An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators—Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist—are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl.
But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb’s sarcophagus: a book rumoured to have been written by Christ’s own hand, a tome that is said to hold the secrets to His divinity. But the enemy who hounds them is like no other, a force of ancient evil directed by a leader of impossible ambitions and incalculable cunning.
From crumbling tombs to splendorous churches, Erin and her two companions must confront a past that traces back thousands of years, to a time when ungodly beasts hunted the dark spaces of the world, to a moment in history when Christ made a miraculous offer, a pact of salvation for those who were damned for eternity.
2 / 5 stars
Daft and trashy and even though it’s got vampires in they are rubbish, non-scary, and kind of boring, vampires.
It’s way too heavy on the religious side for me – the ‘good’ vampires exist on the sustenance of drinking the blood of Jesus – which sounds like it should be awesome but actually just means the blessed wine that they have in the catholic churches. And when they drink it they get bizarre flashbacks of all the sins they’ve committed. Which is conveniently very useful in providing the readers with one of the backstories of one of the main characters.
Still, I enjoyed reading it, I went in expecting it to be nonsense and it is but Erin and Jordan are interesting and not overly stupid and there’s lots of the racing about and the puzzle-solving that I want from this kind of book.
It could have been much darker with the addition of actual vampires, but honestly, they are outdone by the killer animals – bats bears and wolves that are luckily very easily killed. There is never enough danger to make it scary and the vampires are too tame and not very exciting.
Overall it’s a lot duller than it should have been but it’s ok for a cheesy holiday read if you have limited options.