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Blood Brothers: A Short Story Exclusive
Order of the Sanguines Series
James Rollins

William Morrow Impulse
October 22, 2013 / ASIN: B00EXOFE4Q (Kindle)

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

This short story is the second short story exclusive in the Sanguines Series. The full length novel, Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantress, the second novel in the series, is scheduled for a December 10, 2013 release from William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Arthur Crane awakens to find a white orchid on the pillow next to him and panics. During the 1960s, he was a reporter for the Times of London, sent to San Francisco to expose the Orchid Killer, a murderer who leaves an orchid for his victims before he kills them. Five decades later, Arthur feels impending doom, certain this symbolic flower forecasts his death. To prevent it, Arthur knows he must find the killer, who is somehow connected to his younger brother, Christian, who disappeared years before.

In this short story, the orchid is a symbol of death for Arthur for many reasons, as it reminds Arthur of the flowers grown on his family's estate in Cheshire, England, the place from which his younger foster brother, Christian, vanished. Not true brothers, but the blood brother with whom Arthur made a pact following his mother's suicide. Arthur knows orchids are Christian's favorite. Is Christian involved somehow in the murders?

Arthur, a reserved character, will do anything to find his blood brother and discover the truth, and risks his life and soul in the process.

Blood Brothers is woven like a fine tapestry in a plot that is both appealing and frightening. The visual images are drawn with masterful skill, creating a story that makes one long to read, to feel, to enjoy. It's an amazing feat for a piece of literature this short, and the inclusion of the first chapter of the coming release, Innocent Blood by co-authors James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, promises to be even more delightfully thrilling.

Reviewer's Note:
Reviewed 2013