Item description for Field of Blood: Jerusalem's Undead Trilogy (Jerusalems Undead Trilogy #1) by Eric Wilson...
Overview The suicide of Judas Iscariot in 30 A.D. left his blood seeping into the soil of the Field of Blood--in Aramaic the "Akeldama." When this same field is disturbed by work crews outside Jerusalem in 1989, a clan of supernatural Collectors is released from the ancient burial chambers, seeking to corrupt and destroy.
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.
From Publishers Weekly The first in Wilsons Jerusalems Undead trilogy mixes vampires and religion with awkward results. After a prologue depicting Judas Iscariots suicide in A.D. 30, the action shifts to 1989, near Jerusalem, where a work crew accidentally awakens the evil Collectors of Souls, whose spirits have been trapped in ground stained by Judass blood. Once the collectors assume corporeal form, they begin to feast on human victims. Their paths eventually cross with a Romanian girl, Gina Lazarescu, who may be one of the Nistarim, the 36 people on whom the world depends to hold back the Final Vengeance. Stilted prose (His stare collided with Aristons and, like one icicle jabbed at another, glanced off in a shower of black splinters and chipped courage) and thin characterization limit this ones appeal. Wilson is the author of two novelizations, Facing the Giants and Flywheel. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Field of Blood: Jerusalem's Undead Trilogy (Jerusalems Undead Trilogy #1) by Eric Wilson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 02/01/2010 page 37
CBA Retailers - 07/01/2008 page 70
Library Journal - 09/15/2008
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.3" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Oct 7, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Jerusalems Undead Trilogy
Series Number 1
ISBN 1595544585 ISBN13 9781595544582 UPC 020049133774
Availability 0 units.
More About Eric Wilson
Eric Wilson is a NY Times best-selling author. He has traveled in 35 countries, earned a degree in theology, and spent over 21 years married to his sweetheart. 2 Seconds Late is his twelfth novel. His novelization of the hit film Fireproof won a Gold Medallion Award for best Christian fiction of the year. Eric has written articles for numerous magazines and reviewed hundreds of novels. He loves sports, chess, books, and the great outdoors.
Reviews - What do customers think about Field Of Blood (Jerusalems Undead V1)?
Who thinks up this stuff? Apr 17, 2010
This book was incredibly creative. My imagination was taken for a ride and I enjoyed it!
Field of Blood Dec 22, 2009
Vampires and demons combined in a host of evil. This book is not for the faint of heart. If you like Ted Dekker's darkness, Frank Peretti's depth of character, and John Olson's penchant for symbolism, this is the book for you. I was enthralled by this tale, and horrified as well. Seriously, this deals with mature themes, so be warned! But it is a Christian novel to the core. Deep and terrifying, it shows the muck we humans live in, the sin that entangles us. No holds barred.
I won't try to sum up this one's plot--I'll just make a jumble of it. Let's leave it at this: Gina is raised by a fanatically religious mother whose beliefs are more than a bit skewed from the truth. A mark appears on Gina's forehead on her twelfth birthday, drawing the attention of both the good and evil supernatural beings around her. (The evil ones being the vampire/demons of course.) She does find help in a mysterious man, but it doesn't save her from the hardest loss she could ever suffer.
Edge of my seat suspense Nov 24, 2009
I recall Bram Stoker's Dracula being one of those books, in university, that really thrilled me, emotionally, and shook me up, spiritually. Eric Wilson's books, Field of Blood and Haunt of Jackals, provide the same kind of thrills and shakes. A thorough researcher, Eric breathes life into his research so that his work is neither dry nor pedantic but character driven. In both books, the point of view switches effectively and Eric allows each character to have a distinct voice. Better than other commercial vampire novels, these books are suspenseful, challenging, evocative, highly imaginative and just plain exciting. I can't recommend them highly enough!
Not your average vamp novel Oct 20, 2009
The fascination of the mob with modern vampire tales seems nearly endless. I have no doubt that publishing houses are being inundated with Twilight-esque manuscripts seeking to tap into the vampire craze that is only the highest crest to date in the past two decades of growing mania. And, in all honesty, I must admit to my own love affair with the works of Laurell K. Hamilton (when the series was still readable) before my spiritual rebirth. As a result, my interest was piqued upon learning of Eric Wilson's Field of Blood, the first in a trilogy of Christian vampire novels.
While a Christian vampire novel may sound like an oxymoron to the uninitiated; Wilson's steers clear of the human-vamp love stories, the myth of the good yet misunderstood vampire, and other pro-vampire plot-lines. His creatures are borne of the unholy mingling of the blood of Judas Iscariot, a disturbed tomb, and the eagerly waiting disembodied Akeladama cluster: a group of Collectors who were once driven into a herd of pigs by the Son of Man. In short -- these vampires are, in truth, demons possessing undead hosts, bent upon serving their master, creating pain, and plotting against a hidden group of believers -- the Nistarim.
As the newly animated Collectors seek to set the wheels of destruction in motion, a tough young woman named Gina Lazarescu is growing up in Romania. Subject to ritual bloodlettings from her superstitious mother, the appearance of a strange mark on her forehead seems to trigger her rescue from the advancing Collectors by a mysterious yet familiar man.
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 Gina's childhood, the early voyages of the Akeladama cluster, and introductions to other characters eating a lot of pages, it's 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 book's characters are not themselves believers. Only Cal Nichols, Gina's 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 book's end we're 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 Jerusalem's Undead Trilogy is worth sticking with. In fact, it may even be worth a second read through once Wilson's remaining plot twists are disclosed.
Vampires! Oct 19, 2009
For anyone that doesn't think there is such a thing as a Christian writer writing about vampires think again. Eric Wilson is at the top of his game with this series. I have already read book one and two and am very eagerly awaiting the third and final book in the series. It has vampires, living dead people, hunters, heroes. Basically its a clean vampire book with spiritual themes. It is worth reading if you like horror, suspense and lots of action.