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The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1 | [James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell]

The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1

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....
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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

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    Sandra Naperville, Illinois, United States 01-13-13
    Sandra Naperville, Illinois, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Incredible"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 08-16-14
    Bill 08-16-14 Member Since 2015
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    "jDon't read this bok."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 01-17-13
    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 01-17-13

    If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.

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    "Just can not listen to this one after the 1st chap"
    Would you try another book from James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell and/or Christian Baskous?

    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.


    What could James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Wrong book at wrong time I guess


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and Sadness at it's start so the rest of the book might be just fine but I will never know.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 05-14-15
    Dave 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It's a Bloody Affair"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra S. Mafnas Surprise Arizona 05-08-15
    Sandra S. Mafnas Surprise Arizona 05-08-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Great mix of religion and mystery!"

    I enjoyed the book very much!

    I would recommend this to my friends. I love the play on myths, religion and mystery. Great plot and narrator

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    Leah 04-17-15
    Leah 04-17-15
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    "Rollins delivers; Baskous doesn't"

    Interesting and fast paced, The Blood Gospel was quite enjoyable. I liked the characters, even if some of the dialogue was forced and a bit melodramatic. My only real complaint--the nararrtor. Please please find another nararrator for Rollins books. Baskous seriously detracts!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl D. Fisher 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome"

    Had a friend tell me about this book series,book one down can't wait for book two

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    NiCole Kreitlow 04-06-15 Member Since 2010
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    "it's not angels and demons...but it's still good."

    I hated some of the voices but guess he did them justice. I approve of all of it

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    Larry 04-06-15
    Larry 04-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Love James Rollins!"

    Every book I have read of his is fantastic and this one does not disappoint. I couldn't stop listening. Can't wait to begin the next one.

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    desmond 03-21-15
    desmond 03-21-15
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    "wanted to like it but couldnt"

    I love this genre and wanted to like this sstory but could tell what was going on half the time. disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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