However, that doesn't begin to tell you the people (well...mostly people) you are going to meet and the fantastic places in Rome that the book is going to take you to visit.

    BLOOD OF THE LAMB is entertaining, full of adventure of the religious and the secular kind and you'll be glad if you grab a copy and dive in for a wild ride that S.J. Rozan and Carlos Dews writing as Sam Cabot have created. Enjoy!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2013

    I absolutely loved the The Da Vinci Code, not so much The Histor

    I absolutely loved the The Da Vinci Code, not so much The Historian, but after reading the description of this book and a great review on another blog, and I had to have it. Oh, and a priest and vampire working together? That's not something you see every day, right?

    In adding vampires to this story, I thought the authors were taking a big risk - it could have gone either way. But the scientific explanation of the origin of vampires and how they weren't so different from humans was believable and handled well, adding a whole new dimension to the plot. I particularly enjoyed seeing how Father Thomas Kelly processed and learned to deal with that information. His reactions were completely authentic and he was a highly charismatic character, as was Livia.

    The book wasn't overloaded with religious information to detract from the plot line, which allowed the novel to progress at a good pace. The differing points of view also added to the character development and allowed me to peek into supporting character's minds and see their motivations.

    The last chapter of this book revealed some shocking information - what a great ending! - although some people may be offended by it. Overall, I enjoyed this book because of the secrets, fresh take on vampires, and how some characters dealt with questions of faith and prejudices. A fast-paced thriller that deserves a read.

    This review is based on a digital copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Interesting story line

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    DaVinci Code style

    Written in Dan Brown's style, throw in some vampires = pretty good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    A very well-written thriller--historically fascinating, psycholo

    A very well-written thriller--historically fascinating, psychologically acute. Recommended. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Mediocre

    Well enough written. Far fetched ending. Fair Warning, It may be insulting to the Christian belief.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Ice and Layla

    *Layla sits in a cushioned chair with her earbuds in absent mindedly playing with her belly button piercing humming quietly, as her wolf Night lays next to her*

    Ice sits on the couch watching her daughter

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    I bought it because I will eagerly buy anything written by S.J.

    I bought it because I will eagerly buy anything written by S.J. Rozan. I was not disappointed! It is very different from her usual books but very enjoyable.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Think Da Vinci Code with an essence of Urban Fantasy. Except it

    Think Da Vinci Code with an essence of Urban Fantasy.
    Except it has less action, lots of conflict of morality, debates on theology and who is or isn't a mortal.
    The strength of the book was the debate surrounding faith or questioning of faith and the preconceived ideas that are part and parcel of religious mantras.
    I found it drawn out and slightly repetitive in many places.
    The concept wasn't exactly original but the humdinger in the closing chapter is bound to make some readers recoil at the blasphemy or ponder the possibilities (like myself).
    Sometimes when there is a collaboration of authors, in this case S.J. Rozan and Carlos Dews, who create a story together the melding of the two or more distinct voices can be conducive to the creation. In this book that just wasn't the case. It felt as if both were being so gracious to each other or they took turns creating chapters, that neither voice managed to leap out and grab my interest.
    What could have been an exciting combination of secrets, treasure hunting and destruction of ancient beliefs, is instead a mediocre read with the occasional passable passage snapping for air.
    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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