First -- 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.
Field 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.
A 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).
If 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.
This 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!!