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The Blood Promise: A Hugo Marston Novel (A Hugo Marston Novel Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Pryor
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Book Description

Hugo Marston must figure out what lies hidden inside an old sailor's chest before a 200-year-old blood promise is revealed and claims another life.
 

In post-Revolution Paris, an old man signs a letter in blood, then hides it in a secret compartment in a sailor's chest. A messenger arrives to transport the chest and its hidden contents, but then the plague strikes and an untimely death changes history.

Two hundred years later, Hugo Marston is safeguarding an unpredictable but popular senator who is in Paris negotiating a France/U.S. dispute. The talks, held at a country chateau, collapse when the senator accuses someone of breaking into his room. Theft becomes the least of Hugo's concerns when someone discovers a sailor's chest and the secrets hidden within, and decides that the power and money they promise are worth killing for.

But when the darkness of history is unleashed, even the most ruthless and cunning are powerless to control it.


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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for previous Hugo Marston novels:

"The Hugo Marston series now belongs on every espionage fan’s watch list."
Booklist

"Two young lovers make the fatal mistake of sneaking into Paris’s Père Lachaise Cemetery the same night as a bone-stealing psychopath in Pryor’s propulsive second novel starring affable former FBI profiler Hugo Marston…. The engaging characters sweep readers into a suspenseful chase from Pigalle to the Pyrenées."
Publishers Weekly

The Crypt Thief is an eerily good read. Mark Pryor has crafted another chilling, complex, and compelling story. Don’t start it if you need a good night’s sleep!”
Allison Leotta, author of Speak of the Devil

“A complex puzzle, genuine suspense, and a compelling protagonist—what more can any reader ask for? Oh yeah, a great location: Paris. I’m sold.”
Michael Robotham, author of Say You’re Sorry

"Pryor's steady and engrossing debut combines Sherlockian puzzle solving with Eric Ambler–like spy intrigue. With a cast of characters you want to know better. . . ."
—Library Journal
Starred Review and Debut of the Month!

"A tale of a city that's gritty, utterly real and filled with surprises both horrifying and tender. Much like a baguette, this fabulous story is crusty on the outside, sweet on the inside, and once you've had a bit, you can't wait for more."
—Oprah.com


"Enough intrigue to satisfy every reader…. A fantastic debut!"
—RT Book Reviews (Fantastic – Keeper)

About the Author

Mark Pryor (Austin, TX) is the author of The Bookseller and The Crypt Thief, the first two Hugo Marston novels, and the true-crime book As She Lay Sleeping. An assistant district attorney with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, in Austin, Texas, he is the creator of the true-crime blog DAConfidential. He has appeared on CBS News’s 48 Hours and Discovery Channel’s Discovery ID: Cold Blood. Visit him online at www.markpryorbooks.com, www.facebook.com/pages/Mark-Pryor-Author, and http://DAConfidential.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1123 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Street Books (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E2RWQHC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming February 5, 2014
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This is a great read and a lovely mystery. Hugo is one of my favorite characters in current fiction. And Paris is one of the best places on earth. You won't want to put this down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! January 31, 2014
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Drew me in from the get-go. Hugo Marston is here to stay. Reading Mark Pryor's mysteries is almost as satisfying as taking a vacation in Paris!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nuanced characterization February 28, 2014
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Senator Lake hates the French but is nonetheless in France to attend a political summit dealing with an unimportant island. Hugo Marston, an ex-FBI security expert for the U.S. ambassador to France, is assigned to “babysit” the senator as he heads to a beautiful country chateau for the talks. Although this is a waste of Hugo’s talents, he puts up no fight, looking forward to good food and wine during the assignment. When Senator Lake wakes in the middle of the night claiming that someone has entered his room, Hugo is not sure whether the senator’s claim is real or whether it is a manifestation of his xenophobia. He calls in his old friend Raul, a French police captain, who is also happy to join the contingent at the chateau (thanks to the good food and wine) and who fingerprints the senator’s room in spite of resistance from the chateau’s owner. When a fingerprint that ties what turns out to have been a real intruder to a recent murder is found, Raul and Hugo start an investigation into the murder.

The investigation ranges throughout Paris and centers around jewelry and a sailor’s chest that was stolen from the murdered woman’s home. Staff from the chateau are interviewed, but the owner will not abide having anyone fingerprinted – neither staff nor family. Included among the family are Alexandra, his sister who has a very checkered past, her assistant, and of course the chateau owner himself. As Hugo, Raul, Hugo’s CIA friend Tom, and Camille, a transgendered police detective, track down the murderer, more killings take place, and a plot line that connects with Alexanda’s new job as a genealogist takes form.

The plot is very convoluted and at times strains credibility.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promise Fulfilled January 26, 2014
By Terry
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Great book !! Keep 'em coming Mr. Pryor. Great read from start to finish. Several twists and turns. Loved every minute of the ride along.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good cozy set in France September 13, 2014
By nick
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I enjoyed the first in the Hugo Marston series, The Bookseller, but I somehow skipped the second and read The Blood Promise. Not that it matters all that much to read in series, but I know there are fans that do care to do so.

In this episode Hugo is assigned to mind an irascible Senator sent to negotiate a treaty with France. The negotiations are taking place in the country house of a noble Minister. When the Senator claims someone came into his room and the police investigate they find a finger print that matches one found at a murder site six months previously. Hugo starts investigating a case that involves stolen jewelry and an ancient mystery.

This is a well written cozy. No really big issues are at stake. It is set in France, which is always interesting for this reviewer.

