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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading - but you need a strong stomach..., 12 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Blood Rites (Paperback)
This book contains the stuff of nightmares and certainly requires a strong stomach. I read this book with a mixture of enjoyment and revulsion. Most of the cases of human sacrifice are described very graphically and there are some grim pictures, so the parental warning is definately justified. Jimmy Lee Shreeve covers cases from around the world including here in the UK. In some instances the sacrifices are done out of shear bloody desperation as in some of the killings to the Hindu goddess Kali. Other killings are done out of greed i.e the gangsters and drug dealers who want protection from the law and believe a human sacrifice will give them protection from the gods. And some killings are the result of pure madness as in the German Satanists who hacked to death a good friend to appease their chosen god - then refused to take any blame for it. Shreeve comes up with some interesting thoughts on why people commit such atrocites and also provides some relief from the blood and gore with colourful anecdotes of his own. This is a compelling and horrifying book and not easy to put down once you start to read. I thoroughly recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!, 3 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Blood Rites (Paperback)
This is a great book! I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading it as given the subject matter I wasn't expecting to. The book deals with some truly gruesome crimes and the descriptions of some of these are very graphic! What makes the book different and interesting for me is that Jimmy Lee Shreeve has a background in Voodoo and, while not excusing or condoning any of the atrocities, he is able to offer a good deal of insight into what the perpetrators of these acts expect to get from them and why they believe they work. This is very different to anything I had read before and this sounds strange as it deals with murder and human sacrifice - it is gripping and very easy to read. This is my first Jimmy Lee Shreeve book but it won't be my last. I recommend this book to adults everywhere.
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