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The Blood That Cries in the Ground: a memoir of St. Nicholas, heathen, bishop, brother (Father Dante Journals) Paperback – October 22, 2013
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"This suspenseful, adventurous, and intriguing story takes the reader into a deep and dark realm of intrigue and mystery that keeps them turning pages ... realistic characters and the possibility of the events keep the mind engaged in a profound way as the reader questions what other things might be hidden from view by a powerful church. 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
"Filled with descriptive imagery, fascinating dialogue and battles soon to take place, author Greg Bellarmine has developed each character in amazing detail. This read will tantalize the senses, making note of the spiritual realms that envelop this world and gives readers an exciting novel, keeping all engaged to the end with his wit, humor and keen literary skills." -CBM Book Reviews
About the Author
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.
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If you are expecting big jolly coca cola red suit Santa, you are not going to get it. The Book that Cries in the Ground is a DARK retelling of the story of Saint Nicholas by Dante himself. This book was extremely well written, the characters had depth, and it flowed easily for me. I also loved the medieval history and the supernatural aspect to it along with the action and fantasy.
This is a must read no matter the season. To be honest I didn't expect it to be this good but it was fantastic.
It begins with a young novice in the early 1900s, and his curiosity about Father Damien. Who is this strange man who can ignore the elements and raise the dead? Set in the framework of this young man's questions--Father Damien (Nicholas himself) tells us of his life.
This is not a quick read nor a book that you can just skim through. The author touches on many historical eras and, if you don't read carefully, it's easy to get lost. However, the characters are compelling--Nicholas himself is an intriguing, multi-faceted man. And, the book is well worth digging into.
The book does tend to jump from time to time and that can make it a little confusing at times (I found myself having to go back and reread a bit to find out when and where we were). I also wish the author had better explained the concept of the Unborn --it might have made it easier to understand Nicholas as a person. I'm not a big fan of rereading, but this is one book I definitely plan to reread, because there is so much richness in it that I'm sure I've missed some wonderful parts.
<i>The Blood that Cries from the Ground</i> is a very ambitious dark tale of revenge and
I noticed in the back of the book that there are more volumes to come... I'm looking forward to reading those.
This is a very ambitious book, spanning centuries and different historical eras. This is both the book’s strength and its weakness. There are so many things going on and is a bit disjointed that it is sometimes hard to follow.
It is worth pushing through, though, because the characterization is wonderfully done, and the book is definitely filled with action. It is not a lighthearted book, but is a dark look at an interesting figure. The author has obviously done his research into not only St. Nicholas, but also into the history of the times.
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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
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