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.
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.
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.
will take check out and read the next book in the series, don't think I can listen to another recording with this same narrator. It was awful. the narrator did a relatively decent job when he was doing different voices, but in the general reading of the book it was awful.
I like the author's use of historical facts to weave together fiction, but Christian readers might find this twist on biblical events hard to stomach. I would describe this as a cross between Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and Anne Rice's vampire books. I might have given it a higher rating if so many scenes weren't plainly taken right out of other similar stories. Basically, if you liked the Sigma Force novels AND you like vampire stories, you'll enjoy this.
I hated this book. Forced myself to read it. It had to get better right? Wrong. What the heck, James, are you in a coma? Awful writing, a root canal would be better than this book.
I didn't really know what to expect from this, but I have enjoyed other James Rollins books. In all, it wasn't bad but if the series continued past the third book (as I read all three), I would not.
First, I should say that suspending disbelief is required for most James Rollins reading. It is absolute here for the entire Sanguines series.
Second, this is a warning to select readers: if you are offended by volumes of blood talk and imagery, then you will want to pass over this series. Read other Rollins' books instead. I don't know if a paragraph went by without some mention of blood. If you are deeply religious of most any faith, and you don't like new takes on Judeo-Christian biblical events, then you are better served not reading this series.
I've read varying reviews of Christian Baskous as the narrator but I find him to be pretty good. He has a challenge to voice a number of different accents (Hungarian among them) and genders so he does as well as can be expected.
On the whole, if you like Rollins AND fantasy novels, then you might enjoy this series. There is an adventurous historical romp to this and if you don't take it too seriously, it can be fun.
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