Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review: Skin of the Wolf by Sam Cabot


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Blue Rider Press/Penguin Group, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.



This new book is the follow up to Blood of the Lamb, which I reviewed last year!



Synopsis:

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 learned—that vampires exist, and that Livia and Spencer are among them—is looking forward to seeing Livia again. Livia is excited to be allowed into the back room of Sotheby’s for an exclusive viewing of an ancient Iroquois mask. And Spencer’s in love. But before the three can meet, Spencer is badly injured when he’s inexplicably attacked in Central Park—by a wolf.
That same night, a Sotheby’s 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.


Review:

Frequently called Twilight for adults, this series about vampires, expands with this book,bringing in 'others', that the Noantri were unaware existed- or were they? The authors do a great job of blending in Native American history and culture into a taunt thriller, that will have you guessing until the end, and wondering how the story will play out. Like a Dan Brown book, the fun is in the journey, as you learn many things along the way! They take the lore of the shape shifter and bring it into modern parlance in an eerie way, that may have you looking over your shoulder, if you read late at night!This book opens up more questions and avenues for future books, and brings together our group of scholars and priests in what promises to be future adventures. I can't wait to read them!




About the Author

Under the Sam Cabot pseudonym, Edgar-winner S.J. Rozan teams with academic Carlos Dews on this audacious supernatural religious thriller. 

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 the author of many critically acclaimed novels (including Ghost Hero and 10 other Lydia Chin/Bill Smith novels) and short stories, that have won crime fiction's top honors, including the Anthony and Nero awards. Born and raised in the Bronx, Rozan now lives in Lower Manhattan. 


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