Book Review: Blood Of The Lamb

Blood Of The Lamb CoverBook: Blood Of The Lamb by Sam Cabot

Expected Publication Is August 6, 2013 by Blue Rider Press|Expected Number Of Pages: 432

Series: None

Genre: Adult Mystery/Thriller

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Goodreads Summary: 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.

While in Rome, American Jesuit priest Thomas Kelly is called upon to reclaim a centuries-old document stolen from the Vatican. An enigmatic letter leads him to the work of a 19th century poet, where 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 discover together—a revelation more stunning than either could have imagined.

Blood Of The Lamb…I definitely liked it, but I didn’t really pick the best time to read it. I did finish Inferno (the latest Dan Brown book) recently, so the whole conspiracy theory, missing document with interesting, life-changing information was still fresh on my mind.

I was definitely reminded of a Dan Brown novel, so the comparison to The Da Vinci Code is pretty spot-on, as is the comparison to The Historian.  The Catholic Church making a pact with vampires was unexpected, but also interesting.  And here’s the weird thing: it was pretty believable.

One thing that I didn’t particularly like was the multiple perspectives.  While I liked seeing the different groups involved in hunting down this document, it also made the book seemed more convoluted and complicated than the book really was.  There were only a few times when it felt like too much was going on, which may have added to the book seeming complicated.

It also took me while to get into Blood Of The Lamb, especially because you learn of the agreement between the Noantri and the Catholic Church early on, and all that’s left of the mystery is where it is.  And maybe a couple of other things, including the ending which was unexpected, and certainly a story in and of itself.  I also found these vampires pretty interesting.  They can eat, go out into the sun, and are spread all over the world, but have a few areas where they are heavily concentrated.  I also found the structure and “rules” pretty interesting.  In some ways, it seemed to mirror the Catholic Church, which makes sense given the agreement.

Livia and Thomas figuring out where the agreement was hidden wasn’t always interesting, and it made the book seem a little slow in places.  But overall, it was a pretty interesting read, with two things that don’t seem like they’d work well together…but they do!  I also thought Livia and Thomas were a little bit on the unforgettable side, but they also did what you’d expect from this kind of story.  Which isn’t a bad thing, even though their actions were pretty predictable.

It wasn’t as dark as I was expecting, considering there’s a document floating around that could prove to be very dangerous in the wrong hands.  There is a certain element of darkness, but definitely not to the degree that I was hoping for, given the cover and the summary.

Final Thoughts: I enjoyed Blood Of The Lamb but found that the multiple narrators made the book seem much more complicated than it really was.  The scenes where Livia and Thomas were in different churches felt a little repetitive but it wasn’t repetitive enough to be annoying.  Blood Of The Lamb gets 3 stars.

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