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Blood of the Lamb: A Novel of Secretsby Sam Cabot
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When a long-kept secret that threatens to destroy the Catholic Church is nearly revealed, the only two who can save it—an Italian art historian and an American Jesuit priest—join forces and embark on a perilous journey through Rome in this exhilarating supernatural thriller.
This document, dear friend, will shatter the church.
As a devoted historian, Jesuit priest Thomas Kelly couldn’t help but be intrigued as he reads these words of Mario Damiani, a fiery anti-Papist poet of the nineteenth century. But a call from his longtime mentor, Cardinal Lorenzo Cossa, brings his thoughts back to the present. The Cardinal has just been appointed the Archivist and Librarian of the Vatican and is in need of Thomas’s help to organize their vast collection of documents. It’s an irresistible offer, and he quickly departs for the holy city.
When Thomas reports to Vatican, the Cardinal reveals the real reason why he’s invited Thomas to Rome. More than 600 years ago, the pope signed a secret agreement known as the Concordat, which, if revealed, could forever damage the church. And the document is missing. Suddenly, Damiani’s words take on very real meaning, and Thomas begins searching for more information about the poet, hoping it will lead him to the document before someone else discovers it.
Together, Livia and Thomas uncover a series of Damiani’s coded messages, but they are relentlessly pursued by rebellious factions from both the Vatican and a deadly council of vampires who think that the truth has been buried for far too long and that the time has finally come to reveal it.
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.
The Historian meets The Da Vinci Code in this exhilarating supernatural thriller set in Rome. Rival groups are searching for a document that holds a secret that could shatter the Catholic Church.
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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