An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl.
But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand, a tome that is said to hold the secrets to His divinity. The enemy who hounds them is like no other, a force of ancient evil directed by a leader of impossible ambitions and incalculable cunning.
©2013 James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I'm a long-time fan of James Rollins and have been waiting for this book since he first mentioned it. The book is incredible. There is an intimacy about the book that brings the characters to life as we find out their background stories. It made me care for what at first might seem to be at least one unsympathetic character.
When I first heard that there might be the "v" word type of characters in the book I has hesitant to read it - but I have read everything by Rollins so couldn't let this one go by. I was not disappointed. Well, my only disappointment is that I have to wait a year for the second part of the trilogy.
My one problem (minor) is with the narrator. He does some incredible accents - but some of them are so heavy that I have a hard time understanding what the character is saying. I think when I relisten to the book (prior to the second part coming out) I may have a copy of the book to refer to so I know what is being said. But this is certainly not a reason not to listen to it.
I can't say enough good things about this book. Maybe I will just go ahead and re-listen to it. It was that good.
I have read and enjoyed James Rollins books in the past. Not greqt literature, but a good read. I never thought I'd say this, but after sixty years of reading this is the only book I would call blasphemous. Christian vampiers drinking the blood of Jesus (communtion wine) to stay alive. A gospel written by Christ in His own blood. St. Peter participating in the sacrifice of a vampire child. It's appalling, gratutiously nasty, and poorly written. Please don't read it.
Okay, it's different for James Rollins. He does like history and science, and then to go beyond the bounds. In this one, he goes far afield. I like the idea of vampire priests, the speculation of alternative histories. The story is interesting, and always kept me guessing. It had many surprises, twists, and turns. It is the beginning of a new series, with new characters. They are well developed and likable.
Christian Baskous does a good job with voices and accents. He makes the story believable, and makes it move.
I am already listening to the next one, and hope there are more.
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.
The story was well paced and wriiten. But WHY did the narrator do his best Bela Lugosi voice for the vampires. It was clichéd and made me wince while listening. I don't know if I will listen to another if the narrator is the same.
I've read all of Rollin's books & I feel like this series draws you in to a new shadowy world but still contains all the beloved elements his other books have: action, adventure, a touch of romance, thrills, a mixture if facts & science... Love it!
Good book! I loved the way it takes religious speculation and answers it in the story. really cool. I loved the book and will continue. great starting book. It starts slow, but give it a chance and you will be rewarded.
They had me from the first dusty tomb. Throw in an Ancient book written in Christ's own blood that is protected by a sect of sanctified Vampires and you have got an interesting twist in the world as we know it. Christian Baskous lends his talents to the telling of this tale to great effect. I'm hooked.
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