Field of Blood, Jerusalem's Undead Trilogy Series #1
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Gina Lazarescu is a girl caugtht between an unknown past and a dark future. Will she stand in the gap against the rising evil? Or become victim to it?
Death is not a question. It is the answer. Welcome to a world that hides before your eyes.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
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Series: Jerusalem's Undead
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Judas hung himself in a place known as the Akeldama or Field of Blood.
But what if his death didn't end his betrayal?
What if his tainted blood seeped deep into the earth, into burial caves, causing a counterfeit resurrection of the dead?
Gina Lazarescu, a Romanian girl with a scarred past, has no idea she is being sought by the undead.
The Collectors, those released from the Akeldama, feed on souls and human blood. But there are also the Nistarim, those who rose from their graves in the shadow of the Nazarene's crucifixion--and they still walk among us, immortal, left to protect mankind.
Gina realizes her future will depend on her understanding of the past, yet how can she protect herself from Collectors who have already died once but still live?
The Jerusalem's Undead Trilogy takes readers on a riveting journey, as imaginative fiction melds with biblical and archaeological history.
Eric Wilson is the New York Times best-selling writer of Fireproof novelization as well as Flywheel and Facing the Giants. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two daughters.
RonieK5 Stars Out Of 5November 11, 2009RonieKFirst -- let me say, this dude can write! This is probably my biggest pet peeve in reading--picking up a book that doesn't ensnare my interest or captivate me. FIELD OF BLOOD had my interest from the get-go. The concept of the book is absolutely fascinating in and of itself. I mean, a storyline that connects present day to Judas Iscariot's burial place? Amazing. I wish I'd come up with it. :-DBeyond the story--there's craft. And let me just say, Eric Wilson can write. Sometimes it's a curse to be a writer and attempt to read books because you feel like a gear mechanism hasn't been well-oiled in the story, and you get stuck and grind your gears on silly things like POV, dangling modifiers, GMC, etc. FIELD OF BLOOD reads smoothly and easily. Wilson immerses you so wholly in the story that you aren't distracted or pulled out easily. . . sorta like the thorns (sorry, you'll have to read the book to get that).Probably the only CON is that FIELD OF BLOOD isn't for weak-stomached readers (and...if you have a gut of steel, this isn't a problem, and thus...no con). :-D I mean, really--the book's about vampires, and you have to expect some less-than-pleasant scenes.
JenniferBCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5October 20, 2009JenniferBCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleField of Blood effectively combines mystery and resistance against evil with the Judeo-Christian maxim that life is in the blood, with Jesus proving to be the ultimate elixir. The Collectors for example, seek to sate themselves upon human blood, yet are never satisfied. Knowing that Jesus blood forever satisfies, they are tempted to feed upon Those Who Resist (believers), yet must restrain themselves, as this act would lead to their destruction.Wilson is laying much groundwork in this first novel for the rest of the trilogy, as a result the story is slow to start. With details from Ginas childhood, the early voyages of the Akeladama cluster, and introductions to other characters eating a lot of pages, its only in the last quarter of the book that the pace picks up and we start to see a more traditional vampire-hunting theme emerge in the series.Interestingly, the majority of the books characters are not themselves believers. Only Cal Nichols, Ginas mysterious benefactor, displays faith in God in this first novel; his efforts to recruit others to the cause of Those Who Resist are universally met with disinterest. Still, with the entire framework of the story built upon a biblical worldview with some paranormal speculation thrown in, it clearly bears the marks of a Christian novelist.Serving mainly as a stepping-stone to the second novel the recently released Haunt of Jackals at books end were left with a cliffhanger just as the action ramps up. Queasy readers will want to pass on the series due to the typically vampiric blood-binges, but those looking for a series of novels that place the undead in the only realm they can properly be assigned to (that of evil) will find food for thought here.Having already read the second book in the series, I believe the Jerusalems Undead Trilogy is worth sticking with. In fact, it may even be worth a second read through once Wilsons remaining plot twists are disclosed.
