The Blood That Cries in the Ground
by Gregory Bellarmine
Italy. A tough master of novices, Father Dante encounters the bold young priest Antonio who challenges his identity and accuses him of being the Saint Nicholas. But despite the Father faking his death, a determined Antonio discovers a rather alive Dante arrayed in kilt and armor.
In return for Antonio’s silence—and to protect the town from attracting all manner of darkness—Dante agrees to tell his life story. Without explanation, Dante orders Antonio to meet him at night in the abandoned Cathedral, the site of a former battle that the Church has kept secret for a generation.
The Criskindl. Ice Steeds. The Unborn. Saint.
From the Dark Ages’ when Poet-Sorcerers ruled kings, to the Holy Land when a new civilization was rising, to Revolutionary France where love is lost and gained, Father Dante pursues the one responsible for both his master and his mother’s deaths: Black Peter, his brother.
“The Blood That Cries in the Ground will grab the reader by the throat with a death grip from which it is impossible to break free.” -Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers’ Favorite
Link to the full review: http://readersfavorite.com/book-review/13394
I stood up and snarled. “All this for a romp?”
Catherine walloped a blurring slap across my face. Though lights danced in my periphery, I fiddled with my jaw to click it back into place.
“My flesh is pure, Nicholas. Is yours?”
She spun on her heel and wheeled towards the night-dark palace. Wrath trailed her like her billowing fur, an anger punctuated by images that flashed into my mind. One vision showed Catherine as a girl: enraptured, she listened to stories of a man of powerful purpose; another had her beat an armored opponent twice her age in straight-sword combat, but her thoughts always wandered to a future where some day she would find me.
A wind billowed my vestment. “Befana gave me a wife? Why?”
Once the darkness had consumed my Catherine, a dread poisoned my heart. I ran after her, and the second I took my first stride, I partially understood why Befana had sent her. I was alone.
A giddiness filled me, only for a terrible fear to steal into my soul. What had I done?
I headed for the balcony and midway up the stone steps, she paused in a half turn, her lips parted just so. I took a deep savoring breath.
“The Blood That Cries in the Ground” is a suspenseful novel that, once I was able to get engaged, I didn’t want to put down. It isn’t the type of book I usually read, but I’m very happy to have had the chance to read and review it!
Following Father Dante’s death, Antonio doesn’t believe he is really gone and pursues the truth. The young monk gets the story from Nicholas in exchange for his silence. What is the truth about Saint Nicholas? A grand undertaking by a man claiming to be him ~ and he resentment of what society has made of him! A very different tale filled with many twists and turns.
Very compelling, but not a quick read. With the historical references, it required my full attention as I was reading. It was written well and the characters were interesting. It did seem a bit disjointed at times but the content was good.
There are to be more Father Dante journals in the future and I am looking forward to having a chance to read them as well.
~Patricia, Room With Books~ © Feb 17, 2014
Gregory Bellarmine is the author of the bestselling Monthly Roman Breviary. He lives a happy though sometimes sleepless life in the UK with his wife, two children and rather cheeky Parson Russell Terrier.
Gregory’s blog is http://www.fatherdante.com
Amazon USA: http://amzn.com/1907436472
Gregory will be awarding a $50 Amazon or BN gift card, or an Anne Stokes Dragon Heart necklace (US ONLY) that symbolises Nicholas and Catherine’s love, to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
“In a loving, heart-shaped embrace, the subtle magic of the Golden Dragon merges with the protection offered by Silver Dragon, and they become as one perfect being. Simply Stunning! Lovingly handcrafted in STERLING SILVER, the Mythical Companions Collection brings Magical guidance for life’s journey. Designed by Fantasy artist Anne Stokes, the pendant and comes with a chain and satin gift pouch.”
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