- File Size: 1078 KB
- Print Length: 444 pages
- Publisher: Lepanto Group, LLC; 3 edition (July 27, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 27, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005EXT888
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
SONS OF CAIN Kindle Edition
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The story itself is so very relevant to the goings on of the world today. Yes, we do live in a dark place, but there will always be forces fighting against evil. Join the character Nick Rieper and his Knights on a quest to battle the legions of the dark one. You will find yourself on the edge of your seat and you will feel your pulse quicken as the stakes get higher and the battles with the demonic grow more fierce.
As for what one of the other reviewers wrote in regards to the plot being pieced together badly, they must have been reading a different book. The plot was woven together seamlessly. I had absolutely no problem understanding and following what was taking place. As for it being boring, I think not.
It is the battle of good versus evil and the Satanic forces in high level government, including the White House and the Supreme Court.
Nick Rieper and his Knights embark on a quest to battle the legions of the dark one. It is an exciting novel, with edge of the seat action and a rousing and satisfying climax.
The book is extremely well researched and the reader learns a lot about Catholicism and the current schisms in the church.
My only criticism of the book is that it is a tad long. It could have been tightened up a bit without losing much of the story. It lags pacing in a few areas. But then I like my thrillers short and fast-paced.
If you love conspiracy theories, this is a book you must read. It would make a great movie!
Vince Flynn and Dan Brown move over -- you have a competitor with Val Bianco joining your ranks. Highly recommended and I look forward to the sequel and more adventures of Rieper and company.
That time finally presented itself and I organised myself comfortably for a much looked-forward- to read. Having previously been well immersed in the Catholic faith, Pope Leo's Vision as an introduction to the story wrung my heart, as did St Michael's prayer. Both coincide so very beautifully and completely with the philosophy to which I adhere today. There is not the slightest differentiation.
The characters (goodies) won my empathy instantly and I experienced an immediate affinity with them and their ideals/philosophies.
Adversely, I felt truly sick to my stomach at the doings/projections of the bad guys, although
the entire premise of both sides is totally familiar to me and, for many years now, I have been well aware of the evil now rampant in the world as so vividly illustrated by your characterisations. It's way beyond terrifying...and frequently keeps me awake and praying relentlessly to the Good God, His wonderful Son, Jesus and beloved St Michael for protection, night after night. The world is indeed in dire straits and one can only have faith that the Highest Good will eventually prevail, and soon.
And then I reached Chapter 14. I felt that I had been gut-punched, to say the least, at the usual old Catholic propaganda attack on Gnosticism in general.
Please, Mr Bianco, DO NOT infer that the tiny fanatical sect of Cainites of the 2nd century AD bears any remote resemblance to true Gnosticism, either of the period preceding/during that time or that of the present day. The Cainite sect was an aberration, miniscule and apostate, exactly as with many Christian sects and factions abounding today. I'm more than sure that a little unbiased research would enlighten you as to the true innate beliefs and principles of Gnosticism.
As with the Cathars (Gnostics) and others Gnostic sects of millennia past, today's Gnostics, in general, lead extremely ascetic lives, neither eating meat nor imbibing any alcoholic substance. There is no priesthood as Gnostics believe that no middleman is necessary to communicate with God or His beloved son. Private devotional prayer and meditation is all that is required. The perhaps most important tenet is "to be in this world, but not of it". Does that sound like the "Gnostics" you portray?
As a general rule, my personal belief is regarded as a particularly private matter, undisclosed and undiscussed with any other than those of a like. I certainly do not regard it as fodder for a public forum such as this review will be. However, in no way could I allow your portrayal of Cainites as Gnostics in general go unchallenged. The vast majority of readers of "Sons of Cain" will undoubtedly have no real idea of what Gnosticism is and will innocently accept your rendition as fact without question or research. I am truly disappointed that a writer of such impressive talent has to resort to such misrepresentation.
Despite the above wee critisism, "Sons of Cain" is an undoubededly brilliant and thought-provoking read.
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