I'm a real fan of Rollins' Sigma books, so I picked this book up without giving it much thought. The involvement of vampire like creatures, which is not really my thing, made it a bit difficult for me to get into this story. For this kind of book, I did believe it had some very interesting parts. It revolves a lot around the Catholic Church traditions, saints, faith, and history.
Beginning with an earthquake at Masada, Israel, a bomb and strange sacrificial remains are found below the mountain. This space is also occupied by some undead creatures. Some are evil and some have salvation from the blood of Christ. They are all searching for the Blood Gospel, supposedly written by Christ himself, which will supposedly reveal magic powers to whomever finds and opens it up.
Sent by the Vatican, three chosen ones go in search of this book----a brilliant but disillusioned woman archeologist, a military forensic expert, and an undead Vatican Priest. Of course their search is hindered by those evil ones who want the book for themselves. Among the undead, is Rasputin in Russia, who blames the Vatican for not caring about the hoards of children who were left to die during the siege of Leningrad. I found these sections connected with history to be some of the most interesting parts.
This is the first in the Sanguine Series. The Sanguines being a Vatican sect that was rumored to start in Biblical days, and whose start was depicted in a Rembrandt painting. Now that I've finished this first book, I do feel driven to continue on with this series to see what happens next. I think in the long run, I will really like, or really dislike this series. Sometimes it is hard to read a different kind of a book by an author whose writings you already adore!!
If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.
I have read most of James Rollins books and that is why I got this one but after listening to the first chapter of the protracted killing of a child, in light of the sadness I feel over last months mass murder of children I just knew I could not listen to any more of this book.
Wrong book at wrong time I guess
Anger and Sadness at it's start so the rest of the book might be just fine but I will never know.
Christian Basdous is someone I won't listen to again. He just reads with no inflections. There are so many out there who could do a much better job reading Rollins books .
The story is good, but a little shallow.
I am a huge fan of Rollins, but I'll pass going forward.
I don't like vampire books and didn't know this was one by the description.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
I really liked the story, although you REALLY have to suspend disbelief. The one drawback is that it doesn't end. You need to read the next book to tie up lots of very loose ends. I don't think this has to discourage you, just be warned.
Better story line. The story went nowhere.
The narrator tried too hard. Every sentence he read was like the world was coming to an end. Just read the book normally --- too much hyperbole.
Impatience -- wanting it to end already -- yeah, I know I could have just stopped listened but wanted to just finish it.
Save your money.
Truly high, it travels through history has immortals of all kinds, and honors Christ.
Rune and Erin
If you like James Rollins, Clive Cussler and the Preston and Child novels you will find this highly entertaining.
I have enjoyed books from this author before. I looked forward to another good series. While the story was good, the narrator's bizarre inflections in the oddest places was so annoying. Then it got to be a real distraction as you listened anticipating some weird vocal and missed the actual story.
I hope so, as it had an open ending for another book. But NOT with Baskous as narrator.
The accents very funny sometimes
Very engaging and thought provoking book; makes you ask, What if?