Synopses & Reviews
Sam Cabot is the pseudonym of Carlos Dews and S.J. Rozan. In Sam Cabots exhilarating new novel, a vicious murder in Sothebys begins a series of inexplicable events surrounding an Iroquois ritual maskand a secret that could unleash the most terrifying chaos and destruction the world has ever seen.
Months after Father Thomas Kelly, art historian Livia Pietro, and scholar Spencer George found themselves racing through Rome in a desperate effort to locate and preserve an incalculably valuable docu-ment, the three are about to be reunited in New York City. Thomas, still trying to assimilate what he learnedthat vam¬pires exist, and that Livia and Spencer are among themis looking forward to seeing Livia again. Livia is excited to be allowed into the back room of Sothebys for an exclusive viewing of an ancient Iroquois mask. And Spencers in love. But before the three can meet, Spencer is badly injured when hes inexplicably attacked in Central Parkby a wolf.
That same night, a Sothebys employee is found brutally murdered. Steps from her body is the mysterious native mask, undamaged amid the wreckage of a strug¬gle. As rumors begin to swirl around the sacred object, Thomas, Livia, and Spencer are plunged deep into a world where money, Native American lore, and the history of the Catholic Church collide. They uncover an alarming secret: The wolf is a shapeshifter, and the mask contains a power that, if misused, could destroy millions of lives with the next full moon.
In Skin of the Wolf, Sam Cabot masterfully blends historical fact, backroom conspiracy, and all-encompassing alternate reality as the Noantri discover they arent the only humans set apart by their naturesthere are Others.
"Contrivance, cliché and expository overkill overwhelm bestseller Mosse's tale concerning a rare tarot deck that helps link the lives of two women living eras apart. In 1891, Parisian teenager Lonie Vernier and her brother visit their young aunt at an estate in southern France. After finding a startling account of her late uncle's pursuit of the occult, Lonie scours the property for the tarot cards and Visigoth tomb he describes, unaware that more tangible peril in the form of a murderous stalker is seeking to destroy her loved ones. Present-day biographer Meredith Martin is in France finishing a book and tracing her ancestry when she sees a reproduction of the same tarot, which bears her likeness. She investigates the connection when she, too, arrives at the estate, now a hotel in which a new battle between good and evil rages. Mosse (Labyrinth) conveys so much unnecessary information through so many static scenes of talk, reading and interior monologue that the book's momentum stalls for good soon after its striking opening. Mosse's fans will hope for a return to form next time. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"History and mystery are engagingly blended....Mosse again proves herself a demon researcher (so to speak), and her novel's rich brew of supernaturalism and intrigue is tasty indeed....Superior hugger-mugger from an impressive new mistress of the genre." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"[C]harming....Mosse's careful descriptions of the French countryside, local cuisine, and her smatterings of French and Occitan phrases make this novel both an engaging travelog and a romantic mystery. Recommended." Library Journal
"There is much here to please fans of the author's last book and Sepulchre is a compulsive, fantastical, historical yarn. Mosse's skill lies in precise storytelling..." The Observer (U.K.)
"Sepulchre...is rich in regional folklore and telling domestic detail....Mosse does what good popular historical novelists do best make the past enticingly otherwordly, while also claiming it as our own." The Independent (U.K.)
Kate Mosse has a uncanny feel for history and atmosphere, a gift she supports with breathtaking research. Prepare to forget everything else you were going to do today!
PRAISE FOR KATE MOSSES LABYRINTH
Exhilarating. Labyrinth will make for a ripping yarn.
Mosses contagious enthusiasm for the subject and dexterous handling of her material make for an open-throttle narrative drive across five hundred pages of white-knuckle twists and turns. . . . A thumping good read.
The Washington Post
An esoteric puzzle wrapped in a bloodline mystery and served with a splash of history and histrionics. . . Pure escapism . . . A beguiling brew.
New York Daily News
-The London Paper
"History and mystery are engagingly blended."
"Ghosts, duels, murders, ill-fated love and conspiracy...addictively readable."
"This adventure will keep you engrossed."
-Eve Magazine (Britain)
"A sure, deft momentum...the secrets begin to slip out thick and fast."
"Try this if you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code but fancy something a bit more meaty."
-News of the World
"A page-turning saga of fin-de-siFcle spiritualism and Visigothic treasure."
-Art and Book Review
"Mosse does what good popular historical novelists do best-make the past enticingly otherworldly, while also claiming it as our own."
Praise for Skin of the Wolf
“Those familiar with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga will appreciate the depiction of Noantri and shape-shifters, while fans of Katherine Neville, Steve Berry, and Raymond Khoury will enjoy the relic element. Verdict: Part paranormal/religious thriller, part Native American ethnography, this is an exciting and atmospheric excursion through ‘cataclysm-causing artifact literary territory. Although this is a sequel, Cabot (the pen name of coauthors Carlos Dews and S.J. Rozan) provides sufficient flashbacks for new readers to jump in without feeling lost.” -Library Journal (starred review)
“What do you get when you mix an award-winning crime fiction author with a literature professor? Sam Cabot—a kick-butt writing duo!... Skin of the Wolf features non-stop action with our favorite characters from Book #1 mixed with more conspiracies, excellent historical research, and Native American shape-shifting myths. If you liked Blood of the Lamb, hang onto your hat!... Skin of the Wolf takes off at a lightning speed—and it never lets up. Talk about a roller coaster ride! I was glued to my seat for the entire thing…a huge thumbs up!” -Popcorn Reads
“Building on foundations of the supernatural, art, religion, and Native American lore, the authors have crafted a fascinating world in which the Unchanged (“normal” humans) live side by side with vampires and shapeshifters. While suspension of disbelief here is required to a level not usually associated with mysteries, that does not detract in the least from this suspenseful tale of a few people with special abilities who must keep their identities secret while attempting to stop the dangerous plot of the shapeshifter.
