Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BLOOD INFERNAL by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell

We’ve been waiting for it, and here it is - the epic conclusion to the groundbreaking trilogy created by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell.  Their mix of ancient history, gothic mystery, religion,  and modern science hooked millions with first Blood Gospel (2013), and then Innocent Blood (2014), which left us waiting for the final battle between good and evil.  For me Blood Infernal stands alone, the first two need not be read to thoroughly enjoy the last.  However, for an exciting full reading experience I would suggest all three.  Tales such as these don’t often come along.

Opening with a stunner Blood Infernal begins with a series of dreadful murders, and finding archaeologist Erin Granger having to uncover the meaning behind a long lost prophecy, the word of Christ written in his own blood.  There is evil abroad and she along with Sergeant Jordan Stone and Father Rhum Korza must stop it before the world is lost and Lucifer reigns.

However, their foes are staggering including Legion, a demon on earth who wears many guises and has great power - strength enough to crumble the walls of the Vatican.  Erin must muster all of her knowledge to try to discover what happened immediately following man’s departure from the Garden of Eden.  She and the others must cross time lines and search throughout the world from the Vatican’s musty archives to medieval laboratories, homes of ancient alchemies.  Their pursuit is dogged by creatures with strange other worldly gifts.

There are numerous riddles, clues, arduous tests only to discover the monumental cost of victory - can it be paid?

Harrowing, hypnotic Blood Infernal is not to be missed.

- Gail Cooke

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