The Blood that Cries in the Ground by Gregory Bellarmine

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The Blood that Cries in the Ground by Gregory Bellarmine
Publisher: Christian Books Today Ltd
Genre: historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (220 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Rose

The Greatest Myth Ever Dispelled …

Italy. A tough master of novices, Father Dante encounters the bold young priest Antonio who challenges his identity and accuses him of being THE Saint Nicholas. But despite the Father faking his death, a determined Antonio discovers a rather alive Dante arrayed in kilt and armor.

In return for Antonio’s silence—and to protect the town from attracting all manner of darkness—Dante agrees to tell his life story. Without explanation, Dante orders Antonio to meet him at night in the abandoned Cathedral, the site of a former battle that the Church has kept secret for a generation.

Until today.

The Criskindl. Ice Steeds. The Unborn. Saint.

From the Dark Ages’ when Poet-Sorcerers ruled kings, to the Holy Land when a new civilization was rising, to Revolutionary France where love is lost and gained, Father Dante pursues the one responsible for both his master and his mother’s deaths:

Black Peter, his brother.

This book begins with Antonio, a young novice, curious about Father Dante– there’s a lot of mysterious things about him. Antonio begins to suspect that Father Dante is actually the legendary Saint Nicholas and confronts him about it. And thus sets the framework for this book: Father Dante “dies” and, to stop Antonio from talking, agrees to tell his life story to the young priest. The rest of the book is told from Nicholas’ POV, with an occasional comment from Antonio to show us where the two are physically during the book.

This is a very ambitious book, spanning centuries and different historical eras. This is both the book’s strength and its weakness. There are so many things going on and is a bit disjointed that it is sometimes hard to follow.

It is worth pushing through, though, because the characterization is wonderfully done, and the book is definitely filled with action. It is not a lighthearted book, but is a dark look at an interesting figure. The author has obviously done his research into not only St. Nicholas, but also into the history of the times.


  1. Interesting character

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  2. Mary Preston says:

    Certainly intriguing.


  3. Karen H in NC says:

    New-to-me author and new-to-me genre. I’ll enjoy following the tour to discover more about the book and the author.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    This looks to be one of those books that has to be savored with words reread and pages bookmarked. I gladly added it to my tbr. Thanks for making this wonderful story available.

  5. As a librarian, I love to hear about authors’ research processes. How did you do your research? Are you a book/library fan, or are you doing mostly web research?
    capefearlibn at gmail dot com

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