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Blood Doctrine: A Novel by [Piatt, Christian]
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"Blood Doctrine grips. Piatt writes in the fluent language of adventure-- a 'language' that could make this book a classic of young adult fiction. But there's more: Piatt opens a door to the spiritual universe in a way that brings the ageless struggle between good and evil alive."
Frank Schaeffer, author of Crazy For God


"Christian Piatt spins a fascinating tale in which ancient stories are brought into the 21st century through the use of modern science. Everything described in this book is theoretically plausible with the genetic advances anticipated in this century." 
-Gary Bradley, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Retired, La Sierra University

"The fast pace and brief episodic organization of Blood Doctrine make it a quick read, and the sheer unexpectedness of the plot twists will keep readers rapidly turning the pages. The story should not be written off as all speed though: several pause-worthy moments where Piatt's historical research is evoked really shine...Piatt's attention to detail make the biblical age come vividly alive, a welcome counterpoint to a narrative that otherwise thrills at high speed."
-Amber Stamper, blogger at Patheos

From the Author

"I've written many books in my writing career" says Christian Piatt, "but this project has been a work of passion. I wrote it, never knowing if it would ever be published. To see it come to life, especially in the incredibly innovative and unexpected way it has, is very satisfying."
 
Rather than going with a traditional publishing house as he has done with his nonfiction work, Christian "crowd funded" Blood Doctrine, raising nearly $12,000 through a Kickstarter campaign and assembling an all-star cast of editors, publishers, designers and publicists to forge his own personal publishing Dream Team.
 
Filled with action, murder and miracles, Blood Doctrine is a brilliant story that bridges the miracle of modern science and the miracle of the crucifixion of Christ.

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  • File Size: 4184 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Square Core Media (April 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K0W68BS
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There’s nothing like a good fantasy page-turner to kick off summer vacation. And I haven’t read one that’s as good as Christian Piatt’s “Blood Doctrine” in a long time. Unlike some authors in this genre, Piatt is too sound theologically to fall into the trap of using his medium to propagate misconceptions of Christian faith. Instead, he uses it to challenge his readers with some provocative questions about the roles of human agency, science, and ethics as forces for good or evil in society. Deep questions aside, though, the book is a lot of fun to read. It reveals Piatt’s versatility as a writer and shows why he is becoming one of the leading voices in writing on issues of Christian faith today. Kick back and enjoy!
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While his style and concept are unique, the clarity with which Piatt develops a complicated plot may remind the fiction aficionado of some of the iconic offerings from the genre. "Blood Doctrine" combines elements of the intriguing premises of " The Da Vinci Code" and "National Treasure" (and even of "Indiana Jones")--all movies--with a plot development reminiscent of a John Grisham novel.

The book speculates what might happen if humans tried to engineer a "second coming of Christ." From bio-engineering to jazz to the layout of the city of Denver, the author's familiarity with fact and reality is such that the incredible begins to seem actually credible.

And the ending will leave the reader yearning for more; which may well be the intent. I think I see a sequel on the horizon.
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BLOOD DOCTRINE by Christian Piatt

Blood Doctrine is a refreshingly new Biblical/Modern fiction. Still maintaining the essential story, this novel pulls two scenes together to create an engaging story. In the height of genetic awakening, it is teasingly plausible and intriguingly suspenseful. The entwining of plots create a possibility that is surprising, frightening, and even hopeful. This book will call for a couple sequels.
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Blend the religious-history-soaked fast pace and tone of 'Da Vinci Code' with the plausible sci-fantasy of BBC's 'Orphan Black,' and you get Piatt's fun, easy-reading what-if romp about a young man who might possibly be the genetic clone of Jesus of Nazareth. What a blast!

Piatt avoids the Christian-fiction trap of being overly-pious, and doesn't take himself too seriously either, while still bringing weight and mystery to an action-packed 'sequel' (?) to the greatest story ever told... He's done his history homework, too.

I'm looking forward to a sequel, and more adventures for Jacob as he comes to reconcile his unbelievable biological heritage with his own rapidly-evolving identity...
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I did really enjoy the book, especially the premise and the sane theology. Because of the use of cloning technology and since I have read lots of science fiction, however, I was a little disappointed because there was a lot of potential here for a complex plot and the implications of the science used. (I am aware that's not the purpose, but because of its setting in the now, it's a concern I was having.) Perhaps if there is a sequel, it will be more dense--in a good way. I feel like the author has a lot of potential in fiction, his best work right now is in non-fiction.
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Piatt spins two parallel tales: the major story in the twenty-first century, the minor one in the first century. They dovetail by the end of the book. The first story is a page-turner; the second, not so much. As a scholar of first-century Palestinian history, you’d think that would be the portion of the book that would most interest me, but I found it to be rather unnecessary.

That minor complaint aside, the primary tale is captivating! A teenage boy who grew up as an orphan recognizes that he is different, that he seems to possess strange healing powers, but is hesitant to discuss it with others. When a journalist on the trail of an archaeological mystery comes into his life, he learns that his powers are no accident … they stem from the time of Jesus … and that powerful people are watching him closely, anxiously trying to hurry the Second Coming of Christ.

With likeable characters and multiple plot twists, this would seem to appeal best to young adults. But with the pointed subject matter and the first-century side story, perhaps it will find its niche instead among free-thinking adult readers.

Samizdat Creative, © 2014, 183 pages

ISBN: 978-938633-55-3
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To me, speculative fiction often works kind of like the imagination itself. You put ideas or characters next to one another -- items that may not "belong" together -- and you see what sparks between them. When done well, sometimes this is fun. Other times it is profound. And, sometimes it's both. (Which is, of course, what I hope for as a reader).

Christian Piatt has done something here that is both fun and profound. In a short novel he successfully puts some wild things next to one another -- ancient faith communities, modern genetics, a young musician figuring out who he is, stigmata, a determined reporter, and a pretty, pretty, pretty well-known religious figure (to name a few). What sparks between them all creates an enjoyable story to read and a compelling spiritual question to ponder.

It is worth your time. It's spiritual elements won't beat you over the head like a hammer, but it's questions may slip into your mind like a whisper and hang around a while to spark something in you.
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