Blood of the Lamb

Blood of the Lamb

by Sam Cabot


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The Historian meets The Da Vinci Code 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.

While in Rome, American Jesuit priest Thomas Kelly is called upon to reclaim a centuries-old document that was stolen from the Vatican. An enigmatic letter guides him to the work of a nineteenth-century poet, in which Thomas discovers cryptic messages that might lead to the missing manuscript. His search is unexpectedly entwined with that of Italian art historian Livia Pietro, who tells him that destructive forces are threatening to expose the document’s contents. As they’re relentlessly chased through the heart of Rome by mysterious men who quickly demonstrate they would cross any line to obtain the document for themselves, it becomes clear to Livia and Thomas that the pages hold a deep, devastating, long-buried truth. Livia, though, has a secret of her own: She and her people are vampires. But all this pales in light of the secret that Thomas and Livia unveil together—a revelation more stunning than either could have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399162954
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Series: Novel of Secrets Series , #1
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.39(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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“To read S.J. Rozan is to experience the kind of pure pleasure only a master can deliver.” –Dennis Lehane

“Okay, listen up: this woman can write! With Winter and Night, S.J. Rozan paints with the full palate of the human heart, using depth, detail, and nuance of character that I haven’t seen since Raymond Chandler. (Yes, I mean it.)” –Robert Crais

“Featuring two of my favorite characters in crime fiction, Bill Smith and Lydia Chin, Winter and Night is a chilling and compelling look at the dark roots of violence among American teens. It is the most intense and topical work from one of the finest crime writers today. This is a writer—and a story—not to miss.” –Linda A. Fairstein

"S.J. Rozan is a good old-fashioned mystery writer, and I mean that as a high compliment." --Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

"Rozan picks up the pace and adds a new plot twist to pull off another coup." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

“[Rozan] is one of the most consistently solid mystery writers.” –South Florida Sentinel

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The Blood of the Lamb 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in Dan Brown's style, throw in some vampires = pretty good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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Well enough written. Far fetched ending. Fair Warning, It may be insulting to the Christian belief.
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JaynaM More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*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