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 14, 2009Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleA construction crew accidently discovers burial caves on the outskirts of Jerusalem, which turns out to be the Akeldama, the place where Judas Iscariot died. Before the archeologists can arrive to do their thing, the Collectors enter the tombs. The Akeldama Collectors are demon-like beings who have been waiting 2000 years to get at these bones, because bones combined with the blood of Judas that seeped into the soil makes it possible for the Collectors to awaken the dead. Once they each choose a body, they need to feed. Then they need to find and destroy the Nistarim, those immortal beings that rose at the death of the Nazarene to protect mankind.Gina Lazarescu has managed to break away from her controlling mother and make a life for herself in the States. But when she is hit by a van and hears her body heal itself, the past is dug up again. Could she have a connection to the Nistarim her mother used to talk about, and if so, is she being hunted by the undead? I have never read such a unique and creative novel from a Christian publisher. I applaud Thomas Nelson for publishing this book. Its totally creepyhalf the book is from the undead (vampire) perspectiveso its not for everyone. I got a bit confused here and there because the story is action packed and moves right along. I found myself going back to reference characters. There is mild sensuality and violence from the bad guys scenes, but there is nothing graphic. If you like vampire stories, characters that are just as flawed as the next guy, and a plot that keeps you guessing, give this one a try. I was very impressed with how Wilson used scripture and history to weave this creative tale. In fact, when I finished reading it, I ran to my Bible to see the scriptures for myself. Pretty cool stuff. Highly recommended (with caution for the creepy factor).
Lisa Wilson4 Stars Out Of 5October 4, 2009Lisa WilsonIf you're looking for a typical vampire novel, don't pick this up. If you're looking for an easy, no-thought required escape, don't pick up this book.For the reader that likes edgy fiction, give this a try. Wilson laces the story with Jewish tradition and history and deepens the story with Christian symbols, allusion and allegory. I found that parts of this book were slow and would have liked to see more space given to the protagonist Gina. These vampires are not typical vampires and much of the story takes place with the spiritual and physicals on a horizontal plane. Very interesting.The last 50 pages tie everything up and deliver a powerful Aha! moment for readers. Will be picking up the next one in the series soon.
Sarah Velez5 Stars Out Of 5September 3, 2009Sarah VelezThis book grabbed my interest and became difficult to put down. It fit perfectly in my purse and so went with me on the bus, to the laundromat, you get the idea! The story is fascinating, and I can't wait for the second book in the trilogy to become available!!
Located in: Nashville, TN
Submitted: January 20, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. I love Jesus. I love fiction. I love stories that explore life's complexities, while discovering some light in the darkness. I hope to capture some of that tension through interesting characters and plots.
What was your motivation behind this project? As a kid, I traveled with my missionary parents in Romania. Later, I heard the traditional vampire stories centered in that region and found myself intrigued at the spiritual battle that is so inherent. I thought, why not mix the ideas of "The Screwtape Letters" with the excitement of "This Present Darkness"? Of course, my novels spin off in their own directions.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? First and foremost, I hope to provide great entertainment. If I wanted to preach sermons, I'd write non-fiction. That said, I do hope to challenge readers to see the world in a different way, to have their eyes opened to new things and spiritual realities.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was especially intrigued, as I researched the trilogy, by the fact that demons throughout the Bible seem to interact with the physical world only through a host, while the heavenly angels eat, take people by the hand, and appear physically often times. Could it be that our physical senses are so subject to temptation precisely because the Enemy of our souls has been stripped of that ability himself and tries to subvert it in God's creation? These types of ideas kept me turning pages of the Bible while thinking through the plot.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Stephen Lawhead. I'm a big fan of Brandilyn Collins, Ted Dekker, Robert Liparulo, Tim Downs, and Melanie Wells (to name a few). I keep growing and learning. I love books and hope to pass on that joy to others.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: A vampire book in the Christian bookstore? That's the obvious question. Well, my series is based on biblical history, with an ultra-modern spin on the idea of evil. Really, though, like an great story, it's about human struggles to understand identity and purpose. Why are we here? Is there a Creator? If so, how are we to interact with Him?