“The story moves quickly as the police close in on Michael Bonnard as the chief suspect. It is all he, Pietro, and George can do to keep one step ahead of the law since they cannot publicly reveal their powers. Told from multiple points of view, the reader experiences the motivations of all parties as the story develops until it reaches its tense and violent climax.” -Deadly Pleasures
“In Skin of the Wolf, Sam Cabot, the pseudonym for writers Carlos Dews and S.J. Rozan, combines two myths, one from the Old World and one from the New World, into a terrifying story of gruesome murder, greed, and a deep secret known only to a few members of the Catholic Church…. riveting. Any story that stretches the imagination just enough that the reader can think, ‘It could be true, is a book that succeeds. Skin of the Wolf allows the reader to suspend belief in the normal just enough to provide a great read.” -Suspense Magazine
“Like Blood of the Lamb, [Skin of the Wolf] is a well-crafted supernatural-religious thriller, in which a modern-day mystery reaches back into history. A winning series for fans of mystery-horror blends.” -Booklist
"A fast-paced New York saga as revelations of the existence of a third species shake up the ‘natural order.” -MBR Bookwatch
Praise for Blood of the Lamb
"Wow. Blood of the Lamb is totally unlike any novel ever written about vampires or secret societies or Roman art mysteries or Vatican conspiracies. But Sam Cabot has combined all of these, in this refreshing potpourri that provides us surprising and wonderful insights into each—and at the same time, endless fun!" —Katherine Neville, New York Times bestselling author
"You never quite catch your breath as the secrets unfold one at a time, all the while building to a first class conclusion. History, secrets, conspiracies, adventure. What more could you want from a thriller?" —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
“Just when you thought vampires were so last year, Sam Cabot's Blood of the Lamb offers up a fresh, compelling history of the vampire. Like all great works in the genre, this one makes us think deeply about what it really means to be human. Hope there will be more in this vein!” —Leslie S. Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Dracula
"A heady blend of Christian mythology and ecclesiastical reality, Blood of the Lamb is an intricate puzzle of a novel—intensely researched, deeply spiritual, and profoundly sacrilegious. I loved it." —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of the Repairman Jack series
"Audacious." —Publishers Weekly
“Firmly located in Dan Brown territory, this religious-themed thriller combines historical mystery with modern-day intrigue…One thing is crystal clear: [Dews and Rozan have] produced a first-rate thriller.” -Booklist
From the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Labyrinth comes another haunting tale of secrets, murder, and the occult set in both 19th-century and 21st-century France.
From the author of the New York Times
bestselling novel Labyrinth
comes another haunting tale of secrets, murder, and the occult set in both nineteenth-century and twenty-first-century France.
In 1891, young Léonie Vernier and her brother Anatole arrive in the beautiful town of Rennes-les-Bains, in southwest France. They've come at the invitation of their widowed aunt, whose mountain estate, Domain de la Cade, is famous in the region. But it soon becomes clear that their aunt Isolde and the Domain are not what Léonie had imagined. The villagers claim that Isolde's late husband died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre high on the mountainside. A book from the Domain's cavernous library describes the strange tarot pack that mysteriously disappeared following the uncle's death. But while Léonie delves deeper into the ancient mysteries of the Domain, a different evil stalks her family one which may explain why Léonie and Anatole were invited to the sinister Domain in the first place.
More than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate student, arrives in France to study the life of Claude Debussy, the nineteenth century French composer. In Rennesles-Bains, Meredith checks into a grand old hotel the Domain de la Cade. Something about the hotel feels eerily familiar, and strange dreams and visions begin to haunt Meredith's waking hours. A chance encounter leads her to a pack of tarot cards painted by Léonie Vernier, which may hold the key to this twenty-first century American's fate...just as they did to the fate of Léonie Vernier more than a century earlier.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Labyrinth-"a rich brew of supernaturalism and intrigue."(Kirkus Reviews)
In 1891, young Léonie Vernier and her brother arrive at the home of their widowed aunt in Rennes-le-Bains, in southwest France. But nothing is as Léonie had imagined. Their aunt is young, willowy, and beautiful, and the estate is a subject of local superstition. Villagers claim that Léonie's late uncle died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre on its grounds...
More than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate student, arrives in Rennes-le- Bains while researching the life of Claude Debussy. Haunted by a Tarot reading she had in Paris-and possessing the mysterious deck of cards-she checks into a grand old hotel built on the site of a famous mountain estate destroyed by fire in 1896. There, the pack of Tarot cards and a piece of 19th-century music known as Sepulchre 1891 hold the key to her fate-just as they did to the fate of Léonie Vernier.
About the Author
Kate Mosse is the cofounder and honorary director of the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she is also a highly regarded television and radio host.