FIELD OF BLOOD
This well-crafted and imaginative novel from Eric Wilson combines incredulous legends with just enough historical and biblical truth to make even bloodthirsty vampires seem plausible. The story opens with the demise of Judas in the field, incorporating both biblical accounts, in order to set up the false resurrection of the dead that comes later.
From the Holy Land to Romania to the state of Tennessee, the story goes back and forth between Gina Lazarescu, a Romanian girl with a past she seeks to understand, and a cluster of the undead who are out to destroy her. Though Gina is the main character, I do wish we'd have had more page time with her in order to empathize, and perhaps a tad less with the vampires. Her troubled childhood makes her responses true to life, and leaves plenty of room for redemption. The end really kicks into high gear as Gina heads toward a showdown with the undead, and turned out to be my favorite, un-putdownable part of the book.
Though this isn't the type of novel I normally pick up, Field of Blood turned out to be an enjoyable read, especially since this is my first Eric Wilson book. It certainly won't be my last since I'm interested to see how the rest of the series plays out.
From the back cover:
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?