A nice entertainment. But, not as good as Bruno, Chief of Police.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I will be rereading Blood Promise March 21, 2014
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Blood Promise is a book one reads more than once.
It gets better and better as the plot develops. Especially when Tom Green enters the story. At that point a person is living the story not just reading it.
I am already looking forward to Mark Pryor's "The Button Man" coming out in September.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another twisting plot for Hugo to unravel January 13, 2015
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This is the third novel in the Hugo Martson series and starts off a little differently than the others in post-Revolution Paris when a dark secret is hidden in a compartment of a sailor’s chest. Two hundred years later, Hugo, ex FBI now head of security at the US Embassy in Paris, seems to have an easy assignment safeguarding a US senator who is in France on business. The situation soon spirals out of control when the senator disappears, a noble French family has it’s feathers ruffled and an old sailor’s chest seems to appear and disappear as often as the mysterious senator.

The team from the previous novels are back and with Hugo, Tom and Raul answers will be found no matter who is trying to keep quiet. There were some characters in this book I didn't warm to but I did enjoy the humour and rapport between Hugo and his secretary and his mate Tom, who pops up in more than one novel to offer him unofficial backup. Like the previous books this one is not without it’s body count by the time the mystery is solved.

I was sent a copy of this book for an honest review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I found the twist in the plot unbelievable December 3, 2014
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I wanted to love this book. There's nothing really "wrong "with the writing, and the premise should have been exciting – a mysterious chest from post-revolution Paris has a secret inside that could ruin the life of a modern-day US politician, who is in Paris to negotiate a dispute between the US and France. The problem: the "secret" in the box wouldn't ruin the politicians life, no matter how many trumped up reasons the author gives to make this seem plausible. In fact, the secret is pretty awesome and would make him a worldwide sensation. The other reason I'm only giving us three stars is because I found the main character, Hugo, to be very boring. However, I am a younger woman. An older male audience might love Hugo.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
A continuation of the excellent first book by Mr Marston. I like the character development, the plot twists, and the interesting descriptions of Paris. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hollister Bulldawg
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
New author for me.
Really like his writing
and plan to keep on reading him.
Published 1 month ago by E. Mcmath
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great as usual!
Published 2 months ago by coquine
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good read - highest recommendation!
I remember giving this guy a try right as his first novel came out, mostly because I search for any mysteries involving booksellers or book collecting, and I am very glad I did. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sandra E. Berg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!
Published 6 months ago by nmpurnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another riveting read in the Hugo Marston series. Am already looking forward to the 4th volume in this series.
Published 6 months ago by Patrice Arnold
2.0 out of 5 stars I found the writing better than the 2nd entry in this series
4 stars for the 1st 75% of the novel, and 1 star for the last 25%. I found the writing better than the 2nd entry in this series, and the plot development was well-done, even... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shaving Aficionado
2.0 out of 5 stars I was very disappointed in “The Blood Promise
Although Mark Pryor's writing skill is not in question, I was very disappointed in “The Blood Promise.” There were too many blatantly obvious contrivances in this story to ignore. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Edgar Allan Poet
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended
This book holds your attention from the first page. Its well written and very strong character s a must if you enjoy a good who done it
Published 7 months ago by JAMES
4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing series set in France
This is a fine addition to an interesting series. Four rather than five stars only because it was a little too easy to figure out the mystery.
Published 7 months ago by Yarn searcher
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More About the Author

Mark Pryor is a former newspaper reporter from England, and now an assistant district attorney with the Travis County District Attorney's Office, in Austin, Texas. He is the creator of the nationally-recognized true-crime blog D.A. Confidential. He has appeared on CBS News's 48 Hours and Discovery Channel's Discovery ID: Cold Blood.

THE BOOKSELLER was his first mystery novel and upon release was Library Journal's Debut of the Month with a starred review. RT Book Reviews called it "a fantastic debut!" and gave it 4 and 1/2 stars, and Oprah.com listed it as an "unputdownable mystery."

His second in the Hugo Marston mystery series, THE CRYPT THIEF, was released in May of 2013 and reviewers said:

"[G]ood character development, increasing levels of action and suspense, a complex and deranged antagonist, and--once again--appealing Paris settings. The Hugo Marston series now belongs on every espionage fan's watch list."
--Booklist

"Haunting imagery in Père La Chaise cemetery sets the stage for Pryor's chilling sophomore entry, and the City of Light becomes a backdrop for Marston's adventures. The clever antagonist leads him on a merry chase that will keep the reader entertained throughout."
--RT Book Reviews

"Two young lovers make the fatal mistake of sneaking into Paris's Père Lachaise Cemetery the same night as a bone-stealing psychopath in Pryor's propulsive second novel starring affable former FBI profiler Hugo Marston.... The engaging characters sweep readers into a suspenseful chase from Pigalle to the Pyrenées."
--Publishers Weekly

The third Hugo Marston novel, THE BLOOD PROMISE, will be released in January 2014. It may be his best yet...

"Mark Pryor is one of the smartest new writers on the block. His new novel is a doozy."
--Philip Kerr, author of A Man Without Breath, a Bernie Gunther novel

"Pryor seems to have hit his stride in this series, as he adroitly juxtaposes the light banter between Marston and Green with some scenes of intense emotion.... And, all the while, the suspense ramps up. Top-notch mystery in a skillfully delineated Parisian setting."
--Booklist

Mark is also the author of the true crime book, AS SHE LAY SLEEPING, which is the account of a "cold" murder case he prosecuted. Published in January 2013, Publisher's Weekly gave it a starred review and called it "compelling" and "riveting."



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